Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Burma Briefly, and The Golden Triangle -- January 20 - 26, 2006

This trip is rated 5 little globes out of 5 on the Globe-Trotting Globe-o-meter.

The full name of the city of Bangkok is

Krungthep Mahanakorn Boworn Rattanakosin Mahintharayuttha Mahadilokpop Noparatratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniveymahasathan Amornpiman Avatransathit Sakkathattiay-avisnukarmprasit

which means "Great city of angels; the repository of divine gems; the great land unconquerable; the grand and prominent realm; the royal and delightful capital full of nine noble gems; the highest royal dwelling and grand palace; the divine shelter and living place of reincarnated spirits."  Whew...

Vimanmek Mansion

Wat Benchamabophit - the Marble Temple

This very ornate bridge was shipped to Bangkok from Milan, Italy, in the early 1900's.

THREE BIG HUGE BARGES and one little tiny tugboat

... and this little piggy went to market - but not before getting his head chopped off

A special safety feature was the retaining bar latch pin - a big old rusty 16 penny nail.

The village gas station.

... and the Number 1 reason to drink lots of tea: Wuench your thirst and reduce mouth smell.


A fine mess of good Italian spaghetti in Northern Thailand.

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Wiang Inn

As Sue likes to point out: Without a map - you are nowhere.

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