Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Goodbye Chiang Mai , hello Bangkok, Hong Kong and Macau

What a whirlwind week since my last post, our last evening meal in Chiang Mai was frought with me vomitting after dining out at a great little restaurant called " Cooking Love", let me say that this restaurant was not the cause of my illness, I was feeling unwell all day, I think it was from breakfast at our hotel. Where I was sampling all the menu they had to offer over the week, and chose to have noodles with BBQ pork. By 11am at fishing, I was feeling quite queasy in the stomach and did not feel well all day, chose not to eat until we went to dinner, had a few mouthfuls and was sick, so very disappointed, as this restaurant was to be one of the highlights of Chiang Mai. This restaurant is very popular and have to book a few days ahead to eat there, Cooking love is very popular, and only seats 15 at a time. Saturday our last day in Chiang Mai was taken easy, thank god for over the counter medicine in Asia and being able to self medicate.
Last visit to temples in Chiang Mai.

After the markets on Saturday night in Chiang Mai, we stumbled upon a gold and silver temple in one of the back streets of Chiang Mai.
Sunday saw us all packing, to fly to Bangkok, these two days spent in Bangkok wasm rest and relaxation, minimal eating and try and recover. No sightseeing, as this is my fourth trip to Bangkok and have done all the main tourist attractions before. The view from our 25th floor.
On the plane I got some sewing done and at the moment are trying to put together the one inch squares to join my Lucy Boston together.

My one inch squares, on the way, I think I only need 2,000 squares.

On arrival and after check in at Our hotel we all walked down to Pantip Plaza to buy some DVD's and have a look around, disappointed to find our popular stall had closed down. Lunch was at a Muslim restaurant. Monday shopping at MBK store and return to hotel for a few rounds of golf and cards.
Tuesday we left Bangkok and flew to Hong Kong, arrived at 2 pm and checked into hotel. Later walked down to Nathan Rd and the temple markets, dinner at a local seafood restaurant. 
Wednesday, had a great day at Disneyland with the kids and we had a wonderful day, lovely to catch some rides and chill out, even more fun to have the kids to go on rides with as DH is always the bag holder and does not like the rides with any sort of motion.

Hello Hong Kong. DH on the Disney express to a day of excitement.

The family, about to enter Disneyland.

Alex with the plastic paratroopers, Andy's toys!

The parachute ride with the kids, no sudden drops and was quite a pleasant ride.

The RC ride, Alex and Cara went on this ride twice! I opted to have my feet firmly planted on the ground for this one.
We all stayed for the fireworks at 8 pm, closing, then caught the MTR back to hotel, what a great rail system in Hong Kong.

Thursday over to Macau for the day to visit the old area and then onto the newer areas where the Casino's are housed. We caught the Coatai line of ferries and it took 45 minutes. on arrival to Macau we were greeted by a tourist company with a minibus! who took us all over Macau, our first stop was the ruins of St. Paul, museum and a walk down the famous portegeous streets and sampled the local egg custard tarts. 
The steps of St. Paul's ruins! reminds me a little of the Spanish steps in Rome.

Lady Fatima statue

We ventured to the top of the Observation tower to observe the views over Macau and people Bungay jumping from the tower. Height: 338 metres and the Bungy jump is 200 mtrs, just love the sign.

Visited the MGM grand hotel and as always an amazing centerpiece in the lobby.

Would I recommend Macau, No, maybe a quick visit but once done, never to visit again, mainly catering for gamblers and the very wealthy, give me Las Vegas any day. 
Goodbye Macau. The Grand Lisboa hotel.

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