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Melanie invited us to spend Christmas and New Years Eve in Thailand. How can I say no?

Getting there was NOT easy. 12+ hour flight from Chicago to Tokyo. Short layover then 7+ hours from Tokyo to Bangkok. Spent the night in Bangkok then a really short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Spend a few days there then fly back to Bangkok and catch a 1+ hour flight to Phuket. That's a total of 20,004 flight miles. Phew!

Thailand changed a LOT since the last time I was there.


Getting to Thailand and Cambodia

Getting to Thailand and Cambodia
Getting to Thailand and Cambodia is a pretty arduous trip and interesting in itself.
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Around Siem Reap

Around Siem Reap
The town of Siem Reap near Angkor Wat was nice and fairly Asiany.
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Bike tour of Angkor Wat

Bike tour of Angkor Wat 
To see one of the wonders of the world we decided on a tour by bicycle.
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Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean
We spent a day visiting several sites with the biggest being the Kbal Spean also known as The River of a Thousand Lingas. After that we visited a small but really nice temple called Prasat Banteay and finally hit the waterways to see the Kampong Phluk River People.
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Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea
Our last day in Siem Reap we went to another temple outside the city that was billed as nearly "tourist free". We had to see why. On the way back to hit three more temples part of the Ruolus Group and finally hit Angkor Wat one more time to take better pictures.
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Around Phuket

Around Phuket
We spent the bulk of our time on the island of Phuket where we took in a lot of water sports and generally relaxed.
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Sea Kayaking in Phang Nga

Sea Kayaking in Phang Nga
We did a great trip to Phang Nga where we used sea kayaks to enter the islands that's only possible during low tide to visit otherwise inaccessible parts of the islands.
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Diving Similan Islands

Diving Similan Islands Diving
We really were looking forward to diving near Phuket, unfortunately it was a fairly disappointing experience.
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Around Bangkok

Around Bangkok
After some relaxation in Phuket we spent a few days in Bangkok.
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Golden Buddha/Grand Palace/Reclining Buddha

Golden Buddha/Grand Palace/Reclining Buddha
We decided to hit the highlights in Bangkok in one day. Started the day at the Golden Buddha, then the Grand Palace, hit the Reclining Buddha and end the day with a canal tour.
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Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai Kickboxing
One thing that's pretty uniquely Thai is Kickboxing so I had to catch one fight.
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Ayutthaya/Bang Pa-In Palace/Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Ayutthaya/Bang Pa-In Palace/Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon 
Our last day in Bangkok we spent touring the ancient capital of Thailand, the city of Ayutthaya.
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Layover in Tokyo

Layover in Tokyo
And finally before going home we had a 9 hour layover in Tokyo. We took the Narita Express train to downtown Tokyo to walk around.
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