Thail;and Trip Report 15/8 - 30/8

Sep 5th, 2004, 09:37 AM
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Don't worry about hijacking my post - if it keeps me at top of the pile, increases chances of further replies.

P.S Gerald Ford for the president.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 04:31 AM
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I think trip reports from the candidates would be very interesting:

Lets see Kerry would start out as:
I actually agreed to stay at the Oriental before I decided against it.
He then would have been awared his umpteenth purple heart for eating food from one of the local stalls. All the people on his long tail boat would vouch for these events. (sorry guys I couldn't resist!)
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Sep 7th, 2004, 06:59 AM
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To Kevey- Back to the topic of travel....I agree with you about it not being a big deal to stay on the river. I just got back from Bangkok a few days ago. I've been there many times and this time I thought...OK...I'll give two days to staying on the river...I was gone two weeks...although 5 days were spent back down in Singapore...the rest in Bangkok and while in Bangkok I stayed at 5 different hotels. I like to move around. I get totally bored only staying in one part of town.I like to explore other areas. Anyhow, I stayed at The Chateau de Bangkok by Sofitel ( an Accor hotel), The Peninsula, The Royal Orchid Sheraton...since it's next to the River City Mall where I shop..., the Four Seasons, and The Metropolitan. And I must say that after two days on the river,I couldn't wait to get back to the inner city and check back into my all time favorite....The Four Seasons which is my home away from home. On my next vacation to Bangkok, I will try...out of curiosity...the Marriot, the Shangri-La, and maybe your hotel the Landmark...what Sky Train station is that located near? Then I'll also do the Four Seasons...for most of my stay...and the Metropolitan again.Oh, for folks who just need to overnight in Bangkok on the way to somewhere else...I was on my way down to Singapore first and then back up to Bangkok...the Chateau de Bangkok by Sofitel(an Accor hotel) is great. I had a Jr. Suite for 1400 Baht. Transportation from the hotel to the airport...early morning...only cost me 200 baht. I had someone from the hotel pick me up at the airport(to the hotel) so that was more expensive(1,000 baht).My room had a large walk-in closet, queen-sized bed, sofa and TV in a livingroom type space, a kitchenette...large fridge/freezer with a large microwave oven...and stainless steel sink and couter space with lots of cabinets. The hotel is part hotel and serviced apartments AND the best is that there is a laundryroom with washers and dryers. You buy a token at the reception for 70 Baht and you can do your own laundry! There is also a swimming pool and restaurants. Happy Travels.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 07:31 AM
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Nana station is beside the Landmark.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 07:37 AM
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Kevey-sorry, I'm going to hijack your thread once more and address Gpanda's remarks directly. It is one thing for rhkmhk or others, to hold an opinion, however IT IS QUITE ANOTHER to get overly personal, as rhkmhk did, and "attack" someone else's post, by making a comment that I'm quite sure he would not have made to a male poster. His remarks were entirely inappropriate, for which he should apologize, but won't. However, given what you've now informed as to his political persuasion, the intolerant attitude he displays is consistent with such politics...as for me, someone who is so insecure that they feel the need to put down someone's opposing viewpoints is simply not credible, and I'll leave it at that.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 07:53 AM
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Ok OK lets all agree to leave politics and religion out of the posts here- no one is better or worse for their political views- just different. Lets stick to travel! We can all agree it is far more satisfying than wrangling over politics!
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Sep 7th, 2004, 08:29 AM
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No one's talking about religion, and as for politics-well, it was brought up in the above context by Gpanda, so it's fair game on the issue of rhkmhk's intolerance of differing opinions and his ad hominem attacks-- so I stand by what I said.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 08:51 AM
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Mea Culpa-I apologize for any political reference. I've been enjoying Kevey's posts and appreciate his frank criticism. It's refreshing.

I do note that Bob is a delightful dinner companion with tons of very specific knowledge about BKK, T-land and Asia. This knowledge is accompanied by very strong opinions on hotels, restaurants, activities and politics. He is very generous in sharing both his knowledge and opinions. I appreciate this and believe that they are inseparable. I suspect that this might also be true for others of us. Somehow, we mostly manage to post without too many ad hominem attacks. It's why this forum is so thoroughly enjoyable.

Ohmigod, did I just defend a Republican? Will I be barred from the Gates of Heaven? I know I'll be asked to move out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Maybe, I'll move to BKK. Worse things could happen.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Spygirl - perhaps you could share with us the 'comment ' RHKKMK said that has clearly upset, you because I must have ready approx 100 of his contributions to various posts within the last 6 months or so and found him to be very charming with his advice and preferences. I know he appears to 'plug' Marriott properties somewhat, but think that if he enjoys staying at these locations, then that is up to him and why not therefore recommend them ??

I have noticed that he has not made any contributions to any posts I have recently added or read - I hope it is nothing to do with adverse comments against him - if you are reading theise RHKKMK - please, please do not stop providing your welcome tips and views.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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I agree- Bob gives outstanding trip reports like no one else- so Bob keep the comments coming!!!!!!!!!
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Sep 7th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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Please excuse the liberties taken in the barely relevant submission:

Add Hom A Nim

Too Pandas were walking threw Bangkok
When set upon bye a Tie in frock.
Upset was writed by night in Black
It was a bad homonym attack.

With apologies to Ogden Nash, Spygirl and Kevey.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 02:13 PM
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Fiona et al - did you not swim at the Marriott resort 'cause you spent so much time sightseeing, etc? Am going to Thailand w/my boyfriend in Jan and we're planning on staying at the Marriott. It sounds like a great place to relax and cool off in between bouts with the heat.
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Sep 7th, 2004, 03:57 PM
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Actually it was Bob who brought up politics, mentioning he was a Bush supporter, though what that had to do with his opinions about staying riverside in BKK I don't know. I can understand getting fired up about politics -- but about which hotel is better??? Travel is supposed to be fun, not war... Glad we're back to travel.
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Sep 8th, 2004, 05:48 AM
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I also hope we can stay OFF politics and stay ON travel. There are plenty of other places to air our political opinions. I also hope we go back to having strong opinions, which we feel free to state but that we also always respect the opinions of others and recognized that they are just as valid as ours. They are opinions, NOT fact. It might help when recommending specific hotels for us to let others know what our priorities are if they are relevant. For example, I have often said that my favorite hotel is the Oriental but the fact is that a main reason is that everyone knows me there and I feel like I'm coming home and staying with friends. When I stayed at the Penn I got superb service but it was cold compared to the Oriental. But in reality I'm not comparing apples and apples. I also am NOT a high tech person at all so all the stuff in the Penn room left me cold but that's because of what I like and it could be very different for someone else. And I bet we can say our preferences without mentioning either Bush or Kerry.
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Sep 8th, 2004, 08:20 AM
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I would happily have spent at the Marriott pool, we just didn't have time!!!
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Sep 8th, 2004, 06:11 PM
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Thanks, Gloria. You so perfectly said what I was trying to say. It's so helpful to understand what someone or dislikes about a place so you can try to evaluate if it's right for you. And the more description the better. Really gives an idea of what to expect. I loved your post on Northern Thailand and really many of Bob's RHKKMK posts were very informative too. Just started becoming a little offensive when he began telling others how wrong their opinions were....Oh, well.
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