The first two weeks … where do I start?
I really can’t believe it’s already been 2 weeks since we touched down in the hot and sticky Bangkok! We’ve already done so much that I really don’t know where to start!
The first week, well 5 nights we spent at the one and only Phranakorn Nornlen hotel in the old part of BKK – Thewet. I have stayed there before and would not even think of staying anywhere else! Some of you know what I mean as I’ve been raving on about them for a while. Every single room is handpainted and totally different, they have an amazing dining area with quirky decorations downstairs and the roof terrace and garden (sadly currently under renovation but hey ho if it’s going to be bigger and better I don’t mind ;)) are just blissful. Let alone the beautiful interiors I just can’t even find words to describe the friendliness of everyone that works there. As soon as you arrive you’re being welcomed home and offered a lovely welcome herbal drink, every afternoon you’re being treated to a lovely herbal tea delivered straight to your room and their breakfasts are yum! The most amazing thing tho is that they would go far out of their ways to help you with anything from booking a taxi to contacting their friends and colleagues at other destinations to help you book accomodation. The highlights of our time at PN were nights out with the girls from reception and a couple of other guests. A night out to a local club where we and the two other guests were the only European people, and a trip to a riverside restaurant and a rooftop bar … unforgettable! We also treated ourselves to an amazing evening at the sky bar at the Lebua hotel (for those who’ve seen The Hangover 2 – it will look very familiar!) and dinner at the original BKK branch of the Blue Elephant to celebrate our anniversary. I can’t say much more than it just took our breath away! We had an amazing time and I was really sad to leave, even thought it was only the start of our journey.
We were originally planning on heading up north for some trekkinbg in Chiang Mai but due to floods and horrible weather we had to change our plans. Not sure of what to do we realised that Laurene, whom with I did my PT course a couple of years ago was training in one of the Thai Boxing gyms in Pattaya so we jumped in a minivan and went south. Unfortunatelly missing her fight as the journey took a bit longer than expected we had to do with watching it over the nexty day on videos. What an experience though!!! We went on a rather long walk over to meet Lolen (as Thais usually call her) at her gym and ended up watching little kiddies and all of her fellow fighters train and spar in the ring and were invited to join in the celebratory meal in the middle of the ring as they all won their fights the night before. What did they celebrate with? Spaghetti Bolognaise! Incredible … their favourite exotic meal :)! The respect all the kids have to their trainers, guests and everything and everyone around them could teach European kids quite a bit! This was definitely the highlight of our 3 day trip to Pattaya as it really is a s**t hole and the capital of sex tourism which as much as it is disgusting it also is truly sad… I’ll leave the experience of the Walking Street in Pattaya without too much insight, but I guess that if I say that Cliff described BKK’s Kao San road as the Oxford Street on ecstasy and let you time it by 10 you’ll get the idea! Insane! We left Pattaya on a government bus after a 3 hour trek around the city (in pouring rain, may I add) the day before to find tourist information. doing it on a shoe string is too much fun! We saved ourselves at least 1200 baht escaping all the tourist trap minivan transfers. Brilliant! Destination Koh Chang here, we come!
We were only meant to stay here for 3 nights and already been for 5. We keep extending our stay and already booked in to stay here over Christmas and New Year, which will change our route slightly. But the idyllic Cliff Cottage at the Southern end of the island, near the cute little fishermen village of Bang Bao built on water around the pier is just to good to leave. We’re away from all the commercial and built up parts of Koh Chang which suits us just fine, therefore we clocked some serious mileage on the scooter driving around the island, seen a couple of wicked waterfalls, monkeys frolicking by the road, some epic tropical storms, lovely beaches… the list goes on!
Tomorrow we’re off to Ko Wai, a little paradise island south of Koh Chang. We’re hoping to do some snorkelling and visit a few other islands before landing in a little hut with electricity only supplied between 6pm and midnight with no internet and no en suite bathroom … all in all we hate our lives at the moment … NOT!!!
See our pics from Koh Chang here, much easier than trying to upload them all in different places 🙂https://picasaweb.google.com/107776356499425712709/ThailandSoFarKohChang?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Love you all!
M & C