Day 1, Arrival in Thailand

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Photos by MJ Klein and Hui-chen

To check out the food we enjoyed on this day, please see this article.

We are pleased to bring you this series on our recent trip to Thailand and Laos!

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

We parked our car in one of those parking lots near the airport, and took a shuttle bus to the airport terminal.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Michael Cannon (L) and Michael Turton join Hui-chen and I for shopping in the duty-free terminal before departure.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Once we finally landed in Thailand, we took a rest and then got up to walk around and explore a bit.  One of the places we hit up right away, was the car rental agency.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

The 2 Michaels confront a bus pulling out of a parking lot.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

The car rental agency is on this street in Khonkaen, known as “Sirchant Road.”

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

This is the view from the passenger seat in the rental car.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Here we are with the first order of business for the day – lunch at the noodle shop.  We’re going to be showing the food we experienced in this series, in a separate series of just food photos, so don’t worry!  You won’t be missing out on any food!

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Michael Cannon (L) writes an entry in his journal while Michael Turton looks on.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

We then made our way to the Laos embassy, where we got our Lao visas.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

After our visas were all issued and in our passports, we took a small driving tour of Khonkaen.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

My GPS goes wherever I go, and it sure comes in handy for finding your way around!

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Khonkaen has grown up quite a bit since I first went there in 2004.  The traffic has more than doubled.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

This is the impressive city gate.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Michael Turton (L) and Michael Cannon check out the menu at The #1 Bar.  We went there for drinks in the afternoon.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Later we took a walk down to the Roma Hotel and the restaurant there.  Remember, we’ll bring you the food photos in another article.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

We’ve blogged on this food street before, and the restaurant is right in this area.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

We walked back over to The #1 Bar after dinner, as it becomes very interesting in the evening.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

Michael Cannon played a few games of 8-ball with some of the other bar patrons.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

This is the only food shot we have at this time.  You can see that we’re drinking Sang Som Royal Thai rum, with soda and Sprite, and we’re eating some snack food while we’re drinking.  I like to eat some small food when drinking.

2010 Thai/Lao Trip: Day 1

The last shot shows some of the staff of The #1 Bar.  We called it an early night as we had plans for a full day the next day – as you will soon see in our next installment.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the travel journal and photos! Wonderful trip esp. with good friends! I often traveled alone. SJ and my little sister are the only two considerate travel companions I’ve ever had.

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    1. Brunty, i hope you can wait, as we’re going to draw this series out a bit, and we’ll be interlacing it with some other articles, such as the food we ate on the trip, etc. but the photos will be well worth the wait (i hope!), and i’m particularly fond of the Lao photos myself.

      i have written volumes about Sang Som, and i consider it my duty to help others discover this great spirit. thinking and drinking alike, indeed! thanks Brunty!

      oh, i forgot to report that it was I who was driving!

  4. Michael,

    Wow, it really makes me miss it over there. Damnit, I am so jealous. I am itching for a good adventure. Too bad I am stuck freezing my onions off….

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