thailand

Beach massages

Our arrival at Ko Sumet meant leaving the car at the ferry stop and catching a ‘boat’ across the the island. This island is a place where Thai people holiday and is not so commercialised. The boat was on a SERIOUS lean to the left and packed with luggage, 50 or so people and fish (which were stacked in bags under our feet). The 3 chaps sitting next to me were smoking, whilst sitting next to the fuel line (a hose which swirled around the feet of the passengers). Disembarking was quite awkward, but achievable! We found the ‘taxi’ which was a ute with seats in it and piled all our luggage in. The trip to the ‘resort’ was very rough and my sick tummy and head didn’t like it too much. The place we were staying wasn’t quite what I expected but I was feeling so yuk I

The pedicure on the beach.

went to bed and stayed there through tea and the remainder of the night.  I would say ‘slept’ but I can’t say sleeping on a brick (pillow) in a stuffy room where you had to stand in the loo to take a shower was too comfortable. The sound of the gecko honking in the bathroom all night almost drowned out the motorbikes which drove up the little road behind our room all night. In the morning most of us had our bags packed as a sign of rebellion. Eiam had a few ‘words’ with the owners and wechanged resorts. The new one was much nicer and also quieter. My phantom cousine, Mathew, arrived the night before and I hadn’t seen him so it was great to catch up with him too.

I was feeling a little better and spent all day on the beach on a hired chair, reading and having my feet massaged. Did I mention I had a pedicure and manicure too? It was so tiresome! The water was warm, sun was sunny and my tummy was starting to feel better. Lorraine was also feeling better and was already eating yummy Thai food.
Our last night with Eiam and Peter (uncle) was spent having dinner at a restaurant on the beach (literally). After tea… we went SHOPPING!
I cannot express how fantastic it has been to have them escort us around Thailand. To see the country from a local perspective is an experience I will never forget. Peter has been a tower of tolerance and Eiam our wonderful interpreter and spokesperson. We have given them bad directions, asked them endless questions and held up the itinerary with market stops, view points and the eternal hunting for a post office.
THANKS to both of you. We will miss you very much.
We have another day in Ko Sumet and then are off to Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and then Bangkok again.
Now we are all alone (6 of us)… with our Visa ending 2 days before we leave.

Getting dizzy for Thailand

This has fast become my travel blog. Prior to 3 years ago it would have been blank!

Our next adventure will be in 2 weeks time (Nov 12th, 2010) when we will group with 6 of my Aunts and Uncles to tour Thailand. One of the lovely things about traveling with the ‘panel of aunts and uncles’, is that they are all very experienced at jetting around the world and have been to Thailand on numerous occasions. One Uncle (Peter) is married to a Thai woman (Eiam) and has a house in Tha phon, where we will stay for a week.
Tha phon is a small village in the middle of Thailand, here:

It will be great to travel with a more local perspective, rather than a tourist one.

Our itinerary has been set several times and now looks like a patchwork quilt with green dots and wish lists competing for space (see example below).

Getting dizzy in Thailand

NOTE: This map was created randomly and exaggerates… a little.

We are looking forward to the ‘figure it out as we go along’ approach, which is a contrast to our previous trips which we organised within an inch of their life!

Surely it will be more of an adventure this way. Watch this space!

Since there are 8 of us traveling in one vehicle, I’ve set Col and I a challenge… to travel with one ‘carry on luggage’ size bag each. I got some tips from my Twitter friend Colin Warren @colwar and from http://www.onebag.com/. So far so good. I have amazing tricks up my sleeve for expanding luggage for the inevitable shopping (of course)!

There is also a wonderful video on packing one bag by ‘Master packer’.

It’s definitely worth a watch…

Any tips or comments from readers would be welcome…

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