S: Summer Adventure 2012 ~Thailand, Hong Kong, China
FC: Summer Adventure 2012 July 3-22 | Thailand | Hong Kong | China
1: July 3- Leave Chicago July 4- Travel day July 5- Bangkok July 6-9- Krabi (Thai massage, Island tour, elephant riding) July 10-15 - Hong Kong (The Peak, dim sum, ladies market, Lan Kwai Fong, Big Buddah, Star Ferry) July 15-17- Beijing (Great Wall, Kung Fu Show, Tiennemen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour) July 18- Xian (City wall, Muslim Quarter, Terra Cotta Warriors, Over night train) July 19- Suzhou (Garden, Venice of the East boat tour) July 20-22- Shanghai (Naijing Road, Pizza, The Bund river boat tour, Shanghai Museum, Market shopping, Acrobat show, Asian Karaoke) July 22-Back to Chicago! | Thailand, Hong Kong & China July 3-23, 2012
2: Flying in style... Business Class to Bangkok! Salad and Shrimp, Chicken, an Ice Cream Sunday and Champagne!
3: Bangkok | A one day tour of the highlights of the city included a ride on a local boat, a tuk tuk and a visit to Golden Mountain for a view of the whole city.
5: The Bangkok tour also included a trip to the Grand Palace, the world's largest gold Buddah, a visit to the fruit and flower market, a ride on another tuk tuk and boat and lunch from a street vendor. Nice hot noodle soup with fish balls on a ridiculously hot day!
6: Krabi, Thailand Nakamanda Resort July is low season in Thailand, so it was pretty empty. It was definitely a honeymooners resort, but a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery!
7: Food and Drink of Thailand | Chicken Pad Thai, Tom Yum Soup, Seafood, Dragon Fruit, Phuket Beer and Diet Coke with a view
8: Thai Island Tour | Bamboo Island Very choppy waters to get to this island and then it rained for the hour we were there. | Had lunch on Phi Phi Island, wandered around the town a bit then stopped a few times for snorkeling on the way back to the mainland.
9: The Blue Lagoon Calm, warm and very blue water!
10: Elephant Riding!! | We took a trip to Nosey Parkers Elephant Camp where we had an hour long elephant ride. We had a run in with the elephant getting in a tree full of fire ants and all over Jonathan. We then got to fee him get a tour of the property.
14: Hong Kong
15: The Peak with Allie and Cooper | Spectacular views of the skyline
16: Dim Sum Lunch and Shopping in the Ladies Market
17: Cable Cars to the Big Buddah
18: Hong Kong by Night Lan Kwai Fong, Dinner at Hutong on the Kowloon side and drinks at the bar below our apartment
19: Gog | Good Bye Hong Kong...Hello mainland China! First stop...Beijing and the Great wall! | Only 1000 steps to the wall!
22: Toboggan Ride down from the Great Wall to the street full of fancy souvenirs. Nothing quite like a visit to the Great Wall followed by a lunch at Subway!
23: Dinner at Mr. Lee's... China's version of KFC Chicken Leg Soup (literally)! | Kung Fu Show Not quite what we expected it to be, but interesting none the less!
24: Tiananmen Square Huge square with lots of security because of massacre years ago HOT and smoggy!
25: The tour group outside the Forbidden City
26: Forbidden City | Lots of temples, lots of people and lots of umbrellas!
27: Hutong Tour Hutong = small neighborhood We rode on Rickshaws through the neighborhood and had lunch in a traditional home. It was surprisingly delicious food and compared to the rest of Beijing, quiet and calm!
28: Xian A morning bike ride around the old city wall, a snack in the Muslim quarters and lunch of dumplings (shaped like the food inside).
29: Terra Cotta Warriors | 2 hours | 2 hours from Xian...thousands of Warriors built to protect a former Chinese Emperor in his after life. The Warriors are still in the process of being rebuilt.
30: The wait at the extremely crowded, dirty train station for our overnight ride from Xian to Shouzo. | 14 hours of fun on a Chinese train! The train was just as crowded, dirty and cramped as the train station.
31: Chinese Gardens in Shouzo | Venice of the East...not quite the same as the Italian Venice! | Street food for dinner with Evan, George, Daisy and Colleen. Lan Mae Dun Tao...15 cents and delcious!
32: Last Stop: Shanghai | Lunch on our own...Pizza please!
33: New City Shanghai | Old City Shanghai
36: Farewell Dinner and Chinese Acrobat Show! Hot pot dinner... cook your own food in boiling water. Good food but a lot of work!
37: Karaoke...Asian Style. Private room, Chinese tunes and beer!
38: The end of a great trip isn't so bad when it ends with a flight home in seat 1A...first class :) Appetizers, Crab Cakes, Ice Cream Sundaes, Breakfast, Wine and Ferris! Amazing!!
39: Translation...We want to sing Karaoke for one hour in a private room! | Misc/THE END!