Bangkok, January 2011
Part III

After Part II

January 17-24, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Watcharee continues to meet with famous people of now and then.


PS: See this very horny but super devout nun.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yep, they were all fake encounters ... yesterday's and the day before as well. Here are some more...but, this time missing the Watcharee interaction.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

THOCBDC has even more 'waxoids' to show you before we move on to something equally boring.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

After our tour of fake people Watcharee and I repaired to L' Espace de l'Oriental for some real food. This is a restaurant in Siam Paragon that is owned and operated by The Oriental Hotel.* For us it is also a very convenient place for lunch.


* Now known as The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.


Friday, January 21, 2011 (Pre-journal)

It is that time of the year again.


PS: Again?

January 21, 2011

This message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Thailand that the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (aka UDD, or the ?red-shirts?) plans to hold a demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday, January 23. Scheduled from approximately 1:00 pm to midnight, the demonstration is to begin at the Rajaprasong area (around Central World) and move to the Democracy Monument.

Streets surrounding the Rajaprasong intersection are expected to be filled with approximately 5,000-10,000 people in all directions. Many participants are expected to park their vehicles on the sides of Rajadamri and Ploenchit roads, impeding traffic throughout the area. Central World and Siam Paragon may also be affected and close early. As many as 20,000 people may participate in the activities around the Democracy Monument. We strongly suggest that you avoid these areas throughout the afternoon and evening of January 23, 2011.

Additionally, on Tuesday, January 25, the People?s Alliance for Democracy (aka PAD, or the ?yellow-shirts?) plans to hold a demonstration in Bangkok. About 2,000 to 3,000 people are expected to pass from around Makkawan Rangsan Bridge onto Rajdamnern Road near the Government House, and finally gather at the Royal Plaza (King Rama V Monument). We strongly suggest that you avoid this area throughout the day and evening since the timing of demonstration is still undetermined.

We are not aware of any general, specific, or implied threat to U.S. citizens or U.S. interests throughout this period. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning. As a precaution, you should avoid areas that may be targeted for demonstrations. Monitor local media to keep updated with the latest information about demonstrations and areas to avoid. Stay alert, and be cognizant of any unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places. Report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement personnel.

For the latest security information, you should regularly monitor the Department?s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website (http://travel.state.gov), where current Worldwide Cautions, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings and health-information resources can be found. You can also obtain up-to-date information on security by calling 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

You are also encouraged to inform the Embassy of your presence in Thailand by enrolling in the Department of State?s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), available at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing ACSBKK@State.gov. The Embassy?s after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-2-205-4000.

This email is UNCLASSIFIED


Friday, January 21, 2011

On the road to Hua Hin.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Arriving at the Anantara Hotel in Hua Hin.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Now that we are back home in Bangkok I no longer am restricted to iPad uploads from weak and remote WiFi sites. On Friday the four of us (Watcharee & I and Rung & daughter Name) drove the 210 kilometers to Hua Hin where we planned to spend two nights. Before reaching our hotel, Anantara, we stopped for lunch at the Asara hotel which is also in Hua Hin. As we had a 2PM check-in at our hotel we needed to kill a couple of hours; and a long leisurely meal sounded like a good idea. The Kempu restaurant was an excellent choice for our first en-route meal. After lunch we checked out the hotel's brilliant swimming pool.


Monday, January 24, 2011

The lobby of the Anantara Resort & Spa in Hua Hin is like a mini-museum of days long passed. Ironically it is also the only place in the whole complex that has a 21st Century WiFi.


PS: The walk to the suite was colorful. The suite itself and the view from the porch was magnificent.


PPS: But, we had to unpack on our own.

Next: Part IV

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