Our special Thai New Year’s dessert
It’s hard to believe, but after six months in Southeast Asia – covering Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia – we’re heading back to Europe. We’ve gotten used to the heat, the sun, the beaches, the swimming pools, the driving on the right side of the road, the developing country vibes. And the New Year celebrations.
Imagine our surprise to land in Bangkok for one last overnight stop between Bali and Paris only to discover that it was Thai New Year’s, the fifth New Year celebration we’ve experienced in Asia (Laos, Western, Chinese, Balinese, and now Thai). The fun stuff here is that apparently they spray people with water on the street and sneak up from behind and smear white stuff on your face. We got in pretty late though and just had a drink at the bar in the hotel, so for us it meant a cute little dessert and bigger-than-ever drinks. Not bad!
My Vespers on the left, Mark’s Vodka Martini on the right, with complimentary Lemoncello. The drinks were worthy of Gargoyle’s, and that’s saying something.
So that’s it. Here are some farewell pictures from our last couple days at Temple Lodge in Bali. Next stop: Paris!
A quiet, hidden beach near Temple Lodge. That’s one part of Southeast Asia we’ll miss.
Morning at Temple Lodge. If you look carefully, you can see cute monkeys around the edge of the property.
Did I say cute? Actually, they were terrifying. Very aggressive, baring their teeth at us for attack. Seriously; they drove us out of our morning reading site. At one point they went into the kitchen and dining room and ransacked the place. That’s a morning in Bali; Paris will probably feel different.