Bangkok, December 10-16, 2013

December 10, 2014

The Prime Minister of Thailand announced today that the parliament was being dissolved – this resulted in traffic jammed up in our neighborhood from the protestors celebrating.

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Swensons…. our new place for dessert – just a short walk from the guest house!

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Our Tuk-tuk ride,Bangkok

Our Tuk-tuk ride,Bangkok

Our Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok

Our Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Alliance staff Christmas party, Bangkok

Alliance staff Christmas party, Bangkok

Alliance staff Christmas party, Bangkok

Alliance staff Christmas party, Bangkok

We have spent several hours over the past week getting supplies for the guest home at Home Pro – Thailand’s version of Home Depot.  Lots of people in orange aprons willing to help, but not in English! 🙂

Home Pro

Home Pro

Lost in translation, Bangkok

Lost in translation, Bangkok

Hardware store cat, Bangkok

Hardware store cat, Bangkok

At the hardware store - Scott and David, Bangkok

At the hardware store – Scott and David, Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok

The people we have met have been the best part of our trip!  I think I have already said that the Thai people are very kind and welcoming.  We have found a few restaurants that we eat at regularly – the owner and his staff below were so happy to learn how to say our names so they may greet us.  Their pad-thai is amazing and costs around $7 for two to eat!

The owners of one of our favorite restaurants, Bangkok

The owners of one of our favorite restaurants, Bangkok

Glory is a very sweet young lady that works in the front office of the Alliance Guest home – she will be going to Australia to study soon.  She asked if she could call us Uncle Scott and Aunt Vickie….  🙂

Scott and Glory, Bangkok

Scott and Glory, Bangkok

One day we were eating lunch at one of our usual places.  I was hoping that I had ordered what I thought I had ordered, but when the waitress placed the plate in front of me, I wasn’t too sure.  I began to eat, thinking that this wasn’t at all what I expected.  Turns out, it was supposed to be served to the gentleman sitting next to me.  After he complained, the server brought him another meal.  We began talking with him during lunch and for the next hour and a half, enjoyed his interesting conversation.  His name is Khanat Phandharakrajadej, the Secretary General of the Institute for Promotion and Development of Democracy in Bangkok.  We made plans to meet him again the following day and again enjoyed a meal together.  He is very interested in American politics.  We learned much about the government and culture of Thailand.

Scott and Kaphon, Bangkok

Scott and Khanat, Bangkok

Our favorite massage girls, Bangkok

Our favorite massage girls, Bangkok – $5 for an hour foot massage

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Selling coconuts – Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

In the park….Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Monitor Lizard swimming,  Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Bang Sue Train Station, Bangkok

Bang Sue Train Station, Bangkok

Taking the subway, Bangkok

Taking the subway, Bangkok

Broken tuk-tuk, Bangkok

Tuk-tuk repair shop, Bangkok

napping tuk-tuk drivers, bangkok

napping tuk-tuk drivers, Bangkok

Bangkok

Planters, Bangkok

street-side laundry mat, Bangkok

street-side laundry mat, Bangkok

Food, Bangkok

Food court, Bangkok

Ronald Mcdonald - Bangkok

Thai Ronald Mcdonald – Bangkok

The malls in Bangkok are pretty amazing – we walked around the Central Plaza – 8 floors of interesting things to see.  We went to the movie theatre and enjoyed their special seating while watching The Hobbit -2.

Theatre seating, Bangkok

Theatre seating, Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok city dwellings

I will post this before it gets too long!  Hope all is well in your part of the world!

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3 Responses to Bangkok, December 10-16, 2013

  1. Angenett Taft says:

    Bless you two this Christmas!

  2. Nancy Bell says:

    Pictures are amazing!!! I’m enjoying all the sights, You look like your having a wonderful adventure! Think of you often and pray for a wonderful experience. I’m sure all that meet you are blessed. Love you both. Nancy

  3. Denise Swift says:

    If you get up to Chiang Mai, you may want to see our friends, Bill and Leann Hoppe. Bill is a psychiatrist who helps counsel missionaries in the Asian world. He helped set up a counseling center in Chiang Mai and he travels to other countries to help missionaries. Great people! We met them in the 80’s when we lived in Huntington Beach, they in Sunset Beach.
    One of our friends from San Francisco days at Simpson College was Tim Boise. He and his sister were MKs from Thailand.
    We love following your world adventures. Great how you are able to combine traveling with ministry. Blessings to you!

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