1,237 Steps

Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

An internet connection at last.

I'm in Thailand, after an absolutely blinding time in Malaysia (see cheeky preview above.)

Got loads of updates and pics for yers but will have to upload when I get chance - this thing's gonna cut off in a few minutes. Spent the last couple of days blasting round like lunatics on scooters, through a horrendous onslaught of tropical rain - dodging SNAKES(!) and screaming all the way through some awesome mountainous beauty en-route to the coast. Met some great locals including young James our barman, who we took out for the day and climbed the 1,237 painful (we were almost crying) steps that deliver you to the top of the Tiger Cave Temple - a wonderfully ornate Buddhist monument that overlooks a delightful spread of hump-like mountains in the distance. The scenery here's amazing, absolutely amazing, as are the people. Even the dogs smile here, it's f'kn amazing. I'll put the pictures up when I can.

Anyway gotta go, just thought I'd drop in a quick update. Catch you soon, much love.

I'm having the time of my life.


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(*Update:- I've just uploaded the pics from Krabi, with some additions. You'll see some pics of the beach down at Ao Nang and some of a mad night out at a restaurant with some new faces. We met these guys in passing on the 1,237 steps of death (they're originally from my neck of the woods in the Midlands) and having known them only five minutes can honestly say they're up there with some of the best people I've ever met. And there's talk of crossing paths again later in the year, in Asia, which I really hope happens.

This last night was one of the most memorable so far. On top of the banter we decided to push the boat out and order a few nasties. The deep fried red ants were off the menu so we had to settle for the fried caterpillars, and I'm not talking little wrigglies here I'm talking fat things, plump juicy things, things that burst in your mouth when you chomp down. Yep. I'd also took Neil's challenge of having the house yellow curry that he foolishly tried the day before, so the entertainment - purely from my own seething pain - was a great sideshow for the others. Now that I've lived to tell the tale I can say with confidence, that that is the hottest Thai curry I've had to date. The pain was excruciating. See the pics.

Tomorrow we're off to Ko Phi Phi with our little mate James from the bar, who we've sort of took under our wing. The language barrier's huge but he just loves being around the pommie banter. Who wouldn't? Apparently he gets one day off a month and has made us promise to go with him for a day of frolics on the island. No worries Jamie-lad, now what time's the boat?)
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wakingdream on

You're in the 'hood! Our 'hood! :) Krabi's fun and the surrounding area is terrific! We got married a stone's throw away on Lanta Yai. Beauty. Have a cold one for me, would ya?
Three more weeks 'til Bean comes :)!!! Decided Thailand's going to be his first journey of many to come :)


lisartw on

Gorgeous Krabi
Scott, I can't read your blog. I tried but I literally just end up in tears. I love thailand, and singapore. I can't believe I'm stuck in this god-forsaken-country and not back out there. I'm so pleased there's someone out that making the most of life. I only wish it was me, instead of wasting it being stuck at a desk. I do love reading them though. Take care and travel safe, Lisa x

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