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Dannielle in Bangkok
Okay, you didn't think that last, very short, email would get you out of hearing about the trip to Bangkok did you????? We flew in on Thursday morning and had to be at the airport at 5 a.m. in order to do so. I was a little tired on Thursday when I wrote the email. Wasn't feeling very creative....Was feeling very sleepy!
As we were buying mom's ticket out of Myanmar, we realized that the plane didn't fly out of Myanmar on Thursday so she was going to have to fly out on Wednesday, get a hotel to spend the night and leave from Bangkok on Thursday. So we decided to fly over with her and spend the day. It's about a 45 minute flight. We left really early on Wednesday morning, got to Bangkok really early on Wednesday and spent the rest of the day seeing the sites then flew out of Bangkok really early
on Thursday morning. It was a lot of fun!

As the plane landed, the first thing I spotted was an interstate system. ROADS...it has been a really long time since I've seen an interstate. That was my first clue that I had just flown straight back into civilization. They let us off of the plane, we got into the taxi and after checking into our room we made a B-line for McDonald's.
A Big Mac was calling my name but after looking at the menu overhead I had a real hard time choosing between the Big Mac and the McRice Burger!!! ha ha
After much deliberation, I found myself leaning a little more toward the Big Mac. ONLY IN ASIA!!! McRice Burger??? YUCK!! No wonder these people are so skinny!!! I'll bet they don't even supersize!!
The city was a little like Yangon. There were food carts set up all along the streets selling the bird flu, I mean chicken and pork. There were tables all along the streets selling souvenirs. Clothes, purses, jewelry, sunglasses, books, just about anything you could think of. The difference between Bangkok and Yangon was that the stores sitting directly behind the street vendors were nice department stores, hotels and restaurants. I saw KFC, Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut, Starbucks,
and Dunkin Doughnuts. I wanted to eat at all of them but time just wouldn't allow.
We took a tour of the city on a Tuk Tuk. This is a motorcycle type cart with a backseat for two or three, depending if you're American or a skinny Asian. David and the kids took one and mom and I rode directly behind them in another one. The traffic in Bangkok is dangerous to say the least. People drive much faster there (compared to Yangon) and in every direction. I thought Yangon was bad until I went to Bangkok. After about an hour and pulling out in front of three large city buses at rapid speeds, I decided that my kids were not very safe. So we had them take us back to the hotel. It was fun but I was glad it was over!! I didn't want Dorahighschool.com to read "Tuk Tuk Tragedy in Thailand!" ha ha
After our ride and Zoe's quick nap, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. The table cloth, the menu, the Coke that was brought to my table WITH ICE, and Areosmith singing in English....Well, it made me forget for a brief moment in time that I'm living in a third world country!!! It was a good time!!! Wish you all could have been there!!
The wake up call was for 4:30 a.m. and since Bangkok is 30 minutes ahead of Yangon, the phone rang at 4:00 a.m. The new Bangkok airport opened September 28, 2006. The new airport is beautiful and I'm glad I got to see it. There are many places to eat and shop there. Would have liked to have had more time but the plane was waiting. We left civilization at 7:00 a.m. It was a great trip....
For those of you who were fortunate enough to go to Dora High School a few years back, there was a lady named Ms. Strickland who taught everyone who stepped through the doors. If I had to describe her in one word that word would be "unforgetable"! Although, she probably wouldn't want to claim me as her student after seeing the grammar in these emails!!! Anyway, about a month before I left coming over here, she called me at home one night. I hadn't talked with her in
at least 16 years but she called me up one night. She had heard through the community that I was headed this way. She wanted me to know to visit Bangkok. She is a traveler and assured me it was a stop that I needed to make. I'm happy she made that phone call, I'm glad that I went to Bangkok, I wish I would have had more time there, and I would highly recommend the stop to anyone!!! It was a great place to see...
Have a good week....We have 20 days left......Tomorrow we will be into the teens!!! I didn't think I would ever be able to say that...
I have two suitcases completely full....packed all the way!!! I'm gettin' ready!!! I can hardly wait!!!


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