Thailand: Days 3 & 4

After my lovely experience with our room safe [here’s my tip: ALWAYS close and lock your safe – even if you are staying in your room. And, don’t try to clean up your clothes – they are just fine left on the floor!], the group [Susan, Nick, David P., and myself] ventured out for lunch at Cabbages & Condoms in downtown Bangkok.

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Their message is targeted toward the culture of Bangkok – “Our restaurant was conceptualized in part to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA)” –  and the food wasn’t half bad either. It’s a ‘can’t miss’ when you visit Bangkok.

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Beautiful Bangkok

Unfortunately, that evening I ended up with a killer headache, which limited me from doing anything other than sleeping.

The following day, Thursday, our small group [David S., Susan, Nick, and myself] ventured to the airport for our short flight to the coast towards the island of Koh Chang. Koh Chang is located just off the coast of Thailand and Cambodia, and is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen. The tall inland mountains flowed down to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. We landed in Trat to the calmest, most relaxed airport that I’ve ever been in. Here’s a view of the plane – love, love, love the elephants!

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How can you not relax with palm trees and open air buildings?

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Talk about service – no wait baggage claim!

We had to take a ferry from the mainland over to the island. We shared a fresh coconut creation that was to die for – so refreshing!

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These were the first views of Koh Chang & the surrounding islands:

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Once we arrived at our hotel, we were greeted promptly with cold towels and some sort of juice… but at least Susan’s name was on the board!

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And here’s our suite at the Bhumiyama Beach Resort:

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And here’s my favorite view, enjoyed for many hours between breakfast and dinner:

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