07.02.2011 - 21.02.2011
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I'm glad we are able to spend a considerable amount of time in Thailand before we head home. We came back again to a warm Bangkok welcome and reacquainted ourselves with great Thai food. The weather is perfect (finally!) and after a few days in the city we headed south to Hua Hin, a small fishing village and the traditional home of the royal family, with the sole purpose of sunning ourselves and reading our books. It seems these days that it is also home to an enormous amount of elderly Europeans, they were everywhere and had a delightful habit of wearing next to nothing (bloody Germans) and letting their old leathery flabby bits hang out while wandering the streets of the town.
It wasn't long after returning to Bangkok after our few days in Hua Hin when we were joined by Will's mother and uncle. With Red Shirt rallies on the horizon for the weekend we decided to make the visit to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho the day after their arrival. It was extremely hot and the Grand Palace is the busiest tourist attraction I have ever been to. It's quite stunning to walk around but with the crowds and the heat, not massively enjoyable (this isn't helped by the fact that you have to wear long trousers).
We arrived in Chiang Mai today. It's been six months since we were here last and it is probably our favourite place of the trip. It's especially strange being back here and thinking of all the travel that has been done in the meantime, I'm getting nostalgic and I haven't even returned home yet. Dad arrives tomorrow, I foresee lots of Thai massages in our future...