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Travel Photo Thursday — 07/10/14 — Marathon Travel –Three Countries, 15 Hours

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Hong Kong, Penang, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Welcome to the 185th week of Travel Photo Thursday. After a marathon of marking tomorrow evening, and a final class on Friday, I will  be finished with this albatross that’s been hanging around my neck for the past three weeks. Next comes a marathon weekend of packing and cleaning. I’ll be out the door at 2:30 am to catch my bus to the airport. By 9:00 am I should be sipping champagne in Asiana Business Class on my way to Penang. However, before that happens I’ll be touching down for a few hours in Hong Kong (duty free, here I come!). In Hong Kong I change planes and head to Bangkok in Thai Air Business Class. A few hours in Bangkok airport and another Thai Air flight will finally whisk me to Penang, my third country and final destination. Total travel time will be 15 hours, and I actually spend almost equal amounts of time between the air and ground. I’m sure someone must be saying…WHY? Well, when I started researching my flight I realized very quickly that the only airline that flies direct from Korea is Malaysian Air, and they are not a Star Alliance member. Then, I decided to use my Star Alliance Frequent Flier Points, and not one Star Alliance airline flies directly to Penang from Seoul. On the bright side, I am traveling business class for a measly $360.00 (US). I don’t think it gets much better than that!


Hong Kong and Bangkok are two of my favorite cities, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite shots taken during past visits…


On the waterfront…”Hong Kong Avenue of Stars”…



Lights, Camera, Action in Hong Kong



A dwarfed Star Cruises vessel…



Hong Kong



I want to live in the red one with what looks like a  tennis court. That shot was taken from Victoria Peak.



Hong Kong from the Peak



Harbour view…


Hong Kong



One of my favorite temples in HK, Tin Hau Temple at Causeway Bay. I fell in love with all of the intricate details.



Tin Hau Temple, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong



Then comes Bangkok…

Temple of the Emerald Buddha…not to be missed when you visit Bangkok.



Temple of the Emerald Buddha


I love this shot, even if I can’t remember the Bangkok temple!


Be a Light Within Yourself.....Buddha



Rose offerings at the shrine in front of Central World…


Roses, Shrine at Central World Bangkok



Finally, a moment stopping sunset on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River…


Bangkok Sunset



At the end of the “rainbow” we have Penang, Malaysia, where I will hang my sandals for the next five weeks!

Penang’s Kuan Yin Temple…


Lanterns, Kuan Yin Temple, Penang



Getting to Penang is going to be a bit of a marathon, so I am grateful for those frequent flier miles and the upcoming business class service.
Do you ever use points to fly business class?

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Travel Photo Thursday — May 16, 2013 — Hong Kong’s Million Dollar Travel Views

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in China, Hong Kong, Travel Photo Thursday | 39 comments

Welcome to another week of  Travel Photo Thursday. Pull up your armchair, and get ready for our virtual around the world tour. I am suffering this week from the yellow dust that is covering Daejeon. I don’t know if it has invaded from China, or if it’s the pollen from Korea’s pine trees. Which ever, I have been fighting headaches all week, and the stuff can’t be gone soon enough! In the mean time here are some “million dollar travel views” Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities!


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A view from the Peak…I wonder who owns that little piece of real estate?


Hong Kong from the Peak



Everything is just so “tight”!


Hong Kong Sky Line



From harbour side…that is one big cruise ship, dwarfing, what was then, the tallest building in Hong Kong.


Hong Kong's Tallest Building (dwarfed by Star Cruises)


Hong Kong Harbour


Have you been to Hong Kong? Where did you find your million dollar views?


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