Sawadee Karp

 

Well I learnt my lesson last year… fly into Bangkok one day to chill around the pool at my hotel on Khao San Road, then get out of Bangkok… After flying all night i get to the DD at 7:30 am… Tried, sweaty feeling like death, I’m hoping for at least a luguage room but get told “if you want you can check in now”… heaven on a stick… Wow room is deluxe…headed out for lunch to my fav bangkok resturant for chicken larp and rice… LOVELY!!!! home and up to the rooftop bar for a few quiet brews… nice… chill time…”one large Chang please”… book.. sun… beer… Big smile… the smells of Asia on the wind and as humid as hell . . . .
Sitting there in the sun was so enjoyable, got talking to an Aussie couple next to me, they’re on the way to Mayamar, sounds like an amazing trip. We head out to dinner together and its hot green curry pork for me. Right more money needed… atm… WHAT!!!!! no cards working…. shit!… SHIT….! Ok internet cafe, check passwords, yep all good…. atm… Awwww SHIT…! still not working “yep I’ll catch you guys in a bit” back to internet cafe and recheck everything… try a differant atm… works… deep breath and relax… right where did they go… she’s wearing my hat…
I bump into a young English guy, Matt and we hit it off, cant find the others, bugger my hat… “Hey Matt you want a beer”… . . .

Night Time Khao San

. . . . ….Ok sun is now coming up and there is me and 4 english guys sitting out the front of some pub somewhere on Khao San Rd, its 6 am and Andy brings out a bottle of Thai rum…. Oh no…… DONT LOOK MUM!…

Well needless to say i didn’t rise from bed until very late in the day… Rather shitty I lost my billabong hat first night in Bangkok… I get into the lift and bump into Matt and Andy (from the night before) looking like I feel, we chat, go for a swim and head out for dinner… ok and a few brews… for quiet night for all…
Haha… Oh Bangkok…. I’m heading home from the reggae bar that was our last destination at about 3:30 am when one of the local ‘lady’s of the night’ jumps on me… her hands are EVERYWHERE… then i hear the velcro on my pocket opening… nice try sweetie…. she runs away down the street threatening to get the police….

ALARM!!!! right up, showered and out the door, its up and at ’em early the next morning for my plane /ferry trip to Koh Tao… very excited…Out the door, got to get coffee and i bump straight into Andy, Matt and the boys…. they are in all sorts of a state… drunken hugs and introductions on the way out of the hotel…. coffee mmmmmm…. drunken hugs, introductions and goodbyes on the way into the hotel…. Taxi out to Don Mauge Airport seems to take for ever but we get there… check in and mini van out ot our plane … “THATS OUR PLANE!!!!! Its a coffin with wing’s (I don’t think some people appreciated that comment) Well every one gets a window seat…. Flight was fine… great veiws of the islands as we head to Champon Airport, step off the plane into a brick wall of humidity and it finally feels like I’m on holidays. Lunch at a harborside resturant and an hour on the fast ferry I finally get to Koh Tao…. Now I just have to find my pick up some where in all the others… There are taxi and motor bike drivers, Touts looking for new travellers and other hotel pick-up vehicles everywhere… got him… resort is great ,basic but good… pfft its free every night when i’m diving… start my open water that night with a great crew Matt (the Sydnyesider) Tommy the toy boy (quebec) and the darling Juliet (france)… a bit of classroom stuff and the 4 of us of to the pub for dinner and to get to know each other… Joey(doing dive master), Tommy’s friend comes to… Curry on the deck looking at the tropical sunset, still warm with an ocean breeze…. this is living… great night but early to bed first day of diving tomorrow…

friends in paradise...