S: Asia Adventrue 2011!!
FC: Thailand, Camobodia, China Adventure! | Spring 2011
1: Mike dropped us all off at the airport and took this picture, it would be the first of many. We dressed as comfortable as possible for our 25hr flight ahead of us! | We were on our way!
3: We had an 8hr layover in Dubai. We took the subway to downtown and saw the tallest building in the world, walked around a bit and ended up at a fancy mall. It was a very multicultural city and very clean.
4: Our first meal in Thailand, it was delicious and HOT!! We landed in Bangkok a little tired and a little out of it, but ready to go out and explore the city. We met up with Erin’s mission companion who took us around.
6: Grand Palace, Bangkok
9: The Temple of the Dawn, Bangkok
10: The temple of the dawn was a breath of fresh air after King's palace's glittery gold. It has a mixture of Hindu, Buddhist relics. There were a steep and narrow stair case leading up to the top of the 282 ft tower.
12: The black Buddha, that was not black. | Looking over Bangkok | Tuk Tuk ride, he forced us to check out his friends jewel shop.
13: We took a tuk tuk to three temples He took us to one temple, then refused to continue until we stopped at a jewelry shop (he got a gas credit if he brought tourist). After that he dropped us off at the second temple and left us! | Buddah statue | The non-black, black buddah | Getting our fortunes
14: Delicious Thai food! (I think this was pad Thai) | Enjoying one of the best parts of the day in Thailand!
15: Ayutthaya | Ayutthaya | old capital city
16: Ayutthaya, was started 1350 and destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army. There we ruins everywehre! Some burned, some with buddah's heads gone, and some intack.
20: coconut icecream! | A Buddha head that was cut off to be taken back to Cambodia. It was accidently left it and a tree grew up around it. You are not suppose to have your head higher than the Buddha head (I got yelled at for not knowing that) | The water restaurant we enjoyed.
25: Lopburi This little city has a ruin downtown full of monkeys. They run rampant there, and are even found outside grounds on street signs, power lines--they are everywhere! The Monkey's were cute, but all I could think of is what viruses they were harboring and scared they may give it to me.
26: top left: a market top right: a delicious crape like desert bottom: me scared of the cute monkey, they jumped on you and tried to crawl all over you oth page: town festival
28: Bike Tour! We took an hour train ride out of Bangkok and biked with a tour guide all over a little farm community. It was wonderful to get out of the city! We had SO much fun riding through green rice fields, learning what grows there, and meeting locals. We had a delicious lunch at the mayor’s house and ended the day by visiting a school and playing games in English. Please note I was the only one cautious enough to wear the hat with extra sun protection. I think it was a fashion statement the others feared to make :-)
31: We caught a 5:45am train to Thailand boarder (5 hr ride). We then took a 10 minute tuk tuk where they tried to scam us twice (I had to kind of get upset at them), we walked 5 min across the boarder, took a 5 min bus ride (which we were very suspicious of) and then an entertaining 3 hour taxi ride where the driver honked 30 x in one minuet (we counted) and got really nervous when I spoke to him (I think he was nervous to use his English.
33: Angkor Wat
34: Angkor Wat is a complex of temples you could spend many days in. We started at 7am with this amin complex. There were 100's of devatas carved on the wall--there were over 100 differnent hairdo's. This one above is thought to be the most beautiful. To the right is a seven headed serpant that either represents heaven or protects from danger.
37: Upper left and bottom right: more wall carvings, These use to be covered in color or gold. Most dipicted war scense, you could tell the ranking of the general by the number of umbrellas. This was the emerior. Bottome right: one of two libraries. Scholars lived in the complex and study at the library.
38: It was SO hot!! We were exhausted by 10am and started taking a lot of "bathroom breaks". On one paticular bathroom break we bought a delicous coconut to drink and eat.
40: We stopped by a village for lunch and walked around a bit. I got to join some little girls playing jump rope; we watched a man make palm sugar. The houses were all on stilts. Opposite page: some VERY steep steps up to the highest of temples where the emperior went once a year. I am "taking the plunge" this pool was filled with water and the groom stood on one ledge while the bride stood on the other and they jumped in at the end. Very top right shows on of MANY breaks.
46: One of my favorite spots was this temple built 1186 A.D. After it was abandoned these huge serpent like trees grew up all around it.
49: Opposite page is one of 4 gates into an Angok Wat temple. This is the ghost gate; when people died they were carried out of the city through this gate.
50: opposite page: Bayon temple, it has over 4 dozen heads with faces in each of the cardinal points. No matter where you stand someone is gazing over you. It is thought to be the 4 faces of the emperior. This a a beautiful temple!
53: Our lovely hotel! It was $8 a night and was the best place we stay the whole trip! After our LONG trek to Cambodia we were great by a friendly staff and a $5 1 hour whole body message!
54: Koh Phi Phi --a tropical paradise and a blissed 2 days! The water are warm and clear; we LOVED this beautiful island and wished we coudl stay longer. We sea kayaked to hidden coves and along cliff sides, we rented a boat to take us out to a little island, and snorkled with fish SO thick you ran into them and they nibbled on your legs.
59: After our blissed two days on the island we flew back to Bangkok and had an 8 hour layover. We took a taxi to see the temple of the Dawn at night and to pick up our tailored suits. We ran in to our familiar friend Ronald. | So Long Thailand :-(
60: Turns out it is FrEeZiNg in Beijing in march! We could not get warm enough!! The first restaurant we went to was a local place that had never seen American patrons. They brought me a menu while I could not read, I told them just bring us something with veggies and chicken and we will love it. They thought that was SO funny!
62: Forbidden City
63: Double Happiness, I stood in front of this hoping it would bring me luck :-)
64: Peaking duck dinner, Chinese hot pot, and California Noodle King, just a few of our delicious meals.
65: We went to a beautiful part of the wall that was a 3 hour drive out of the city. It had dramatic climbs and steep falls. Just the drive was beautiful was we the mountain tops were scattered with bits of wall.
69: The climaxe of the whole trip was the end; Mike surprised me at the airport in Houston and proposed!!