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    • Day28

      Koh Phangan

      March 25, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Wir sind mit der Fähre nach ca. 10 Stunden auf Booten und in Minivans endlich auf Koh Tao angekommen! In einem der Minivans dachten wir schon, voller geht's nicht, da hat er noch 3 Leute plus Gepäck abgeholt und es war eine Kunst, die Türen zu zubekommen😂.
      Die Insel ist sehr sehr hügelig, was wir während einer achterbahnähnlichen Fahrt mit dem Taxi zum Hotel sehr zu spüren bekommen haben. Außerdem ist sie ein kompletter Dschungel, sodass man von rechts und links der Straße verschiedenste Tiergeräusche hören konnte.
      Wir haben uns dort das teuerste Hotel unserer Reise mit eigenem Pool gegönnt! Und das hat sich wirklich gelohnt! 😍
      Außerdem war der für uns bis jetzt schönste Strand nur 5min zu Fuß entfernt.
      Direkt nach Ankunft hatten wir erstmal Hunger und sind an der "Hauptstraße" in eins der 4 Restaurants gegangen. Da wussten wir noch nicht, dass das unser absolutes Stammlokal werden würde und wir einen wirklich super netten Thai kennlernen würden.
      Drei Tage lang haben wir dann tagsüber den Pool und den Strand ausgenutzt, haben Frisbee und Klick-Klack Spiel gespielt (was wir in unserer Unterkunft gefunden haben) und sind abends bei unserem Freund Ram essen gegangen. Danach haben wir uns immer Roti (eine Art Crepe) an einem Stand von einem alten Mann geholt, der sich immer sehr süß gefreut hat, uns wiederzusehen.
      Es ist wirklich erstaunlich, denn man hat das Gefühl, dass es dort keine Konkurrenz zwischen Geschäften und Restaurants gibt, alle kennen sich und helfen sich gegenseitig, wenn Zutaten fehlen oder empfehlen sich gegenseitig weiter. Einmal hat sogar der Laden gegenüber eins unserer Essen gekocht, weil Ram's Frau gerade zu Abend gegessen hat. 😊🤭
      Aber egal wo wir essen, Maxi schafft es einfach nicht Essen zu bekommen, was wirklich scharf ist, weil die Thais nicht glauben, dass er es essen kann und sich somit nicht trauen, es ihm zu kochen. 😂☹️
      Nach 3 Nächten sind wir in ein Bungalow von Rams Freund gewechselt, welches wir dadurch billiger als über Agoda (das ist eine Seite wie Booking) bekommen haben. Noch dazu war das wahrscheinlich das sauberste und modernste Bungalow unserer Reise.
      Am letzten Tag sind wir mit dem Roller zu einem Aussichtspunkt gefahren (und wurden nicht kontrolliert!😜) , davon erzählen wir noch bisschen was in einem eigenen Footprint mit ganz vielen Bildern.
      Am nächsten Tag gab's noch ein letztes Frühstück bei Ram, dann gings wieder weiter mit der nächsten Fähre.
      Dieser Aufenthalt war für uns sehr inspirierend: Wir haben mitbekommen, wie wenig viele dort haben, aber trotzdem wird den ganzen Tag lang gelacht! Die meisten Kinder gehen hier wegen fehlendem Geld nicht zur Schule, stattdessen spielen sie den ganzen Tag mit Freunden und fahren ab ca. 8 Jahren Roller, für die man bei uns einen A1 brauchen würde. 😂 Außnahmslos jeder grüßt uns oder lächelt uns an und man hat nicht das Gefühl, dass irgendjemand von hier weg möchte.
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    • Day123

      Full Moon Party 🌕🌚

      February 5 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      Wij zijn, net als 10.000 andere toeristen, naar de Full Moon Party geweest op het eiland Koh Phanang. We waren blij dat we onze accommodatie al een maand van te voren geregeld hadden aangezien alle prijzen rondom het feest flink stijgen en daarnaast raakt alles uitverkocht!
      We zaten in een prachtig resort, met aan de ene kant de helderblauwe zee en aan de andere kant de bergen en jungle van dit best wel grote eiland.
      Hier konden we ons mentaal voorbereiden op het feest, aangezien we een beetje bang waren dat het te overpriced zou zijn en niet onze muzieksmaak. Dit viel gelukkig alles mee: je mocht je eigen drank meenemen en ze hadden veel verschillende stages met verschillende muziekgenres. Mijn neefje Sijmen is ook in Thailand en was ook op dit feest. Erg leuk om bij te kletsen en avonturen te delen.
      Alleen ging hij door tot de vroege uurtjes, terwijl wij rond 3 uur al lekker in ons bedje lagen :)
      We hadden nog een nachtje extra om bij te komen waarna we weer naar het vaste land gingen. Erg gek om te bedenken dat ons Thailand avontuur er alweer bijna op zit na twee maanden. Ook moesten we afscheid nemen van Kwint en Marleen, die nu door Thailand richting Maleisië aan het reizen zijn. Ze gaan over twee weken beginnen aan hun Australië avontuur! Wij zijn onderweg naar Phuket Airport en vliegen morgen naar Indonesië. Onze laatste maand gaat alweer bijna in. Heel gek om te bedenken dat we dan weer in het ‘koude’ Nederland zitten.

      Liefs,
      Sam
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      Traveler

      🥰🏖️

      Traveler

      Wat gaaf om zo’n groot feest mee te mogen maken! Het is wederom een prachtige plek! En ja…….het is koud in Nederland:-) 😘

      Traveler

      Oh oh 😬

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    • Day140

      Koh Phanghan

      April 14, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      He mensen, we zijn nu op Koh Phanghan, wat bekent staat als het eiland om de Full Moon Party mee te maken. Deze begint overmorgen. We waren hier al wat eerder, om Thais Nieuwjaar mee te maken hier. Dit wordt gewoonlijk gevierd door iedereen nat te gooien met emmers, waterpistolen en eigenlijk alles wat maar te verzinnen is. Super handig dus dat we daar niet aan gedacht hadden toen we aankwamen, waardoor eigenlijk alle spullen die we op ons droegen, verzopen. Het was wel heel leuk om mee te maken, en om elkaar zo hopeloos en hulpeloos als een verzopen kat te zien. De dagen gingen we scooters huren en naar een mooi strand hier op het eiland, Bottle beach. We moesten in totaal een ruime 3 uur wachten tot iedereen hun eten had. In Thailand is het namelijk de gewoonte dat iedereen hun eten apart krijgt, omdat veel restaurents niet de Westerse capaciteit en efficiëntie hebben. Maar het uitzicht deed dit alles teniet, dus dat maakt niks meer uit. Het leek een beetje ol de strandjes in de Filipijnen. Op het eiland hebben we ook Tijs en Casper ontmoet, vrienden van school. Erg gek om hen hier te zien, zo ver van huis. De meisjes zijn vandaag toegelaten voor hun psychologiestudie. Reden tot feest dus. Het eiland is redelijk gericht op uitgaan en backpackers, dus dat is ook een leuke afwisseling van de plaatsen waar we normaal vertoeven. Tot snel.Read more

      Traveler

      Supertof! Tijd voor champagne en geniet nog even van elkaar voordat iedereen weer verder reist!

      4/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      dat ziet er allemaal weer heel fijn uit!

      4/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      De meisjes hebben voldoende studiemateriaal in de buurt. Zal een hele klus voor ze zijn.

      4/15/22Reply
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    • Day168

      Koh Pha- Ngan

      January 17 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Die nächste Insel auf unserer Thailandrundreise war Koh Pha Ngan. Dieser wiederum sehr schöne Ort ist mit dem Schiff in etwa einer Stunde von Koh Tao aus zu erreichen.
      Obwohl sich die beiden Inseln etwas voneinander unterscheiden, war unser Programm nahezu das Gleiche. Mit den Rollern schöne Strände ausfindig machen, Aussichtspunkte besteigen, am hauseigenen Pool entspannen und viele Runden UNO spielen, waren so in etwa unsere Hauptbeschäftigigungen.
      Die Reisenden, die man in Koh Pha Ngan antrifft, sind oft sehr „freie“ Persönlichkeiten. Die Insel ist ein Hot Spot für digitale Nomaden und Partyliebhaber, die bis in den nächsten Tag hineinfeiern. Weltbekannt ist auch die legendäre Full Moon Party, die jeden Monat zig tausende Besucher anlockt. Unser Programm war jedoch eher gemütlich und so reisen wir gut erholt weiter auf die andere Seite Thailands, auf die kleine Insel Ko Phi Phi🛳️
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      Traveler

      Huustierli🦎🕷️🪳

      Traveler

      Wo wohne dir z Phi Phi?

      Traveler

      Blanco Beach Hostel🎵🎉

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    • Jan31

      Day 53 - Firecrackers at Dawn

      January 31, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Before we had got out of bed, the morning silence, around 9am, had been shattered by the sound of firecrackers. We got up & set up camp in our usual place & Joe, the waiter informed us it was the last day of the Thai New Year, hence the firecrackers throughout the morning.

      Despite the firecrackers, the sea was calm & we went snorkelling for a good half hour, but apart from a few small fish there wasn’t a lot to see. We needed the exercise.

      At lunch we wandered down to Dubble Duke for a couple of beers to wash down an overpriced cheese & ham baguette & french fries that we shared. Over lunch we booked our hotel for our final 2 nights in Thailand & was rather pleased with the price. We have just got to get to it now on Wednesday, but that’s another story!

      The afternoon was just sun, sun, sun until Jackie abandoned me at 4pm for an hour long all over body massage with aloe vera. She came back radiant & gushing about how fantastic it had been….all for just 350 Baht. Apparently most of the resort have had to witness her exposed buttocks.

      With Jackie in a buoyant mood, we decided to have more happy hour cocktails & knowing what we like, we ordered 2 White Russians with an Orange Daiquiri chaser again. Very pleasant.

      That evening, for the very 1st time, we chose to have dinner at our resort restaurant, principally because it was open & there were no families with screaming infants dining. We ordered our dinner & sat back to enjoy the serenity of the quiet empty beach & fishing boats on the horizon. All of a sudden 9 (they’ve recruited another) Russian boys ran shouting on to the beach armed with spades. They then proceeded to build & trash each other castles, which if nothing else did provide a bit of entertainment.

      When our dinner it arrived, it was delicious & as good as anything we had had on our trip so far. Jackie had spicy pineapple & pork, whilst I had fried mushrooms with chicken.

      Over a Hong Thong on the balcony, we reflected on our trip & couldn’t believe that we would be home in literally a couple of days. The last week has absolutely flown by.

      Song of the Day: Firecracker by Ryan Adams.
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    • Jan30

      Day 52 - Today Is a Good Day

      January 30, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Looks like those sleep sweats are now thankfully a thing of the past. About 10am, we went to breakfast at Coral Beach because Jackie was excited to have the avocado & poached eggs on toast again, which didn’t let her down. I had porridge with banana. It was a good breakfast.

      We set up camp on the seafront sun beds & read our books through to lunchtime. I have to confess the 8 young Russian boys who arrived yesterday made me laugh as they proceeded to dig up the whole beach & bury each other. What was slightly sinister was that when a boy was buried up to their neck & unable to move, others waterboarded him by constantly pouring buckets of water over his head. Poor old Joe, our waiter, had nowhere on the sand to set up his table & chairs!

      It is a slightly surreal feeling to have so many (generally pleasant) Russians around enjoying themselves, when you read the news & the events going on along the Ukrainian border.

      Lunch was just a beer each in the restaurant at our resort, then more sunbathing.

      At 5pm, Jackie decided it was time to sample the Happy Hour cocktails that our resort were now offering at a reasonable price. We both ordered a White Russian & because if you bought 2 you got one free, we ordered a follow up of an Orange Daiquiri. They were good cocktails, but damn strong.

      That evening we returned to Spicy Salad at the end of the beach for a romantic dinner. We were both hungry & ordered a meal each! Jackie ordered a Thai pork green curry & I ordered fried chilli & onion with chicken. We ate the lot & had a couple of Changs.

      A Hong Thong on the balcony finished off a very good day.

      Song of the Day: Today Is a Good Day by New Model Army.
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      Andy and Teresa Mays

      Do you quite like NMA by any chance. Glad your feeling better buddy. Lucky you had nurse Jax on hand. Watch those pesky Russians.

      1/31/22Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      Best band in the world

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    • Jan19

      Day 41 - Sod Ukraine What About Thailand

      January 19, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Woke up to discover that I had an email from the vetting people to say my Apple IPad may actually be suitable to complete my vetting questionnaire. Oh god, here we go again!!

      The first thing I had to do was cut & paste a link into Google to open up a portal. I failed at the first hurdle the WiFi in our room was not strong enough to upload the portal. I spent the next hour walking around the resort trying over & over again to upload the link without a glimmer of success. Totally f¥cked off, I resorted to begging a friend who has gone through the process to try & upload it for me in the UK.

      We had a liquid breakfast, Jackie had an iced coffee & I had a fresh mango shake. During breakfast, Swedish Julia found me & informed me that her computer is totally knackered & she cannot now work for the next 2 months until they go home. We are all being held hostage by technology!

      After breakfast we returned to our sun beds & read our paperback books. We are now fighting off Russians from all sides as they grow in numbers around Salad Beach. The point couldn’t have been emphasised any better than a Russian girl who at lunch was wearing a Russian army hat & just a skimpy bikini. Are they planning an invasion here as well?

      We had a relatively early lunch at Crystal next door & to mark our last lunch on Ko Phangan for a while, we ‘splashed out’ on a sandwich & french fries to share. The sandwich was onion confit, bacon, cheddar cheese & homemade pastrami, all in rye bread. It was absolutely gorgeous. Just 2 small beers accompanied it.

      Apart from the odd stroll along the beach we did nothing during the afternoon & ended it with a sundowner. Against my better judgement, we had a quick Hong Thong, then Jackie attacked my Pompadour with my beard trimmers on the balcony. I am now too scared to look in the mirror!

      After another Hong Thong we went out for dinner at Salad Hut, which Swedish Dad had recommended for it’s pizzas. When we arrived, the annoyingly loud Russian family were just leaving & it left us as the only diners. Not necessarily a good sign.

      We ordered a chicken satay starter followed by a margarita pizza with extra ham & garlic. The chicken was plentiful, but a bit chewy & the satay was not to my taste. The pizza then arrived & we knew we had made a mistake. Effectively it was a frozen pizza heated up in the oven & at some point ham slices & raw garlic slices were dropped on it. It was the second disappointing meal we had had in a row.

      We paid up & drowned our disappointment with Hong Thongs & a packet of 10 baht jammy dodgers. Just saying again! After a couple of Hong Thongs, Jackie felt the need to attack my Pompadour again, but now with a pair of nail scissors. My best white grandad shirt was covered in clumps of grey hair & blood. I’m never looking in a mirror again!

      Thank you Alka for getting me registered on the portal. Infuriatingly, I still can’t access the portal with the resort WiFi. Hopefully I’ll have better luck at our next stop!

      Song of the Day: Russians by Sting.
      Dominion / Mother Russia by Sisters of Mercy.
      The Best by Tina Turner.
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      Andy and Teresa Mays

      You think I’m joking about my running bill for IT consultancy. Let me know how you get on once you’ve moved. 😎

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    • Jan18

      Day 40 - No Techno to Technophobe

      January 18, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      At 8.30am, the alarm sounded & I rushed down to our sun beds to put our towels out. I was particularly nervous, because I could hear the noisy Russian family up & having breakfast. They were still free, phew.

      Once ensconced on my sun bed, I checked my emails & saw to my horror another request for the completion of a vetting form for a different job. Happily I had all the information I needed available & I was able to complete this vetting form on my IPad without leaving my sun bed. I was quite impressed with myself.

      Over breakfast of poached eggs & French toast with iced coffees, Jackie & I looked at accessing our emails through the Sky website on the internet. Try as we might, every time we tried to sign in we were denied access. After lots & lots of googling, we established that it was something to do with our IP address & we needed to contact Sky through their website that we couldn’t access. We went round & round in technophobic circles for the remainder of the morning.

      In the end we’d lost the will to live, so gave up & had lunch on our balcony, 2 cans of beer & some peanuts, whilst the IPads were recharged. The afternoon consisted of reading our good old fashioned paperback books back on the sun beds.

      The Swedish lady didn’t make contact with me during the day & I didn’t bother to hunt her down, because I needed access to my emails on her computer to get started. I’ve conceded defeat. The vetting forms will just have to wait until I get home.

      Just after 5pm, we had a few drops of rain, so we ran for shelter to our balcony. We then had a disagreement over accommodation in Koh Tao, Jackie was dithering, so I took charge & booked The Miracle Guesthouse & Dive, which had an excellent 9.2 rating on Booking.com & cost just £95 for 5 nights. Jackie accused me of only picking it because it included a superb breakfast. I took offence when she tried to make me promise not to have a Full American breakfast every day!

      That evening we returned to Salad Villa Restaurant, the restaurant on the beach for some barbecue food. I ordered a chicken skewer & Jackie chose a whole squid to accompany a large corn on the cob each. The restaurant was really busy which was possibly detrimental to the food because neither of us were particularly impressed with our dinner. Jackie’s squid was over cooked & very chewy, whilst there were more onion & peppers than chicken on my skewer. Still it was cheap & a lovely setting with the green lighted fishing boats out in the bay

      Song of the Day: Computer by Toyah.
      No Surprises by Radiohead.
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    • Jan12

      Day 34 - Room with a View & a Half

      January 12, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      A decent nights sleep was had by both of us & we headed to breakfast at 9am, already showered & packed. Sylvian cooked us a delicious American breakfast to send us on our way. Sylvian had also booked our ferry tickets to Ko Phangan & Aiye offered to give us a lift to Don Sak Ferry Port for 200 Baht less than the taxi would cost.

      Just after 10am we said our goodbyes & Aiye drove us to the port. We were so glad she was with us, because apart from showing our tickets, she delivered us right up to the pier for our ferry. It seemed that other passengers were having to show passports & vaccination documentation.

      Our Raja Ferry is very old, greasy & smokey, but we managed to get a prime seat at the back. At 11.05am, the ferry pulled out of the port & I was secretly slightly glad that we didn’t see any pink dolphins hanging around.

      The ferry crossing was 2 and a half hours, which gave Jackie time for a bit of personal grooming & me some reading. We docked at Thong Sala Pier on the island of Ko Phangan at 1.30pm & were met by our pre-arranged hotel taxi driver.

      It was 5.4 miles to our next hotel, Salad Beach Resort, a snip at just £21.50 per night. Our taxi driver lugged both our big rucksacks through the resort to reception, where I gave him 300 Baht for the taxi fare. He looked at me a bit funny, then a couple of minutes later returned with my money & asked me what the 300 Baht was for. It would have been a fantastic tip for him, but I was supposed to pay the fare to the hotel receptionist.

      After checking in, the receptionist asked us to take a seat for 10 minutes which actually turned out to be 20 minutes. She then asked us to follow her up a flight of stairs & we followed but were getting ready to complain because it wasn’t what we had booked. She took us to the front room on the 1st floor & to our very pleasant surprise discovered it was a double aspect sea view room with a lovely balcony. We couldn’t believe our luck.

      On the negative side, the room is a bit dated, but it is spacious with a nice bathroom. We will not be complaining & almost certainly be extending our stay. My value for money discussion with Jackie yesterday had definitely paid off!

      After unpacking a bit, we popped next door to Diamond Bar & Restaurant for a Chang & a chicken satay. It was the best chicken satay of the trip so far & we both agreed that Salad Beach was by far the best beach we have visited in the last month. It had a lovely vibe, even if first impressions were that most of the tourists were Russian.

      After our late lunch, we strolled up the beach & counted just 4 restaurants to eat in. We bought some provisions from the local shop & returned to our lovely balcony for a sundowner.

      That evening we walked to the northern end of the beach & had dinner at a little restaurant called Spicy Salad. Jackie had a pork & rice fish, whilst I had a Massaman curry. It was a romantic setting & evening, I even allowed Jackie to have an expensive glass of white wine!

      Unfortunately the mood was ruined by ‘Biscuitgate’. We stopped at the little shop on the way home to pick up a pack of bottles of water. I was just paying when Jackie added a small packet of Dewberry jammy dodgers to our purchases. The shop assistant showed me the new price & I saw that the biscuits cost 65 Baht, but I still paid for them.

      As we walked away the actual cost of the biscuits sunk in. Normally we had been paying just 10 Baht for the exact same biscuits. I was furious & blamed Jackie for not checking the price before giving them to me. Jackie in turn was angry with me for blaming her when I paid for them already knowing their cost.

      We returned to our balcony for a nightcap & we sat and ate the £1.50 biscuits in silence. At least it was a nice view!

      Song of the Day: Room With A View by Billy Vera & The Beaters.
      True Romance by She Wants Revenge.
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      Andy and Teresa Mays

      The playlist is 4hrs 45 mins long now - so covering most of my daily free time. A few duffers in there mate 😂. Also on an admin note, can you please ensure you have the daily blog completed and posted by 6am UK time - allows me to read it in bed with a brew before facing the day ahead. When you are late it throws my day out 😂 Good to speak to you both yesterday and have a shave . . . Jax 😂

      1/13/22Reply
      Simon and Jackie Annals

      I’ll do my best. The playlist is a journey!

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    • Day28

      Bangkok - Surathani - Koh Phangan

      January 31 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Wir sind heute von Bangkok nach Surathani geflogen, dann mit dem Bus zum Lomphraya Pier und von dort mit einem Speetboot nach Phangan. Die war Überfahrt zum 🤭🤮 Den Rest mit dem Taxi zum Haad Salad....😎Read more

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