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Far East Thailand #9

Back in Khong Chiam by late evening, we stroll beside the river to a small pod of hire boats, and book one for a cruise next evening...800baht [about US$25] for 2 hours on the Mekong and Mun rivers at their point of conjunction.

 

Then, noticing...as one does...that the sun has passed below the yard-arm, we immediately break our strolling rythm, find a vacant table on the river-side walk, and sluice the dust out of our throats.

 

Solving World Hunger

 

Several beers later, having debated and solved World Hunger and other previously intractable issues, we are ready to eat, so we make our way down to waters edge and board one of the floating restaurants.

 

 Floating restaurants

 

A pleasant, slow-paced, beer-lubricated  dinner is consumed.

 

On the slow walk back to our hotel, we come across a place that rents bicycles, and just happens to have four MTBs available...we book them for two mornings from now. We also see that this interesting place offers breakfast from 0700, so book a meal for three for the following day.

 

All sorted...time for bed...

Far East Thailand #9

Back in Khong Chiam by late evening, we stroll beside the river to a small pod of hire boats, and book one for a cruise next evening...800baht [about US$25] for 2 hours on the Mekong and Mun rivers at their point of conjunction.

 

Then, noticing...as one does...that the sun has passed below the yard-arm, we immediately break our strolling rythm, find a vacant table on the river-side walk, and sluice the dust out of our throats.

 

Solving World Hunger

 

Several beers later, having debated and solved World Hunger and other previously intractable issues, we are ready to eat, so we make our way down to waters edge and board one of the floating restaurants.

 

 Floating restaurants

 

A pleasant, slow-paced, beer-lubricated  dinner is consumed.

 

On the slow walk back to our hotel, we come across a place that rents bicycles, and just happens to have four MTBs available...we book them for two mornings from now. We also see that this interesting place offers breakfast from 0700, so book a meal for three for the following day.

 

All sorted...time for bed...

comments (11)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Apr 2018, 04:01
Joli reportage.
Ray: Merci, Martine. J'essaie de transmettre le plaisir de ce genre de voyage.
What a fun day! I'm enjoying traveling with you!
Ray: As is normal, Elizabeth, we are having great fun.
Quel programme ...une soirée entre amis bien agreable ..merci pour ce partage !
J'espère que la nuit aura été bonne !Sourires !
Ray: Nous essayons de garder un bon rythme, Claudine, et de varier les choses comme le mode de transport. Il fait très chaud, bien sûr, la réhydratation avec de la bière froide est chose commune.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Apr 2018, 06:58
There is something perfect about your existence on this planet

Time, I think, to raise your status to that of demi-god
Ray: Life is very, very good, Chris.
You have the essentials of life well sorted Ray
Ray: Life is good, Bill, and these trips are great fun.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Apr 2018, 07:54
This all sounds about to me; my sort of trip. Are you taking the fourth MTB as a spare?
Ray: Our 4th travelling companion is joining us tomorrow [if we remember to go to the Ubon airport to collect him]...he claims to be a seasoned cyclist, so we will see...

These trips are great fun, Alan, and lead us to all manner of adventures and discoveries...when you visit then I might include a few days like this in the itinerary.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Apr 2018, 08:38
Perhaps our parliamentary members should have a few drinks before discussing matters Ray, they might come up with ideas as good as your group.
Ray: I think cold beer helps to lift the blinkers from the eyes of those who refuse to see, Chad.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Apr 2018, 08:41
Oh, I like these colourful boats. The boat restaurants look charming. Yes, you live a life of Riles. Your language of communication might be English, not Thai.
Ray: Tim and Koen are fluent in Thai...they have lived here for about 30 years.

Tim is English, but has lived and worked in Australia...he and I can converse in a kind of English.

Koen is Dutch, but his English is better than my Thai, so we get by reasonably well on a mixture of Simple English, but enhanced with vigorous body language, Philine.
This was a really enjoyable trip, I was amused by your reply to Philine, it must be amusing to listen to you all have a long discussion when you put the world to rights.
Ray: The main activities on these trips are talking and drinking beer, Brian...the good thing is these work best when multi-tasked.

We fill in the gaps with physical activities like walking, riding bicycles...
A fine, busy fun day!
Ray: A good day, Larry, and it certainly made up for a bit of an underwhelming first day.
The medication seems to be working smile
Ray: Beer is one of those medications that works best when used regularly, Tom.

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