Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Cycling Thailand Part 6

Cycling Thailand Part 6

Festive Greetings to Everyone

We spent the first part of the week cycling down to Hua Hin the first real holiday resort in Thailand, several days chilling by the pool and we’re now back on the road heading south along the coast towards Malaysia.

We’ve had some very hot sweaty days on the bikes and in bed which has made for an exciting and enjoyable Christmas

It is strange to be in a country where Christmas is not celebrated, children go to school and people go to work –  we got to play and relax because we were having a holiday from our holiday.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely time and Father Christmas bought you everything you wanted.

Love and Kisses

Ginette and Gary

 

Cycling Thailand Part 5

Cycling Thailand Part 5

A week of being tourists, we’ve been in Bangkok and seen temples and palaces and had some really good street food. We’ve also been to Kanchanaburi to explore the history behind the River Kwai.

Not much cycling but what we have done we’ve enjoyed, we’ve cycled to the Ewawan Falls and to Hell Fire Pass with the amazing Mynamar mountains as a backdrop.

We’ve decided to spend Christmas in Thailand on the beach so will be cycling down to Hua Hin today for a couple of days R & R.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us recommendations of where to go and what to see, we’re heading down to Singapore next so keep your suggestions coming.

We wish you all have a lovely Christmas

love and best wishes

Ginette and Gary

Cycling Thailand Part 4

Cycling Thailand Part 4

Unexpected surprises and more rude names

This week we have cycled from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. On route we couldn’t resist the temptation of staying at the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, which has some amazing hot springs and beautiful grounds, we enjoyed it so much we stayed 2 nights. Also on route we took an off road dirt track ‘short cut’ and ended up spending the night with a remote Hill Village Tribe.

The scenery has been stunning lots of mountains, forests and rivers beautiful for cycling.

In Chiang Rai we took part in a big bike ride called ‘bike for dad’ to celebrate the King’s 88th birthday, thousands of people took part up and down the country. There were very few westerners so as you can imagine we drew quite a bit of attention especially as we completed the event with all of our panniers.

We have passed lots of towns with the word Mae in the title including Mae Kok which amused us but not as much as a resorts we passed including Rim Kok resort and Wangcome Hotel.

Heading south by bus to Bangkok tonight as we need to renew our visas.

We need to make a decision on where to stay over Christmas:

a) a beach in Thailand – lots to choose from
b) a beach in Myanmar – not so many to choose from and very expensive
c) ignore Christmas and continue travelling which will probably mean spending Christmas near the famous River Kwai Bridge

Any suggestions??
Hope you’re all enjoying the run up to Christmas, it is very strange being in a country that does not celebrate this festive time of year

Love Gary and Ginette

 

Cycling Thailand Part 3

Cycling Thailand part 3

Buddhas, Temples and very rude town names

North Thailand has not been as dramatic and interesting as we thought it would be, we have enjoyed the national parks with the forests and waterfalls but the roads have been flat with a few lumps and dare we say it a bit dull.

We have seen some amazing buddhas and temples some unplanned (Phra That Phu Sorn Kaew Temple) and some planned for example the historical ancient city of Si Satchanalai which is very close to Sawankhalok and Poo Resort.

Thailand has been preparing for the Kings 88th birthday so it has been a week of celebrations, including displays, fireworks and lots of yellow teeshirts.

We have now reached Chaing Mai in the North of Thailand and we are currently debating our next move, so we can’t tell you where we will be this time next week but we will be in Thailand somewhere.

Hope you are all well

bye for now

love Gary and Ginette