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Istanbul to Bangkok - June 23

Finally!

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When we got to the airport last night for what was supposed to be an 8 pm flight, we discovered that it was delayed for 2.5 hours - ugh! Especially frustrating since if Friday evenings flight had been delayed even just a few minutes, we would have made it. So we had some time to really get to know the new Istanbul airport!

We flew into Bangkok about 1 pm, and found out that Nick’s luggage decided to take a later flight! :/. We gave our hotel info so they can deliver it here later tonight (it was supposed to land at 7 - as I write this at 9:45 it isn’t here yet). Nudi was waiting for us, so we met up with her, bought SIM cards, and headed for our hotel. We’ve loved staying in Airbnb’s the last couple of weeks but are kind of excited about the change to hotel - mainly the pampering (elevator, maid service, breakfast, pool). Tim and I haven’t been up to see the pool yet, but the kids went to look earlier - they say its an Infinity pool on the top floor/roof.

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As for weather, It was overcast when we landed, and very humid. It rained on our ride to hotel, quite hard, but by the time we arrived it was done for the day. The weather high temps have been in the 80’s and 90’s and even 100 today, but with the humidity, the “feels like” number seems to be 6-20 degrees higher. However, without full-beam sunshine, and the fact that air conditioning seems more prevalent here, so far the heat has bothered us less here than it did in Croatia.

After getting a little settled and refreshed, we headed to Chatuchak Market, which is only open on the weekends. To get there, we took the sky walk to the sky train. The closest thing I can compare Chatuchak to is a Florida flea market, but it’s much bigger, more outdoors, and there are a lot more food vendors. We didn’t buy anything, but the prices were very reasonable, since the US dollar is currently worth over 30 baht. You could get a t-shirt for about $3 and a coke for less than 50 cents, for example. Natalie and I also learned about the squat potty! :0

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After we walked around there for awhile, we were hungry, and let Nudi pick where to go. She took us to China town. We got there by taking the subway, then a Tuk Tuk! Although we didn’t all really fit, we squeezed in! Once there, she picked from MANY options (China Town seems to be pretty much mostly food), a seafood restaurant. There was seating outside, but we ate inside. We ate in typical Thai fashion by ordering 3 things off the menu, which were served family style with rice and sauces. We got shrimp cakes, fried squid, and kao pad basil. They were all delicious.

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After dinner we walked around China town, then took a cab back to our hotel. This sign is posted in our elevator, and the other pic is what the durian fruit looks like - Nudi says the reason is that it’s very stinky. I noticed a sign in the subway that it’s not allowed there either, but Nudi says especially the Chinese people really like it, so we saw it all over in China town.

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We have an early morning tomorrow, meeting our tour guide for floating market at 6:15 am, and tired from travel and time change (we are now 11 hours ahead of Michigan)... so Tim and I settled in for the night, but the kids headed to the pool - they have more energy than we do!

Posted by Rowlandfamily 07:43 Archived in Thailand

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