Meanwhile, more on our holiday in Thailand ...
In Thailand, to say thank you, you say 'kapunka' if you are a female, and 'kapunkap' if you are a male.We used it a lot. Thailand means Free Land. It used to be called Siam. They like to call Thailand, the Land of Smiles - and we can vouch for that. We found Thai people to be very open, friendly and smiley.
street stalls - the city teems with sidewalk life; markets, outdoor cooking, eating, sitting, living ...
under here somewhere is a cyclist ... until Bangkok, I never knew how much it is possible to carry on a bike
traffic light countdown, so you know to the second when the lights will change ... must be very handy!
now that's what I call power!
And then the rest of the family arrived. (Our son, his wife and their two children).
Looking out the hotel window - Grandma and grandchildren bonding time ( previously they only knew us as Gran'ma and Grandpa on Skype).Some precious memory-making time had begun. The youngest started calling us 'GoomaOmpa' a kind of amalgamated title.
Grandpa and grandson
... after a long, hot trawl through a very busy market, it was time for a sit down and something to drink
... coconut milk, very refreshing straight from the coconut ...
I must say, our holiday was well-planned and went without a hitch (apart from the flight Chch to SIngapore being delayed by two hours, which meant we missed connecting flight to Bangkok - but we were put up in a hotel in Singapore and it didn't matter in the end). The smoothly operated arrangements for our holiday were due in no small part to our travel agent. I'm happy to give him a plug (and why not?) - Ash Creevey, from House of Travel, Dunedin. A good travel agent is like gold.
In the next instalment; arrival at an island that looks as if it has been dropped into the blue ocean, straight from Paradise.