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Friday, October 20, 2000
Siem Reap, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand:
Latitude: 13° 46' 12" North
Longitude: 100° 30' 7" East
Altitude: 74 feet
From Seattle: 8558 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Shanti Lodge

Today's Travel:
Countries: Cambodia, Thailand
Regions: Angkor, Bangkok
Route: Bangkok Airways, flight 935: Siem Reap - Bangkok
Path:Siem Reap, Cambodia - Bangkok, Thailand
Linear:226 miles
Weather: Rain / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1289
Linear Dist: 245301
Countries Visited: 72
Regions Visited: 271
More stats...
Hotels: 502
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 80
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4317

Journal Entry:
I woke up at 6:30 to consider going out to Banteay Srei. It's supposed to be one of the most beautiful of the temples, but it's way out there. I looked outside and it was drizzling - not raining hard, but more weather than I want to face for a two hour ride on the back of a motorbike... I went back to bed. When I got up later the weather had improved and there was even some blue skies. I spent the morning writing in my journal and packing. Then I caught a motorcycle into town and wandered around the market for a couple hours. The only think I really looked at were black market CDs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs - but I didn't buy anything (though the entire collection of all 17 James Bond movies on DVD for $35 was awfully tempting).

The taxi to the airport, flight, immigration, customs and taxi from the airport all went smoothly. In Bangkok I checked into the same guesthouse and went next door to check and send email. I left with an hour to get across town to my parents hotel (down past Siam Square). I knew traffic might be mad so I planned on taking a taxi to the sky train, and going the rest of the way on the elevated train system. Great plan, except it took an hour to go the 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) to the train stop! The next five kilometers only took fifteen minutes. So I got to the hotel fifteen minutes late - I thought, but it turned out I had agreed to be there a half hour earlier so I was 45 minutes late. Oops. I had dinner with my parents' tour group. It was an great buffet - excellent since I really hadn't eaten (except for the airplane snack). After dinner my parents and I took the skytrain a few stops to Starbucks for coffee and made plans to meet tomorrow afternoon after their tours.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Bangkok
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Thailand
CIA - The World Factbook: Thailand

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