Valentine's Day

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Mar 02, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Chon Buri,
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Laem Chabang is the port near Bangkok, the 2nd stop on our cruise. We're back again and will be docked here for 2 days, leaving tomorrow evening.

We took the excursion to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital which was built in the 14th century (if I remember right). We left around 8:20am, and the drive was about 2.5 hours. It was north of Bangkok.

Our first stop was the Summer Palace in Ayutthaya. It was beautiful – the ground was meticulously maintained. 4 of us shared a gold cart to tour the ground, getting off at different spots to visit the buildings. The weather was very very hot, which made the whole thing unpleasant for me.

After the Summer Palace, we were taken to a Chinese restaurant (in a high-end hotel) for lunch. Food was OK. By the time we’re done with lunch, it was past 2pm. Then we visited 2 temples – more accurately, the ruins of 2 temples. One of them was what the grand palace in Bangkok was built after, because the original one in Ayutthaya was badly damaged by the Bermese – they burned the place down to peel away the gold. The ruins were really fascinating. I wish it were not so hot so I could have paid more attention to the history our guide was relaying to us. But I was feeling absolutely awful, sick to my stomach ….. But I took a bunch of photos. Also took the elephant ride – we were told we would be able to get a better view of the ruins from the elephant back, so I took it, but I did not really get any better view of the ruins.

We left Ayutthaya after 5pm, and got back to the ship a few minutes before 8pm. A long day! Ship officials told us that it’s OK for us to go to the dinner buffet at the 11th floor. We really appreciated that!! The ship presented each lady with a big red rose, for Valentine's Day!

Ira and Fran finally arrived at the ship, all well!!! They waited for us for dinner and we had a good time! Now we’re back in our room, ready to shower and have a good rest!
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