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Whoa, it’s Thailand…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

In Chiang Mai, they have some strange guardians of their wats….

But most of our time was spent down south, lazing about on Koh Pha Ngan. First, it was Bottle Beach….

Fireworks on Bottle Beach

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Fireworks on Bottle Beach

Then, it was round to Haad Sadet, for another week of lazing about in hammocks, reading books, and eating seafood…

.../ .../ Watching the sun rise from our bungalow .../ Beers on the beach watching a lightning storm .../

Our view for every meal….


The End.

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Koh Pha Ngan: Lazy is as Lazy does

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

During the course of our travels in Southeast Asia, soon to total almost four months in two stints, my fiancee and I (Ha! I love saying that) have spent more than enough time in Bangkok. As a transit hub it is almost impossible to avoid. And so after flying in from Hanoi we spent just one night around Khao San Road before catching an overnight bus south, to within a boat ride of some of Thailand’s most famous islands.

Normally, we try and avoid the horribly touristy areas, generally preferring to visit quieter, out-of-the-way places. And when heading to a beach in Thailand, our attitude was exactly that. A pristine, secluded beach with a few bungalows on the sand and maybe a bar (well, not maybe, definately a bar! But a quiet bar) and a stack of well-thumbed paperback thrillers to read, that was what we were after (but then, who isn’t?) What we wanted to avoid were the party beaches filled with wanna-be hippies twirling fire and taking drugs. Where we ended up was Koh Pha Ngan, an island famous for it Full Moon parties; a huge rave held once a month where the beach fills up with thousands of wanna-be hippies twirling fire and taking drugs and dancing to the sort of music (trance or someother such crap) that can generally only be tolerated whilst twirling fire and taking drugs.

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Chiang Khong: Old Buddies

Friday, August 3rd, 2007
Happy to be leaving Chiang Mai, we hopped on a bus early one morning for the six hour trip to the Thai-Laos border. The sleepy village of Chiang Khong on the Thai side was our destination. We'd been there before, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chiang Mai: Going through the Motions

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
The heat and wanna-be hippies of Bangkok forced us onto an overnight bus to Chiang Mai, Thailand`s second city and a twelve hour bus ride away. The twelve hours started with the bus driver taking forty-five minutes to complete a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok: A not so friendly greeting

Saturday, July 21st, 2007
Our last morning in Kathmandu was spent visiting the kids at our orphanage (didn't take long did it - three months there and all of a sudden it's our orphanage), and the kids at Dhaulagiri House who we continued to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Makin’ Movies

Sunday, August 20th, 2006
Ok, so it hasn’t quite been the six months I said it would be between posts, but during my lunch breaks whilst back at work in Scotland, I’ve knocked up a short little video about our two months in Laos, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok: Sweatin’ our way home

Monday, March 20th, 2006
Following our shopping spree in Hoi An, and now with our existing bags fully loaded plus an additional bag bursting at the seams with new clothes, it was time to go home. Home to Australia. Of our time in Vietnam, I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Thailand

Saturday, January 21st, 2006
Gee whiz, it's been a while since I've posted some photos on here. Time to catch up a bit. Of course, all the Lubeck photos are on Flickr. So, here's a couple from Thailand, just to whet the appetite. Tuk Tuk. Our ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chiang Khong: Simplicity

Thursday, January 12th, 2006
After the overwhelming craziness of Bangkok, the peaceful town of Chiang Khong was exactly what Bec and I needed. The town was made up of one main road, with just a couple of minor dirt tracks running across it every ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bangkok: In Transit

Sunday, January 8th, 2006
Well, I'll be the first to admit that, given that this is a travel journal, Bec and I haven't exactly done a lot of travelling over the past two months. Seven weeks in the Czech Republic, and three-and-a-half in Germany, ... [Continue reading this entry]