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GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 12: Going Home

Travel Talk Thailand - Episode 12

Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 42 – Click above to watch video after the jump

After riding elephants, eating scorpions, walking through Hellfire Pass, visiting the famous bridge at the River Kwai, and seeing a Red Shirt movement up close - it's finally time to say goodbye to Thailand and wrap up the biggest adventure Travel Talk has had.

Our last day was a blur of packing, dashing around Bangkok's street markets for souvenirs, and a spectacular goodbye dinner overlooking the entire city. If there's a better way to leave Bangkok than with a night up on the Dome / Sky Bar at Lebua, we're not sure what it is. Early the next morning we said goodbye to new friends, stocked up on M-150, emptied a few last bahts from our pockets and prepared for the long ride home.

If you have the itch to embark on an adventure like ours, check out Trikaya Tours and ask for Joom (our incredibly hospitable tour guide). Thailand, we thank you for your hospitality and can't wait to return in the future.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 11: Red Shirts


Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 41 – Click above to watch video after the jump

After riding elephants, eating scorpions, walking through Hellfire Pass, and visiting the famous bridge at the River Kwai, one of the only items left on our to-do list in Thailand was to speak with people that were passionate about the sensitive political environment. As we arrived back into the city, we caught word that a "Red Shirt" protest was taking place in Bangkok's shopping district; so we went straight to where the action was.

To give some brief context, last year's political events in Thailand resulted from clashes between two opposing camps; Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts. The Red Shirts (formally known as the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship) are mostly middle-class and rural citizens in favor of the progressive former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. Shinawatra was removed by a military coup in 2006 (organized by the Yellow Shirts), which many Thais believe is due to the fact that Thailand's Royal Family was threatened by Shinawatra's success.

While Bangkok is currently stable and nearly all demonstrations have disappeared since the late summer of 2010, we felt privileged to be on the ground during this event, speak with those that had risked their lives for their beliefs, and share it with you here.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 10: Kanchanaburi


Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 40 – Click above to watch video after the jump

In the first half of Travel Talk's grand Thai expedition, we've tamed elephants, explored Bangkok's temples, eaten scorpions, taken in a Muay Thai match, and witnessed a train running directly through a bustling market. Now, we're taking you to explore a lesser known province of Thailand for a closer look at the culture and traditions of rural Thai life.

Kanchanaburi isn't the first place you might think to visit when planning your trip to Thailand- but in many ways, that's its charm. We explore this peaceful oasis just outside of Bangkok. The town promises to change dramatically with the recent reopening of the Three Pagodas Border Crossing to Myanmar, and we stayed in a massive 5-star resort that's anticipating this very change. Exploring the local landmarks, we got a chance to walk across the Bridge over River Kwai- of classic hollywood fame.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 9: Hellfire Pass


Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 39 – Click above to watch video after the jump

In the first half of Travel Talk's grand Thai expedition, we've tamed elephants, explored Bangkok's temples, eaten scorpions, taken in a Muay Thai match, and witnessed a train running directly through a bustling market. Now, we're taking you to explore a lesser known province of Thailand for a closer look at the culture and traditions of rural Thai life.

In order to supply their expansion into Burma during WWII, the Japanese built the so-called "Death Railway," which claimed over 100,000 lives from the Asian labourers and Allied POWs forced to work it. We get to experience the memorial at Hellfire Pass- the most grueling section of this infamous railway, then take on some hellfire of our own with the spiciest food Thai cuisine has to offer!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 8: Scooters & Coconuts


Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 38 – Click above to watch video after the jump

In the first half of Travel Talk's grand Thai expedition, we've tamed elephants, explored Bangkok's temples, eaten scorpions, taken in a Muay Thai match, and witnessed a train running directly through a bustling market. Now, we're taking you to explore a lesser known province of Thailand for a closer look at the culture and traditions of rural Thai life.

Situated near the border of Myanmar, Sangkhlaburi is a great destination for those looking for alternative to Chiang Mai or the beaches of Koh Samui. Ever since our Vespa adventure in Rome, we've been anxious to get back on the open road; so we rented scooters and explored the rest of Sangkhlaburi. We'll take you to the longest wooden bridge in Thailand and show you what Thai life is like down on the farm.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 7: Sangkhlaburi


Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 37 – Click above to watch video after the jump

No matter what type of adventure you're looking for, Thailand has it all.

In the first half of Travel Talk's grand Thai expedition, we've tamed elephants, explored Bangkok's temples, eaten scorpions, taken in a Muay Thai match, and witnessed a train running directly through a bustling market. Now, we're taking you to explore a lesser known province of Thailand for a closer look at the culture and traditions of rural Thai life.

Situated near the border of Myanmar, Sangkhlaburi is a great destination for those looking for alternative to Chiang Mai or the beaches of Koh Samui. After embarking on an ox cart ride and being welcomed with a traditional ceremony in a Hmong village, we try stay upright on a canoe in Sangklahburi's lake and discover that it's not always easy to avoid the dreaded hoards of tour buses.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 6: Swordfights and Elephants

Travel Talk Thailand - Swordfights and Elephants

Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 36 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand.

From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of the muay thai ring, the serenity of rural life, and every single spicy bite of Thai cuisine. We'll be bringing it all to you in the coming weeks as part of our special 12-part feature: Travel Talk Thailand.

As we venture further from the bustle of Bangkok, we get a chance to be the first westerners to visit a Thai martial art and dance school, taking swordfighting lessons from the Thai National Champion. Then we learn how to tame, wash and ride giants.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 5: Morning Shopping



Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 35 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand.

From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of the muay thai ring, the serenity of rural life, and every single spicy bite of Thai cuisine. We'll be bringing it all to you in the coming weeks as part of our special 12-part feature: Travel Talk Thailand.

In part five of our adventure, we finally make our escape from Bangkok and head out into the country, stopping on the way to do a little morning shopping- Thai style. Join us as we explore exotic markets, meet Thailand's most reckless boat driver and see goods delivered to (or should we say "through"?) market in a whole new way.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 4: Muay Thai Boxing



Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 34 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand.

From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of the muay thai ring, the serenity of rural life, and every single spicy bite of Thai cuisine. We'll be bringing it all to you in the coming weeks as part of our special 12-part feature: Travel Talk Thailand.

Before leaving Bangkok, we decided to head to one of the city's biggest boxing rings to catch some real Muay Thai in action. Thailand is famous for this aggressive, no holds barred sport, so we wanted to see just how intense it really is. Join as we get an introduction to more Thai snacks and speak with veteran fighter and gym owner Rob Cox about the basics of fighting and betting.

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 3: Temples & Boats



Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 33 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand.

From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the energy of the muay thai ring, the serenity of rural life, and every single spicy bite of Thai cuisine. We'll be bringing it all to you in the coming weeks as part of our special 12-part feature: Travel Talk Thailand.

Just minutes away from the "Gateway to Southeast Asia", Khao San Road, are some of Bangkok's most famous sites; Wat Arun, Wat Po, the Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In episode three, we get an up close look at vibrant temples, hop on boats to see the canals of Bangkok, and even run into some adoring fans!

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