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January 3, 2004

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Except for daytripping excursions, Mynamar opens no land borders with any neighbor. Therefore we flew to Thailand and landed in Bangkok, a capital of world humanity. The name comes from Gang Makok which means "Place of Olive Plums." Maybe this name isn't impressive enough because the Thai government's official name for Bangkok is: "Great City of Angels, Repository of Divine Gems, Great Land Unconquerable, Grand and Prominent Realm, Royal and Delightful Capital City Full of Nine Noble Gems, Highest Royal Dwelling and Grand Palace, Divine Shelter and Living Place of Reincarnated Spirits."
Find b eautiful Thai smiles on the public canal boat through central Bangkok. These boats cost 5 baht (10 cents) and stop at makeshift wharfs.
Our favorite canal boat runs from Wat Saket, past Siam Square, to the outer burbs of Bangkok.