Trying to leave Africa so we could Thai one on

Trip Start Jul 13, 2006
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Trip End Jul 06, 2007


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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Deb and Quinn left Nairobi by way of Jo'burg, South Africa en route to Bangkok on points while Chevy and I left later in the day to go by way of Dubai. When we got to the airport we were told that we had a 'reservation', but our ticket had not been paid for so we couldn't board the plane, so we had a problem. I showed him our eticket which showed we had indeed paid, but they said that may be, but your travel agent didn't pay us. There were a few anxious moments as I thought we might be stuck indefinitely at the airport just like Tom Hanks in Terminal. In the end I had to pay for the flight again ($1,200 US) but supposedly our agent says that we will be reimbursed... and 2 months later we were.
We arrived in the evening in Bangkok and it was great to be able to walk the streets at night.
Chevy was tired from our 11 hours of flying and slept for 16 hours straight. I had to wake her at 11:30 am so we could check out.
I had a leg massage that was so fantastic I walked into the place next door and had a full Thai massage. One hour massages were less than $10, so I started thinking about staying.
It is incredible here how many western men are 'dating' Thai women.
The city was very hot and humid with temperatures around 34 degrees celcius. According to emails from home we were 70 degrees warmer than Calgarians going through a cold snap.
We took the overnight train to Chiang Mai in search of cooler temperatures and to start our volunteer stint.
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yzerfontein
yzerfontein on

Happy holiday
I read about the ticket price problems on your flight from South Africa - that sux. Thailand is a really hands on country - is it true that you cant flush toilet paper (cant remember what country up there that's that way).

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