Derek and I met when we were employed by the same software vendor in New York. We, along with another coworker, Ken, became fast friends when we discovered we had many things in common ... like good food and travel. We soon formed an informal gourmet club and were often found spending the weekend at someone's house enjoying lavishly cooked gourmet meals and superb wines. Unfortunately the group was broken when Derek relocated to Bangkok and Ken to Florida, but we managed to keep in touch and visit when we can.

During our last trip to Bangkok, 1994, Derek was unemployed at the time and looking for something to do. That came when he became involved with restoring the Tahsaneeya Nava rice barge and establishing it as the premier rice barge offering dinner cruises to tourists and locals along the Chao Praya, the River of Kings, in Bangkok. I must admit he couldn't have found a better calling as he is perfectly suited to lavishly entertaining friends and strangers, as if they had been lifelong friends, in such beautiful surroundings. His taste are impeccable and anyone taking a cruise with Loy Nava Dinner Cruises will surely enjoy the evening as it will be memorable.

The Tahsaneeya Nava, made of beautiful teak wood, has been painstakingly restored and is in excellent condition. Various seating arrangements for up to 42 people can be arranged. For more information about Loy Nava Dinner Cruises please go to their Internet site by clicking here ....

The Tahsaneeya Nava as it approached
to pick us up
To our surprise and delight Derek arranged to host us for the evening on a private dinner cruise. He made all the arrangements to have a driver pick us up at the hotel and deposit us at the dock near the Shangri La Hotel where the boat would pick us up. We waited patiently for the boat to arrive enjoying the scenery as we stood by the water's edge.

Aboard we enjoyed a lavish Thai meal
Left to right: John, Derek, Alicia, Art, Anne, and Carol

Derek, our host
In addition to enjoying a typical Thai gourmet experience Derek also managed to talk the entertainers into staying for the additional voyage doing traditional Thai dances. We enjoyed watching the girls as they danced and used their arms and hands in such an expressive way that only the Thai people can do.
Anne, John, Derek and Alicia
Dancers dressed in colorful Thai costume entertained us

Wouldn't you know it? My brother-in-law,
John coerces me into taking his picture
with two of the dancers (the third had
more sense and ran off before John could
grab her for the picture). When the night
was over I wondered why he didn't
reciprocate and take my picture with
the dancers?

One of the beautiful, young Thai dancers

Alicia enjoys a glass of wine and samples some
of the traditional Thai dishes that were served

As always, Anne and I enjoyed our time spent with an old friend and were saddened when we left and knew it would be years before we'd be able to once again get together and lift a glass in friendship. Thank goodness for e-mail so that we can easily and quickly keep in touch with all the good friends we've made through work and our travels around the world.

Join us on the next page for an excursion to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam ...

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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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