Robinson Crusoe

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Saturday, December 4, 2010

my last day in bangkok was spent wandering around and getting lost again. At night I decided to see some Thai boxing at a stadium called the Lumpini which is on the fringes of the biggest park in Bangkok. I had always wanted to see some Thai Boxing and wasn't disappointed as I approached the stadium and heard the frenetic roaring of the crowd who were betting like lunatics on the fights. I decided to buy a ring side seat for 40, not cheap but well worth it. There were nine fights on the card and each fight consisted of five three minute rounds with a two minute break in between each round. Half way through the evening a westerner (or 'farang' as they are called here) with a huge Afro haircut sat down and I thought nothing much of it. Ten minutes later he was introduced to the whole crowd and stood up modestly to receive the applause. It turned out he was Marouane Fellaini, a well known footballer who plays for Everton! I guess there was an affiliation with Chang beer who sponsored the event and who also sponsor Everton. I also meet a nice English couple and had a few drinks with them, after which I wandered back to the hotel

By morning I was ready to move on from the fumes and noise of Bangkok and I boarded a flight south to a fishing town called Krabi which is a travel gateway to the Andaman coast, where I would be based for the next three weeks.I stayed at a superb guest house by the river which had great air con and a balcony with great views of the river; I had one of the best rooms for my stay and couldn't have asked for more. I had decided to just recharge my batteries in Krabi for three days so it was a fairly quiet time. I met two ex pats there who gave me some great information which helped a lot in getting my bearings. Andrew was around seventy with a constant twitch and a twenty something Thia wife called Barbara. He was a lovely guy and showed an interest in what I was doing, however I find the whole older foreigner younger Thai wife thing pretty disturbing, although its not for me to judge. Barbara looked bored as hell and funnily enough so did Andrew, I mean what do they talk about? Where is the shared interest? The other guy was around fifty and had a thick Lancashire accent, I was trying to avoid him as he came across as deeply obnoxious and ignorant but he beckoned me over to his table for a drink. We made small talk and I suddenly realised he was a dead ringer for the English actor Martin Glover. So I told him as much and preceded to excitedly find a picture of Brian Glover on the internet to show him as he had never heard of him. In my keenness I forgot that Brian Glover is in fact a bald ugly fat man and so when I showed him  the picture he was less than impressed! Still the similarity was remarkable. Other highlights included a long drinking session with some locals who provided myself and a Swiss guy with drinks all night and asked for little back. A nice sentiment when you often feel as a tourist that its your money they are after. So we obviously gave them a very generous tip. As I walked back to the hotel at four in the morning I was set upon by three dogs which was pretty scary but I was so drunk that it didn't effect me too much and I managed to let them slip by just walking backwards slowly

I then moved onto Phi Phi island by ferry for a twelve night stay at a great resort I found. Phi Phi is where one of the James Bond movies was filmed and also the movie The Beach. The place is amazing really and after having been here for thirty minutes I thought that I had found exactly what I was looking for in Thailand. The resort has fifty bungalows spread out over a small side of the island which is separate from the center of town so it is more peaceful here and they have a private beach. It is difficult to describe just how beautiful it is here. Right now I am staying in a tree hut by a beach round the corner from the main beach here and its just like Robinson Crusoe! One of the tree branches goes right through my bedroom and I have a porch that leads to a veranda with a chair made of buffalo bones and then a bathroom with a sink made from some natural stone which glows orange in the dark. It is really very special. I have also met some interesting characters here. George the old Burmese man who looks after my side of the island and told me it takes 200 liters of petrol every day to run the resort! He is a Catholic man which is rare over here, he was brought up in the church when he was younger. Then there Magic the Thai girl who is the daughter of a magician and an entertainer; she showed me some magic last night which was pretty impressive if you believe in magic, George looked at me smiling and said 'do you believe?', it seemed neither of us believed in magic so we smiled at each other. Then Marcus the German who has a fashion boutique in Germany and travels the world for three or so months every year and is the most friendly German I have ever met, we had a great time together. Then there are the various staff who I have got to know and sometimes I watch tv with them for ten minutes or talk about various things. So gradually I am wearing into my trip and each day I find out a little thing about myself and my approach to traveling from conversations with various people and I gradually start to realise how lucky I am to be here doing this and I get a lot of pleasure from simple being in the moment and having no limits or constrictions

I am hoping to upload some photos soon as I have been pretty lazy with that, also the weather has been cloudy which is not great for pictures. Tomorrow I will be going rock climbing!
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M&D on

Hi Dom,
This is a wonderful entry - couldn't stop laughing at some of the hilarious descriptions, and love your style of writing: you should be a journalist! Looking forward to seeing photos and, of course, your next blog!!

Deep snow up here in the north of England, so Shanks Pony everywhere but everything does look magical in the white-out. Needless to say we never reached Scotland - in fact got no further North than Morpeth! Home's best at present.

Lots of lovexxxxxxx

Shents on

Great blog. The Brian Glover story cracked me up! Sounds like you're having a wicked time out there. Lots of snow here. Cold but very pretty. Take care of yourself. Looking forward to seeing some photos. X

Aston on

Sounds like you're having a great time my friend! Loving hearing the updates, long may they continue! Keep up the dog whispererer activities in the face of those racist anti-westerner hunds! When they next ask you if you believe, make them lay down a poker bet....show 'em your own kinda magic! Stay safe bro!

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