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Cyn's Itinerary for the Great Adventure to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Japan

Cyn's Itinerary for the Great Adventure to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Japan

Old Jan 30th, 2007, 07:35 PM
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Tokyo Dome is larger than Jingu and is home to what is probably the most popular team in Japan. Another important consideration is that it has the dome. I think Jingu is an open air stadium (open to April showers, that is).

Oh yeah, there is a 31st day in March!
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 05:51 AM
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11th is a Sunday...Chiang Mai's wonderful Sunday walking market. We'll be there during the day....We can plan to meet in town for dinner if you are going to be in town, or maybe back at the hotel. Another option: The 10th you're visiting the national park, and we're going to an elephant conservation program...Maybe at the end of the day we could meet back at FS. We can probably meet up at the FS the night of 8th for a drink and figure this out.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 05:24 PM
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I'll be back tomorrow to post for "real", but earlier today I counted up the different hotels at which we're staying: SEVENTEEN. seventeen. one trip. are we CRAZY?????

ok, I'm repeating to myself: breathe, breathe, breathe

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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 05:30 PM
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Don't forget that you will need to post a comprehensive review of each and every one of those hotels!
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 05:38 PM
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oh my!
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 06:52 PM
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doi inthanon is awesome. the hiking there is incredible. go for a cloud forrest hike, and also a secret waterfall hike. it was a highlight of our trip.

LOVE how much time you give yourself in certain places, especially in the first half of your endeavor. we wanted more time in luang prabang.

would aim to hit the weekend market in bangkok.

you should aime to eat ridiculously well in japan. in kyoto there are sukiyaki places to die for, and also a place called wakudan (spelling? i posted it in a trip report last year.) incredible. sushi breakfast is great too.

go to indian food at rang mahal in bkk. awesome.

lucky lucky you.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 08:21 PM
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Alibi 13...and Kathie
Just went to your trip report, Alibi....re-reading I got so many good ideas..and Kathie, that was a nice "history" lesson included.
I am so excited about our Laos piece. Alibi....I'll let you know how Vientiane is. I think it will give us a broader view of the people and culture of Laos. The gal who is helping us with that portion of the trip (Bounsou of Diethelm) was reccommended on this site...She couldn't be nicer or more responsive. Can't wait to meet her.
Cyn, post when you can. Don and I really look forward to meeting you in CM.
Joyce and Don
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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 11:57 AM
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just wondering if you want to plan on a time to get together in CM. Maybe after you return from your in town excursion on the 8th. I know we'll be hanging out at the hotel that night.
(we'll be in town the 6th and 7th at the D2...heading to FS morning of the 8th. We'll probably pass on the road.)
We're staying at one of the private residences on the grounds, but the front desk still can hold a message for us.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:48 PM
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Hi cyn -

I'm late to this, and can say WOW! Another great adventure. We used Gregg of InnovAsian for our trip to Thailand and Cambodia/Siem Reap back in 2002. We were extremely pleased with his attention during the planning up till departure; excellent outfitter while in-country, which then was East-West (seems he has changed this, unless the company change names... you never know). No problems anywhere - accommodations were as we expected, guides/vehicles were perfect; transfers were smooth. Never taken to places to "buy" anything, if we didn't wish to do so.

Have a wonderful time.
 
Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:55 PM
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Whew, what a week! But, stews in the oven, and I have a few minutes with "nothing" to do, so here I am! Sorry for the delay in getting back - but I know you all understand the "I-only-have-a-week-to-get-everything-done" frame of mind!

MrWunrfl - thanks so much for the info on the baseball - it feels like that may be a lot of fun, and we are really looking forward to it! (And yes - 31 days in March; don't you be taking any of my Japan time away!)

Joyce(Jodo): March 8 sounds good. At the very least we'll have drinks, and then we can plan from there? Would you please email me with your "full"name -
cynstalker11 @ verizon . net and then I can leave a message for you for when you check in as to what villa we are in, and what time we should be back.

Marian: I'll talk with Gregg about the duplication of the tours at the GT- I really appreciate your alerting me! It sounds to me like you should be planning your return....are you??

Alibi13 - I DO know how lucky we are - we have been truly blessed in our life. I'm going to look up you trip report that includes Kyoto - it seems like I'll be able to get some good insights from you. Can you give me a little more info on your hikes - while we're both in "reasonable" shape, we are in our 50's, and not accustomed to heat...also, PLEASE tell me what you saw for animals and birds!

Still a couple of lingering questions:

Is there enough of a difference between the cuisines of Thailand and Laos to warrant taking classes in both Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang?

Can anyone tell me about the boxing in Thailand (aside from Joyce, who manages to sleep through it - I did the same thing at an acrobatic-show in China)

Did noone appreciate my pun???? I really expected to catch some grief for it!

KimJapan - I still chuckle everytime I skim through this post when I see the requirement for trip reports on ALL of the hotels!

It is coming up so fast - and I have so much to do...too fast and t
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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:56 PM
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well, I just posted without review, so sorry for any/all typos.

To finish my last sentence - too fast and too SLOW!!!!

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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:59 PM
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Sandi - posting at the same time, we were! Thanks for the encouragement - I was hoping you would check in (Kimburu too ) - I really value your opinion!

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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:23 PM
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I would do a cooking class both in Thailand and in Laos. We really like cooking classes, especially small and/or private ones that we get to choose what we make.

Do you elephant stuff at the Four Seasons Tented Camp and forget about the other place near Chiang Mai unless you are set on seeing more than one set of eles. The FS eles are well cared for and they offer a very good program.

And about the hotel reviews... a series of photos of each one would be useful too.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:25 PM
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Oh, KimJapan, careful what you wish for. went to Africa, and 2600+ pictures later....
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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:27 PM
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I also just noticed you said you were from southern Vermont. I went to UVM from 1983, and stayed in Vermont (Burlingotn mostly, but 1 1/2 years in Stowe) until 1993 save for one year working in Greece. We then moved to Boston, then to Japan in 1995....where we are now and are likely to stay. Quite different from VT!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:37 PM
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KimJapan, Where in Japan are you? If you're in any city, it must have been quite a culture shock. We love Burlington - we've gone Christmas shopping up there every year for the last 5 years+/-. Really a nice small city.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:43 PM
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We live in Kanazawa...it's bigger than Burlington. We like it though...at first Japan was a real shock, though! We do like it here, though, and became permanent residents (like US green card) last year so we would be free to work where we pleased rather than rely on a visa sponsoring job.

We've often said that IF we were to return to the states, it would probably be to Vermont.
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Old Feb 4th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Can departure taxes be paid with credit cards, or does it need to be cash?

KimJapan - I'm really refraining from being a nosy busybody and asking you all kinds of personal questions. It is so interesting to me that you live in Japan. I love living in Vermont - it can be difficult sometimes, but it is always worth it!

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Old Feb 4th, 2007, 07:06 PM
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Go ahead and ask away at teaghanmackenzie at mac dot com
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Departure taxes have been cash only everywhere I've had to pay them.
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