Cambodia(Part1)

Cambodia(Part 1)? What? Why you ask?  Even if you didn’t, pretending you did so I can tell you all about it!  After a great time on the islands our next stop was Cambodia.  We were very excited for a couple of reasons the main one being an opportunity to see Lee.  We hadn’t seen him in years… basically since he moved there.  The other reason was that we heard it was amazing.  So off the islands on a boat, then bus to the border.  We were super lucky in that Nok had also decided to leave at the same time so we all traveled together.

Siem Reap:  

So really, you go here to get to Angkor Wat.  We arrived after a fun, yet harrowing bus ride… the driver fell asleep and had gone into the other lane.  Thankfully he was woken up before any harm done, but everyone was wide awake after that!  After checking into the guest house we arranged to go see Angkor Wat.  We booked a tour with Tino, who Pat and Liz recommended and setup a 4am departure for a sunrise start.  We got to the ticket office, waited in line, got our and headed over.

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Northern Thailand

We spent several weeks in Northern Thailand. All the Chiang’s together: Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao, Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong!

The Break Down of Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai:  We decided to get organized in Chiang Mai. Mailed some items back that we don’t use, saw Wonder Woman and did a cooking class with Pat and Liz. I’d wanted to a do a class so this was more for me then Paul. We got to make several dishes and no injuries occured.  After wandering the night market and we spent some time at the shopping malls, not either of our favorite things to do but we managed.  Had a nice evening at Small House where some advice from Dao had us heading off to Chiang Dao instead of Pai.
Paul happy with his choices
100 days!

Myanmar

After 60+ days in Thailand we headed to Myanmar for a new adventure. We had a month making amazing memories of Myanmar.
First stop Myawaddy, right across the border. We were helped by “Mike” and we’re soon sharing a taxi with Karen. A nurse from USA who was working in Thailand during her retirement. After a harrowing drive through the countryside we arrived in Hpa-An.

The next day we arranged a tuktuk tour of the surrounding caves and temples with Karen. We were joined by Verena from Germany and Clem from France. 11 hours later, we had been shaken around and totally caved out but all satisfied with a great experience. I was pooped on by a bird and a bat, apparently that’s lucky.  Discovered tomato salad.  Spent the next day wandering the area with Karen and Verena having a relaxing time, more tomato salad. Then off to Yangon.

Cole’s Notes

On Facebook, you have been exposed to our constant updates and many temple, Pagoda photos.  For those not on Facebook or blocked us after being feed up with aforementioned pagodas… here is the Cole’s notes version:

Koh Lipe – March 2017

This time we stayed at The Reef instead of our usual. We really enjoyed our accommodation and met some great people.  I would recommend The Reef, the staff was super nice, beds comfortable, breakfast was good. The orange tabby cat that I spent a lot of time with has no bearing on my opinion.
We connected with old friends and made new ones, learned how to play “shithead”, developed a taste for unsweetened Chao Manoi, had copious amounts of BBQ squid, saw awesome lightning storms and spent time on the beach.

Definition of Home

definition of home

What’s the definition of home?

It sounds simple doesn’t it but I’m not sure that it is.  I was born in Liverpool, England, Helen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  We both moved to Canada with our families.  Helen at the young age of 4 and myself at 13.  Years later we met in Saskatchewan in 1991 and since then have spent our last 23 years living our adult lives together in Calgary, Alberta.  Also, we’ve spent many months in Thailand since our honeymoon in 2000.  Therefore it would seem that home should probably be one of these places right?

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