Sa wat dee kab
"A visit to Thailand
will change your life"
I read the above early on in my
searching the net and it sure has been true for me
Had never intended to put any of this on
line but a month after returning home with my feet slowly sinking
into the cold wet soggy ground and my head still in Thailand
I need some therapy, these pages may help me and possibly even
help someone else.
This is mostly my thoughts but I may have
stolen the odd thing from other sites so if you see anything
you think is yours it could be.
After booking the cheapest flight I could
find and a month of research on the net (links)
I finally boarded a Royal Thai Airlines 747 on a
cold Auckland winter day. Fourteen hours later close to midnight,
after a brief stop in Sidney, acceptable airline curry and a
few Kop koon kab's
to the cabin crew "BKK airport".
Had heard immigration and customs could be slow,
Never sleeps. But after that flight I will
Very hard. No one mentioned that
only fat people are farangs. Note, never get like that
Thai girls are gorgeous. Note, must get closer
Sure is hot. Good
Can live with it for a couple of day
sights, sounds, smells and warm.
How do I find the airport bus? "Taxi,
limo, where you want go" a chance to use another
one of my few rehearsed Thai phrases Mai
ow kab, no thank you. Take the bus was good advice,
cheap quick and dropped off opposite the hotel on Sukumvit Rd.
Nose pressed to the window, wall to wall traffic,
shops and stalls open, even elephants on Sukimvit Rd, nothing
turns into a pumpkin here.
"You gotta try that"
Day one shopping list almost complete shirts
and shorts from the roadside stalls where more Thai comes in
useful Paang mak very expensive,
yes bargaining is expected.
Getting dark, next on the must do list is Soi Cowboy,
just across the road, orientation walk down the Soi with a few
sidesteps from keen girls and motorbikes then a look in the bars,
remember the "bar
girl evaluation form". Back at the hotel, choice is
good, Thai silk, great night, where have I been all my life?
Windsor Hotel charges an extra 500baht if you have
Day two complete list then pick up tickets
for the overnight train to Surat Thani, taxi's incredibly cheap
except for the one who offered me a special price; only twice
the normal fare, fortunately I knew what I should be paying.
Time for a massage "You gotta try that"
they tell me, more good advice very enjoyable. Oil massage 400bhat
for an hour, nice girl but a bit keen, interactive, offer of
extras, "I come to your room, what hotel you in, what room".
Sorry I leave on the train this afternoon.
A cheap meal at the station then a 2nd class
fan sleeper to Surat Thani, bus to the wharf and boat to Koh
Phangan all for under 1000baht a real bargain and the way to
travel. On the train and only one Thai in the carriage rest are
farang's (funny how after only one day I'm thinking farang as
if I wasn't one) who sit in little groups talking to each other,
not one looking out the window. Seems I am the only one who's
interested in what's out there with my head stuck out the window
till it's too dark to see.
Had booked into Rainbow Bungalows on the
net, part way to Had Rin beach of full moon party fame. Taxis
here are utes with a couple of bench seats along each side of
the tray, one I'm on is driven by a close relation of Michael
Schumacher and only uses two wheels on the corners. Got one of
the cheap bungalows, could have upgraded for a few more baht
but a beds a bed when you're asleep.
cheap Rainbow bungalow
from my window Rainbow bungalows Koh Phangan Longtail
boats Koh Phangan
Day the next
Recommend this place to anyone, run by Martin
an expat Ozzie and his wife Noi. Martin found Thailand fifteen
years back and has lived the dream ever since. The place is on
Noi's family land and in a continuous state of development, accommodation
from basic to great and good meals in the restaurant, Site http://www.rainbowbungalows.com/
Lost count already.
Hired a motorbike from the shop 100m up the road
125bhat for the day another bargain but look at the small print
on the form you sign. If you bend the thing you will pay big
time so take great care. Broken bike = broken
wallet but worse still Broken body = broken
holiday. Had planned to explore the whole island but after
getting half way it started raining, good excuse for another
massage in a place across the road from the wharf, older lady
with no extras offered but she really knew her job, best massage
Planned to do a couple of dives here and
wing it on accommodation, no trouble plenty of touts on the wharf,
people really try hard in Thailand. Stayed at Tommys Dive Resort,
place is in a state of not-quite-finished construction, comfortable
enough and the right price, if you go there say hi to Tia the
girl in the shop for me.
Was told there was no ATM on the Island so took
what I thought was enough cash. Turns out that is wrong as there
is a functioning ATM not far from the wharf
Ko Tao dive boat
Koh Tao to Chum Phon
Did two good dives with the German dive master
plenty of fish and love that warm water 1800baht for the two
dives. The whole island is geared up for dive courses with what
looks like about 50 dive boats moored in front of the wharf.
Fools and others
A boat ride of around 50km
back to the mainland, never saw so many fishing boats,
and I know fishing, at any one time on the journey there would
have been no less than 30 boats in sight and lines of nets as
close together as 200metres, must be as difficult for the fish
as it is for the fishermen. Only saw two sea birds on the trip,
the number of birds is usually in direct proportion to the health
of the fishery.
A different world, where have the smiles gone? the
less said the better on to Hua Hin
There was one idiot up the front of the boat
trying to pass around a joint only takers were a couple of aging
hippy types who looked like they had got there 20 years too late.
Made me wonder what goes on in the few remaining brain cells
of a clown like that, did he think carrying around and passing
out dope somehow made him a big man or was he just too addicted
to know the difference.
Hua Hin charterfishing.co.nz
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