Saturday, August 10, 2013

Making our way home with Mr. Niwat - August 9

We were suppose to meet Mr. Niwat at this pier at 9 a.m.

Didn't happen...

long story...but 'full taxi' was the story!  Finally...finally...one came by that also looked full...but they squeezed us in...threw our luggage on top, and off we went over the mountain to the pier.
This is leaving the pier at Koh Chang....

It was 9:50 a.m. when we finally got in with Mr. Niwat.  We apologized for being so late,  but he didnt seem the least bit irritated.

On the way home, we stopped at a few places...
we stopped at  few markets...buying a type of squash, some fruit, and some snack type foods....and Thalia got a T-shirt...



 Now the red/white/blue/white/red flag is the Thai flag...but the blue flag is being hung everywhere because the Queen is coming....and it's her birthday (Monday)... I'm not sure if the towns where the blue flag is flying is actually a town she's coming to??? That's what I thought Mr. Niwat said, but they're not hanging all over Bangkok...but I did see a stage area being set up next to the BTS...so who knows.  But either today or tomorrow is Mother's Day...because of the Queen.

 Mr. Niwat wanted to show us Koh Samed, another smaller island where a lot of people go on holiday.

 We didn't go TO the island, but that's it in the distance.

 We were in a beach community...Rayong.  Mr. Niwat, talking about Koh Samed, said it's 'same same, but different' to Koh Chang.  "Same same, but different" is what the Thai say ALL the time!
 This is along the beach in Rayong...


 A bit past Rayong, Mr. Niwat stopped at this area where as he put it, "Thai working."  This is where a lot of fishermen were...and it was like a large camp they had set up.


 This boat was coming in with its day's haul of fish...
 Just took a photo of the coconuts...

 Mr. Niwat's car....
 Ok, this was how they pulled the boat out of the water.  They hooked a rope on it, then used two of these tire hubs as pulleys to haul the boat in!
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 If you look at the bottom of the blue netting, you can see one of the shrimp.  After watching them for awhile, we took off again...




 another one of the markets we stopped at...
 These are not our favorites...the squat toilets.  There's usually no paper, so you need to make sure you have some with you.  After you do your business, you grab the little blue bucket and pour water into the toilet and that's what flushes it.  Inside Bangkok, we see more of the western toilets, but outside of the city, we rarely have found a western toilet..they're all like this one.
 and one more temple...
So we obviously made it home safe and sound... it was probably about 5 p.m....so a little while later, we walked with Thalia to church for her youth group.  Then, because we were going back for her, we went to Terminal 21 (mall) and ate dinner... then back to get her and came home and crashed.

Definitely another great day in Thailand!

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