|Bangkok ... good things come in small packages.|
Departure date: March 24. We had only booked the ticket ten days prior, and needless to say, we were all excited. We ended up getting a great deal on Royal Brunei Airlines. It was the first time we had ever used this airline, and I was quite impressed. Having said that, let me be in honest in saying that we chose them simply because they had the best last minute deal. Thanks to Alex and his many hours of hard work; after trawling the travel web sites and cross-referencing with the individual carriers he snared us a ripper deal. Where were we going and what would we be doing? We had ten days to work it out!
|Beer Thai Style!|
|Typical Bangkok scene.|
|Infamous Thai tuk-tuks.|
Khao San Road is pretty overwhelming for a first-timer ... street vendors selling clothes, shoes, trinkets and many other things. Oh the street food ... yum! Vendors have been peddling their version of Pad Thai (one of Thailand's best known dishes) for as long as I can remember. It costs between 20 and 30 baht (32 baht = approximately AUD $1.00) which is a bargain by most (western!) people's standards. Then of course there are the banana pancakes ... I do it with condensed milk, Denisse does it with nutella! Sublime! Of course we got Denisse to try both on her first night. I have always said that my preferred food is street food, in whichever country. I find the tourist haunts both expensive and unimpressive, food wise!
|Physically spectacular, Phi Phi island.|
|Ko Phi Phi.|
|Ko Phi Phi viewpoint.|
|Ao Nang Port, on the way to Ko Yao Yai.|
|Ao Nang Port, near Krabi, on the way to Ko Yao Yai.|
|Unadulterated Ko Yao Yai.|
|Chillin' out on Ko Yao Yai.|
Ko Yao Yai was captivating. Its mountainous backbone was spectacular and unspoilt shoreline unique and special. With a population of around 4000, the majority are Muslim fishermen and their families. The main mode of transport is actually motorbikes, as it's the easiest way to get around with so few roads. I found the locals to be helpful and friendly, but I could not help but wonder how long before tourism would wreck this!
|With Alita on the ferry to Phuket pier.|
|On the way from Ko Yao Yai to Phuket pier.|
It was hot and humid (as was our entire stay in Thailand!) and we had to wait a few hours before catching a bus to Bangkok. Whilst not precious, the air-con variety are a must as otherwise we'd be melted puddles upon arrival. The wait was, needless to say, hot and sweaty, and the probably too cold bus was a welcome relief! Rugged with jumpers, socks and sarongs to keep us warm, we were off!
|Ayutthaya here we come.|
Next: Fun and falls in Ayutthaya and our beloved Bangkok!
Dedication: To my beautiful and intelligent niece, Denisse. I am so proud of the articulate, thinking and compassionate young woman you have become. Continue to be yourself, do what you think is right and not follow the masses ... that's what makes you so special! Oh, and you ROCK as a backpacker! Love you!
Dedicacion: Para mi inteligente y linda sobrina, Denisse. Estoy orgullosa de la manera en que piensas y articulas tus pensamientos y de la mujer que has llegado a ser. Continua siendo tu misma, haz lo que sientes que es justo y no seguir a las masas ... eso es lo que te hace especial! Ademas, eres uns MAESTRA como mochilera! Te amo!
Hugo - The Hugo Chavez Story, From Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution by Bart Jones
" Do not argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience".
|On the way back to the pier, Ko Yao Yai.|
|Beach to ourselves, Ko Yao Yai.|
|Thai iced-coffee ... yum!|
|Leaving Ko Yao Yai.|
|On the way to Ko Phi Phi.|
|Ko Phi Phi.|
|Beer 'n' bee.|
|Leaving Ko Phi Phi.|
|Alex and Deni on Ko Yao Yai.|
|Deni living it up on Ko Phi Phi.|
|More unadulterated bliss, Ko Yao Yai.|
|The beach to ourselves, Ko Yao Yai.|
|Fisherman's boat, Ko Yao Yai.|