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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Why Take A Two Day Slow Boat Journey From Thailand To Laos? Part 4

Here we are – the fourth and final part of our two day boat trip adventure!!

This is actually the second version.  After spending almost two hours writing the first version next to a campfire in Texas, I walked all the way to the camp office to hook up to their wireless connection….only to discover my post had disappeared into cyber space!!!

You can imagine I was pretty thrilled!

Rather than re-write the whole thing, I’m taking it as a sign from the heavens and have chosen a shorter, dot-point version.  I’m sure your poor tired eyes will thank me if you have 200 other posts to get to in your RSS feed!!

So here we go….

You can read the previous three posts by clicking on these links:

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

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

Here’s how our final day went:

  • We were up and packed by 8am.  One of our travel companions was highly amused to see us getting breakfast and supplies so early.  From memory she was also the last onto the boat!
  • There were many more people to fit onto these two boats than the day before – no backup boats were on hand this time so we raced aboard to get a seat!
  • Britt was insisting on travelling on the other boat – we were 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 Slowboat Journey from Thailand To Laos?

Why would you take a two day slow boat journey from Northern Thailand to Laos?

Why wouldn’t you just book an air ticket to get you there in a couple of hours?

Why didn’t we bloody plan this ahead so we didn’t have to have this conversation???

I’d like to be able to say that we chose the slow boat for the adventure….for the open seas and the wind in our hair….

For the chance to……….err….

It’s no good.

Let’s face it……we are just cheap!!!

Airline tickets were $440 each with Air Asia at about the time we decided we should investigate Laos. That left the bus or the 2 day slow boat. We hadn’t

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