A Travellerspoint blog

March 2010

I'm in Heaven.....

Arriving Koh Tao

Local Accomodations

Dive Fleet, Koh Tao Island

Local Transportation

More Longtail Boats

Morning Walk

Where I stayed, Koh Tao

Ao Mae Haad. The place on the far left is where I had breakfast every morning.

Movie Night?

So I'm sittin' here on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao Island, and it is truly amazing! As Zeke told me how much cooler Koh Phangan is than Koh Samui, and Zeke Johnson was right, Koh Tao just blows you away! It's a half hour ferry ride to Phangan from Samui and then another 1.5 hours out on a high speed catamaran to Koh Tao. Tropical paradise, I reccomend it highly! Been here since monday afternoon and gonna stay until I catch the ferry back to Samui for the flight to Bangkok saturday night. Fishin', divin, kayak fishin' which was unbelievable yesterday, and the snorkeling is absoulutely beautiful with marine life like Hanauma Bay in Hawaii. The kicker was last night at around 10 o'clock a tropical storm blew through and it just poured for an hour and a half. 98 degrees and commin' down in buckets! Sittin' in the Apnea Bar (Ha!) with a bunch of Aussies watchin' rugby and drinkin' Singha while it just dumped. Everything was just wet and sticky when we woke up this morning. Right now it's a little overcast and has kinda cooled down. Thank goodness, I'm too used to Monterey Bay weather. Rented a Hobie 16 and went sailin' this morning in the leftover storm winds. When it's not stormin' it blows maybe 4 kts this time of year, not really sailin' weather, but Dan at the rental place told me the storm should bring good easterlies...and it did!. Tonight is movie night at one of the local pubs on the beach, they spread out a bunch of lawn chairs, hang a sheet between a couple palm trees on the beach, and project on to that. It's The Mummy Returns tonight. Ha! Don't know, just gonna walk down the little cobblestone path that runs the length of Sairee, about a mile, and see what turns up. Nothin' but bungalows, restaurants, bars, and watersports shops. Like I said....Heaven.


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Haad Kruad Beach

Quiet and Reflective

My Bungalow

Evening On The Beach

Morning On The Beach

This is one of the most relaxed places I've been. Just got finished with an early set at Hadd Gruad, right next door to the place you told me about Zeke. Hans, the guy that owns the place is a big Beatles fan, and has a house guitar. You can imagine where that went after the spicy Thai soup and Chang beer! Good Day Sunshine! Gonna head over to the Dragon Hut tomorrow for a day, and then on to Koh Tao island for the fishin' and divin. I'm gonna be scooter trash again tomorrow, 'round the island, and then some down time on the beach. Hey Martin, how does that UFO song go? I've never been around so many un-smiling German tourists in my life. Hey , In My Life.....another for the next set!

So...anybody check my girl? I heard the tsunami made it up there.

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Nothin' Like The Tropics

Flyin' In

Just Sounds Nasty

At first I thought it might be Rum.
Turned out to be gasoline.

As far from the water as you can get on Koh Samui island

Ahhh..Back to the Beach

View from my balcony, Bo Phut, Koh Samui

Stepped off the plane here in Koh Samui about two hours ago, got hit by that wall I used to get hit with every time we flew back to Hawaii! Whew, nuthin' like humidity. Good though, makes 94 feel like 84.......I think. Took an hour to get out of the grass hut they call an airport, into the minibus and got dropped off in Bo Phut, otherwise known as Fishermans Village. Sounded good, got a bungalow on the water with a swim up bar, and four star restaurant on the beach for 25 US. Yeah, a bit pricey, but I just got here and didn't want to stress. Didn't want to head to Chaweng (Schwing!?), the party central part of town cuz apparently the drink of choice is a kids sand bucket filled with ice, a can of coke, a can of Red Bull, and a bottle of whiskey. Looks like it's for the younger crowd. Oh, and Rave music till dawn. I think not! Really nice here, lots of sailboats goin' by, gonna rent a motorbike tomorrow and tour the island. Thanks for hookin' me up with yer buddy Zeke, I'm headin' out to Koh Phangan monday for a little down time and some fishin'. I asked how the fishin' was and somebody asked me 'how big fish you wanna catch?'.

Sounds good to me.

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Sittin' on the balcony outside my room, in Luang Prabang, Laos, havin' a Beerlao, and checkin' out the map to try to figure out where to go next. Nothin' better!


$10.00 a night for the room, got my laundry done for $1.50.

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Adventures in Lao

To describe the temperament of the people of Lao, I was told by a monk I met, hanging out his robe to dry... "The Vietnamese people plant the rice, the Cambodian people watch the rice grow, the Lao people listen for the rice to grow."

Drying Rice Cakes

Cafe on the Mekong

One of the many Wats in Luang Prabang

Remnants of the French Occupation

Luang Prabang turned out to be one of my favorite places.
The people, the food, the waterfalls and caves, the life along the river were all fantastic.
I will definately be back!

French/Lao post office. Everywhere the Lao flag hung, so did the hammer and sickle.

The Barber Shop Where I Got My 20,000 Kip ($2) Haircut

Elephant Dung Paper Menus

Out Of Work River Boats
Due to the low water levels.

Another Incredible Wat

Friendly Local Kids
These little girls followed me around for an hour. Every time I'd turn around to talk to them they would just stop and giggle.

My Usual Lunch Stop....Spring Rolls and Beerlao!

Something You Don't See Everyday

The Smoke Made Everything Surreal

Very Low Water Levels in the Mekhong

Taking Advantage of the Water Levels

Across the Bridge to the Village

This Bridge!

Ok, so I got Lost in Lao for a week! Ted drops me off at Chiang Khong on the Lao border, absolutely beutifull! The one problem was I'm the only idiot that didn't know you could get a visa ahead of time in Thailand. We wait at the border for 40 minutes in stiffling heat for my Lao visa, and all the locals are askin' why we're just sittin' here and the bus driver keeps pointin' at me! Not comfortable in more ways than one. So none of the river boats are runnin', we get on the bus and fifteen hours later I'm in Luang Prabang. I have to say one of the most magical places I've ever been. Imagine A quaint French Colonial village with a beautiful waterfront, nestled along the Mae Khong river with some of the most beautfull scenery stuck in the middle of one of the most remote places on this planet. Oh, and the monks and temples are everywhere! The only problem was every day the smoke from the burning of the fields got worse and worse and by the 6th day it wasn't even worth jumpin' on the mountain bike and toolin' around as you couldn't even see across the river. Went to the caves and waterfalls, but not so spectacular as the water is way down. So I jumped on a small turbo prop Lao Airlines plane (those things jump around ALOT!)and highhtailed it back here to Chiang Mai, which is smokey as well, which is why tomorrow I jump on another plane for Koh Samui in the south, an island in the Gulf of Thailand with excellent diving and fishing. The rest of the Tour of the North will have to wait for another time. The nice thing is you can get plane tix for anywhere within 500km for around 85 bucks. Gonna take a boat ride down the Ping river today, go to the Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium, and then probably catch the local rock band doing the unitelligible version of Smoke on the Water....which seems to be a big hit!


ps. Martin, the XXL was the biggest they had, and it barely fit me.

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