Last Thailand Island

Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
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Trip End Jan 06, 2011


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We caught a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh phangan with a boat load of party enthusiasts who were joining the pilgrimage to the full moon party that would be held in a few days time. Hords of party-goers joined the line to board what became a very packed vessel. After about an hour or two of a slightly lumpy crossing we arrived at the dock. Jumped in a taxi and made our way to Had Yao where we met up with Anne (a family friend of Kailey's) and her mother and brother.
 
While on Koh Phangan we did not venture far from Had Yao where we were staying! Anne was staying at the beautiful Seaflower bungalow resort and we managed to nab a room at the hotel next door! After freshening up we joined Anne, John and Lois for dinner at Seaflower where they spoiled us with dinner! It was so nice to see a familiar face and hear about Anne's kids and hubby whom my family spent many vacations with while growing up! 
Johns friend from Seaflower was leaving the following day and as a farewell he bought Thai candle lanterns made of rice paper which he graciously shared with us! Everyone gathered on the beach in front of the beautifully lit beach bar and set our lanterns alight! Each one filled with our dreams and wishes for the year floated high up into the night sky! We stood on the beach watching them all as their light slowly flickered in the distance until they eventually disappeared into the night sky! 

The next day while lying on the beach once again we read aloud "Spark the Dream", a true story about a couple who drove from Argentina to Alaska in a 1928 Graham Paige car, with wooden spokes! The book was given to us by Ethan's mum and has been a wonderful inspiration throughout the first few weeks of this journey! 

After a few hours of lying in the hot sand and following Candi and Herman as they live out their dream we both feel a sudden urge to get back on the road and seek out a more challenging and inspiring adventure! While we loved the Thai islands and our relaxing beach time we felt ready to continue on to Cambodia!      

We headed straight for the Internet cafe where we spent the afternoon organizing our way to Bangkok! That evening we joined Anne, John and Lois at the local food fair! Lise, the owner of Seaflower generously drove us into town and showed us around the illuminated food stalls while introducing us to a range of exotic and local foods! 

Still feeling the urge for more adventure we both chowed down on a fried and seasoned cricket! The seasoning helped mask what we could only imagine as a bug taste however we were left picking legs and wings out of our teeth for the 20 minute ride back to Seaflower. 

We washed the crickets down with cold beer and mojito down at the Seaflower beach bar while watching the bar man put on a fire show with poi! 

I wanted to have a go at the fire poi as I have done it in the past. With Kailey's encouragement I asked the bar man if I could have a play. It was hard to follow his incredible routine in front of the small crowd. It was such a beautiful night and a very special place that any nerves soon vanished as I began to spin the flaming poi around me.

Anne continued to spoil us by giving us a Thai lantern as a send off. We each thought about our hopes and dreams as our glowing wishes gently drifted away side by side.  

After another wonderful day in paradise we retired for the night as we had a big journey that would begin in the morning.

We said goodbye and thank you to Anne and Lois, unfortunately John was not there. Our taxi arrived 40 min late but we were finally on our way to Bangkok.  

While we waited for our ferry we met two guys Dan and Laury who had both spent a large amount of time on the island. We all sat together on the ferry and chatted the whole trip. Laury was on his annual holiday away from the rat race, leaving his cold country for the warm beaches of Thailand. He spoke about the importance of travel and the idea that it is the "real living" rather than the grind of weekly routine. He was on his way home to work to save for his next adventure.

Dan was an inspiring character. Funding his travels with his newly found graphic and web design skills. He was heading to Bangkok for 4 days. He later explained why. 

He was traveling to Bangkok on the chance of catching a girl before she boarded a flight to New Zealand. A month earlier they had spent a very intense and almost spiritual encounter where they both felt as though they knew each other. They shared a brief night together where they both felt overwhelming feelings for each other. He only got her first name and knew that she was flying out of Bangkok in a months time. A month later after trying to convince himself it was a foolish though and attempted to suppress his feelings for her, he was on his way to the airport to wait at the check in desks as the passengers of each flight to New Zealand arrived to check in
It was a beautiful story and we wish him well in his search. As Kailey and I know from experience, it is better to take the risk and put everything on the line rather than go on living in wonder of what could have been.   

We arrived at a ferry dock outside of Surat Thani where we caught a bus that was jam packed with tourists. Kailey and were last on board so we had to stand for the hour long journey. That was fine but because the doors at the back would not close we had to hold on tight to handles as well as our backpacks as they threatened to fall off the bus. We watched the pavement fly by just feet away as the rickety old bus flew down the freeway passing cars, trucks and face slapping smells. 

We arrived at the train station and our 7 hour wait at Surat began. We both had upset tums due to a sad looking bowl of noodles with strange looking meat. This kept us occupied as were the toilets as we took turns looking after our bags.

When out train arrived, we instantly crawled into our single top bunks and passed out after a long day consisting of a taxi, ferry, bus and finally a train ride.

Massive Thanks to Anne, John and Lois for their generosity and care. It was so nice to be taken in and looked after for a few days as well as to share such a beautiful place with a long time family friend. Endless thank yous! xx
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Nigel on

This is a continuing love story. The one that you share aobut the friend runnign to airport check in only serves to throw into relief the lives the two of you are living. Congratuations, and thank you for sharing, as always.

NIgel

Mom on

Thanks for sharing the stories and pictures. The latterns are so beautiful and meaningful, a special moment. All the pics are great, loved the ducks and little ones, and Ethan sitting on the log with the row of ducks, very clever.The light show was also cool, but not so sure about the bug eating, maybe that was the cause of the upset stomach. Hope you will hear about the fellow who went to the airport to chase the girl, love is wonderful.

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