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    #61
    I am very excited to finally see your (Pakarang), unfortunately several/many years after you moved back to Norway. My wife and I will be stopping in Bangkok for a couple days. We are very excited to seek out some hawker stalls and street food. Though still mourning I am sure it will be a fun place to visit.

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      #62
      Pilotdane! What a superb Asian tour you two are having! And next Bangkok! - It looks like we will miss being there at the same time by just a few days!
      Yeapp, I know, I've been so obsessed by completing posts of this season's s Edinburgh cruise ship spotting that I haven't put anything in “Seagull away a while” yet! My flight (totally indulgent treat - A380 in business!) arrives in BKK on Sunday 4th ,but I'll only be in Bangkok for a couple of days before flying north up to Chiang Mai on the 7th.

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      • yvneac
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        So, have a good trip Cecilia.

      #63
      So great hearing of both your travels to my "home".... (if I can call it that....)...

      I'm booked for several trips already in 2017... January, February and in March as well..... 3 weeks each. It's great to feel busy and it's great to have this to look forward to. I have never felt at home in Norway, not even after having returned so many years ago. I don't find my place in Scandinavia.... but Bangkok, and Thailand, I feel at peace, ease and in total tranquility.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
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      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        #64
        An enthusiastic group who enjoy art meet to sketch and paint the iconic 1970s modernist architecture of the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, which is scheduled for demolition next year:-

        http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featur...shing-bangkok/

        Searching through my photos of Bangkok, I can only find one of the hotel, and it shows the merest glimpse of it peeping up between the trees of Lumpini park. It's the building on the right of the picture with the spire.



        My photo was taken in January 2016 when I was staying at the SO Sofitel (2012 architecture and design) at the opposite end of the row of buildings along Rama IV Road that overlook the park. How quickly styles change through the decades. Now I want to stay in the Dusit Thani while I still can!

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          #65
          WAOW! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing that post: I had not seen the news that the old DUSIT THANI was to be demolished next year. I had no idea.... I better get my photos updated on my next trip to Bangkok. Perhaps even see if there is any vacancy to spend at least one night there, even though I normally now stay in a condo.

          The drawings by the local artists look amazing - wish I had talent like that!
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            #66
            This may not be news to those who frequent Bangkok street food places, but it could be useful info for others that plan on visiting Bangkok:
            https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...n-star-9475124

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            • pilotdane
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              That is almost enough to make me go back. I really liked Bangkok and would not mind spending more time there.

            #67
            HOORAY for Bangkok streetfood!

            Nothing tastes better than Bangkok street food - and it doesn't kill you financially either!

            Hope and prayers that the current Government doesn't ban all those eateries!
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              #68
              Nice documentary from DW found on youtube...

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC4h7SA6sBc
               
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                #69
                I enjoyed that pakarang, and thank you for the link. A bit different in content from the usual tourist Bangkok on youtube. The English commentary seemed a little awkward in places, and perhaps the pronounciiation of Thai names, but it was nicely done otherwise.
                I'm sure you enjoyed the aircraft 'graveyard'. I also especially liked the topic of water and ground levels, and seeing views along ordinary streets and pavements..

                By the way, that Park Society Restaurant and roof terrace overlooking Lumphini park is at the SO Sofitel.
                I also stayed west of the river (at the Hilton Millennium hotel) on my recent visit, and had intended to spend time at Wat Prayoon which features extensively in this documentary, but ran out of days! I totally can't comprehend the type of tourists who ask on popular internet travel sites if one or two days is "enough" to "do" Bangkok, and even more so those who believe they have 'done it' on such a timescale. This documentary film is very welcome in helping counteract such a notion.

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                  #70
                  You have no idea how many time "I have laughed inside myself" when hearing ---- no harm intended --- Americans especially, pronounce Thai names and places... Chatuchak market is one of those that almost always gets mis-pronounced.

                  My guess is that the team which produced this piece is of the younger generation - because of the airplane park, which is not a "place to see" per say. The fact that it was included in such a video shows that it's not the "old guys" behind this production.

                  It stood out to me or so many reasons, and that's probably why I wanted to share it.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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