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“Have you been to Thailand or Indonesia? Are there sites to see you would recommend or specifics we should know about traveling there?”

I’ve not been to Indonesia although it’s definitely on my list (particularly Bali, their #1 tourist destination).  With over 18,000 islands (it’s the world’s largest archipelago), the challenge is figuring out where to go.  Take a peek at this site as I thought it did a good job of narrowing down the multitude of options. They’ve had some serious unrest in past years, but that seems to have settled down in recent years.  Check out the US Department of State website for travel alerts and warnings for specific countries you’re interested in visiting.

I’ve been to Bangkok a couple of times as well as Phuket, an island off southern Thailand.  You definitely want to avoid Bangkok at the moment due to massive protests (and bombings) aimed at toppling the government.  That said, by spring break in the US, things may have settled down as elections are in the next week. Definitely check out the US State Department website for an update. I took a day trip to Ayuthaya which was one of the largest cities in the world in the 1700s.  It was spectacular!

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Impiana Resort is directly on the beach in Phuket, Thailand.

I loved Phuket, Thailand!  You may recall this area was virtually wiped out by the tsunami in 2005; however, the city has been rebuilt better than ever.  We stayed at Impiana Resort, a gorgeous place on Patong Beach that was also walking distance to the heart of the craziness in downtown Phuket. We had a massage every day as it was just SO cheap (although you have to look for massage places that take women clients if you get my drift….).

Phuket is more about R&R  and beaching although we did do a day trip to Phang Nga Bay, more commonly known as James Bond Island (it was the setting for villain Francisco Scaramanga’s lair in The Man with the Golden Gun):

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James Bond Island off Phuket, Thailand

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On James Bond Island: me, my sister-in-law Memory, Mom, Eric and a dear family friend, Jackie Fox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We checked out the local aquarium (I’m a sucker for an aquarium!):

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Black-tipped piranha! They were eyeing me for lunch!

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Giant grouper – they also looked hungry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scenery in this region is really quite spectacular:

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I’m heading to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand tomorrow.  Look for details on our adventures next week!

Meanwhile, here is a list of top attractions in Thailand.  Keep me posted Kim on what you book!  Would love to see pictures!

Meanwhile, check out my blog post on Malaysia. That was a surprisingly great trip, particularly Langkawi, an island off the northwestern coast of Malaysia.

Keep those questions coming to Travel with Aging Parents Facebook page!