Sawatdee krap! This week we've been exploring parts of southern Thailand. On Monday we arrived at Khao Sok National Park where we stayed in little huts in the rainforest for two nights. It was so cool! The noise took a bit of getting use to! It was like hundreds of alarms going off at once...thought my head was going to explode when we first got there, especially after a long night-train journey! The rainforest was beautiful. Near to where we were staying was a river that we could swim in, both Monday and Tuesday afternoons were spent there!!
On Tuesday morning we decided to go for a 7km trek through the rainforest to a waterfall. However, this was more difficult than it sounded especially without our guide Su, who's been such a star! We managed to follow the route on the map for the first 3 km but then ended up being led round and round in circles!!
The signs were just a bit dodgy (as you can see in the photos) and when we ended up in the same place for the third time we decided to call it a day!We found a lovely spot to have lunch and cool down in the water and then headed back. During our walk I had my first encounter with a LEECH!!!! But after a bit of squealing (as you can imagine!) managed to get it off with only one little bite as a result! They are gross things!!
We had an early start on Wednesday (4.45am) so went to bed early Tuesday night. But didn't actually end up getting that much sleep as we had a few little visitors in our room!! We'd forgotten to get rid of our rubbish bags and was half asleep when we realised that the rustling of bags that we'd been listening to for a while was actually in our room! When we first arrived Su had told us that we must keep all windows and doors locked all the time as monkeys quite like raiding bags! So when I said to Lisa (my room mate) that there was something in our room, her reaction was "If it's a monkey I'm gonna scream!!". But luckily it was only a few mice that had decided the left over bananas made a good midnight snack. Hahaha. Sorry this is probably a story where you have to be there for it to be funny...I can't stop laughing every time I think about it (getting a few strange looks in the internet cafe right now sitting here laughing to myself!) but reading back through this it all sounds a bit random!
We got the ferry to Koh Samui on Wednesday, and had a lovely afternoon at the beach. The evening was great; we went to a restaurant on the beach where we all sat on cushions on the sand! It was so cool! After a bit too much to drink we decided to go to a Lady-Boy show! The most bizarre thing I've ever seen...freaked me out quite a lot! We managed to get two guys from our group up on stage which was hilarious, make sure you look at the pictures!
Thursday was a stormy day so like true Brits we were running down to the beach between the showers to get any glimpse of sunshine we could!! In the evening we had dinner on the beach again at a restaurant where there was a guitarist playing, beach and live music = good times!
After an hours sunbathing on Friday morning we were off to Koh Tao! The weather quickly turned and the ferry ride was sooooo rocky!! Mum, you'd of definitely been sick within the first 5 minutes! By time we got on the ferry there were no seats left, but we discovered the VIP area upstairs which you had to pay 50 baht to go in. With big seats and air conditioning we all thought it was one pound very well spent! We got soaked exploring the town in the afternoon and then all went out to dinner in the evening. After our meal we went to a bar on the beach where there were fire jugglers which was really cool! A few buckets of cocktails later we were all having a wicked time dancing in the sea! It was such a great night!
Well on Saturday morning we found out just how strong the cocktail buckets had been as we were all feeling slllightly delicate/completely rough!! Needless to say we didn't do much that day...managed to stagger down to the beach in the afternoon and then all went straight to bed after dinner!! Oh and we went for a massage! Thai massages aren't exactly relaxing...its painful for about 75% of the time, they dig their hands and fingers into you so hard I'm surprised you don't come out covered in bruises!!! And they tend to just stretch you until you make a noise to let them know that actually if they push any harder you might just snap in half! But it does leave you feeling good...the first time she pressed on my back it cracked in about 10 different places, which felt much better afterwards!
Yesterday we went on a snorkelling trip! It was great! The weather wasn't good but it was quite fun snorkelling with heavy rain pelting down all around you! We had four stops during the day, at one in particular the coral was so colourful and the fish came so close, it was really amazing! I have no idea what the all the creatures I saw were...but they were very pretty!! There were a few boats around (which can I just say now all looked very similar!) so when the guide whistled for us all to come back on board I almost got on the wrong one...realised my mistake when I looked up and just saw Thai guys looking at me a bit strangely, turned around to see everyone else getting on the next boat along!! Whoops!
Today has been lovely weather! We haven't had a full day of sunshine since being down south but today is certainly making up for it!! It was the last day together with the group, most of them have just left to catch the ferry. Eighteen days has flown by! Saying goodbye to all the great people you meet travelling is definitely something I don't like doing!! Four of us are staying an extra night in Koh Tao and then going out separate ways tomorrow! I'm getting the train back to Bangkok tomorrow evening, spending Wednesday in Bangkok before flying to Melbourne at 00.25 on Thursday where I'm meeting Nat and Jim!!! Sooooo excited!!!!
Hope you're all well, enjoy the holidays!!!! Loads and loads of love xxxxxx
Hello again! Sawatdee Krap means hello in Thai by the way Dad! I'm now in Bangkok. Hasn't been that much of a great day, makes me appreciate having had a guide for 18 days soooooooooo much!!! Will be very glad when I arrive in Melbourne tomorrow. It was quite a miracle i managed to get on the right train as everyone i asked gave me such a vague answer as to where i needed to stand etc! A train came in, which turned out to be mine, so i had to run across the track to the next platform - the Thai people i'd been sitting with found this very amusing!! The journey was fine, slept most of the way which was good and arrived here at 5am. After walking around for a while managed to find a cheap room, but it was on the 5th floor...with no lift!!! With my two bags I nearly passed out by time i reached the top!!! Last night before getting the train I got a Phad Thai from a street stand, haven't had a problem with the food from them before and it tasted really good, but today I'm now thinking it was a bad bad decision!!! Not been feeling too good, so have had to stick around the hotel near to a toilet lol! Have felt great the whole time I've been in Thailand, it's just giving me a nice goodbye present now!! But have managed to do little bits of last minute shopping! Also found out that there are protests going on in Bangkok so the bus is expected to take 3 hours instead of 1!! A journey I'm not looking foward to!!! Anyway, sorry this has been a bit of a moan!!! By this time tomorrow i should be in Melbourne!! woooooo!
Also, meant to say earlier, thank you all so much for all the comments, I always look forward to reading how you all are and what you're up to, it's really lovely and always makes me laugh. And yes, love having short hair, especially since i can wash it in under 2 minutes and not do anything else to it!!! :-) Enjoy all your plans for easter and eat loads of chocolate!!
lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxx