Getting there was NOT easy. 12+ hour flight from Chicago to Tokyo. Short
layover then 7+ hours from Tokyo to Bangkok. Spent the night in Bangkok
then a really short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Spend a few days there
then fly back to Bangkok and catch a 1+ hour flight to Phuket.
That's a total of 20,004 flight miles. Phew!
Getting to Thailand and Cambodia
Getting to Thailand and Cambodia is a pretty arduous trip and interesting in itself.
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Around Siem Reap
The town of Siem Reap near Angkor Wat was nice and fairly Asiany.
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Bike tour of Angkor Wat
To see one of the wonders of the world we decided on a tour by bicycle.
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We spent a day visiting several sites with the biggest being
the Kbal Spean also known as The River of a Thousand Lingas. After that we
visited a small but really nice temple called Prasat Banteay and finally
hit the waterways to see the Kampong Phluk River People.
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Our last day in Siem Reap we went to another temple outside the city that was billed as nearly "tourist free". We had to see why. On the way back to hit three more temples part of the Ruolus Group and finally hit Angkor Wat one more time to take better pictures.
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We spent the bulk of our time on the island of Phuket where we took in a lot of water sports and generally relaxed.
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Sea Kayaking in Phang Nga
We did a great trip to Phang Nga where we used sea kayaks to enter the islands that's only possible during low tide to visit otherwise inaccessible parts of the islands.
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Diving Similan Islands
We really were looking forward to diving near Phuket, unfortunately it was a fairly disappointing experience.
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After some relaxation in Phuket we spent a few days in Bangkok.
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Golden Buddha/Grand Palace/Reclining Buddha
We decided to hit the highlights in Bangkok in one day. Started the day at the Golden Buddha, then the Grand Palace, hit the Reclining Buddha and end the day with a canal tour.
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Muay Thai Kickboxing
One thing that's pretty uniquely Thai is Kickboxing so I had to catch one fight.
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Ayutthaya/Bang Pa-In Palace/Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
Our last day in Bangkok we spent touring the ancient capital of Thailand, the city of Ayutthaya.
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Layover in Tokyo
And finally before going home we had a 9 hour layover in Tokyo. We took the Narita Express train to downtown Tokyo to walk around.
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