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    • Day109

      UNS GEHT'S GUT😊

      November 27 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Wir sind mittlerweile auf Koh Phangan! Eine Insel neben Koh Samui - ein grüner und sonniger Juwel für uns. Die Woche auf Koh Samui war Regenzeitbedingt grau und nass. Trotzdem toll und vor allem "energieaufladend". Mit vollen Akkus und richtig Lust auf mehr sind wir vor ungefähr einer Woche auf Koh Phangan gestrandet. Und sind in einem Resort ganz nach unseren Traumvorstellungen untergekommen.
      Auf einer überschaubaren Grünfläche stehen 12 unterschiedliche Bungalows, direkt am Strand. In einem davon haben wir es uns so gemütlich gemacht, dass wir unseren Aufenthalt bereits verlängert haben. Die Unterkunft "beschäftigt" Volunteers und zwei davon, Daniel und Lena, kamen einen Tag vor uns an und wir waren auf Anhieb auf der selben Wellenlänge. Wir haben uns hier schnell heimisch gefühlt. Das Konzept unserer Unterkunft baut auf einen "Ort des friedlichen Zusammenkommens und Beisammenseins" - und so ist die Anlage auch aufgebaut und ausgestattet. Ob Yogamatten für alle bereit liegen, um in einer angeleiteten und kostenfreien Stunde am Morgen in den Tag zu starten oder man sich die Küche teilt und gemeinsam isst.
      Auf der Karte findet man nur Veganes und es wird mit allen Mitteln auf einen fairen Umgang mit der Natur geachtet. Dieser Ort hier gibt uns eine Vorstellung von dem Lebensstil und Lebensentwurf, den wir anstreben wollen.
      Und gerade fühlen wir uns einfach pudelwohl und alles stimmt. Wir haben hier mit Daniel und Lena zwei weitere tolle Reisefreunde gefunden und verbringen hier eine gute Zeit zusammen. Es fühlt sich ein bisschen wie schöner Alltag- in einer wunderschönen Umgebung an.
      Nach einem gemeinsamen Frühstück mit anderen "Gästen" starten wir meist einfach drauf los.
      Abends fahren wir mit Freunden an den Strand oder in den Dschungel zu einer Party, verabreden uns und haben nebenbei auch eine schöne Zeit nur zu zweit. Mit dem gemieteten Roller fahren wir wann und wohin wir wollen und werden jedes mal aufs Neue überrascht, von all dem Reiz den diese Insel an jedem Ort bereit hält. Die Atmosphäre hier ist eine Mischung aus dem alternativen Süden Balis, der verrückten Insel Gili Trawangan und dem spirituellen Ubud.
      Eines unserer Highlights hier ist einer der Gründe die uns gerade vom Weiterreisen abhalten. Es ist Phangan! Ein Hund der dem Resort vor einigen Wochen zugelaufen ist. Als wir hier ankamen, ging es ihm offensichtlich nicht gut, er hat ein paar Tage nichts mehr gegessen und lag kraftlos im Schatten. Hat Beachtung müde abgelehnt und für Streicheleinheiten hat er einem nur ein kurzes Zeitfenster geschenkt.
      Bis... Nina mit (nicht veganem-) Futter ankam. Seitdem er wieder frisst, ist er schon viel aktiver geworden und vor allem zutraulicher und Streichelverrückt. Wir weichen einander nur selten von der Seite und haben in kurzer Zeit schon eine Bindung zu diesem Hund aufgebaut, dass wir gerade nicht daran denken wollen ihn zurück zu lassen.
      Auf den Bilder sieht man viel von Phangan, den Traumstränden, einem Ausflug zum Wasserfall und uns mit tollen Leuten die wir kennengelernt haben- dazu gibt es nochmal einen Nachtrag, denn von diesen Erinnerungen möchten wir keinen mehr missen und gerne mit euch teilen.
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      Traveler

      Langsam aber sicher mache ich Auge vor Neid xD. richtig, richtig Schön. So stelle ich mir meine Rente vor: Am Strand mit ner Flasche Vodka und Mittags im Fluß herumtreiben.

      Traveler

      Habt ihr noch Bilder von Panghan (ich glaube, ich habe den Namen falsch geschrieben 🙈)? Was bedeutet der Name übrigens?

      Traveler

      Phangan wurde nach der Insel hier benannt :)

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    • Jan31

      Day 53 - Firecrackers at Dawn

      January 31 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 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 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 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 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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    • Day15

      Koh Phangan - Lighthouse

      November 15 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      An unserem zweiten Abend auf Koh Phangan erzählten uns die beiden Finninnen, dass es nahe dem Haad Rin Beach einen Steg gibt, der entlang der Küste zum Lighthouse führen würde. Sie zeigten uns auch Fotos, die sehr schön waren :)
      Eigentlich hatten wir für unseren zweiten ganzen Tag auf der Insel eine große Rollertour geplant. Entgegen dem Wetterbericht regnete es aber bis um 16 Uhr ununterbrochen. Somit konnten wir den bereits gemieteten Roller nicht wirklich benutzen. Als es schließlich aufhörte zu regnen, entschieden wir uns deshalb dazu den Roller doch nochmal zu bewegen und zu dem besagten Steg zu fahren. Gemacht, getan. Und tatsächlich erwies sich der Steg als ein wirklich schöner Ort. Allerdings handelte es sich bei dem „Lighthouse“ nicht wie erwartet um einen Leuchtturm, sondern um einen Club, der eher einem Restaurant glich.
      Am Abend zuvor hatten uns bereits zwei Deutsche erzählt, dass hier heute eine Party stattfinden sollte. Auf unserem Weg kündigten auch viele Plakate diese Party an. Weil der Weg zum Lighthouse uns nicht wirklich gut befahrbar erschien, der Weg zu Fuß aber ziemlich weit ist, waren wir schon ein bisschen traurig, dass wir doch nicht wie eigentlich geplant zu der Party gehen würden.
      Nachdem wir dann aber unsere Sachen gepackt hatten und beim Inder essen waren, entschieden wir uns doch noch dazu einen kurzen Verdauungsspaziergang zum Lighthouse zu machen. Weil wir noch vor dem eigentlichen Partybeginn ankamen, dachten wir erst die Party wäre ein super Flop 😅. Später füllte sich die Partylocation aber und wir trafen sowohl the Germans und die Briten vom Vorabend wieder. So erlebten wir tatsächlich noch eine ausgiebige Party auf Koh Phangan, die wir nur verließen um um 4 Uhr das Taxi zur Fähre nach Koh Lanta zu bekommen.
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      Traveler

      Das ist ein Profilbild….

       
    • Day64

      Endlich mal kein Regen

      December 6, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Nach dem wir ausgeschlafen haben weil wir die Hoffnung auf gutes Wetter aufgegeben hatten wurden wir doch tatsächlich von der Sonne überrascht. Wir haben uns einen Roller geholt und sind über die Insel gedüst. Hier ein Stop da ein Stop.
      So waren wir den ganzen Nachmittag unterwegs und haben Abends bevor wir zurück ins Hotel sind auf dem foodmarket eingebremst.
      Nun sitzen wir noch am Strand in einer Bar und genießen den Abend, natürlich hoffen wir auf gutes Wetter die kommenden Tage. Morgen schauen wir mal ob wir uns ein neues Hotel hier suchen oder unser jetziges verlängern. Bei schönem Wetter lässt es sich hier ziemlich gut aushalten. Und die Full Moon Party nächste Woche steht ja auch noch an.
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      Traveler

      Schön

      12/6/19Reply
       
    • Day7

      Ko Pha-ngan

      November 12, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Auch auf Ko Pha-ngan waren wir im Chill-Modus. Nach der Schüssel Müsli mit frischen Früchten am Morgen ging es 2 Meter weiter an den Strand. Gegen Mittag zurück an die Bar für eine Kokosnuss und wieder in die Hängematte.
      Wir haben es aber dennoch in die Stadt geschafft. Am Abend bei kühleren Temperaturen gab es Leckereien auf dem food market, bummelten durch die Shops und genossen den Sonnenuntergang.
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      Traveler

      HALLO, lina. Danke für deine Grüsse wir haben es zwar hingekriegt, aber ab und zu eine Nachricht mit Bildern wäre uns lieber.alles Gute Oma und Ops

      11/16/19Reply

      Oma und Opa aus Lichtenberg

      11/20/19Reply

      Sind beeindruckt von euren bisherigen Erlebnissen und wünschen euch weiterhin alles Gute

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    • Day67

      Sonne?!

      December 9, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein sind wir heute morgen aufgewacht. Gefreut wie kleine Kinder, aufgestanden geduscht, Badesachen gepackt und hochmotiviert wollten wir los.... und da, wie aus dem nichts schon wieder regen.
      Gut dann haben wir mal einen Gang zurück geschalten sind gemütlich zum frühstücken gegangen und dann mal Richtung Norden gefahren. Irgendwer meinte dass da die Sonne scheint. Dem war nicht so. Nachdem wir dort ne Weile am Strand saßen sind wir wieder zurück. Auf halber Strecke haben wir bei einem Restaurant am Wasser angehalten, uns dort hingesetzt und da war sie wieder. Die Sonne! Zwar nur kurz und gleichzeitig mit Nieselregen, aber immerhin.
      Wir haben dann entschieden zum Food Market zu gehen um hier und dort was zu probieren. Sushi, dumplings, pancake....
      Den Sonnenuntergang, auch wenn er nicht atemberaubend war, haben wir am Strand mit einem Bier angeschaut und uns dann noch eine Weile in die Strandbar nebenan gesetzt.
      Morgen ziehen wir um. Weiter in den Norden der Insel. Wir geben der Sonne noch eine Chance.
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