We are home after 30 hours of travel. Luckily, on the longest leg 0f 10 hours we had 3 seats each and could lay down and sleep. It is so nice to come home to this beautiful weather.
But the brief wrap up is: from our little seaside town we caught the 5 am train to Bangkok. This was 2nd class and a little funky and noisy, but it was still fun to see things from a train. Brenda was feeling a little sick but we made it in about 5 hours and went to the little place we had previously booked. It is near a district that caters to western tourist bigtime. I thought of it as a little like a Thais Disneyland. Shops, bars, hawkers, masses of us. But Brenda and I had been out in the culture for 5 weeks and realized this was a good way to come down, so in the 1 1/2 days we went to Wat Arun (temple of the Dawn) and just walked around the area and did a little shopping, a little resting and some good eating. It was a good way to end the trip, and to ease into the above 30 hour ordeal. We got a taxi to the airport, and off we went at 1:15 am on the 26th, and arrived at 2 pm on the 26th.