Shutdown Bangkok Protests: The Pedersens Might As Well Just Join In Right?

Shutdown Bangkok protestors getting the message out

We are in Bangkok this week and our family game of Spotto is in full swing!  (I’m winning!)

Next week we’ll head off to Vietnam where we plan to ride motorbikes 1800km from South to North.  Unless it’s too hard in which case we’ll sell the bikes and take the bus or train!

Yesterday we wandered off to attempt to visit the floating markets.  It was an epic fail but we did stumble across the Shutdown Bangkok protest march that we were warned not to go near!  So of course we headed straight for it, took photos and Continue reading

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Favourite Fotos – Cutest Monk Statues Ever!

Monk statues in Bangkok

For the first time in a long time I’m dying to buy a souvenir.  I resist buying junk about 99% of the time but I really, really want one of these cute monk statues.

It’s not actually because they are monks.  It’s because of the minute detail that whoever makes these babies has been able to reproduce.  Each hair seems like it’s a real hair.  Their facial expressions are so detailed it’s kinda creepy.

Of course I admired them and snapped a forbidden monk statue pic completely ignoring Continue reading

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Why Take A Two Day Slow Boat Journey from Thailand to Laos? Part 3.

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So we are now up to part 3 of our two day adventure on the slow boat!

You can go here to read about parts 1 & 2

Why Take A Two Day Slowboat Journey from Thailand To Laos?

Why Take A Two Day Slow Boat Journey from Thailand to Laos?  Part 2

After being sucked into currency exchanging and booking a room we patiently waited to go to the slow boat. By this time we had enquired about the departure time and were told all the boats leave at lunch time – there’s no early departures unless you book a private boat. Who knew?!?!?

A kind of theme park trolley arrived to pick us up and once again we loaded up our backpacks and ourselves. The “taxi” took us down to the end of the street (!) and deposited us at a general store. Here we discovered we could buy lunch. There were baguettes with our choice of topping for something like AU$1.50 each so we all ordered one! And we got drinks and snacks for the boat for a couple of bucks.

The group was growing larger by the minute as more and more people were deposited at this store. We met up again with the other groups from the same place we stayed the night before. So much for getting an early start and beating the rush! Everyone ended up Continue reading

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Why Take A Two Day Slow Boat Journey from Thailand to Laos? Part 2

So where were we?  Oh yes – we had just discovered that rat and scurried back to our accommodations!

You can read about Part 1 of this adventure by clicking on this link Why Take A Two Day Slowboat Journey from Thailand To Laos?

We survived the night mostly without visits from mozzies.  Gert was grumpy because our beds were uncomfortable.  Actually they were the pits and there was no top sheet!!!  Something we’ve noticed a bit of in Asia and not something we particularly enjoy.

When we checked in the night before we were introduced to a gentleman who informed us he would look after us all the way to Laos.  We were pretty pleased by this as we’ve experienced plenty of difficulties knowing where we are meant to go or which vehicle we are meant to be on.  In fact I slept very soundly knowing not too much brain power would need Continue reading

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