And so it begins...

Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

After flying for about 25 hours, a day in Seoul, South Korea, and maybe 3 hours of sleep, I have arrived in Thailand to begin my trip. The flights were pretty uneventful, I watched 4 movies, somehow didn't listen to my ipod once, and the woman sitting next to me decided to take advantage of my bathroom break by lying down across the whole row and falling asleep. I arrived in Seoul in the morning and met an American couple who was also waiting for the evening flight to Bangkok, so we met up with their Korean friend who lives in Seoul (Sunjin) and she took us around the city for the day. We wandered around the city, which is very big and pretty crowded, ate a delicious traditional Korean lunch, walked around the park by Seoul Tower , explored Namdaemun Market and sometime in the afternoon we all found out about Obama's victory, which was good to hear. The picture for the blog, by the way is a temple next to Seoul Tower which looks over the whole city with amazing views.

I arrived in Bangkok, late at night on the 5th and at that point was very disoriented and tired from traveling, but glad to be done with flying. I went straight to Khao San Rd, the most popular area for backpackers and travelers, walked around for a bit, and found an ok Hotel to stay and was too tired to disobey the first rule of the guesthouse, so I crashed for the night.

Bangkok is a beautiful, dirty, smelly, fun city, which I think sums it up pretty well. There is every mode of transportation there , including taxis, mopeds , buses and tuk-tuks, which are auto rickshaws that can fit about 2 people and weave in and out of traffic, just like every other vehicle in the city, which can be very chaotic. I stayed near Khao San Rd the next two nights at Four Sons Inn. There are tons of guesthouses, bars, street vendors, street food, people trying to sell you eveything under the sun, thai massage parlors all over the place, and 7/11s on every corner. I even saw someone walking an elephant down the street as if it was a regular pet. I had a great time exploring the city, taking taxis, boats or walking, visiting the temples , but decided that 2 days was all I needed in the city.

Next Stop: Koh Chang
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trebledb on

And so it begins...
Very exciting to receive your blog today. I loved the photos. You make it sound easy to get around. It sounds like people are used to and welcoming of tourists. We will enjoy traveling along with you and look forward to more. Much love, mmm

pzbraun on

From Your Dad
Ok, I'm convinced you're not in Kansas...and glad to hear you obeyed the first rule at the guesthouse. Bangkok looked the way I would expect; besides the elephant, any monkees?. Was Seoul as polluted as the photo looked? Enjoying your descriptions and enthusiasm. Dad.

guancim on

Go Luke
Good to hear from you. Keep updating your blog. I hope all is well.

doriastories on

Love it!!!
Hey little bro! This is a terrific blog, I love the pictures and your descriptions, it really helps to bring your adventures to life for those of us back here in North America. I'm going to show the pictures to Butzki, except for the guest rules - hah! That's Bangkok for you, no room-pirates allowed!

skatzenberg on

Luke: What a nice surprise to open your first blog this morning. The pix are great especially when you are in them. Make sure that the person to whom you give the camera to take the pix doesn't run off with it. Glad to see the Hotel Rules. Be sure not to violate them! Can't wait to see and hear more. Miss and love you, Susu

koulers on

i wish i was back! no buying food for the street elephants!!

uncle_david on

Well, Luke, you seem to be having an easy time getting to know people and your way around. I'm glad -- and delighted to be getting your blog link, which I'll share with the rest of the NJ gang. Brandon will enjoy figuring out where you are on his maps of the world. We'll miss seeing you on our annual Thanksgiving visit, but we are so glad to be in touch at least this way. Enjoy!

charbraun on

I'm impatient for the next blog!
Love reading about your travels--sounds like you're
having a lot of fun and meeting great people!
Keep 'em coming!

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