29 janvier 2013

Last day in Bangkok

In the pool, Zoe and Rita decide to burn all calories gained during the wonderful breakfast. Zoe is now a fast swimmer and proves hard to beat! Today is our last full day. Walking around in Chinatown, I make the observation that all Chinatowns in the world are similar, they can be as far from China as possible, there are always the same smells, red lanterns, loud locals. We visit a big temple with a golden Buddha in intricate designs, then a Chinese shrine. We spend some time walking a covered Samong street and then go for an ok... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2013

Bangkok Royal Palace

Here we are in Bangkok. We enjoy a nice swim at the wonderful pool right after breakfast. Bangkok’s tourist attractions -  though not always full with history or cultural traditions, are not to be missed. We head first to the grand monuments at Ko Ramanakosin. Among the usual suspects, the grandiose RoyalPalace and Wat Phra Keaw. We hire the services of a guide which proved useful in understanding the religious, cultural and historic significations of this wonderful place. We turn around gold pagodas, the temple guardians... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2013

Last day in Chiang Mai

A painful awakening at 6 am got me to the yoga class - scheduled with the hotel which turned out to be a private class; just me and the teacher. Since everyone else is still sleeping, I took the hotel bike and went for a stroll which ended up being a self-pampering session: I stopped at a beauty parlour to have a facial massage. This included a cleansing, scrub, a mud mask and – to my horror - a cucumber mask. I come back just in time for breakfast. We then visit Wat Chian Man which is quite nice but honestly at this point we are... [Lire la suite]
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11 janvier 2013

Mae Ping River

The heat is overwhelming, and there is lots of humidity (even for Lebanese standards). We spend the morning relaxing by the pool. Then, we take a small slow boat on the Mae Ping river and visit a farm house on the river bed. The trip is relaxing and lasts around two hours. Close by is Warorot Flower market, where Rita buys all kinds of exotic ingredients including pungent shrimp paste, dried lime leaves, Thai basil leaves and some basic pastes. We wander around a bit around the small Chinatown before heading back to the hotel and... [Lire la suite]
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09 janvier 2013

Cooking Thai

We have moved rooms to be placed just in front of the infinity pool. What a nice feeling to wake up in serenity and enjoy simple pleasures. We have a light lunch at the pool of the hotel, after which I head out with Zoe to a cooking course for the afternoon.   We are divided in groups of 10; and we walk to the grocery market to sample all kinds of vegetables, fresh noodles and specialty ingredients. I am amazed at the different varieties and sizes of eggplant. And then the fish and smelly pastes… Zoe got sick and can’t... [Lire la suite]
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