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Offline fearless

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Back from Thailand
« on: July 07, 2006, 12:31:33 AM »
I've arrived back from Thailand, safe and sound.

I had a great time. The Thai people are so warm and welcoming and oh so beautiful. I spent the first few days in Bangkok with my mate Grant. I guess we did the usual tourist things and visited the Grand Palace, the weekend markets, lots of good food and drink etc. The heat and humidity was pretty tough at first, but nothing this little Aussie couldn't deal with, except for the odd 'white-out' here and there.

We then had 3 days in Chiang Mai, which was a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle that is Bangkok. I went elephant riding, visited a tribe of 'long necks' and Doi Suthep, a buddhist temple on the side of a mountain overlooking the city. We also visited an orphanage, took them along some goodies and played football with some young thai lads who ran rings around Grant and I. About 25% of the kids in the orphanage are HIV+ but they are fully integrated with the other kids and treated just the same. I was pleasantly surprised.

The last few days were spent back in Bangkok where we had dinner at an open air restaurant on the 63 floor of the State One building, boogied at Bed Supperclub, and shopped madly in department stores, china town and any market I could find.

I've included a couple of pics for those interested

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Offline fearless

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2006, 12:34:10 AM »
a few more pics.

Jaser - if you read this please pm me your address as i picked you up some hand woven silk from the long neck tribe

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Offline fearless

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2006, 12:35:31 AM »
and the long neck's

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Offline The Canuck

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2006, 12:38:37 AM »
Hi Little Steve,

Thanks for the pics and nice to hear you had a great time in Thailand. I actually learned something as well, I thought they had those long neck tribe only in Africa.  :)


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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2006, 12:53:15 AM »
Awwww! Little Steve!!! When you said "long necks", I thought you were buying the beers! ;)

Welcome back!


Offline fearless

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2006, 01:16:03 AM »
hehehe Matty,

That's what I thought the taxi driver was asking when he said did we want to see some long necks. For the uninitiated, a long neck in Australia is a 750ml bottle of beer, called long neck because the neck of the bottle is long, as opposed to a stubbie, which is a smaller bottle of beer.
I'll do a little internet research and find out their real name. (eidted: they are from the Karen tribe in Myanmar) From what I understand, they are from over the border in Myanmar (Burma) but get harassed by the government so they have fled over the border to Thailand where the govt offers them protection but not much else.

I also just read, but cannot confirm this as fact, that the rings (actually a spiral which gets added to over time and not rings at all) do not actually extend the length of the neck but work by putting downward pressure on the collar bones and rib cage (they can weigh about 5 or 6 kg's) and stunting their growth, giving the appearance of a long neck.

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Offline aztecan

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2006, 09:22:12 AM »
Well Steve, from the photo you certainly know how to handle a long trunk!  ::)

The photos are wonderful! I am green with envy. I hope one day to do more traveling and experience more of this globe of ours.

Your photos have caused me to add Thailand to the list of places I would like to visit.


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Offline ademas

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2006, 10:14:04 AM »
oh, man, I'm jealous!
I've always wanted to see Chiang Mai.
(I've been to Bangkok and Phuket a few times, but never made it up north.)
Thanks for the great pictures!
Was it hot enough for you??   ;D

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2006, 01:51:19 PM »
Hi Steve

Glad you made it back home safe and sound, and glad you had a great trip!
The pics are wonderful, it all sounds fascinating.    I would love to ride an elephant!   I'd also love to swim with dolphins someday....


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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2006, 07:58:13 PM »
Hello Little Steve,

Glad to hear that you had great time !!! Fantastic. Thanks for sharing the pictures. :)

The Best----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

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Offline TedEBearNC

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Re: Back from Thailand
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2006, 10:39:17 PM »
Welcome back Steve!

Glad you had a good trip.  Those pics are great.  I really enjoyed seeing the ones of the buildings.  Absolutely stunning.


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