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Thailand & Laos - December 2017



Arrival - Bangkok

We have been to Thailand & Laos many times to visit hotels and different places for our tour programs during the 17 years we have been operating our travel business. This year we decided to visit our favourite city, Luang Prabang, in Laos and the beach resort of Krabi in Thailand. We were due to visit Krabi in December 2004 but due to the Tsunami that year this would be our first visit to the area.

My colleague, Rob, & I arrived in Bangkok on 18th December and checked in at the Shangri La hotel on the banks of the Chaophrya River which runs throuhg the centre of Bangkok. This hotel is in a very convenient location right in the heart of Bangkok, the metro station and public water bus pier are juts a few minutes walk away. The all day restaurant at the Shangri-La for breakfast and buffet dinner and also the terrace bar are set fronting the river with a delightful terrace giving great views of the river boat traffic and skyscrapers on the opposite bank. I would recommend a river view room to take best advantage of the views.

Like us, if you have been to Bangkok before, just forget the temple visits but take a leisurely stroll from the Shangri La district towards Chinatown and on to the Grand Palace. This way you will go through many interesting areas of local industry, shops and traditional local houses. There are also many markets and street food vendors along the way for you to stop and try. If you have not been to Bangkok we can offer you a Bangkok city tour with all the amazing temples, canals and river tripa etc. on one of our Thailand tours.

On 21st December we flew to Laos to our favourite city, the UNESCO world-heritage town of Luang Prabang.

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