Final Thoughts on Thailand (2019)

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Eating our way through Bangkok

When we realized we were going to have another few days in Bangkok, we decided there was only one thing to do:  eat our way through the city.  Not very good for our waistlines or our wallets, but sometimes you just have to do what you just have to do.  So….we checked out the list of Bib Gourmand restaurants in Bangkok and started making plans/reservations.

For those of you not familiar with Bib Gourmand, it is a designation given by Michelin for “good quality, good value restaurants.”  The price point for a “good value” restaurant varies based on location — in Bangkok, you are supposed to be able to get a three course meal (excluding beverages) for 1000 Baht (about $31) per person (which is an insane amount of money because we regularly ate in Thailand for less than that amount of money for two people with drinks).

There are 58 Bib Gourmand restaurants in Bangkok so we obviously couldn’t try them all on this visit (but we intend to work our way through them over time….).  But, we managed to try a nice selection of cheap and less cheap places with fast casual and fancy food.  Below are the highlights from our food extravaganza.  It wasn’t really fair to compare the restaurants, as it would be like comparing apples and oranges, so we have organized them from the cheapest to the most expensive.  Continue reading

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Boozy Heathen Brunch — The Tradition Continues

Sorry if this is a duplicate post for you…it somehow got deleted and we have no idea why….

Robert and I have very few traditions, but one we do have is Boozy Heathen Brunch. I know, you are asking yourself “what is Boozy Heathen Brunch,” right? Well, it is a decadent brunch the Saturday before Easter — all of the fun and none of the guilt involved with Easter. Boozy Heathen Brunch is best done at home, with a large group of friends with smoked sable from Dirk’s Fish Market and donuts from Dinkel’s. But, that wasn’t in the cards for us this year. So, once we realized we would be in Bangkok the Saturday before Easter, we started searching for a brunch. Thankfully, the Sofitel So came to the rescue with their Saturday brunch.

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Songkran in Ao Nang

Happy New Year!  What, you didn’t know it was New Year?  Well, it recently was in Thailand, at least for the Buddhists, and it is now year 2562 over here.  Songkran or Thai New Year ushers in the rainy season.  The actual holiday is April 13 every year, but the celebration extends to the 15th (and even longer some places).

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Having fun spraying everyone who walks by.

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Week Two on Koh Lanta in Pictures

For our second week on Koh Lanta, we moved over to the West side of the island, which is far more built up and touristy.  We thought we would be able to walk to more things, but we quickly learned that we don’t like walking in “real feel” weather of 105 degrees F in the middle of the day and decided to, once again, rent a scooter.  Our helmets this time were even better….mine already had a big crack in it…..Oh well, we lived to tell the tale so I can’t complain.

Our hotel was cute and overrun with adorable little lizards.  There were multiple varieties of lizards, including some that looked like little iguanas.

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A lizard keeping us company near the scooter parking lot at our hotel.

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Diving/Snorkeling Ko Haa

Robert dove Ko Haa and we both snorkeled Ko Haa (I did it twice) with Lanta Diver.

Ko Haa means five islands.  Oddly, however, there are actually 6 islands.  It is a beautiful place and only about a two hour boat ride away from Koh Lanta.

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Week One on Koh Lanta in Pictures

Koh Lanta is an absolutely beautiful place.  We spent our first week on Koh Lanta on the East side of the Island in Old Lanta.  We absolutely loved it.  It was quiet and relaxed and laid back.  But be warned, if you stay there, you pretty much have to rent a scooter (assuming you have a license and insurance) because there is very little to walk to and what passes for a taxi in this part of the world (usually, the back of a pick up truck but sometimes a side cart attached to a scooter) is very expensive for this part of the world (we payed $13 to get across the island one way).  So, what did we do in our first week (besides visiting Lanta Animal Welfare)?

We played on swings over the ocean at various beachfront bars and restaurants.

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Lisa in Old Town at Rareview Coffee and Restaurant.  This place is fantastic for grabbing a drink, enjoying the view, and watching the eagles (more on that later).  The food is pretty good too, but the absolute best meal we had on the East side was at a place called Pinto.  If you are in town, you HAVE to eat at Pinto.

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Lanta Animal Welfare Visit

Our first full day on Koh Lanta, we actually set an alarm for 7 am.  What on earth would cause us to do that?  One word:  DOGS!  (Ok, fine, maybe two words:  DOGS!  CATS!).

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One of the cats at Kitty City.

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Could have, should have, would have

So, yeah, things have been pretty quiet around here, haven’t they? Honestly, we haven’t been doing much of interest.  In fact, we have been doing so little, we don’t even have any photos for this post.

After leaving Yogyakarta, we could have written about our one night at an airport hotel in Jakarta. We could have written about the hotel’s horrible airport transfer that took 1.5 hours to get us the couple of kilometers from the airport to the hotel or the massive amount of ravenous mosquitoes in the hotel lobby or the disgusting food at the restaurant or the fact that they kept their limited supply of wine under lock and key at all hours and had to find a key holder when I ordered a glass during happy hour.  But that would have sounded like whining, so why bother? Continue reading

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I really need to learn to dive

Watch the video, keeping in mind that Robert’s camera doesn’t have zoom.  Enough said.

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