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Posse On Broadway

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The last few days have gone by quickly and I will try to make this blog go by even quicker. With SalazMeyer in town, I don’t have the usual lull in my day to write. This resort offers a fleeting wireless connection, so this iPod post will have to do. Pictures will be added later. Here is the rundown:

Thursday: After remembering that my guests weren’t arriving until Friday, I booked another night in Konchanaburi. With my extra day, I took a 34 km round trip bike ride south of town, to see 3 hilltop temples. A flat scenic ride along the river and a lot of climbed steps, were rewarded with dramatic views of the valleys and surrounding mountains.

something

something

They had been on my list and I was glad I had the time to check them out.

Friday: Slow bus ride to Bangkok, where I saw an insane number of farang (foreigners). Th Khao San is a strip of guest houses and bars that draw crowds from all over. There is a Pad Thai stand every 10 meters, as well as a funny tee-shirt booth. My place was about 2 blocks off the drag but had it’s own selection of agressive vendors. Met up with SalazMeyer about 10 pm and had drinks at neighborhood establishment. Then we walked around and bought thought provoking upper body clothing.

Saturday: Toured the Grand Palace,

Palace

Palace

then hit Chatachuk market for lunch. More shirt purchases mixed in with 2 pairs of swim trunks for myself. Supper at great local seafood place followed with drinks at Moon Bar (Thanks Emmo).

Sunday: 3 am wakeup to catch 6 am flight to Koh Samui.

inside the flying machine

inside the flying machine

2 hour ferry ride to paradise (Koh Tao).

Koh Tao

Koh Tao

Swimming in picturesque long, shallow, clear sandy beach.

me in water

me in water

Toss in a little frisbee throwing and water side eating, and you have my first day on a tropical island. Finished with stroll down shore and fire twirlers. (cool pics forthcoming).

Supper stop

Supper stop

fire

fire

Monday: Moved to other side of island via 4wd truck, to be beach side and secluded. Amazing place set in small cove. Snorkled most of day, never tried before, spectacular!

the spot

the spot

SalazMeyer depart Friday, so we are debating how/where to spend the other nights. I will hang south for another 10 days and may try to see the western beaches. Feels like a whole nother trip now that I have company. Will try to post again soon, but think that my activities wont change much. Time to get the sand off my feet.
Go Beavers!

Say Hello Wave Goodbye

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I am now in the middle of my 5 towns in 5 nights tour of NW Thailand.  Briefly back to being an attration to the locals, I am enjoying the time away from the big cities and getting waves and hellos as I walk down the street. The following is a rundown of the past 2 days in the life of Micah.

Mae Hong Son: The ride in from Pai was stimulating, as we crossed 2 mountain passes and enjoyed stunning views of the valleys. The prize of the town is Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, a temple complex on top of a hill that overlooks the town.

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son

photo

photo

It was another long hike up, but this time I was able use a finely crafted set of brick stairs and inclines.  There were a handful of other Wats for me to explore as well as a night market set up on the main streets. One Wat was just across a pond from my guest house and gets lit up at night (like most tourists, but in a different way).

Wat Mai Chom Khang

Wat Mai Chom Khang

I had plans to wake up early the next day, and climb back up to the Wat on the hill. But went back to sleep, when I saw that there was no fog around to provide me what Lonely Planet had described. One last note: the few Farang I have seen, have been middle aged, possibly Dutch, and seem to move in herds.

Mae Sariang: The towns get smaller, less touristy, and more peaceful. I almost wish I had more time and less to see, that way I could spend another day here just sitting by the river.  My room at the guest house, though small, opens up to a deck overhanging the river. Plus, it has been the least expensive of my trip.

My place is the white deck on the right.

My place is the white deck on the right.

Not much else to do here, which is fine by me. All of these towns serve as jumping off points for guided treks into the jungle. I have opted against spending a day and the money to do such a thing. Although, I will not rule out the possibility of partaking down south.

Now, off to find supper and possibly some more light reading by the river. And by the way Lucas, I am enjoying it but have only gotten about 120 pages down so far. It took me a while to get used to the names and achieve the concentration necessary for such writing. Hope life is treating you all better than it should. รู้สึก ง่าย สงบ สุข