|Jibesh, Rachna, Jamuna, Shobha, Lall|
near Facebook sign.on 7/6/18
.Travel to Bangkok, Cambodia, Seoul 2018
Two weeks’ vacation with family: July 8th 2018 - July 22nd 2018
Yesterday Jibesh and Rachna left for Toronto after one week’s visit to California. It was my precious moments of togetherness. Rachna my daughter in law,fell in love with the city of San Francisco and visiting with Jibesh three consecutive days of the city was not enough. But they had no other choice as they had to see other places like Silicon Valley and also meet Lucas and Shawn at Bay area. They had no doubt good time at California and left on July 7, 2018 for Toronto, heading toward their home town, Woodsburg, Ontario.
Next day on July 8th Shobha, Lall and I flew to Bangkok with stopover in Seoul by Korean airways. It was our first time flight with this airline as it had enough leg space. But food was not up to the mark and I still love the type of food served by Japan airline.
|At Bangkok airport lounge with Irabanta|
|Gifting my book Nurse Hemabati to Jiten Nongmeithem|
|At Seoul DMZ visit|
|at DMZ Seoul|
|At DMZZ Seoul|
|Near Railway station border with N Korea|
|old train on way on display.|
|old palace building Seuol|
|view from Tower|
|sunset view from Tower|
|Tower behind me|
|Mike Lee and Leon Tejwani|
|Mike explaining about palace, Seoul|
|with Irabanta at Ankor temple|
|Tuk Tuk at Thailand|
|Shobha and Lall at Krabi beach|
|Breakfast table at Krabi resort.|
|Krabi Resort front gate|
|Irabanta at Krabi resort front gate|
|Irabanta playing at the wave of Krabi ocean side|
|Lall, Shobha, Leon, Rimi walking on the beach. Krabi resort.|
We flew with Bangkok Airways flight number PG 261 from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 9.25 am to KBV Krabi, Thailand arriving at 10 . 50 am.We had enjoyed the facilities provided at the Boutique Lounge on July 10, 2018 (Eligible for all Bangkok Airways passengers.)
Krabi July 10-13
The driver waiting with the van took us to the resort where we had booked our AirBnB accommodation. The room which I shared with Rimi was attached with Shobha and Lall’s room. Irabanta shared with Leon.. So it was easy for Rimi to be around them spending time talking and enjoying wine. After we settled down we came out to see the resort town and first caught our eyes was an Indian restaurant “Moti Mahal”. We had Thai food and it was good.
July 11. After breakfast at resort which was part of our stay we came out of the resort and took a walk around the town by the side walk all along the ocean on our right hand side. Morning tide was high nearly reaching the side walk and by afternoon the tide was low and we could walk below on the sand. We wanted to look out for a restaurant call Anang which was recommended by Rimi’s friend in Bangalore. It was indeed a very good place to eat and hence we had gone there to eat next few times. Late in the evening time Rimi went out near the shoreline of the resort to relax on the resort beach and she came back after an hour or so. I was a bit worried and I kept praying for her safe return.
July 12. The dining room of the resort had varieties of food one can have as much as one can and food was superb. I tried to eat more of fibers as I was constipated since we arrived there. After breakfast we went to the other side of the street and saw ocean with boats near the shore waiting for passengers to ride. The view was fascinating with hillside back ground and the small islands in the middle of the ocean. After returning, we told Shobha and others about the other side of the street where they have not so far gone. It was time for lunch and as there were not much of eating places at the other side, we came back to the same Anang A Bar where we had lunch around 3pm. They as usual served good food. Rest of the day we spent near the water on the resort beach where chairs were laid for the resort residents.
July 13. We got up early for breakfast and get ready for flight to Bangkok. As usual Rimi got up late and hence Shobha went with her for breakfast. We all came out by 9.15 am as driver came to pick us up to go to Krabi airport which was about 45 mins drive. We flew by Bangkok Airways flight number 262 at 11.40 am and arrived at Bangkok Suvarnabh domestic airport around 13.10 pm.
Ao Nang Beach, Thailand.
After coming back from Krabi to Bangkok we checked in the above AirBnB address our AirBnB was just near the Mall Terminal 21 and since was at walking distance we could walk up to the place. It was a very reasonably priced place and we could pick up some stuff we wanted
28/11 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong, Toel Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110 . This is the place where we got reservation through Air BnB.
Next day on July 14 we all flew to Cambodia. Departing from DMK Bangkok Don Mueng at 10 am arriving at Siem Reap, Cambodia at 11.10 am.
We took flight by Air Asia on July 14 from Don Meueang airport to Cambodia’s Seim Reap Airport to see the Angkor Wat the famous Temple in Cambodia. Stayed the night at Lavender
Figure 3boat ride at Tonle Sap Lake
JPhum Modul11 Sankat Svay Dankum,
. We wanted to see the sun rise near the temple so we woke up around 4am and got ready to be near the temple to see the sunrise. But it was cloudy and hence we couldn’t see the sun rise. So the guide took us inside the temple.
Our driver took us to other temples one by one and I was quite tired by the last temple.
Figure 4. Angor Wat front view
We had dinner at Embassy Luxury with 7 course meal. That was an experience of a lifetime. At the end, I would like to say that I love our own home cooked food.
After the dinner session, then we walked along the streets back to hotel passing through night streets and pub street.
On July 15 we took our return flight at 9.45 pm to Bangkok, Don Mueang airport.
We had a good sleep at our AirBnB place at Bangkok and after eating breakfast we took Tuk Tuk to go to DMK market. After shopping we came back by Transit train, but Rimi stayed back as she wanted to do more shopping. We went to Terminal 21 to look for something else. It was a good place to shop as it was quite near our accommodation.
Then in the evening taking train to the night market was a very scenic one riding the steamer crossing the river to the night market. Once we were in the night market and looking around for sometime we had dinner in the market. I was happy to see the Indian food after all the asian food and hence I ordered dosa and sambar while Irabanta ordere Bhature Chole. It was a treat and we enjoyed after eating all other stuffs throughout our travel so far.
July 17 Bangkok, Thailand
We took half day tour of the city of Bangkok. First we were taken to the Hor Phra Naga built by King Rama 1 to enshrine Pra Naga image, a standing Buddha in copper alloy. Later it was pulled down to build the bigger accommodations for preserving the ashes of the princes and princesses.
Later we were taken to see The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also known as Wat Phra Sri RattanSatsdarm in Thai built by king Rama 1 in 1782 at the outer palace to house the Emerald Buddha. Since Sukhotai period about 800 years ago building of the temple at the precincts of the palace. There is not living accommodations for the Buddhist Monks.
Golden Buddha was discovered while transporting the image fell down and broke. It was found out that inside was carved in solid gold. So it is still preserved as Golden Buddha at the palace.
Mike Lee, Leon’s friend came to hotel and took us around for the city tour. L was quite impressed by his thoughtfulness giving me a small hand fan for me as gift to cool myself during the hot day tour. First was the palace compound where meetings took place with the king during olden days. After a long walk in the heat about 89 *F. he took us toward the village where local products and customs could be seen and learned. Then we walked toward the university area where young people gather and have fun singing and dancing weekend evenings. We had lunch in one of the restaurants and then to Raccoon Café where the animals are kept as pets and customers can pet them. But we had to pay and remove our shoes and leave our things in the locker before going to the enclosure. It was interesting to see one of the raccoons fiddling the pocket of a customer. Some were not interested and napping.
Nike came and took us to the Korean shopping area and then we went to the underground shopping place near hotel Court yard. I got a sandal for myself and it was very comfortable going up to the tower. I took the ropeway while Lall and Shobha walked up to the spot where we had to take the elevator. After Shobha and Lall came we took the elevator together to the viewing enclosure. Everyone was waiting for the sunset view while many more visitors came to see the night view of the city. It was a magnificent view for which I don’t not have any proper words to express. . We could see the North Korea side from the tower Korea.
Figure 6cable car to the tower in Seoul
We took the conducted tour of Seoul through one of the tour organizers.
We were on our way toDMZ(demilitarization zone) and first one was our tour guide took us to the Freedom Bridge and also to Cow Bridge
Leaving Hotel Courtyard and Seoul today. We scheduled to meet Jiten Nogmeithem before leaving and I gave him my Manipuri book titled “Nurse Hemabati.” He came in his car and able to meet us before we leave the hotel. We met him in the lounge of the hotel and gave him breakfast but he already ate before driving to our hotel. He owns the Manipur Times and also has many businesses on line. We took a photograph together. He helped us to pull my luggage to the airport bus stop. I am glad I met Jiten and it was really a good feeling. In Inchon airport we stayed inside the lounge for sometime and then walked toward the gate which was quite a long walk.
Our flight time to SFO was about ten hours and we reached SFO around 10.30 am and took Uber for home. Rested for some time and then I cooked dal and rice and it was best food I felt after eating all the Asian foods for two weeks. Nothing like home cooked food.