Townsville and Cairns

Yesterday we got back from a 10 day holiday trip to North Queensland. First stop was Townsville. I’d pre-booked long term parking for our car which was $109 for up to 15 days. We drove to the long term carpark near the airport and then loaded our bags onto the shuttle bus. Baby Emma was in the front carrier which meant I could still move bags. At the airport we checked in, made our way through security, and then to the parents room for a quick nappy change before going to the gate to get on our plane. This was Emma’s first flight so I was a bit worried. We gave her a bottle of milk as the plane was taking off. Once the milk was finished she fell asleep and slept for the entire flight.

Emmas first flight

Plane view

My mother picked us up from the airport, using the baby seat in her car that we’d rented from the Queensland Ambulance Service. While in Townsville Emma got to meet family and friends and got lots of cuddles.

Cuddles from Grandma
Grandma cuddles

Cuddles from Aunty Jeannie
Aunty Jeannie

Julia keeping an eye on Emma
Mumma

While in Townsville we went to a family dinner at Uncle Merv and Aunty Vi’s. My Uncle had a few garden ornaments which were cars and planes. I thought Emma might like to drive one of the cars.

First Drive

On Thursday we picked up a rental car to drive to Cairns. The drive is normally 3.5 hours. There were some roadworks which slowed down the trip. Stopping to feed and change the baby slowed the trip down even more. It took a painfully slow 6 hours to get to Cairns. Once we arrived we checked into our accommodation at the Cairns Colonial. Our room was right near a tropical pool which I used a couple of times. Although I had to purchase swimmers because I’d forgotten to pack any.

The family in Cairns
At Cairns

Our family

Nappy on Grandma
Napping on Grandma

On Saturday was Brett and Jo’s wedding. It had been raining heavy on Friday and then again on Saturday morning. But by mid morning the rain stopped and it was wonderful weather. The couple looked lovely, as did I 🙂 Was a wonderful wedding ceremony and I’m so happy for my two friends.

Brett and Jos wedding

At the Cairns Colonial they had provided us with a baby cot for Emma to sleep in. For a bath though she got to go for a swim in the sink.

Bath in hotel sink

We got back from our trip yesterday afternoon. Emma slept again the entire flight home.

Thailand Videos

During the Thailand holidays we took a few short videos on the camera. Here are those videos.
Elephants in Chiang Mai

Maeklong Station

Paew Floating Market Dumnoen Sakuak

Bangkok Safari World – feeding birds

Giraffes at Bangkok Safari World

Bangkok Royal Palace

Tiger Kingdom at Chiang Mai

Bye bye Thailand

The holiday is over and time to fly back to Sydney. It was a good holiday, enjoyed the first trip to Thailand. I don’t know if a return trip to Bangkok will happen but would be nice to see other places in Thailand.
I won’t miss the traffic in Bangkok.

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One of the things Bangkok has lots of it tailor stores. I don’t know the quality of them but I have my doubts. Before we left for Thailand we read about Nickermann’s tailors on the trip advisor website.  It had very good reviews. When we arrived in Bangkok we checked where they were located and by pure luck they were on the street opposite our hotel.

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Julia purchased a full suit with pants and a skirt. I have enough suit jackets so I purchased some pants for work. For tailor made pants it cost me about $79 Australian per pair. Considering it can cost me around $100 for an off the shelf pair in Australia that doesn’t fit perfect I’m happy with my purchase.

Grand Palace in Bangkok

There is no sky train line near the Grand Palace but there is a ferry line in the nearby river.  So we caught the sky train to the Saphan Taksin station. The ferry terminal is directly underneath the train station so an easy walk.  We dodged the expensive tour operators and went to the Chao Phraya Express Boat stop. The express boat, with an orange flag on top was less stops to the palace. Even so it was about 7 stops. The ferry was a grand price of 15 baht ($0.50) per person. Or the overpriced tour boats for 600 baht.
The ferry boat we took

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The expensive boats

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With huge motors

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Then we arrived at the palace. Lots of walking around in very very humid very very hot temperature.

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Strange shapes in plants

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Some strange flavours of ice cream on sale. We didn’t try any.

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Shopping in Siam

No tours today. So I started the day with a swim in the hotel pool before we had breakfast.

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There is a sky train station, Nana Station, only a few minutes walk from our hotel.

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The trains run about every 10 minutes (at least during the day when we travelled) and are easy to use. Signs and directions are in English. At the station, and on the back of tickets is a network map. You buy a ticket based on the distance you travel. You don’t have to nominate a station.

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We caught the sky train to Siam station and from there walked to the shopping centres. We walked through the two biggest stores in Siam and were not impressed. The centres are very modern, even trendy. But expensive with the prices that same as we’d pay back in Sydney. Actually the prices were what you could pay in the expensive store in Sydney but I never would, so I wasn’t going to pay those prices here. Like $100Aus for tiny ladies singlet top. The centres were almost void of customers too so either we were too early or others didn’t like that type of shopping.
We left the shopping centres and walked through some of the little off street stall/shops in Siam.

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Prices were much better here. I bought a T-shirt for $10 and Julia got a skirt for $16.
We walked to the nearby MBK centre where we had been before and did lots of shopping here. Eventually my feet got too sore to continue so Julia left me at a Starbucks while she continued to shop.