2015 - North-Eastern Thailand and Laos - Day 21

North-Eastern (I-San) Thailand and Laos, 16 Nov - 10 Dec 2015 (25days)
Dining hall at Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel.
Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club

Day 21 is basically a rest day with no specific visitation. Chew Leng Soon would be flying back home the next day as he has to fly to China with his family soon. Denise Chia Chai Ling texted us at 10.48am to inform that she was at the airport on the way home to KL and we duly wished her a safe flight home.

After another fantastic buffet breakfast or brunch at Saphai Pae hostel we walked out to visit Robinson Department Store in Bangrak and then the Bangrak Bazaar. In the evening, Eddie and Adeline Chang came to fetch us from our hostel for another dinner at The Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Pathum Wan, Bangkok. It was another fantastic dinner in 21 days with so much to eat and drink. After dinner, Eddie drove us to see the street lights and decorations by the river in conjunction with the King’s birthday.

Dear Adeline Chang and Eddie,
We would like to thank both of you for your hospitality and the lovely dinners at Taling Pling and The Royal Bangkok Sports Club. The food and drinks were excellent. We had good time together and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was really good to have met you and would thank you again for the wonderful dinners and fabulous company. Please take care and hope to see you in KL.
From us: Chew, Chan and Ching
The spacious dining hall at Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel.

The buffet breakfast at Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel.

Chan Meng Fye and Chew Leng Soon enjoying the food.

Walking through the side road towards Robinson Store.

Robinson Department Store, Bangrak branch.

This is a busy market next to the large Robison Department Store. Most stalls cater to young women, office workers and college students with very fair prices.

We had very good 'tong shui' in one of the shops there.

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club and Polo Club, Pathum Wan, Bangkok.

The entrance foyer to The Royal Bangkok Sports Club.

L-R: Chew Leng Soon, Eddie and Adeline Chang, Chan Meng Fye.

L-R: Chew Leng Soon, Eddie and Adeline Chang, Ching Neng Bin.

The street lights.

We were actually caught in this massive traffic jam for almost 2 hours as we drove slowly around the river side area. And by the time we got back to our hostel it was almost 12 midnight. Many thanks to Eddie again for the sumptuous dinner and driving us around the city of lights.

Sleeping at Saphai Pae Backpackers hostel, Bangkok with buffet breakfast near to Surasak BTS station. Dormitory room for four with breakfast for 450baht per person.

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Day 01 (16.11.15) AirAsia AK 856 KUL. 12.45pm to Chiang Mai, (1738km)
Day 02 (17 Nov) Chiang Mai to Loei to Phu Kradueng to Khon Kaen (691km)
Day 03 (18 Nov) Khon Kaen City walk around
Day 04 (19 Nov) Khon Kaen City to Kalasin (80km)
Day 05 (20 Nov) Kalasin to Sakon Nakhon (129km)

Day 06 (21 Nov) Sakon Nakhon to Nakhon Phanom (92km)
Day 07 (22 Nov) Nakhon Phanom - day trip to Thakhek, Laos (62km)
Day 08 (23 Nov) Nakhon Phanom to Mukdahan (125km)
Day 09 (24 Nov) Mukdahan - trip to Phu Pha Thoet National Park (108km)
Day 10 (25 Nov) Mukdahan to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (194km)

Day 11 (26 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse to Si Phan Don, Laos (291km)
Day 12 (27 Nov) Si Phan Don - a long walk to Somphamit Waterfall
Day 13 (28 Nov) Si Phan Don to Ubon Ratchathani by bus (291km)
Day 14 (29 Nov) Ubon Ratchathani to Si Sa Ket by van (67km)
Day 15 (30 Nov) Si Sa Ket to Buri Ram by train (148km)

Day 16 (01 Dec) Buri Ram - day visit to 3 places (219km)
Day 17 (02 Dec) Buri Ram to Nakhon Ratchasima by train (129km)
Day 18 (03 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima - day trip to Phimai (120km)
Day 19 (04 Dec) Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok by train (264km)
Day 20 (05 Dec) Bangkok - Chao Phraya River boat ride to Khaosan Road

Day 21 (06 Dec) Bangkok - rest day and dinner at Royal Bangkok Sports Club
Day 22 (07 Dec) Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan by train (320km)
Day 23 (08 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan
Day 24 (09 Dec) Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hatyai by night train (660km)
Day 25 (10 Dec) Hatyai to Butterworth by train and to KL by bus (555km)