The King turns 80
The King of Thailand turned 80 on December 5th and there was a big celebration all over the country. Images of him were spread all around Bangkok.
Everyone in Yellow
In Thailand the people love the king and wear yellow in support of him. He has helped the people over the years and is not the longest reigning monarch in the world having been the King for over 60 years. At the celebration for his birthday it was hard to find someone NOT wearing yellow.
No Durians Here
One of our hotels in Bangkok has this statue displaying their ban on durians. Durians are a tropical fruit that is grown throughout Asia. It has a very distinctive taste and the smell can be unbearable. Many hotels, airlines, etc. have banned durians. I think this guy is sort of cute!
This is the way they fish in parts of Vietnam. They use a net and see what they catch.
And see what you catch
On this day the lady caught a few little fish and the girl behind was helping her put them in a basket.
Queen for a Day
Last time through Hue in Vietnam, I took my group to a royal dinner. Hue is a formal capital and the king used to live in there at the Citadel. The meal was a 10 course feast but the best part of it was they dress you up in traditional costumes. The group picks and king and queen and the rest are part of your royal entourage.
At the Head of the Table
Here we are waiting for dinner to be served at the head of the table.
Got to Love a Face Like This!
This is one of the ladies on the beach in Hoi An. They come up to you where ever you are and perched themselves continually asking you to buy from them. I bought some peanuts and then asked to take this photo. She finally wandered off to bug some other tourists!
Christmas in Vietnam
10% of the population of Vietnam is Catholic but when it comes to celebrating Christmas it seems that everybody celebrates!! This picture was taken in the post office in Saigon. I love the tree with Uncle Ho in the background!
On one of my trips I let them know that I knew a restaurant that served fried tarantulas and one guy said he would try. So when we got to Phnom Penh I made sure to order some for this passenger. They were served with a pepper sauce.
Sort of Crunchy
2 of my passengers (a father and son team) ate the 3 between them. Some of the rest of us tasted a leg. Can't say that I am going to rush out and order any more!
All these people
Were at sunrise on Christmas Day to see....
Happy New Year
I celebrated New Years in Saigon this year. For a country that celebrates the Vietnamese New Year (Tet) as their big holiday, they really went all out on the New Year's 2008 celebrations as well.
Even the M&M guys got into the festive celebration of the New Year!
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