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Moonlight Sonata

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Sitting on a computer at my guest house, watching ESPN’s gamecast of the Civil War (football game between Oregon State University and Oregon), and wating for my ride out to the island, I figured I could write some things. The outcome should be decided before I finish typing, so there may be some random outbursts. Here is my take on the events of the past 3 days, or is it 4: (USB not working, pics will be added later)

Tuesday: Started with some fun on the rocks. There were huge boulders strewn atop a point, which provided Dan and I with some tests of our manhood. (Come on, protect the quarterback!)

The boulder was blocking our view, so I moved it.

The boulder was blocking our view, so I moved it.

Great views of our resort and neighboring coves.

The cove, with our place on the right

The cove, with our place on the right

We were able to get a quick swim in when we got back, until the rain started. A little bit of a downer, but still relaxing.

Wednesday: With our sights set on getting the full Thailand island experience, we hoped a boat to Koh Phangan for some lunar event. Hat Rin Nok (Sunrise Beach) was the best I had seen yet. A beautiful, flat sandy beach with waves to frolic in. (D-fence!, D-fence!) Many, many tourist walk the streets in this small town, with anticipation in the air for the nights festivities.

Every time the night light in the sky reaches it’s most circular shape, a shindig is thrown. The “Full Moon Party” can pack in crowds as big as 30,000 and covers nearly the entire beach. (Oregon cheated!) We decided to see what all of the fuss is about, and adorned our bodies with the appropriate accessories. Namely neon paint, necklaces, and wristbands. I went with an Orange and Black theme as you will see when I post a picture in the space below:

Striking a pose

Striking a pose

and another

and another

Booths selling buckets full of a Redbull, liquor, and soda mixture, line the beach aggressively trying to get you business. Bars have huge speakers to blast the latest in dance music and fire twirlers to get your attention. Dan and I made a failed attempt to get into fire jump rope action, but no scars to prove it. We mostly cruised up and down the beach, occasionally stopping when the music compelled us to express ourselves through body movement.

Us

Us

The scene was safer and cleaner than I expected, music was decent, and drinks were dirt cheap. Food stalls were widely available to satisfy cravings, although I still felt the need to stop and get a cheeseburger at 3am on the way home.

Thursday: The day after the revelry, we parted ways: I set sail to the mainland and the Andaman Coast, and SalazMeyer caught a flight back to Bangkok for their journey home. It is sad to split after an enjoyable 6 days, but I am excited to get back to my solo adventures. I would not have wanted to do these sites and events by myself and needed the socializing. After arrriving in Krabi around 8pm, I crashed.

My next destination is Koh Lanta, with a goal of sun, beaches, and quiet reading on my bungalow porch. The mini-van ride is almost here, so I will leave you with these last words: The Ducks got lucky!

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!

The Surroundings: part deux

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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