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Koh Samet - Trat

"A lazy mans yoga....."

sunny 35 °C

We ended up staying in Koh Samet for 5 nights. The most energetic activities included hiring a kayak to discover another beach, riding through the night in the back of a songthaeuw (A pick-up truck with seats in the back) and getting an hour long thai massage.

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Thai massage: "A lazy mans yoga"... as a beginner in the art of recieving massages (Han knew the ropes) I was strangely apprehensive...a whole Hour (?!) just seemed a long time to lie down and be rubbed for. Oh no.. It's not rubbing..it's pummelling, kneading, stretching and squashing...at one point this very adept thai lady was crawling along my back on her knees!! By the end of a what I thought a very quick hour which had actually been an hour and a half, I felt like i could be roll up and fit in my rucksack. Han informed that this is not how it is done in Blighty.

We left Koh Samet by speed boat and took a minibus to Trat on Tuesday morning.

We are staying in a great guesthouse in Trat named Ban Jaidee. It the kind of place where people linger, putting off the next move on as it has a communal area where you can swing in the hammock chat to the other guests and go to the fridge whenever you fancy a drink...like home but with a hammock! Unfortunately Han has been ill due to the malaria medication (since we changed to another type she has been a lot better) so we have ended up staying for four nights before we move on to meet Kate (sis) and Rich in Cambodia in the morning.

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P.s. A cockroach just ran up my leg...twice

Posted by TheBones 17:50 Archived in Thailand Comments (1)

Bangkok to Koh Samet

Time to 'relax'?

sunny 30 °C

Well,

We've finally got round to getting this blog to work, this is the fifth attempt!!!....exotic internet connections can be a bit frustrating.... It's been less than a week away and it seems like a lot more!

Considering I don't like flying, the flight was a bit of a breeze. A bit of intense turbulance aside(!). I never sleep on a plane, so I watched plenty of new films while Han caught flies next to me!

Bangkok: The guesthouse recommended by Kate and Rich turned out to be spot on of course... in a great part of Bangkok with lots of good street food stalls. I discovered how to eat with restraint but more of that later... Bangkok is a hectic, colourful, pungent place.... we were pleasantly surprised. Whenever Bangkok is mentioned at home it is often referred to as seedy and polluted....yep, this is true in some areas but the people are great and very helpful when they see a confused couple of farangs wandering around the streets! We stayed in a vibrant area near to the infamous khao san road which we may return to as there are parts of the city we would still like to explore. Exploration can be carried out in on foot or in taxi's sometimes shared with a family of cockroaches...Nice!

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Koh Samet: We decided to move on as it's high time we got rid of our Dartford tans! Wednesday morning we prepared to depart...I was taught a lesson in respect that morning...too much chilli sauce on roadside stalls can lead to trouble for the farang boy! Despite this setback (imodium - thankyou) we left to start our journey - River taxi - sky train - and a 3.5 hr coach journey to Ban Phe. From the pier here we negotiated our lodgings with a very helpful ladyboy who we were convinced was trying to rip us off!...However we are currently living in a cabin in the trees 20m from the beach.....swimming and sunbathing are top priority. Tough life.

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We won't be leaving until we are (a bit) browner!!

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Packing!!!!

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Not long to go......more info soon

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