First Aid In Koh Lanta

Trip Start Mar 17, 2009
Trip End Mar 31, 2009

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Friday, March 27, 2009

We arrived by ferry this morning in Koh Lanta. Sara's friend Eve left back for Bangkok, she was heading up north with her cousin for Chang Mai ( its on my list) The ferry ride was a quick hour from Phi Phi, and we took an open air taxi truck ( one that you sit in the back on benches, with your backpacks on top of the truck in a rack) its the usual transportation on the islands, unless they don't have cars at all. Our resort here was really nice , recommended , thats why I chose it, but a little more on the nice side, which is nice and all, but nice means more expensive for everything, food, massages, etc. Sara and I stayed at a air-con bungalow, it was okay, but the first concrete bungalow that we have stayed in , and it had air-con and a hot shower, wow, fancy! Air-con isn't really needed on the islands , exp this time of year, unless you are one of "those " types that needs that kind of comfort. Without the walls being built with bamboo sticks, you cant hear all the lovely ( sometimes rather interesting , like what was that??? interesting, ) sounds from outside. I didn't come to Thailand for luxury, I came here for adventure.
So my new friend Marita checked in down the hill at these really funky bungalows built of hay and bamboo that look like giant hay bails....very cool. Since Sara is leaving back to the states and Chicago the next day, I decided to check out of the fancy resort and move in with her, it will be $10 a night each.
This place is really cool though, has  a really nice vibe, a great bar on the beach with old boat filled with cushions that you can sit in, and candles in the sand and bonfires, and it even has yoga and massages on the beach, I told you, fancy. They were charging almost $3 for a banana shake .....outragous...:)
Sara decided to relax and do a yoga class, i decided to go for a swim. I went into my backpack in my room and reached in for my bag of amenities to get my sun lotion out and grabbed the bag and felt a sharp pain on my finger...i had reached for my bag and my razor had the lid off and i sliced a big hole in one of my first I wasn't sure what i did, but there was blood everywhere! Great, I don't think there is a hospital, let alone a doctor here on the island.
With Sara in class and not wanting to disturb her Zen , i wrapped my hand in a towel and went to the front desk for help. This is a fancy place, they have to have a first aid kit and a doctor on staff...( I'm kidding)
The girl at the front desk almost threw up,,,,nice, I have to get someone to help me! A nice young man with a strong stomach helped me clean it up and stop the bleeding, it took a long time since I actually sliced a chunk ( I know graphic I'm sorry) out of my finger, how the heck can a razor do that! So he poured some iodine and wrapped it really good, and I think i will live....not great timing when you are in paradise and in the water and sand trying to keep your finger dry. Its better today, and I have decided to give up razors and never shave again and become a real hippie,,,( not really) So tragedy over, and No Mom, I'm not coming home just because I cut my finger ....( I know that is what you are thinking :)
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worldtravler79 on

Koh Lanta
How are the 'Bails of Hay'? Is your finger feeling better? Bangkok isn't the same without you.....Say hi to Marita for me :-)

elizacass on

Re: Koh Lanta
The Bails of Hay are great! You would lvoe them! The islands arent the same without you...Thanks for the bangkok shopping tips!

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