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Ko Pha-Ngan

November 21st, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 04-Thailand - (4 Comments)

An enjoyable three hour boat trip from Ko Toa to the beautiful island of Ko Pha-Ngan, famed for its Full Moon parties – annoyingly – we missed the last one by only two days!  

In high season 30,000 strong flock to the party. After we docked we hung around for an hour or so chatting to many and they all said it was an amazing experience.  Unsurprisingly, few had taken the time to explore the island other than Haad Rin where the part takes place.

We’ve been here for 6 days and it is nothing short of paradise, especially if you hop on a moped and scoot around to many beaches.  The days are going slow, which is great, and we’ve been so relaxed it was unthinkable to get the laptop out and write a few posts. 

Because it’s still a king tide, which takes a week or so to settle following a full moon, the snorkeling has only been average.  The beaches are stunning and the weather has really picked up.  We’ve met a few great couples and have hung around and toured with them for the past few days.

There is not a lot else to write about, we have done absolutely nothing other than what couples do on paradise islands and you don’t want to read about that.

There are many more pics here, have a flick through – it’s no.37 on the list.

We’ll start with our home and its surroundings for the first three days and the remainder are of our second home a few miles up the coast. Anybody that feels like joining us for for Christmas for a few weeks, now is the time to start booking.  If these pictures don’t convince you nothing will.

The second picture shows why there has been nothing posted here for a while .

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Bastard bed bugs

November 20th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 04-Thailand - (6 Comments)

Sam had a herendious few days following our stay in Ko Tao.  We went to bed knowing there were crawlies everywhere, but had no idea they were the eating kind and very hungry at that.

Sam woke on our our first morning covered with welts and shaking, literally, from the anaesthetic they inject.  We had a quick read on the net and followed the advice – plenty of antihistamines and soothing cream – and thankfully she is now well on the mend.  Not the kind of thing you want when wearing a bikini – it looks like a bad case of acne.

Before we get any smartarse comments, yes I was sleeping beside her (and not on couch as it were), but it seems my blood is not near as tasty.  I had a few bites, but they obviously got bored trying to pierce my thick skin and moved onto the easy prey next to me.  Poor thing was was covered from head to toe.

Travelling can be great fun .

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Ko Tao

November 20th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 04-Thailand - (4 Comments)

After 10 hours on the bus and 2 on a fast catamaran from Bangkok, we arrived on the island of Ko Tao.  If you’re a diving fanatic Tao would be your mecca, it issues more diving certificates than any other place in the world (even more than than the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) and it’s why we came all excited. 

After a quick read we agreed on a stretch of beach, haggled with the touts and took advantage of a ‘free taxi’ to the resort.  We hadn’t put our rucksacks down for more than 5 mins when we were being bombarded with all manner of excursions and extensions to our existing certificates.  ‘Hold on, fuck, gives us a minute to settle in and get to know the area before we sign up and part with our hard earned bucks’.  It was full moon (also known as king tide) which meant the waves were choppy and visibility was poor (about 10–15 meters), which we had later found out from some very disappointed returned divers.  Unlike us, they buckled under the sweet talking leggy blond who greeted them on arrival and they signed up!  We’ve come a long way since being scammed by the taxi driver in Cairo .

We held off and told them we weren’t interested for the minute, we were going to relax for a few days and see if the conditions improved – as you can imagine – it went down like a lead balloon, especially as they had agreed a heavily discounted room rate.  We were quids in.

We woke the following morning with Sam in tears having being eaten alive with bastard bed bugs (next post).  Enough was enough, we packed our bags and headed south to Ko Pha-Ngan.  Tao itself was beautiful and had the weather been better we would have stayed a little longer.  At different lodgings obviously.

Just some of the few snaps we took.

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Hang in there…

November 19th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 04-Thailand - (1 Comments)

We are alive and well just struggling to get an Internet connection to upload some posts.  We have one now (obviously) but have no laptop with us.  We are relaxing on a beautiful Thai island, just do you know :-).

More from here soon hopefully.

Back on Khao San Road

November 12th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 04-Thailand - (1 Comments)

A very pleasant flight from Beijing to Bangkok and pleased (obviously!) to be back in Thailand for the next few weeks.  A quick spin from the airport to Khao San Road, but this time we are keeping our stay a little more subdued. 

We were a little shocked at the current exchange rate, previously 62 baht to the pound, now only 54 – what’s the story Gordon?

Just a few things to sort out before we head south:

1. Book the bus.

2. Hair cut.

3. Dental hygenist (cheap at £10).

4. Replenish first-aid kit.

5. Replenish sun and bite creams.

6. Replenish women’s bits.

7. Laundry.

8. Purchase an iPhone

We like lists, maybe we should consider writing all our posts in this manner. Most likely you won’t hear from us for a few days until we sus out internet availability etc.

Bye for now, off to top up our faded tans .