Monday, July 30, 2007
While waiting for the party, we got out to explore some of the beautiful water/giant rocks around the island (before the tragic loss of my sunglass lenses)
3 islands joined together by the sandbar
We are not staying here but I wish we were!! You can just jump right off the rocks into the water. Next trip....
If 2 weeks ago I was asked what my favorite hotel ever was then my answer would have been "The Village" on the island of Pohnpei, FSM. However...this one is right up there. The cost was 600 baht ($17 a night) and that got you a super cute little hut, big bed, mosquito net, shower...so nothing fancy but the setting was unbelievable. Hammocks all through the jungle, million dollar views, wonderful staff, great restaurant/bar and one of those super fun infinity pools. It was so fun to lounge around drinking watermelon shakes and making friends with other travelers.
This is sweet little Sandy one of the hotel doggies
Sandy's brother having a scratch
Evening aerobics classes in the town
Our little hut, its seriously the cutest thing ever. Pretty basic, just a big bed, mosquito net and shower. This really was paradise!!!
This is my friend Sadie who I met while working/living on Kwajalein. She is here for a couple of months of traveling/studying and we met up to see Ko Samui & Ko Pha Ngan.
Here we are hard at work getting pedicures
One of the views from the Jungle Club pool
The restaurant/bar area of the hotel
The pool, that picture alone will make you want to pack your bags and get to Ko Samui
This is where I spent 5 days
This is smiley, happy Jack. I don't think the Jungle Club could function without him
Monday, July 23, 2007
pineapple on a stick, soooo good!!!
daytime on the road, once darkness hits the street becomes an all night party
2. You get your hair dreadlocked or braided
3. You drink whiskey out of a bucket
4. You haggle over pennies with local vendors selling t-shirts and jewelry
5. You either make new friends to travel with or you meet up with people you have already traveled in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos & Nepal with.
It seems like you either love or hate ko san road and I am sure there are many traveler who avoid this street at all costs. I am on the other side and enjoy the madness for a couple of days at a time. No place I want to live or even spend a week but its been a fun past couple of days.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This is my standard tofu curry that I have eaten about 400 times in the past many months. However, this one was better because the serve the rice in cute shapes. I had 2 bears & a turtle in the 3 times I ate here.
These are the crazy girls I met on the boat ride over, Louy from Canada and then wild women Ros and Pats from the Caribbean/England.
I am a happy girl out on the water! We spent a day diving in Ko Rang which is a national park on the island.
I have definitely been in millions of swimming pools in my lifetime but I don't ever remember being in one like this. It is the kind that actually goes out over the beach. it was the selling point to staying at the hotel and just to make sure we stayed there, the hotel girl told us that the other day there were dead people on the beach (due to swimming in a strong riptide).
next stop: back to big old Bangkok for a couple of days to meet up with a friend and then back to the beach, most likely on Ko Samui.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Ko Samet is on the eastern gulf coast of Thailand. Not terribly far from Bangkok, so many Thais come here on weekends or for vacation. Its a nice place, very sunny, pretty beaches and not as sleazy as Pattaya or parts of Phuket. I will stay another couple of days and then move further east to Ko Chang to do a bit more diving.
This looks like a good job, to be the beach divider on Ko Samet.
What I did for 2 days....it was a really good book!!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
These 2 kids were loving the bumpy truck ride. They are dutch but mom is Filipino They had a deep and meaning full the entire boat ride. Imagine being an 8 year old dutch kid on this random boat in Thailand and meeting another 8 year old dutch kid! How exciting for them!!!
Looks like a nice place to spend a few days!!!!
We spent the first day at the pool. I practiced being a blind diver, also a parapalegic and quadrapalegic diver.
This is "Slinky" my instructor. He was a PADI instructor before his accident left him in a wheelchair. He is back to instructing and it was great for me to learn from his first hand experience as an avid diver.
I sat on the side of the road this morning waiting for my very late bus. I was entertained by this lady who was very meticously going through this dumpster. I dont know if she found what she wanted but she sure took her time sorting throuough the super smelly trash.
These guys!!! I was on truck taxi going back to my hostel and these 3 super super drunk polish guys got on. When they found out I was from America they went crazy!! Shouting "AMERICA is great, Bush, Poland loves America". This went on for 20 minutes. They were so drunk and so insistent that I understand how much Poland loves America. I missed my stop in the taxi and ended up at a restaruant with these guys. I left when the one in the middle was trying to give me his gun. He said because I was American I should have a gun.
Monday, July 09, 2007
I need a switch on my head...I swear I get all my best thoughts and ideas while I am either in the water or trying to go to sleep. Neither of which is convenient to getting them written down. I am pretty sure that last night I wrote the next Oprah book club pick and I even dreamed she was interviewing me about the book.
Anyways, I started this blog when I went to Antarctica and am now updating it as I travel. Because it was all about the ice I thought I would share a couple of friendly blog links. I had a few friends from Johnston Island and Kwajalein on the ice and one of them is Amber, she came down at Winfly (last August) and so we got to spend a few months together down there. Check out her site at www.amberonice.blogspot.com.
Like you do in these random remote places, I met some great people that I am hoping will be friends for life. One of my roommates (she was upper bunk) was Cindy O, she has done and is doing some interesting things and thought you might like a smart read about her travels (hope you don't mind Cindy!!) http://www.penguinsandpinkboots.blogspot.com/ She even has cool colors and all that on her site, I just cant seem to figure out the bells and whistles of blogging.
A nice portion of local bugs will cost you about 20 baht, which is roughly 60 cents.