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By: Bill Pyle   
During my 3 week stay in Thailand I was pleased to have visited many areas of the country. First, anyone that wants to feel warm and fuzzy and accepted needs to visit Thailand. The people are beyond compare. Always warm and welcoming.

I traveled from just south of Bangkok to the northern most tip in Chiang Sean at the Golden Triangle and many spots in between.

Bangkok is everything I have heard of and more. Yes, it is crowded and yes the air is thick. Traffic is not to be belived until you actually sit at a traffic light for 45 minutes in a Tuk Tuk. Yet, everyone gets along. Although very crowded people are easy going. All taxi and Tuk Tuk drivers were pleasant and eager to help us with our destination. Not one time did a driver attempt to rip us off for being tourists.

I get to see the magnificent Grand Palace, although some communication problems getting there created a chuckle (we got into the taxi and asked the driver to take us to the Grand Palace, he said no problem and drove away. About an hour later we arrived in China Town at the Grand Palace Hotel -- 20 minutes later we arrived at the real Grand Palace).


The Palace is wonderful, full of royalty and history. Beautiful architecture. A must for everyone to see at least once in their life.



I spent Christmas day on the River Kwai, visited the JEATH war museum. I was stunned by the conditions the people lived in to build this bridge and the hundreds of thousands of lives lost. The floating hotel we stayed in had no electric which made morning showers a real eye opener. We also got to see the local hill tribe people -- very adaptive people for sure.

New years was spent in Chiang Sean overlooking Thailand, Laos and Myranamar. While the Bon Boran hotel was great, the people made it greater. We visited many Temples and the Karen Hill Tribes (the ladies with the rings around their necks). Surprisingly I met a Karen lady that spoke fairly good English. She said that if she had a daughter she would not force the rings on her.

Chiang Mai, Chaing Rai, Bangkok, Chiang Sean -- always the same -- people of graciousness that I have never experienced before. No matter how hectic or relaxed I always felt warm and welcomed.

Shopping:
Of course one cannot go to Thailand and not SHOP. We shopped everywhere we went. Seemingly endless days of shopping. On the streets, side roads, malls and even in the hotels. We shopped and shopped. I actually had to buy another suitcase to bring everything back. One problem is that yesterday I had to go grocery shopping. At check out, I felt compelled to bargain down the prices and then was in shock with the price tag for everything. A true Reality Check.

Some of the funniest things were the 4 story KFC, Burger King with real silverware and real glass, the warnings about not walking on the grass at night due to Cobra's and how valuable hands signs can be when trying to find something from a taxi (you know, like pointing right or left and the panicky STOP, STOP signs).

All in all I am still honored to have been a visitor in Thailand. I simply cannot speak well enough of the people.

The people of Thailand make the LONG air flights (about 28 hours) all worthwhile.

I hope to be blessed by relocating to Thailand in my future, but if not, I will forever remember the Thai people with the warmest of thoughts.

Bill
Sunday, 13 Jan 2002
ST. THOMAS
By Bill Pyle

MORE THAILAND TRAVEL
By: Jack Ellis
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Links About Thailand:

  • Tourism Authority of Thailand

  • Information On Thailand

  • Thailand Big Picture

  • Internet Thai

  • Siam Web Thai Social

  • Good Morning Chiengmai

  • Bang Sai
    A permanent présentation of traditional Thai houses, folk arts and crafts, way of life and culture of the four-regions of Thailand.

  • Tiger Cave Temple - Wat Tham Sua.

  • Welcome Thai
    A great site for touring Thailand

  • Thailand Photos

  • Lonely Planet - Thailand

  • Thai Restaurants By City

  • Thai Restaurant S.F. Bay Area

  • Thai Restaurant in Paris

  • Thai Restaurant in Los Angeles

  • Thailand Big Picture


    Phi Phi Island - Thailand.

    Doesn't it remind you of Survivor THAILAND???

    Links/Resources For Travelling:

    Printable Pre Travel Checklist.


    
    A O M French Airlines ....... 800-892-9136  
    Access Air .................. 877-462-2237
    Aces ........................ 800-846-2237
    Action Air Lines ............ 800-243-8623
    Aer Lingus .................. 800-223-6537
    Aero California ............. 800-237-6225
    Aeroejecutivo SA-DE-CV ...... 800-735-5396
    Aeroflot .................... 800-736-4192
    Aerolineas Argentinas ....... 800-333-0276
    Aeromexico .................. 800-237-6639
    Aeropostal .................. 888-912-8466
    Air Afrique ................. 800-456-9192
    Air ALM ..................... 800-327-7230
    Air Aruba ................... 800-882-7822
    Air Aurora .................. 800-443-0478
    Air Caledonia ............... 800-677-4277
    Air Canada .................. 888-247-2262
    Air China ................... 800-982-8802
    Air Europa .................. 888-238-7672
    Air Fiji .................... 877-air-fiji
    Air France .................. 800-237-2747
    Air India ................... 800-223-7776
    Air Jamaica ................. 800-523-5585
    Air Madagascar .............. 800-821-3388
    Air Mauritius ............... 800-537-1182
    Air Moldova ................. 
    Air New Zealand ............. 800-262-1234
    Air North Airlines .......... 800-764-0407
    Air Pacific ................. 800-227-4446
    Air Sunshine ................ 800-327-8900
    Air Tahiti Nui .............. 877-824-4846
    Air Transat ................. 800-388-5836 
    AirTran Airways ............. 800-AIR-TRAN
    Air Vanuatu ................. 800-677-4277
    Air Vegas ................... 800-255-7474
    Air Zimbabwe ................ 800-742-3006
    Alaska Airlines ............. 800-426-0333
    Alitalia .................... 800-223-5730
    All Nippon Airways .......... 800-235-9262
    Aloha Air ................... 800-367-5250
    Ambassadair ................. 800-225-9919
    America West Airlines ....... 800-235-9292
    American Airlines ........... 800-433-7300
    American Trans Air .......... 800-225-2995
    Amerijet International Inc. . 
    Ansett Australia Airlines ... 888-4-ANSETT
    Asiana Airlines ............. 800-227-4262
    Atkin Air ...................
    Atlantic Airlines ........... 800-879-0000
    Atlas Air ................... 800-462-2012
    Austrian Airlines ........... 800-843-0002
    Avianca ..................... 800-284-2622
    Aviateca .................... 888-477-8222
    Avioimpex - Interimpex ...... 800-713-2622
    Bahamas Air ................. 800-222-4262
    Balair/CTA .................. 800-322-5247 
    Balkan Bulgarian Airlines ... 800-852-0944
    Baltic Intl Airlines ........ 800-548-8181
    Bemidji Airlines ............ 800-332-7133
    Big Sky Airlines ............ 800-237-7788
    Bouraq Indonesia Airlines ... 
    British Airways ............. 800-247-9297
    British Midland ............. 800-788-0555
    BWIA International .......... 800-538-2942
    CanJet Airlines ............. 800-809-7777
    Cape Air .................... 800-352-0714
    Cathay Pacific Airways ...... 800-233-2742
    Cayman Airways .............. 800-441-3003
    Century Airlines ............ 800-541-0410
    Chalk's Ocean Airways ....... 800-4-CHALKS
    China Airlines .............. 800-227-5118
    China Eastern Airlines ...... 800-200-5118
    China Southern .............. 888-338-8988
    Citybird .................... 888-248-9247
    Colgan Air .................. 800-428-4322
    Comair ...................... 800-354-9822
    Condor ...................... 800-524-6975
    Continental Airlines ........ 800-525-0280
    Copa Airlines ............... 800-359-2672
    Corporate Airlines .......... 800-555-6565
    Corporate EXPRESS - Canada .. 
    Corsair ..................... 800-677-0720
    Croatia Airlines ............ 888-426-7628
    Crossair .................... 877-359-7947
    Cyprus Airways .............. 
    Czech Airlines ..(east coast) 800-223-2365
    Czech Airlines ...(west,mw).. 800-628-6107
    Delta Air Lines ............. 800-221-1212
    DAC Air Romanian Airlines ...
    DHH Express ................. 800-480-0024
    DHL WorldWide Express ....... 800-225-5345
    Dragon Air .................. 800-842-9911
    East Coast Flight Services .. 800-554-0550
    EasyJet.com .................
    Egyptair .................... 800-334-6787
    El Al Israel Airlines ....... 800-223-6700
    Emery Worldwide ............. 800-367-3592
    Emirates Air ................ 800-777-3999
    Ethiopian Airlines .......... 800-445-2733
    EVA Airways ................. 800-695-1188
    Evergreen International ..... 800-345-5556
    Fine Airlines ............... 800-923-9222
    Finnair ..................... 800-950-5000
    Frontier Airlines ........... 800-432-1359
    Garuda Indonesia ............ 800-342-7832 
    Ghana Airways ............... 800-404-4262
    Grand Aire Express .......... 800-70-GRAND
    Great Lakes Airlines ........ 800-554-5112
    Great Plains Airlines ....... 866-929-8646
    Gulf Air .................... 800-433-7300
    Gulfstream Intl Airlines .... 800-992-8532
    Hawaiian Airlines ........... 800-367-5320
    Hewa Bora Airways ...........
    Horizon Air ................. 800-547-9308
    Iberia ...................... 800-772-4642 
    Icelandair .................. 800-223-5500
    Indian Airlines .............
    Island Air .................. 800-323-3345
    Japan Airlines .............. 800-525-3663
    Jet Airways (India) .........
    JetBlue Airways ............. 800-538-2583
    Jet Express ................. 800-806-8833
    Kenya Airways ............... 800-343-2506
    KLM ......................... 800-374-7747
    Korean Air .................. 800-438-5000
    Kuwait Airways .............. 800-458-9248
    Lacsa Costa Rica ............ 800-225-2272
    LanChile Airlines ........... 800-735-5526
    Lauda Airlines .............. 800-588-8399
    Leading Air Logistics ....... 800-552-5323
    Legend Airlines ............. 877-359-5343
    Lloyd Aereo Boliviano ....... 800-327-3098
    LOT Polish Airlines ......... 800-223-0593
    LTU International ........... 866-266-5588
    Lufthansa ................... 800-645-3880
    Lynx Air International ...... 888-LYNX-AIR
    Malaysia .................... 800-552-9264
    Malev Hungarian ............. 800-223-6884
    Martinair Holland ........... 800-627-8462
    Mesa Airlines ............... 800-637-2247
    Mesaba Airlines ............. 800-225-2525
    Mexicana .................... 800-531-7921 
    Middle East ................. 
    Midway Airlines ............. 800-446-4392
    Midwest Express Airlines .... 800-452-2022
    Miles Above ................. 800-469-6453
    Monarch Airlines ............
    Nantucket Airlines .......... 800-635-8787
    National Airlines ........... 888-757-5387
    New England Airlines ........ 800-243-2460
    Nica Airlines ............... 800-831-6422
    North Vancouver Air ......... 800-228-6608
    Northwest Airlines .......... 800-225-2525
    Olympic Airways ............. 800-223-1226
    Pacific Coastal Airlines .... 800-663-2872
    Pakistan Intl Airline ....... 800-221-2552
    Pan Am ...................... 800-359-7262
    Pelita Air Service ..........
    Penair ...................... 800-448-4226
    Philippine Airlines ......... 800-435-9725
    Polynesian Airlines ......... 800-644-7659
    Phnom Penh Airways ..........
    Proair ...................... 800-939-9551
    Qantas Airways .............. 800-227-4500
    Reeve Aleutian Airways ...... 800-544-2248
    Rover Airways Intl .......... 800-828-4668
    Royal Air Maroc ............. 800-344-6726
    Royal Jordanian Airlines..... 800-223-0470
    Royal Nepal ................. 800-266-3725
    Royal Tonga ................. 800-486-6426
    Ryanair.com ................. 
    Ryan International Airlines . 800-727-0457
    SAS Scandinavian Airlines ... 800-221-2350
    Saudia Arabian Airlines ..... 800-472-8342
    Scenic Airlines ............. 800-634-6801
    Shuttle America ............. 888-999-3273
    Silk Air .................... 
    Singapore Airlines .......... 800-742-3333
    SN Brussels Airlines ........
    Solomon Airlines ............ 800-677-4277
    South African ............... 800-722-9675
    Southwest Airlines .......... 800-435-9792
    Spanair ..................... 888-545-5757 
    Spirit Airline .............. 800-772-7117
    SriLankan ................... 877-915-2652
    Sun Country Airlines ........ 800-752-1218
    Sunflower Airlines, Fiji .... 800-707-3454
    Suriname Airways ............ 800-327-6864
    SWISS ....................... 877-359-7947
    TACA Airlines ............... 800-535-8780
    TAM - Brazilian Airlines .... 888-235-9826
    TAME (Ecuadorian/Galapagos) . 
    TAP Air Portugal ............ 800-221-7370
    Tarom Romanian Air Transpt ..
    Thai Air .................... 800-426-5204
    Tower Air Greece ............
    Transavia Airlines ..........
    Transbrasil ................. 800-872-3153
    Trans International Express . 888-244-8922
    Travelair ................... 800-948-3770
    Tropic Air .................. 800-422-3435
    Turkish Airlines ............ 800-874-8875
    TWA ......................... 800-433-7300
    TW Express .................. 800-433-7300
    Ukraine Intl Airlines ....... 800-876-0114
    United Airlines ............. 800-241-6522
    US Airways .................. 800-428-4322
    USAir Shuttle ............... 800-428-4322
    USA Jet Airlines ............ 800-872-5387
    Vanguard Airlines ........... 800-826-4827
    Varig ....................... 800-468-2744
    Vasp Brazilian Airlines ..... 866-776-3869 
    Virgin Atlantic ............. 800-862-8621
    Virgin Express ..............
    VLM Airlines ................
    WestJet Airlines ............ 800-538-5696
    World Airways ............... 800-967-5350
    Yemen Airways ............... 
    Yugoslav Airlines ........... 
    

    Contact the Airlines Click on names to access US major airline Web sites)
    Alaska Airlines (800) 426-0333
    America West Airlines (800) 235-9292
    American Airlines (800) 433-7300
    Continental Airlines (800) 525-0280
    Delta Air Lines (800) 221-1212
    Northwest Airlines (800) 225-2525
    Southwest Airlines (800) 435-9792
    TransWorld Airlines (800) 221-2000
    United Airlines (800) 241-6522
    USAirways (800) 428-4322


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