On tour with the (lovely) Brits

Trip Start Mar 10, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Met up with the bunch of raucous Brits who would be my great company for the next 2 weeks and blast any sense of homesickness away! Met in Bangkok at the airport - had a beer waiting for me at the airport bar. My first thought was "so its going to be that kind of a holiday!" Well it was and it wasn't - had loads of fun in the bars and dancing away but I feel we got a fair amount of culture in - what with riding on bikes across Samui's landscape and stopping off in the old Chinese influenced towns and swimming at the different beaches along the way, not to mention paying our respects to the golden Buddha on the way back home.

Koh Panygan was the usual Full Moon Party. The train journey from Bangkok (where we stayed a couple of nights in a groovy 1950s hotel called Atlanta) was good fun - everyone had berths close by and the boys decided to go straight on to the Beer Changs which the locals were observing with mounting dread. Turned out to be a good trip - entertained by various card games and amazing magic tricks...needless to say we were quite tired when we arrived at the end destination which is partly why we allowed ourselves to be conned by the elusive Charlie into going to a joke of an establishment which promised much and delivered the opposite. Charlie proved to be a bit of a Houdini at disappearing acts himself but we made the most of the coral waters and the walk to the good beach was a good excuse for exercise.

Koh Tao however was a blissful beach - cool emerald waters and a small private beach with beach huts and a nice bar on the cliff looking down on the view. We spent a couple of nights there sampling the good food and watching (or laughing more like it, at Miss Universe...wasn't it just the same person again and again with different hobbies?) the others I hear got taught Thai boxing (pictures please people) and we all couldn't bare to part with little NoName Chicken puppy.

Katy, Clare and I did manage to break away and headed on first to Koh Samui. Much to Katy's despair Clare and I decided to do the length of the main road wearing our 20 kg backpacks in the blaring heat to find a decent place to stay. Having done the stretch we ended up where we started and settled down to a rewarding drink and dinner on the beach.

The next couple of days were great - the rest joined us and we spent the days on the beach eating mangoes and going for dips in the water, having massages and shopping. Had some great nights too and we all grew fond the Thai buckets of whiskey and redbull or Vodka and fresh Lime!

Time flies...and when everyone left back to UK I decided to head of to Pai for a detox and some yoga.....

Pai was absolutely wonderful although plans of a detox were short lived when I saw all the lovely cafes and bars in town and along the muddy river that flows through the little town in the valley which is in the north of Thailand- although I did manage to do a small amount of yoga! Met some great people in my little guest house which was right beside the river and we went out for shisha and to the live music bar and the other couple of places that constituted of Pai's friendly night life where eventually you get to know most people - a really nice mix of local Thais and travellers. Chilled out in Pai for I dont know how long - that's another thing with Pai - its unlike any other place and absorbs time, stress and slows the pace of life right down so that you have to literally haul yourself out of there kicking and scraeming if you are ever to leave.

So with that lovely relaxation done - Im ready for the next adventure and leave for Burma tomorrow. This means however that I wont be able to enjoy the onslaught of emails hurling abuse from behind your work computers that normally accompanies a travel update so that shall be really missed. I wont be able to read or reply to your emails till I am back out of Burma in roughly 30 days time. So hope veryone is doing well and look forward to gettign back in touch in a months time. Save the gossip till then!! xxBB
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