Thursday, April 29, 2004

Koh Tao, balmy beaches...

Still baking hot down here, but at least there's an old breeze on the beaches. Just spent 4 days throwing myself out of boats with more equipment strapped to me than I brought with me travelling... scuba diving, tis a strange world down there, like a cross between Finding Nemo and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

If the thai's down here were any more relaxed they'd fall over, but never too laid back to miss a chance to get money out of you. Crafty little people they are. The food is still blowing me away, its amazing what spices and fruit can do for a rice dish. Although this place is quieter than the other islands, it hasn't escaped western influence. The Greasy Spoon Cafe, El Farango Pizzeria and 7-Eleven across the street are testament to that! Still, it's got its own character, and the local expats are all mad scuba-diving instructors with an impressive tolerance for diving, drink and intense heat!

Still working on the pictures, should be up soon. Next stop Koh Phangan for the notorious full moon party. Might come back here then to learn to dive even deeper and look for sharks... sure why not. (They only eat the fish I'm told. :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Bangkok, Noisy & hot...

Well I got here in one piece, although I wasn't sure for a while. Strangely confused and dazed having passed through I don't know how many time zones on 2 separate flights via dubai. Been staying with a friend here for the past few days and have experienced the madness of bangkok farang (white-man) style. Gotta go start behaving like a backpacker for real today and book into a hostel.... Heading for the islands tomorrow to find some countryside, bangkok has a funny way of getting rid of you after a day or two! Next stop, Koh Tao.

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