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Apr162013

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Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Picked up promptly from our hotel in a comfortable air conditioned mini bus. Our first stop was at a local market where we saw lots of weird and wonderful things. We then went on an Ox ride which was great fun before heading to the National Park. I knew in advance from reading previous reviews that the waterfall would not be as spectacular to see in the dry season but opted to climb down the steep steps anyway and was not disappointed as it was still lovely to see. Tiring but if you have no health issues then do it. We then drove through the park and saw some monkeys at the side of the road and a lot of evidence of elephant dung although no actual wild elephants to be seen. Had a lovely lunch and fruit that had been bought at the market by our guide in the morning. The elephant ride was the highlight of our trip and we had lots of laughs with the other two elephants who were bigger than ours trying to overtake us. Our handler took our cameras and took lots of photos of us as we went along. Went through the river but stayed dry. Water and cool towels were provided during the day and all in all a great day out and would highly recommend it.

My Photos

  • Pom Pam after her dinner of bananas
  • Another thing ticked off the bucket list.
  • Posing at the side of the road.
  • Ox ride in the country
  • wierd and wonderful at the market

Apr152013

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Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Picked up promptly from our hotel and comfortable air condition transport. Our first stop over was at a coconut factory of sorts and we were shown how they make a sweet similar to tablet. Lots of items made from the shells and the coconut itself. We then made our way to the floating markets where we went on to a motorised long boat which took us to where it was. You then had the choice to move on to a slower boat to go in amongst the market boats or you could walk along the side. All our small group opted for the boat and we had a lot of fun moving in amongst the boats and the market traders pulling us in by a hook to try and get us to buy with the usual bartering taking place. There was still time when we got off the boat to wander along the side and we tried some of the fried bananas which were delicious. We then left the market and stopped at a wood carving factory which was really interesting to see the craftsmen at work and then we saw lots of examples of their skilled work. This was followed by a lovely traditional Thai lunch and then we headed for the River Kwai. This also included a visit to the museum and to the Graves of those who lost their life's whilst in captivity. Found the grave of someone who died on my birthday and it was quite sobering to think that I was born only 17 years after his death. Growing up you always thought the war had been much further back in history. The bridge itself was impressive although with so many tourists it does take it away a bit from the real hardships faced in the war but well worth the visit. All in all a very good day and it represented very good value.

My Photos

  • Bridge over the River Kwai.
  • War Graves
  • Amazing wood carving
  • The skilled crafts women carving their designs.
  • Loving the girl on her mobile phone.
  • Floating Market Vendor
  • coconut factory

Apr142013

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

It was raining heavily when we boarded the boat but this quickly passed and the crew were able to roll up the sides to enable us to get a great view along the river. The food was plentiful and there was lots of choice. Enjoyed the national dancers and music was not too loud that you couldn't chat. The highlight of the evening was because we were in Thailand during the Songkran water festival we were all given a small water pistol whilst the crew had the pump action ones and then the fun began.. Got wet but was great to see everyone take part and because of the earlier rain we had a ready supply of water by draining it from the canapy puddle above so were well able to hold our own. Altogether a great night was had and it was lovely to see the grand palace and other places of interest lit up along the way.

Jul272011

Tour/Activity

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very well organised tour, with comfortable bus and friendly tour guide. Really enjoyed the Windmills and although not really a cheese factory it was very interesting. Would liked to have longer at this area and less time spent in Volendam which although a lovely wee fishing village the time there could be shortened slightly and given to the Windmills segment. The boat trip to Marken was great and the Clog Factory was really interesting. All in all a great afternoon out and we were very lucky with our weather which always helps.

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