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Hello,

My friend Howie S. sent this letter and photographs to me and to all his friends after he paid a brief, but fulfilling visit to Bangkok

Jan

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Bangkok

Thailand

March 24, 2019

Dear Friends,

After I left Bangkok in July 1999, I vowed I would never return. 

Bangkok was one of the most frightening places I had ever visited, so much so, that my traveling companion Howard, who is visually challenged, held on to my arm so tightly that my circulation almost stopped. 

Everywhere we went people were intercepting us, pointing to the direction we were going and telling us not to go there: it was too dangerous. 

So why did I wind up going to Bangkok again? 

Delightful Afternoon in "Pakistan"

Bangkok

Thailand

Sunday

July 15, 2018

 

Hello,

I had the most delightful afternoon at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.  I attended the “Pakistan Single Country Exhibition.”

My goal was to obtain tourist information.  I had heard excellent stories from a group of German motorcyclists who I met last year in Tashkurgan, Xinjiang Province, China near the Pakistan border.  I had traveled from Kashgar through some spectacular mountain scenery.   Apparently, to the west, the Karakorum Highway in Pakistan is even more spectacular.

At the exhibit today, I did find a few brochures about the mountain and lake regions of Pakistan.  But the convention center had exhibitors from a variety of other businesses: Rock Salt Products, Marble and Onyx, Wooden Furniture, Rugs, Gems and Jewelry, Garments and Textiles, Agro Foods, Brass Artifacts, Cutlery, Surgical Instruments, Sports Goods, Leather, Fishery, Pipe and Steel, Handicrafts, and of course, a Food Court.

Chao Phraya River and Ko Kret

Bangkok
Thailand
February 16, 2015

Dear Friends,

It seems that the only time I travel to a local attraction is when I have a visitor and he makes a suggestion.  I suppose that I am so busy planning my next international journey that I forget that my own locale around Bangkok offers many rewarding adventures.   (I think I am not alone in this contradictory situation.)

The latest case: My old family friend, David L. made a stopover in Bangkok after he completed his work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  He had read about Ko Kret.* We decided to visit.

Bangkok: Punk Rock Girl

Bangkok

Thailand

June 20, 2014

Today I participated in the “Punk Rock Girl Shoot.”

Along with eight other amateur photographers and our leader, professional photographer Dennie Cody, we spent three hours this afternoon photographing the unique model Tanya, the Punk Rock Girl. *

The shoot took place at a vacant lot/playground/graffiti park at Ratchathewi in downtown Bangkok.

Tanya changed her outfit four times.   She was creative, emotional and beautiful.

Please see for yourself.

Jan 

Phyllis and Jack in Bangkok

Bangkok 

My friends and high school classmates Phyllis and Jack were on a tour of Southeast Asia.   Their first stop was Bangkok.

Since I live in Bangkok, it was a great pleasure for me to show Phyllis and Jack some of my favorite sights.

We spent two days together, sightseeing in Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Lop Buri.

But mostly we had "stories" to share!  The period from high school until now contains a rich mine of people and places and events!  

The Polsons In Southeast Asia

Bangkok

Thailand

March 24, 2013

Dear Friends and Reluctant Travelers,

Earlier this year, my cousins Betty and Jim Polson visited Southeast Asia for the first time.

They flew from Portland, Oregon to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to visit friends and stay with the family in their home.  Then they came to Bangkok and made a side trip to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  They returned to Bangkok and flew to Chiang Mai in the north.

I arranged everything for Thailand and Cambodia through a travel agent I know very well.  All the local hotels, domestic flights and excursions were booked in advance.

 Frankly, I was a bit concerned.  Despite all the detailed arrangements, I was not sure if Jim and Betty could adapt to such a different environment.   As it turns out, my anxiety was completely misplaced.

 

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