S: Thailand * Laos * Cambodia 2011
FC: Thailand * Laos * Cambodia
2: Our first days were spent exploring malls and visiting family. | US Embassy caps from Brad... They scream: TOURIST!!!
3: MBK, Bangkok
4: Cabbages and Condoms is a restaurant founded by the first doctor in Thailand to seriously initiate and support family planning and HIV protection. The restaurant tastefully normalizes the image and use of condoms in the most creative ways!
5: Our "after dinner mints"
6: Ayutthaya - the old capital of Thailand.
7: Destruction of the temple in Ayutthaya caused by the Burmese invasion
8: Nap time for the Mahut - elephant guide
9: Boat trip back to Bangkok
10: The palace in Ayutthaya
12: Who uses spoons??? | Chonburi, Thailand. Two hours south of Bangkok Full of rice fields and seadfood!
13: Bangsaen Pier
14: Phuket & Phi Phi Island
15: Phi Phi Island was made famous by the move "The Beach" and James Bond!
16: Left: Tent in the center of the mall. Right: cute coaster
17: Below: At the bus station waiting to leave Phuket. A cat decided we were friends! | Cute hats we found at the Phuket malls.
18: THE DUCKS OF SIAM PARAGON
19: A Mall worth bragging about....
20: The mall with a full aquarium in the basement.... | Strange sea creature?
22: Vientiane, Laos | Above: Monument created from cement donated to Laos to help build a bigger airport runway. Laos decided otherwise.
23: Yummy real Laotian food!! Sticky rice in the bamboo container!!!
24: Snacks for the trip to Luangprabang! | Luangprabang | DAD!!! | Playing on the 3DS on the plane.
25: Some Laotian writing.... (top) Bottom: The Mekong River, at the time it was MUCH larger than normal and caused massive flooding!
26: Itty-bitty Asian chairs!!
27: Joma | cute Laos based cafe: good coffee better bagels
29: We were taking in the sights when we came across these cars...
30: Luangprabang, being a world heritage site, is one of the cleanest cities I've ever visited.
31: While we visited Luangprabang, we had lots of delicious food from the night food market and enjoyed the elephants.
32: Shining Angkor Hotel, Cambodia. Everything was solid Teak | Siem Reap International Airport
33: At the height of Angkorian power, this city was the most advanced nation in the world (the time of medieval England).
34: Angkor Wat
35: All the structures of Angkor had extremely steep and narrow steps. To traverse them, wooden stairs were built to assist tourists, all of which were also very steep!
37: We loved the temple with many faces | Most temples had many rock courtyards at the center.
39: Giant Chess Pieces?
40: It seems it would've taken more time than we had to see all of Angkor Wat | Hostel | so much detail
41: So many temples... so little time....
42: The wat with the trees was made famous by the Tomb Raider movie. The temple itself is so overgrown that it now has scaffolding and supports to keep some of the structures up.
44: Leaving Angkor Wat only means we need to come back to visit again.
45: Tuk-tuks, the taxi-alternative of South East Asia.
46: We spent half a day in 'downtown' Siem Reap, looking through the markets and buying gifts... | We happened upon an Italian restaurant with delicious pizza, then found the Blue Pumpkin ice cream for dessert.
47: Another wonder of Cambodia (and the world) is the Tonle Sap lake, which we got to see at its deepest. The lake remains at about one meter deep and covers 2,700 square kilometers for most of the year. During the rainy season, its dimensions change to 16,000 square kilometers and averages a depth of 9 meters..
48: Our tour guide/boat driver on the Tonle Sap couldn't have been more than 12 years old... | Never ending water...
49: One of the flooded villages on the Tonle Sap where we stopped for lunch.
50: Buildings are on stilts, or flooded to the second storey; only the tops of the forest can be seen now.
51: We got to take turns driving the boat
52: Goodbye beautiful Cambodia, wish we had more time.
53: Back to Thailand for dinner with friends!