Table Tennis in Thailand





Hoi An to Bangkok Feb 20 144

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After some great Table Tennis in Saigon and Sa Dec Vietnam, Charley and I were having trouble finding online information about Table Tennis in Thailand. Luckily our excellent host at the Feung Nakorn Hotel knew that a bunch of Bangkok guys played in the park right across from the hotel. This is the park near the Wat Po Temple of the Reclining Buddah. The folks were very friendly after they saw we could play well, and we had a great time over the next few days playing over a dozen people at the Bangkok park. Although the tables are excellent quality, the conditions are not exactly the greatest – big bright lights on uneven concrete outside.

Pattaya: We’re now at the beach in Pattaya and despite a few online leads the only thing I found was a two table setup at the Fairtex Sports Complex which is near the “dolphin turnaround” at the north end of Pattya Beach Road. There are two nice tables but no “club” meets there, and the cost is 200-250 bhat per hour which is kind of expensive (about $7 per hour). We did not play there. I could not find the “Ping Pong Beer Bar” over at Jomtien beach today – that’s the beach area south of Pattaya Beach, and I don’t think they have tables anyway – it’s just a name.

Sa Dec Table Tennis Club, Vietnam




Charley’s Vietnam Through Feb 6 lunch 136

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This is a picture from early in the trip, where Hai’s teacher set us up to play with the Sa Dec Vietnam Table Tennis Club in their excellent new area. During Tet they usually would not play much but opened on our behalf and we all had a fun time. I’ve really been struck by how quickly the folks in Vietnam would warm up to us and treat us like family. At our hotel in Saigon we enjoyed the honor of eating with our hotel host’s family for Tet dinner – a wonderful spread of many delicious traditional foods and toasts with cognac. Food and friends are a cornerstone of Vietnamese culture and we’ve been fortunate to experience that at many levels during out travels in Vietnam.

We are now in Bangkok where we have found a lot of new pong friends in the park near our hotel, and the food is nothing short of amazing and everywhere. More on that later…

Hanoi Vietnam – Imperial Citadel UNESCO World Heritage Site




Hanoi Vietnam – Imperial Citadel UNESCO World Heritage Site

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This is the central portion of Hanoi’s Imperial Palace. Closed but they let us in so we have great pictures of an empty palace. The tour does not include this for reasons I do not understand — it’s one of Vietnam’s top historical treasures. (We went off tour today).

Instead, we’ll visit the Mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh rests in peace.

Then on to Danang, Phong Nha National Park, and Hue for more great history, then Hoi An which is often the favorite destination of foreigners,

Hanoi Vietnam – Imperial Citadel UNESCO World Heritage Site




Hanoi Vietnam – Imperial Citadel UNESCO World Heritage Site

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Hangin’ in Hanoi at the Imperial Citadel, Hanoi Flag Tower. Even though we arrived during the closed hours of 11:30 to 1:00pm the guy let us in, which I really appreciated. This is Vietnam’s “Forbidden City” where the early Emperors ruled the roost with their iron fist.

Hanoi is colder than Saigon both in temperature (60s vs 80s) and temperament (few smiles here)