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One month out and planning the details....

One month out and planning the details....

Oct 3rd, 2007, 09:00 AM
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Helpful to me too I love these boards! It's got me thinking....

Do you think Grand Place, Emerald Buddha, & Wat Po, then a massage would work for my first day in BKK? We arrive at 6:30a.m. and plan on sleeping as much as possible on the 18 hour flight from LAX (with a little help)....

Next day is Floating Market, Tiger Temple, and Kanchanburi Elephant camp with one of Tong's guides.

Is this too much to do my first 2 days in Asia considering jet lag etc....?

Then off to the islands...

(I know Kathie, you want me to be in Bangkok longer to experience the culture, but I doubt this will be my last trip here....)

P.S. Not a big shopper, looking forward to the animal adventures and the island relaxation.

If I cut my island trip short and spend my last day in BKK, What's a must see in the city that I haven't already mentioned? The secret place?
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 09:35 AM
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 11:49 AM
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 12:51 PM
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i'm actually in a similar boat...i have tong booked later this month for two days and am trying to figure out a schedule. we arrive in bangkok on 10/24, have a day on our own, then two days with tong before leaving for Siem Reap on Sunday.

I want to take our first day slow, maybe get a massage and go to the Jim Thompson house. Tong proposed this schedule for 10/27 - it sounds really packed! but i do want to go the Floating Market, River Kwai and Tiger Temple. trying to figure out what we should do for our other day or if we should modify this.

- Passing salt farms & shrimp farms.
- Passing the railway market.
- Local Temple : quick stop.
- Local Benjarong : quick stop.
- Floating Market : take a paddle boat there (400 baht/boat)
- Royal Thai Handicraft : quick stop.
- Skip lunch and go to the tiger temple...arrive there at 12.15 pm. (300 baht/pax)
- Late lunch on your own.
- Feeding wild monkeys if they come.
- Train ride along the death railway. (50 baht/pax)
- The Bridge Over The River Kwai.
- Back to bangkok.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 10:09 PM
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That's the same sched we were with Tong which started at 0630hrs. - however we were even able to slip in about 2 hours of the Tiger Temple AND an Elephant Camp visit in there until she took up back 12 hours later.

It looked a bit overwhelming to me when I saw it on paper but when she says PASSING salt & shrimp farms, "death" rail way market, she really means just PASSING through them.

Then off to the temple for photos, the Benjarong shop where the Royal Family commission their porcelain ware ( I LOVED THE PURPLE ORCHIDS in this place) for a "Happy Room" stop .

Floating Market for lots of eats & enjoying the river life as well as the quiet canals where Tong was welcomed by her dog friends ( she feeds them when she visits). Stayed for a couple of hours.

Made it to the Tiger Temple before noon to play with the cubs & stayed there for about an hour & a half going to the canyon to see & be photographed with the cats, feed Bambam the Asian Black Bear & many other animals.

We feed the monkeys on our way to the Elephant Camp & spent another couple of hours there as our 3 children rode the elephants, fed them, & had a grand ball bathing them in the river.

We went off to the Death Railway & then the Bridge over the River Kwai for more photos then back to BKK. We must have returned close to 7 PM.

A full day but a VERY VERY good day !!!
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