S: The Diary of the Thailand Adventurers
FC: The Diary of the Thailand Adventurers
1: March 6-8: After close to 30 hours of travel time, we're finally in Bangkok. | At night, we explored the Patpong Night Market where we bought some flip flops and got 'fish massages'. | We had noodles at a nearby place for 79 baht and refreshing drinks for 39 baht each. We were quite impressed! | Going home, we bargained with a tuk tuk driver who gave us a ride for 80 baht. It was so refreshing in the Bangkok heat, even though it messed up Jackson's hair. | The Curious Case of the Two Hot Dogs
2: March 9: The Grand Palace truly lives up to its name. | We had a cheap breakfast then bought some elephant pants for Jackson.
3: After, we got a massage and went to Khao San Road where we had some Pad Thai and did some shopping.
4: March 10: We spent the day at the Samphran Zoo just outside of the city. | There were crocodiles of all sizes and Jackson was able to feed them pieces of raw chicken. He had so much fun he went to buy another bucket. When Lilian tried to feed one it jumped out at her and freaked her out. After, we watched a pretty entertaining elephant show. It was amazing how they could be trained to do so many things. At the end, we bought some bananas and fed them as well.
5: March 11: Off to Phuket! When we got to the airport today, we found out there was a flight delay of a couple hours; meaning we would get in at around 8pm. Lilian's cold was also getting worst. We were worried that since we're getting in so late, we wouldn't be able to book a day tour for tomorrow and the day would be wasted. But upon arriving everything worked out. We walked around the area and had an 'expensive' dinner where we were able to pick our own seafood item and select the way you want it cooked. It only cost about 900 baht.
7: March 12: Today we went canoeing around Phang Nga Bay. It was fantastic! | Today's Itinerary Phanak Island Hong Island - lunch - James Bond Island Lawa Yai Island
8: Unfortunately, half way through our canoe trip, our camera died. We tried to take a lot of mental photos instead, but was still feeling disappointed. When we got to James Bond Island, we bought a disposable camera with all the money we had. The photos aren't great but at least we have something. Our tour guide was amazing. He took us around the island and insisted on being our personal photographer. After, we had some free time at Lawa Island. We paddled the canoe out and relaxed while floating in the canoe under the sun.
9: March 12: In the evening, we walked along Patong Beach.
10: March 14: Today we enjoyed the sunshine and the warm blue water. | We had to hold on for dear life because the waves were so choppy.
11: Feeding monkeys and snorkeling on beautiful Monkey Beach. | The sand was so fine it was like white mud.
13: We had lunch on Ko Phi Phi Don and then explored Maya Bay where 'The Beach' was filmed. After, we went to Khai Island where Jackson spent some time looking for little crabs among the rocks. The beach area was full of broken pieces of coral that had washed up making it difficult to walk on.
14: On a couple lazy and tired days (after day trips), we slept in, had massages at our hotel spa, and spent time in the pool. We also walked around the streets and ate lunch. | Every day started off with a delicious breakfast buffet at our hotel. They had a mango/peach drink that was delicious! The fresh pineapples every morning was great as well!
15: At night, we explored the offerings of Bangla Road. There was a pizza place that had excellent pasta for a great price. We ended up going there 2 nights in a row. | On our last night in Phuket, we each made a wish, then sent it into the night to become a star.
16: March 16: I guess we're going to Hong Kong! Earlier in the week, we had gone into a travel agency to inquire about flying straight from Phuket to Taipei to avoiding the political protests in Bangkok. The agent said there were no direct flights to Taipei but we would need to go through Hong Kong. We joked around with the idea of flying to Hong Kong. A couple days later, after being completely sunburnt, we thought 'why not!' and embarked on a spontaneous trip. The flights and hotels were both booked just the day before.
17: In the evening, while exploring our neighbourhood and looking for a dim sum place, we stumbled on a hot pot restaurant. Ordering off the menu was 'interesting' but we managed. | Expecting a tiny room for $60 a night in Hong Kong, we were shocked when we arrived at our first hotel. The corner room was on the 53rd and had a gorgeous view.
18: March 17: Today we rode the Ngong Ping 360 gondola and visited the Giant Buddha. | Lilian had been there before but this was Jackson's first time. This was something he was looking forward to seeing. At one point, we decided to run up the stairs which was a bad idea.
19: In the evening, we walked around the streets and went to our first of several dessert places. Jackson ordered a coconut tapioca dessert and was not too impressed. He thought the coconut taste really ruined it. In the end, he ended up just eating Lilian's mango tofu dessert pudding instead. | Afterwards, we caught the light show at the Hong Kong harbour in Causeway Bay and took photos at the Avenue of Stars.
20: March 18: Filling up on education at the Hong Kong Museum of History | The day took an unexpected turn when Lilian and Jackson got separated inside the museum. But everything worked out in the end. Lilian had been to the museum before so she said she didn't need to be in any photos.
21: March 20: Today was a frustration free day in Hong Kong | We met up with Jackson's cousin, Tony, who became our guide for the day. We visited the grave of Jackson's great grandparents, had dim sum, took the star ferry across the harbour, took the tram up to the peak, and ended the day at a fantastic dessert place. All in all, it was a great day.
22: We woke up bright and early this morning to visit the park. Jackson didn't know there were amusement park rides so he was surprised when we got there. The best attraction at the park was the awesome dolphin and sea lion show. It was pretty amazing. | March 21: A visit to Ocean Park, Hong Kong
23: March 22 & 23: On our way home | We flew from Hong Kong back to Bangkok for one night in order to catch our flight home. This was great because we got a chance to experience the Thailand hospitality again. We got our last massage, relaxed, peeled our sun-burnt skin, and reminisced about the our last two weeks. All in all, we had the time of our lives on this trip. We saw and experienced so many amazing things but there is still so much more to see and do. The people in Thailand are so warm and willing to help whenever you're in need. Both Thailand and Hong Kong are places we will no doubt visit again. | Travelers: Jackson, Lilian & Ka-Be (Mud-Krap)