Well now that my time in Thailand is wrapping up, I guess I'll tell you all about it.
The first couple of days in thailand were spent in Bangkok at the Royal River Hotel. Not bad for a decent hotel really. Nice view of the River of Kings that runs through the city. My room, the room of the devil as it were (#666), was pretty comfortable. Granted it lacked the wireless internet they promised so that was a bust and a half. Aside from that not much happened in Bangkok, I was hoping for the guy in the airport to greet us with a "Wercome to Bangkok" followed by a swift slap to the groin. We planned out the rest of our trip, then waited to begin the adventure.
The first "real" vacationing took place on the island of Phuket. Towards the south of the country, it supposedly boasts some of the best touristy things to do there. Upon my arrival I rented a personal scooter so I never had to be bothered by the millions of taxi drivers that are out competing for your business. This is where I got my first real taste of the country. Being 2 men travelling Thailand is difficult business. First, finding things to do and second, fighting off the locals. The culture here is interesting but can get bloody annoying. You're being pounded by calls of "Harro, wercome!!!!!!!" from every direction, being beckoned to buy all the fake merch that could be piled to the moon and back. On top of that you have, meal eating places, tailors, massage parlours and the ever famous lady-boys all battling it out for your money. Interesting note, the lady-boys are much easier to point out than people give them credit for, however it's sad when you see some poor soul drinking at a bar with one, absolutely clueless of what he'll be getting into later. Anyways, scooting around the island checking out the elephants, beaches, jungles and the such was pretty awesome, every island is a mountain in it's own right, pretty much jetting out of the water 20 meters up, even if it is only 30 meters around. The food, pretty good, just don't buy street meat, it can't be trusted. Everything is rediculous cheap, but don't let that fool you, it's probably not real either. That being said haggle for everything, even if it IS only 100 baht or $3. 100 baht can usually buy you a full meal, so anything that looks cheap but is costing 200 baht is clearly the merchant trying to screw you out of cash. Checked out some Muay Thai Kickboxing fights, tres cool. Everything from 5 year olds fighting for 6000 baht ($170cdn) to adults fighting for 40,000 baht. Pretty rough stuff too, some pretty good fighters.
Phi Phi Island
This was a little side visit during Phuket, a day trip really. Phi Phi is a small island used for boat tours and such. Great place for snorkeling, swimming and monkies. The snorkeling was super awesome, feeding fish bread and having them swarm you. It was a little short though, only lasting half an hour, since by this point we'd had maybe 3-4 hours of good weather all week. The best part of the trip however was Monkey Beach, and before you ask what Monkey Beach is, it's exactly what the name says.... A beach, with monkies. Best part of the vacation, feeding monkies, flexing my muscles on the beach, getting sunburns, it was great. By the end of the day we ended up on this "fun" island for swimming and games, but the swimming was a bust as the entire beach was covered in coral for about 40 meters into the water. Cut feet and some girl getting "bit" by a sea urchin later we beetled on out and went home.
Decent little island I'd say. Only spent 3 days here (one of which on my birthday, oct 9th). Went there for the "New Moon Party" which happens, you guessed it, every new moon. Basically it's a giant beach party with everyone selling "buckets" of booze, mickeys of vodka and redbull going for 300 baht or $8cdn. Pretty sweet deal I'd say. Anyway, the hotel there was junk, ant infested, nothing to do. Only thing making up for it was about $90 of the guests there were english speaking, so we had people to talk to. Nothing fun happened here after the first party night, except for me being attacked by a rather large poisonous spider. Scared shitless I'll admit, I ran from it. You would too though, if you had this giant fuck-off spider sitting 3 feet from you looking like your foot is a good meal. Jerk........
Bit better of a stay here I guess. Resort was nice, more to do what with the large amount of bars in one area not too far. not much to say about here either though, lots of drinking. Laughing at an american about to get his ass kicked by a rather large group of British men in a pub. Poor bastard would shut up and kept digging a deeper hole, then didn't have enough money to pay for the booze he drank. So John to the rescue paid the last bit of the tab, embarassed the american, made a bunch of friends with the older british gents including the pub owner. For the rest of the night we were free of listening to the americans political views, talking football (For Bryan, an Arsenal, Man U and Liverpool fan all drinking together, picture that) and the booze flowed freely all night. Probably the best night all vacation. I also finally purcahsed a nice suit, found a good guy, checked his work and had it done up, must say it looks nice. Only cost me $180 to boot, good luck finding that in Canada.
Now to Bangkok for the final two days of "fun in the rain". Then back to the A-stan, which will be good for me believe it or not. Been getting super homesick lately, now that I've had time to think about it. Hopefully getting back to the daily routine, steady food and regular sleep will get my mind off home for a while. 3 months should go by pretty quick, then I'll be home and not getting out from under my blanket for 3 weeks adjusting to the cold. Immediately proceeded by epic levels of fun and excitement.
Going to sign off for a bit again, who knows I finally have internet in my room so you may see me on sometime in the next 24 hours. If not I'll be around alot more when I get back to the fight. Thanks for listening kids.