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Nov 28th, 2009, 10:52 PM
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A died thank god just in time for the return trip
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Back home exhausted after a BKK-SIN-FRA-JFK-CT-BOS-Cambridge excursion. Will pick up tomorrow with the rest of the story.
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Nov 30th, 2009, 05:46 PM
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this must be an imposter, as i saw him in the morgue...
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Someone got to drive from JFK airport to JFK Street after 114 hours in the air?
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Nov 30th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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Welcome home, let the tale continue.
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Nov 30th, 2009, 10:28 PM
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Rest up, panda, rest up. How's the cough?
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Nov 30th, 2009, 11:52 PM
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We all have our crosses to bear, whatever that means. I'm sitting in the JAL First Class lounge at Narita, finishing off a nice beef curry, and the lounge is several degrees too warm. And crowded. Then I'll have to endure the long flight to Chicago (on American, no less) plus connection to Boston before returning to the safety of Billerica.

When's the next trip, Bobdy/Karth?
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Dec 1st, 2009, 07:19 AM
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"Safety of Billerica"? For non-Bostonians, this is an oxymoron.

The first night in Krabi, we ate at the Terrace. This is a wonderful restaurant just across the street from the Sheraton. Naturally, Bob had a conversation with an man who invited us to eat at his Indian restaurant. Bob told him "tomorrow night". Much more on this later.

The food at the Terrace is very good. Most superb was the Prawn in Chili Sauce. I was still eating only small bites, but they were all good.

Bought a few breakfast items at the 7-11 and back to the room. As an aside, Thailand is covered with 7-11's. They are everywhere. Somehow, they actually have interesting some interesting snacks, unlike the ones in the US that only have sugar and salt derivatives.
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Dec 1st, 2009, 08:35 AM
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The next day was overcast, but still very pleasant. In fact, Beth and karen said they liked it better than a very sunny day. It certainly made the quest for shade much more simple. Hung around the pool and beach. Lunch at the pool.

For dinner, we went to the Indian restaurant Bob had committed to the previous night. It's name is Soho and it is to the right of the terrace. Unsurprisingly enough, Bob engaged the owner is a long conversation. He is Pakistani. We were the only customers. However, there was a group of six men sitting at a table discussing, but not eating. they appeared to be friends of the owner. The owner complained that business was poor and asked for our suggestions. we told him that the entrance was poorly demarcated and he would benefit from a set of twinkle lights outlining the entrance.

We ordered and when the food came, it was tiny portions. I didn't care because of lowered appetite, but the others were irate. The smallest nan I've ever seen. The food was decent tasting. The owner did mention that he ahd hired an Indian cook. the food was authentic to our taste.
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Dec 1st, 2009, 12:07 PM
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but it was way too expensive for where and what it was....the restaurant is to the left of the terrace--- besides being dead he must be blind too...

7/11 is about his style actually... we have no 7/11's in needham i might note...
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Dec 1st, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Eleven is far too complex a number to be in Needham. In Needham, they have no two digit numbers at all. If you can't count to it on both hands, it doesn't exist.

Bob is correct. The Indian restaurant not only served tiny portions, the prices were way too high. About 40-50% more expensive than the Terrace. Your choice, a cheap, very good restaurant with decnt portions or a more expensive one with mediocre food and miniscule portions.
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 03:09 AM
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The next day was also overcast, but still a very nice day to sit out and relax. Beth, Karen and I did so. Bob spent the day planning his nefarious activities.

Forgot to mention that there was a scheduling screw-up on the first day. We had booked a long-tailed boat ride to some islands for what we thought was Sunday. However, it turns out we had booked for Friday and missed it. The boat driver apparently showed up at the hotel, but we never made any connection. Karen arranged for us to do it on Sunday with a forfeiture of our 20% deposit.

For dinner, we drove into Ao Nang. Of course, his Bobness had no idea how to get there. He had some loose directions from the Pakistani owner of the Indian restaurant, but nonetheless we got lost. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that if I had made arrangements to rent a car and intended to drive to the only major village nearby, I would have obtained directions from the rental company. Did Bob do this? Of course not. We spent a while wandering roads in Krabi with no apparent idea of where we were going.

Eventually we arrived in Ao Nang. It's arranged like a contrapositive "L" ( Bob, that means that it's upside down and reversed). When you first enter, there's aa large hotel that looks very much like a Wat. There did not appear to be much activity. We drove down one leg and up the other. The street consists of the usual Thai beach commercial entities, e.g., restaurants, tailors, massage places and banks.

Bob tried to get some money from an ATM, but as had happened previously, he was limited to 3000 Baht. He had twice E-mailed his bank about this low limit, but no action yet. There was a universal 150 baht charge for a withdrawal, so multiple withdrawals would have been expensive. I withdrew 10,000 Baht and gave it to him.

We had dinner at Blue Mango. I ordered the spaghetti carbomara and could actually eat most of it. Significant improvement.

Bob managed not to get lost on the drive back to the Sheraton. Of course, there were signs pointing the way.
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 06:37 AM
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I have to correct the panda a bit. We knew generally the direction of Aou Nang. There about 3 roads going in that direction from the hotel , so you can't go tooooo far wrong. Besides, we wanted to show then the Royal Villa in the area. The meal at Blue Mango was quite good, and a change from Thai.

The ATM issue was corrected the next day.
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 06:46 AM
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it is interesting that a person from cambridge does not feel any responsibility in any planning for a common trip???
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 08:38 AM
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Let's see. Karen is correct, there are only a few roads from the Sheraton. The question is "Why didn't Bob use the road that went towards Ao Nang?" He certainly pretended he was trying to use the right road. Maybe it's a Republican conspiracy.

With respect to planning, I note that within several days of our booking the flights, Bob had already booked the hotels and the like. There was no room, none, for anyone else planning anything. Unresolved control issues. We've taken many un-Bob trips to Thailand and managed to plan precisely. I would suggest that there is ample evidence that he plans very good trips, likes to plan and in fact needs to plan. Any sane person would have done what Beth, Maureen and I did, i.e., allow Bob to feel in charge.
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 01:10 PM
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Gpanda- looking forward to your review of the Plaza Athenee. Bob gave a great detailed report but always good to have another opinion.
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 01:33 PM
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The next day was our long-awaited boat ride to the islands. We waited patiently in the lobby as instructed. No one shows up. Eventually, I wandered down to the beach and there he was. He had called up to the lobby, so beth, Karen and his B-ness followed.

Into the boat and off to Ko Hong. Bob and I sat in the front and got drenched with water flowing over the sides. Beth and Karen were dry. It was warm, so drenching was not a real problem. The ride was fun. The boatman's name was Hassan, nicknamed Son. He's the husband and partner of Elizabeth. They are co-owners of the business. He was very pleasant and amusing.

We pulled up to the island with a few other boats. We wandered around and sat on the beach in a lovely protected spot. I snorkeled around looking at green, orange and yellow fish. The others took up space. There were a few monitor lizards. One was about six feet from head to tail. He didn't mess with me. Lunch was served and we talked to an interesting English couple. They were actually staying at the hotel in Ao Nang that looked like a Wat. They said it was deserted.

After lunch, we rode over to the lagoon on the other side. very pretty. There were some squid fishermen close to the shore.

Rode over to Ko Ladi for a look at a place where people can camp out overnight. On the way there we saw a cave carved into an island where people could also stay. No thank you. Ko Ladi was a nice stop.

Rode back to the Sheraton. All in all it was very a very nice day. I would highly recommend this trip.
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Dec 2nd, 2009, 08:22 PM
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Is this a first for Fodors? Two separate reports on the same trip?

In some paragraphs I'm getting that deja vu/not-so-deja-vu feeling. Fine reading, both versions, but still a bit odd, especially the emphasis on Italian restaurants.

Is there something about Italian food in Asia that the rest of us travelers should know about?

Hope you're feeling better, panda.
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Dec 3rd, 2009, 02:35 AM
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ET-this is not a first. We were stuck with Bob on our Bali trip in 2008 and two reports were generated. I wasn't sick and much more able to fend off his nonsense.

There are many very good Italian restaurants in Asia. They often have a European Chef with Thai sous chefs. There is clearly a subculture of European Chefs that go to Asia and make a career of working at the high end Italian restaurants. Normally, when Beth and I are alone, we eat Thai at almost every meal. His Bobness grew up around Boston and hence Wednesday is always Prince Spaghetti day.
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Frankly, panda, I don't know who is capable of more "nonsense".

Was it you or Bob who was trying to tie a knot with a cherry stem - with your tongue?

Glad to see you were soldiering on despite the flu!
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