A Christmas Paddle on the Chao Phraya in Bangkok

John Gray is a man with principles that he will always share with anyone who would like to listen – if you want to know please read his blog

John has championed the protection of our planet before it is destroyed. Tim (http://timinphuket.blogspot.com) has always listened to him since they first met 20 years ago.

John has always paddled on the sea on Christmas Day since he was 16 years old.

John and Tim met on Christmas Day (2011) in Bangkok for a very special day and whilst John prepared his bits and the boat Tim snuck out and drank coffee downstairs.

John and Tim were in Bangkok on Christmas day so they popped in to see a designer of John’s special jewellery and then made their way to the Grand Palace – specifically a pier.

Tim was dressed as Father Christmas and John looks like Father Christmas anyway – the canoe was pumped up on the sides of the Chao Phraya – much to the amusement of the Security Guards….

John and Tim entered carefully and then proceeded to follow the directions told to them by a local.  It was fun carefully working up the river and being photographed by the both the tourists and the local.

20 minutes later John told Tim that they were going the wrong way and had to turn around – John wondered why he had not trusted himself the first time.

It was fun returning and the journey was a lot easier BUT we nearly lost a paddle and we were flooded with smiles and wishes from everybody who saw us – a beautiful experience and next year….

(thank you to the staff at The Oriental)

See you on the water, Ling Yai (Thai for 'Big Monkey') AKA John Caveman Gray

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