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Margaret and Keel's Asian Adventure
Riding Tigers: REPORT #19

Feb. 23, 2000, Bangkok, Thailand, Atlanta Hotel

Boy it can sure feel good getting into a familiar city like Bangkok. I had reservations at the Atlanta Hotel, so the delayed flight from Bali which arrived at 3:00 am was not a problem. Thailand seems so calm compared to Indonesia.

We Have nothing but wonderful things to say about New Zealand. The people are the best and more scenery per acre than any place in the world. The place is really set up for backpackers, with "backpacker " accommodations every. All transportation options are available, the train from Picton to Christchurch down the coast of the south island is particularly nice...spotting seals from the train. Many people buy used cars and drive around the two relatively small islands. It was my first experience with driving on the left and one must very careful. What you really need is time...I would say a month minimum on each island would be a reasonable amount of time. We had one month and spent three weeks on the south island. The kiwi people are great and I made the greatest friends and was able to stay in homes more than usual. There is also plenty of camping in great places, some for free. Some highlights worth considering are Milford and Doubtful Sound, Tongarario National Park, Wanaka area north of Queensland, Nelson and the Marlborough Sound. Wellington is one of the most beautiful cities as I have been to in when viewed from above, nestled into the harbor. Its ashamed its on a huge fault line. There is really no place that is not scenic! I can't wait to go back.

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