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The Surroundings: part deux

October 27th, 2009 at 21:31

If you have not read part one of this 2 part series, I suggest you scroll down now. Otherwise you will be completely lost and confused, so go ahead.

Alright, my Sunday adventure led me to an island about a days swan boat ride from Si Racha. The island goes by the name Ko Si Chang and and is not very flat. To get there, we got dropped off by our host and took a ferry that leaves from the Ko Loi jetty. On the way, we passed numerous ships anchored in the Gulf of Thailand, that I think are waiting for paperwork or further instructions. Interesting to see.

Once on shore, we avoided the tuk-tuks and motorbike drivers, and walked to the Buddhist Tham Yai Phrik Vipassana Manastery, or Typvm for short. Many meditation caves, incense burning, and hand written prayers can be seen in tucked away areas. To get up to the Typvm was a hike unto itself, but we continued up another 300 stairs to see Buddha’s Footprint. The views got even better and were worth the blood, sweat, and tears.

Good looking out

Good looking out

We hiked back down, unable to find any super fun happy slide, and commissioned a tuk-tuk driver to take us to a beach. Hat Tham Phang beach is tucked in a cove on the west coast of the island, and has a small sandy area, lined with umbrellas and water vessel rentals. I enjoyed a large plate of crab, cooked in a butter sauce with some greens, under one of those umbrellas and watched the people frolic fully clothed. After purchasing a $5 swim suit, we headed for a spot on the beach and participated in the ancient thai recreation known as swimming. Large sharp rocks covered much of the cove floor, so we chose our steps wisely and proceeded to wade in the water.

Beach

Beach

Although this beach is reportedly not as beautiful as the star attractions that this country has to offer, I was satisfied. My first thai beach was patronized by mostly regional weekenders with the exception of 4 other farangs.

The post beach activities included: a ride up to see some golden buddhas, a climb down through a small cave, a monkey sighting (no picture, it was too fast), followed by a walk back to the pier.

A Buddha the color gold

A Buddha the color gold

A ferry ride back to Si Racha ended our island excursion. We checked out the mall again, where they happen to be having a special viewing of the Manchester United vs Liverpool soccer match on a big screen outside. For some reason, the area has adopted Liverpool, possibly due to a tour they once did. The day finished with our host picking us up at the mall and taking us to eat at a nice Japanese restaurant. (Si Racha has a large Japanese population)

You can see part of the Host

You can see part of the Host

Host ordered many many dishes and all staff members stopped what they were doing to acknowledged our arrival and departure. My first time eating in a establishment where I had to take off my shoes (which I agreed to because I wasn’t wearing a wire) and where all people receive a warm moist towel upon sitting. Food was delicious.

I get more and more anxious to see the rest of this beautiful country and am now counting down the days till I move on. The group is now down to just the 3 of us that arrived on the same day, the Bikers and I. The next WWOOFers are expected on Nov 1st and I hope they are non-americans. We now have the newly hired spa manager and a masseuse staying with us at the house, which has added some life to the party. I feel like I am settling into a groove and am more relaxed with my surroundings. Time is going by a little faster. Ending communication. หายบาสเกตบอล

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One Response to “The Surroundings: part deux”

  1. Nick Says:

    Sounds like a great weekend. You are certainly eating well!