Paradise for less than six bucks a night!

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
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Trip End May 04, 2006


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Friday, February 10, 2006

So I finally made it here. All in all it took me almost as much time to get from Bangkok down to here as it did to get from Boston to Bangkok! But definitely worth it. Overall I am feeling less stressed out, and more like I am on vacation. It is interesting because I don't really think of this whole trip as a "vacation", I guess I think of it as more of a learning experience or an adventure, but not really a vacation. BUT thats what it is like rihgt now, and I am not complaining. Things are pretty care-free here, I get up when I want, go swimming in the ocean which is about a minute from my bungalow when I want go out and drink when I want, sleep when I want, so yah can't really complain. The only downsides are (and I am just putting these in so everyone reading this doesnt get completely jealous;) is that it can still be lonely at times, traveling on my own, although I have been meeting a good amount of people, and it is difficult to be away from my girlfriend (I know no one really want to hear that on a blog, but its my blog so I can write what I want, nahhh), its true though. I miss her and I kind of get this feeling that I am being kind of selfish by doing this trip, and leaving her behnd, but she will come visit in a couple weeks so that'll be good. ANyway enough of that.

So the bus ride was about twelve hours long, followed by a 2 hour wait at the port and one very choppy ferry ride, which I surprisingly didn't get sick on (although I was feeling less than a hundred percent). I was also surprised to get more sleep n the cramped bus than I had gotten every night I had been in Bangkok. I think it was the combination of the noises, smells and time zone adjustment thta made getting a good nights sleep really tough for me. Not to mention waking up to the feeling of "where the F am I" every morning. One night I even woke up for the day at 2:30 am after going to bed exhausted at 9, that is not good, no matter how you cut it. But some way I still had plenty of energy. Soo all that has changed now that I am on the beach, I am more relaxed and sleeping and eating just fine (my appetite was screwy while I was in BKK too, hmmm, maybe i should avoid Bangkok altogeher for the rest of this trip.

While on the bus ride down I started talking to his guy from Chile, and when we got off the ferry we decided to combine our forces to fnd a bungalow, and after two very hot hours of walking around w/our backpacks we ended up splitting a bungalow righ off of Haad Rin beach . At first I wasn't keen on sharing a place b/c I would prefer to have my privacy but it has actually worked out just fine, he is a very laid back type of dude, who is also traveling by himself, so I cant complain. Yesterday I ended up running into another guy (an American), who I had et my first night in Bangkok. I have a feeling that I will keep seeing some of the same people 0n my trip, it seems like there are certain 'routes' that people take that are pretty similar. That is actually pretty cool in my book, because it is nice to see a (somewhat) familiar face, or at least to be able to talk to someone that you haven't known for less than ten minutes. I remember that being one of the things that kind of bothered me about traveling alone in Europe; The fact that there wasn't anyone to talk to that 1.) knew anything about you, and 2.) had shared specific experiences with you. I feel like at home there are a number of people who know what things are going on in my day to day life that I talk to on a regular basis, and that is something that I kind of miss here. Not really a big thing, I just want ty and givee some insight into what things are like for me traveling, and not just say where I went and what I did.

So on that note, I went all around the island of Koh Phangan, today on a rented motor bike (a 115 cc vespa kind of thing.) Rdidng arounfd on a motot (thats what theuy call them here) is awesome. Defnitely one of thfunnest things I have done so far, in large part because the scenery is awesome, it goes from jungle, to ocean to small town, to village. Plus. it is just fun to ride around on the things, I will definitely be renting them a lot over the next 3 months, and it only costs 5 bucks a day, cant beat that. Overall the preices are incredible here (hence the title of this blog, the bungalow Im staying at it only like 11 dollars for the two of us). The average meal is maybe 2-3 dollars, a beer in a bar, is maybe a dollar or a dollar fifty, and a bottle of water comes in at a wgopping 12-25 cents. Yet somehow I still manage to spend a decent amount of money, I think I am averaging around 35 bucks a day, if you're wondering.

I should probably mention that Koh Phangan will be hosting a full moon party in 4 days (I think, maybe 3), whch is the main reason I chose to come here at this point. The full moon party is this giant party that takes place on the beach, there are about 10,000 people from all over the world that show up for it, and there will be a different DJ blasting a different kind of music maybe every 200 feet or so, for the entire length of the beach. There are also smaller parties that escalate in size every night of the week leading up to it, but I am going to have to take a breather on a few those (well a couple anyways;) other wise I wont be able to enjoy the days...

Anyway ths will definitley be the big 'party' week of my trip after this I want looking at taking some scuba diving lessons, and maybe soem rock climbing lessons, and then after a (much needed) week with Mel I will head up through Cambodia Vietnam, and then down through Laos, which will be quiote different than here.

Wow, I guess I had a lot to say huh? SOrry if the entry was kind of rambling, but I am too lazy to spend another hour trying to make it all flow in some kind of logical way, haha. I a also too lazy too proof read it so I hope there weren't to many typos...

I'll add some pics hopefull y tomorrow so check back ;)
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nancydog
nancydog on

Pronunciation
I see by your map that there's a place called 'Phuket' ... sounds like it might be a pretty laid-back place. The SE Asian placenames are interesting (is there a pronunciation key? I'm afraid of saying most of them out loud, if you know what I mean) When we see the full moon here in freezing New England, we'll be thinking of you frolicking on the beach! Sounds like a heck of a lot of fun! Enjoy! An awesome blog ... keep the pictures & commentary coming!
---from Nancy, your sometime 'boss' at Pegasus

klaw
klaw on

Wow...
Dan - so glad you sent me this link... this trip sounds amazing, I am very excited for you. I would kill for some warm weather right about now.

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