Azamara offers a complimentary evening excursion in selected cities each cruise. Ours was in Bangkok at the Ancient City of Siam, a 200 acre site filled with reproductions of Thai architectural forms: Temples, Shrines and Palaces. They bused over 500 guests 45 mins away. After our arrival, a short tram ride to the venue and we were welcomed with cocktails and appetizers. The set up was absolutely beautiful. The chairs were on the grass and as I sat there I could feel mosquitoes biting my legs. Now some of you know I can’t stay anywhere too long as it is and the mozzies were making it worse. Before all was said and done, the Hotel Director had arranged for an electric cart to take me to the 1st bus scheduled to leave and turn on the AC while we waited. All this was after they summoned the nurse and her BP cuff. Thank you Jesus!, I was on the first thing smokin’ out of there. I hated to miss the cultural performance of which everybody said was fantastic but for me, comfort first by any means necessary.
My foodie pal, Robbie didn’t get our cooking class confirmation until very late and I had made other arrangements. I’m still quite upset that I missed such a fabulous cooking experience at the Silom Thai Cooking School. There were 8 in the class, from all over, no one from our ship. They went to market with the Chef, returned and then They ate each course after preparing each one. She said, “That was the best Thai food I ever had and I cooked it! They prepared the spicy shrimp soup, Tom Yum Goong, sweet sticky rice and mango, green curry chicken and chicken Pad Thai. I do have the Saigon Cooking School to look forward to but now I’ve got to listen to Robbie do her comparison thing. Lord, let it be just as good. You can believe this school will be on my return itinerary for late 2015, a land package that will allow plenty of time in Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok.