Just when you thought it couldnt be more bizaare..
Trip Start Feb 28, 2012
40Trip End Nov 22, 2012
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Well Mae Sot has thrown up a few strange experiences, i wish i could say the first of many but there's too many to even count orremember for the blog so here goes i will try my best...
First off, hope you likedd the video's of the tigers, pretty good eh and that Crazy Thai guy trying to tear the bag away from the tigers - he really was that mental. I forgot about the party boat videos though.... I went to a WW2 war cemetry in Kanchanaburi and walked down to river front and i was just sat on the boat pickup point/pier and then that huge party boat came towards me, i asked later and apparently they come about every half hour and are packed especially on weekends and bank holidays and they go on all night, some up to 48 hours and they were so loud!
So back to Mae Sot... It's good here but quiet at night and there are 2 places where westerners gather but they are restaurants and the people there are all American and volunteers who are working here, and because they are at a restaurant they are sat in groups at tables so its not ideal for me.... So i think most of you know, Americans and me just dont mix though a few of you have told me how great they are but im still to meet one above crap one and this trip, so far, has proved no different; words that spring to mind; up-themselves-big-time, act like everyone in Thailand is actually on America's planet! and basically just plain rude...! I really hope my opinion is changed at some point but so far they have only gone down in my already low estimations...
OK, Mae Sot, so my plans slightly changed as i was going to hire a scooter and go to Um Phang but the guy who runs the guesthouse tells me the roads are bad and its too dangerous so i look it up and he's right, the info says you would need a powerful bike (not a 50cc hairdryer then?) to get up some of the hills, and there's no petrol station for ages so you have to take extra fuel if on a scooter!
So the plan changes to go to Burma for the day, its only 6km and all i need to do is find the Sawngthaew (thats the pickup truck taxi) from the bus station which is right behind me... easy yes...no, nothing ever is here...! Get to bus station and it takes me about an hour to find out its moved location to about 1km back in town by the market, so after loads of heavy going translation, fending off motor cycle taxi's and general nightmares i head off and somehow find this single sangthaew which was like finding a needle in a haystack but i am getting better at speaking Thai and more confident and that certainly helped.. so i get there and guess what, its full, but theres a few guys stood on the footplate at the back holding on to the roofrack, so i think, YES, i have always wanted to do that! So i jump up and off we go, and i manage to get a pic on route and yes i do look like a terrorist but the dusty air here kills my eyes and sinus hance the shade and face scarf.
So i get there and immigration tell me i will be fined 500B (tenner) if i go today as i would overstay my visa by 1 day when i go to Cambodia but if i come back tomorrow it will be OK, so i know what your thinking, a tenner, i'm there so may as well go..
So i finally find the sauna after days of trying, and what a place, i turn up and theres an outdoor gym there too!! And what a gym (see the pictures)... there's about 12-15 Thai's there either training or in sauna, so i just strip off and start training with them..! and like usual the ice is broken and i get mostly smiles for just getting on with it... so the equipment - brilliant - there are two chest presses, made from really old carved timber and with two completely rusted barbells on, no extra weights, just a good heavy weight.... there's one set of heavy dumb bells, there's a floor roller for abs which i had seen but never tried before til now, then there's an abs bench set to steep decline as its an angled plank of wood with foot strap made out of like Marquee woven canvas type stuff - major chafage! and if its not got a pool of sweat on by the time you come to have a go, i.e. theres not been a 2 minute gap between goes where the heat simply dries it all up! Then there is within seconds of you workout because its so hot.... then the creme de la creme...the treadmill!! No one was on this, ever, and i see why, theres a pic to show but its just a metal frame with like metal rollers to run on, i mean you atleast need padded trainers for starters but if you go Zola Budd your talking loss of toes in the rollers!!! So i work out, get some pics and then try the Sauna - WOW - Can't see for steam and its herbal tastic, i mean, i dont know what herbs they were but they smelt amazing and with a room of just pure steam it knocked socks off Titanic Spa
So i love it there and decide next day to try the Burma crossing again and then go to the gym! I've been doing morning workouts when i wake up so these extra ones are great and good prep for my attempt at Thai boxing next week! So i decide ill hire a bike (see pic) and get this girly thing with a basket on and head off to Burma!!
I leave the bike at the bridge, the bridge accross to Burma which is called Friendship Bridge, and pay the 500B fee (hope your all now used to the money trabslations in to English by now - last bit of help - its roughly 1 quid equals 50Bhat)... and straight away its another world, its very simlar to Mumbai in that everyone looks mainly Indian or Burmese obviously and i get loads of attention and hello's but just carry on walking and find the market (see pic) and this place really is like a slum in Mumbai, not all of it but most is like a sewer, their loads of stray dogs on tables which just breeze past you whilst i don't even breath! but i find my way out and it gets much better and i chat to a few shop keepers and then see a curry hut right on the main road and yes, beleive it or not, i stop to eat!! But ignore what i saw before, its OK here and just like places i ate at in India but there's about 10 people there and their faces when i walk up and point to sit down is a picture!
So i wander in and it really is a monastry! I am half thinking if i should even be here but ask somone and just say Khun Zaw and they nod and take me to a living quarters, sit me down, give some water and i think try and call him...all the monks have mobile phones - so funny!! Living with absolutely nothing but have mobiles with pop tunes as ringtones!! So i wait and a monk comes up, speaks no English but sits right infront of me and just waits with me, very chilled, looks totall trouble free but never says a word and we wait for about 20 minutes before i show my camera and nod as though to say is it OK? He nods so i take some pics and he shows me round the place, hence the pics of the rabbits, the kids playing there and all the monks who just loved posing for pictures and were even more critical than you mum when viewing on the view finder! Not like they were going on facebook or anything but i had to delete and retake several before i got a slight smirk of approval! Then after about 45 mins of being there i see my mate Khun Zaw run past 100m away so my new monk mate, who i later find is called Min Nyo Star when he gives me his email, a gmail account!! he shouts him and he comes up - soooo excited to see me and that i ahve sprung this surpise on him, he looks like he has just ran from Hebden Bridge!! So we go sit in the dorm like living quarters, we sit and chat and even manage to communicate with Min Nyo Star somewhow, we take pics and they get some on their phones
So i bike back, got to the gym again!!! i eat and want something healthy but ask that the vendor choose something and i gte this pork and deep fried, fried egg! Yes thats a fried egg, deep fried in batter, and all in an oily soup! and because this is my last night here and theres really nothing to do in the evening i thought i would add this amazing day to the blog (well done to all who read all this way! -- btw, dont worry about reading it all! Its as much a diary for myself as for you too..).
So the only downer today is that i find there is no bus to Mae Saraing, my next stop, just when i thought i had sussed out the logistics of the rest of the trip the very next route out foxes me again! So its ST all the way, thats 6 hours on one of those things but dont worry, ill be sat inside this side but will still be dressed like Carlos the Jackal...
Hope you like my adventures so far and the latest pics, te next place is very quiet and ill be there a couple of days then on to Mae Hong Son which is bigger, again a day or two and the Pai which is very touristy and possibly twice as expensive but wanting now to meet some other travellers so may do a trek from there (even if there are Americans on it too!) and then on to Chang Mai so will probably update again around then....
Hope you are all well, take care and speak soon...Love Lee.x