SE Asia: First Blood

Sunday, 16 July 1995
Skedsmokorset, Norway

My very first time to set foot outside Europe! It happened when I and my sister Siri arrived in Bangkok on 28 June 1995 during a vacation to Thailand. Our mother Ellen was also supposed to join us, but arrived a few days later due to illness.


The whole idea about this trip was not actually mine, I just sort of followed along, thinking that this could be interesting. It was Ellen who got the idea from her Thai students (in a school for immigrants with the purpose of learning the Norwegian language). They were helpful in providing economical airline tickets too.

The trip went like this: Arrival in Bangkok on 28 June on Finnair via Helsinki, and plane same day to Phuket (we bought the domestic ticket on the spot). We stayed a few days at Patong beach before moving on to Kata beach. Among other things, we rented a motorbike for sightseeing. Our mother arrived eventually. A few days later we took a bus to Bangkok, where we stayed in the middle of the city (don’t remember where). Then we took a train to Chiang Mai, and with that city as a base, we went on a few tours to nearby Chiang Rai, Mae Sai, Mekong River, “Golden Triangle”, jungle trek, etc. At the end, we took a train back to Bangkok and departed on 14 July 1995.

Patong beach, Phuket

Patong beach, Phuket.

Kata beach, Phuket

Kata beach, Phuket.

Mae Sai

Mae Sai, a border city with Myanmar.

Elephant show

Elephant show near Chiang Mai.

Asian toilet

Asian toilet.

River trip near Chiang Mai

River trip near Chiang Mai.

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