Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket – August/September 2013

First day in Bangkok. The boys start to explore.

First day in Bangkok. The boys start to explore.

The food court in a Bangkok mall. He's cooking our pad thai.

The food court in a Bangkok mall. He’s cooking our pad thai.

In a tuk-tuk.

In a tuk-tuk.

Playing pool on Khao San Road.

Playing pool on Khao San Road.

The Bangkok Zoo.

The Bangkok Zoo.

Hopping on the boat to ride the river in Bangkok.

Hopping on the boat to ride the river in Bangkok.

During a rain storm we stopped at this sidewalk restaurant for some lunch.

During a rain storm we stopped at this sidewalk restaurant for some lunch.

At a historical museum in Bangkok.

At a historical museum in Bangkok.

The barge created some big waves as it passed and almost tossed Kipling into the river. The guide grabbed him by the shirt.

The barge created some big waves as it passed and almost tossed Kipling into the river. The guide grabbed him by the shirt.

The boys taking a break from swimming to eat dinner. At one point Kipling was eating pad thai for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The boys taking a break from swimming to eat dinner. At one point Kipling was eating pad thai for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The boys exploring the ancient temples around Ayuthaya.

The boys exploring the ancient temples around Ayuthaya.

On a river tour of Ayuthaya.

On a river tour of Ayuthaya.

Elephant ride around the ancient capital of Ayuthaya.

Elephant ride around the ancient capital of Ayuthaya.

Waiting for our very-late train in Ayuthaya.

Waiting for our very-late train in Ayuthaya.

Getting ready for bed on the train.

Getting ready for bed on the train.

The boys eating their rice soup with a straw – which the hostess found very funny.

The boys eating their rice soup with a straw – which the hostess found very funny.

On the train through northern Thailand.

On the train through northern Thailand.

We took a cooking course in Chiang Mai and the boys loved it.

We took a cooking course in Chiang Mai and the boys loved it.

Before the class we went to a local market to grab the food we would cook with.

Before the class we went to a local market to grab the food we would cook with.

The boys in front of our swim-up room in Chiang Mai.

The boys in front of our swim-up room in Chiang Mai.

Fish eating the (dead) skin off the boys feet. Very soft feet afterwards.

Fish eating the (dead) skin off the boys feet. Very soft feet afterwards.

Beth and Sam doing some go-cart racing.

Beth and Sam doing some go-cart racing.

A japanese restaurant in Chiang Mai where you grab your food off the conveyor belt and cook it yourself in the broth. Fun – though we were terrible at the cooking part.

A japanese restaurant in Chiang Mai where you grab your food off the conveyor belt and cook it yourself in the broth. Fun – though we were terrible at the cooking part.

Playing in the waterfalls north of Chiang Mai.

Playing in the waterfalls north of Chiang Mai.

The boys keeping cool.

The boys keeping cool.

Mai Khao beach.

Mai Khao beach.

Samuel had tire of Thai food and was very happy for some Indian.

Samuel had tired of Thai food and was very happy for some Indian.

At the beach in Phuket.

At the beach in Phuket.

One of several days at a water park in Phuket.

One of several days at a water park in Phuket.

Kipling getting a banana crepe while Samuel holds on the our clean laundry.

Kipling getting a banana crepe while Samuel holds onto our clean laundry.

Mango sticky rice with coconut cream.

Mango sticky rice with coconut cream.

At SE Asia's largest aquarium – in the basement of a mall.

At SE Asia’s largest aquarium – in the basement of a mall.

Riding the Skytrain.

Riding the Skytrain.

Kipling buying some fresh mango.

Kipling buying some fresh mango.

Purchases from the huge Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.

Purchases from the huge Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.