Day 22 – Monday 18 January
- Left Chiang Mai for Bangkok – heading back to organise our visa’s for Cambodia
- woke up at 11am, pretty chilled day before catching an overnight bus
Day 23 – Tuesday 19 January
- Sleep in to recover from lack of sleep on the overnight bus
- Into Bangkok central city to organise Cambodian visa’s with a funny, chunky, gay Thai man in a tight, pink t-shirt.
- Went to the Night Bazaar, had dinner and looked around the markets
- Had an awesome taxi driver who played us songs in English from his laptop and proceeded to sing and dance along with us.
- Toni finally found her Chloe handbag again! Success!! YUS!
Day 24 – Wednesday 20 January
- Visited the Grand Palace and temples – longest, hottest day ever!
- Went shopping at the Night Bazaar again and bought four handbags! Most amazing shopping night.
Grand Palace & Temples in Bangkok
Day 25 – Thursday 21 January
- Our visa’s turned up, we were nervous they wouldn’t
- Toni and I went on a river ride through Bangkok – very heartbreaking to see.
- Mega western fail – ate Burger King for dinner – but seriously, there is only so much Asian food you can stomach before you’re over it!
Day 26 – Friday 22 January
- Took a bus from Bangkok to the Cambodia border. Pretty scary! Already Cambodia looked much poorer.
- Toni got hit on by a little 12 year old (looking, not sure on his age really) Cambodian boy who was pretending to be our bus driver for the second leg of the trip. He was smitten.
- Another bus to Siem Reap. Yes sick of buses.
- Met Savi, who became our awesome chauffeur for a couple of days.
- Hit Pub Street and danced and drank the night away with Nick and Josie. Met the pilot and skinny – Australians. Love triangle. Dear Lord.
Day 27 – Saturday 23 January
- Toni and I ate Cambodian BBQ – snake, crocodile, beef, chicken and squid. All amazingly delicious.
- Toni attracts another Cambodian man, Mr tall and lanky.. hehe
- We watched Ms Tight & Bright strutting up and down the road most of the night. Couldn’t work out if she was a prostitute or a pimp. Cambodian woman in her late 30s, hit on every European man over 30. Haha
- Visited Ankor Thom and Bayon temples during the day. Exhausting, the heat was so intense! But they were stunning to see.
- Watched the sunset from the top of a temple.
Jacques and the Bayon temple
Day 28 – Sunday 24 January
- Had a chill day. Caught up on uploading photos, blogging, emailing etc
- Had a big night out on Pub Street again. Drank a tower of Ankor beer at a bar called Ankor What? with Toni and Jacques.
- Met a crowd of UK, American and Swedish people. Drank buckets of vodka and red bull all night. Home by 4am.
Day 29 – Monday 25 February
- After getting home at 4am, we were woken by Jacques (who hadn’t slept) at 5am to go see sunrise over Ankor Wat. Yeah so not in the mood…
- We all felt like shit, so only managed a half day of temple browsing.
- Back to the hotel by 11am for a nap.
- Jacques and I decided we could handle another night out. Met up with some crazy Australians, one of whom decided it would be a good idea to swallow a whole bottle of chilli sauce, he then swallowed a bottle of milk. Idiot, but funny.
cute Cambodian kiddies that I fell in love with.
Day 30 – Tuesday 26 January
- A chill out day, well needed.
- Took yet another overnight bus to Sihanoukville – my favourite place! Lots of stunning beaches.
- Toni and I complained of being stuck in the back seats of the bus (which didn’t recline – overnight?!!? come on!!), so we got moved. Yus! Sometimes bitching works.
- Met Rhys and Jeff, two crazy guys from Australia – lots of fun.
Day 31 – Wednesday 27 January
- Staying in the Apsaea Guesthouse, the crazy grandma kept talking to us – of course we understood nothing!
- Hit the beach and tanned…
- Ate Cambodian lobster on the beach – YUM
- A huge seafood platter for dinner, with an Australian wine – first glass of wine in 31 DAYS!!!
- Saw the pilot and skinny again, walking down the street, I didn’t recognise them at first so we all just called out feeble hello’s. So lame. But it’s all too tricky, what with the love triangle and all.
beach in Sihanoukville
Wow! Week three has already been and gone… insane!
Day 15 – Mon 11 January
- So finishing off with the Frenchman, I got back to my hotel (from his) at 2pm.
- Of course all my friends were worried about me as I probably should have been home earlier – but I was having fun.
- Ate a horrible garlic chicken meal – WAY too much garlic. I am a fan of garlic, but geeez this made me feel ill!
- Shane & Dale headed to Bangkok
- We all had a much needed early night.
Day 16 – Tues 12 January
- 6.45am awake and driven by a man taxi driver at 140km/hr to the Puket airport.
- Two hour flight to Chiang Mai
- Found a gorgeous little hostel called the Chiang Mai White House – definitely recommend!!
Day 17 – Wed 13 January
- A chilled day of shopping in Chiang Mai – was very disappointed at the lack of awesome stuff to buy. All seemed to be crafts and crap you really don’t need. I want designer bags & sunglasses!!
- Was not feeling well in the afternoon and ended up sleeping all arvo.
Day 18 – Thurs 14 January
- Visited Tiger Kingdom – freakin’ amazing!! Played with some 6 month old cubs and some huge adult ones.
- We got a flat tyre on our tuk tuk on the way home and had to pull over on the big highway in the intense heat.
- Still not feeling 100% well, more rest time.
Day 19 – Fri 15 January
- Baan Thai cooking class – absolutely awesome! we got to take home the recipe books, learnt how to make curry paste and everything from scratch! can’t wait to cook more when I’m home!
chicken and coconut milk soup
- We went out for a few drinks at a local bar, met some South Africans and Americans.
- Decided to head to Spicy Bar, met a cute British boy – Jimmy – ended up going home with him *blush*
Day 20 – Sat 16 January
- A R&R day. It was needed!
- Also a touch of shopping, bought a beautiful gold, silver & “diamond” Rolex *cough* watch that some days gains time and other days loses it… it’s still pretty though!
Day 21 – Sun 17 January
- Went white water rafting
- Elephant riding
- Trekking two hours to a waterfall
- Bamboo rafting
- Another night out on the town, where I met a Canadian guy. Yes went home with him too.
Please note I don’t normally sleep around like this. But it’s a few holiday flings. And now my guy friend Jacques has decided we need to make a game/competition of it. It’s the country challenge. So one point for each new country and half a point for a double up. I am winning 3-0.
It seems to all be flying by now and is tricky to squeeze in blogging time, but here we go…
Day 8 – Mon 4th January
- a complete beach day where I got badly burnt on my lower back (I have now peeled…)
- a spot of street shopping in Ao Nang – I got some Ray Bans for NZ$8!
Day 9 – Tues 15 January
- a day trip to James Bond Island
- visited a floating village
- fed a baby monkey
- was blessed by a Bhuddhist monk
- took a ride on a longtail boat
- cocktails at the reggae bar, saw my friend Toni have an intense Climax (a cocktail you dirty people…)
- ate peanut butter sandwiches for dinner – oh my God they have never tasted so good!!!
the travelling group at James Bond island
Day 10 – Wed 6 January
- a day trip to Phi Phi islands
- snorkelling at Lohsamah Bay and Maya Bay
- visited “the beach” from The Beach – way too many tourists!
- went to Viking cave
- had lunch on Phi Phi Don
- went swimming at Bamboo Island
"the beach", looking out
Day 11 – Thurs 4 January
- a 7am ferry to Phuket
- made some new friends; Matt and Jenny (Australian) – took a taxi with them to their amazingly flash hotel, couldn’t afford to stay there so moved on to the Little Bhudda Guesthouse
- Shane and Dale visited from Kata for dinner
- Went to the Aussie Bar to catch up with Matt and Jenny, made another set of new friends; Dave and Bonnie (also Australian)
- headed out clubbing at the Banana Club – clubbing in Phuket is awesome!
- my friend Jacques got hit on by Matt all night… hehehe
at the Aussie bar with Matt & Jenny
Day 12 – Fri 8 January
- spent a day on Patong beach, hounded constantly to pay 100B for a chair and umbrella – kept refusing
- came to the conclusion that Phuket is way too touristy!
- Went to the Fanta Sea show – amazing! It was like Disneyland!
- sadly Patong beach isn’t as blue or clear as Koh Phangan
Day 13 – Sat 9 January
- Treated myself to a NZ$7 pedicure
- lay on the beach
- Headed out to the Aussie Bar for some more socialising – bumped into my New Years kiss man. Dear Lord. Didn’t really talk. haha
- Held an iguana, Jacques held a massive one!
- Home by 3.30am
Day 14 – Sun 10 January
- Scored a free umbrella at the beach
- Ping Pong show – verrrrry interesting! haha
- Went to a Foam Party, my first ever – it was brilliant fun!
- Went home with a Frenchman, a chef from Paris. First fling of the holiday, very hot.
I know!! How ridiculously slack have I been?! It’s just been so busy and there really hasn’t been time to blog (I mean drinking cocktails, snorkelling and swimming and tanning at the beach totally beat writing a blog entry). So I have come to the conclusion that writing an entry a week in bullet form with a photo of the day (taken from facebook, so sadly not amazing quality) is the best idea. Here we go; week one…
Day 1 – Mon 28th Dec:
- we were supposed to leave Auckland, NZ at 5am but ended up getting delayed to 10am – not a great start
- in-flight entertainment didn’t work – thanks Royal Brunei!
- funny moment of the day – Toni, wearing her tights and a singlet, got asked by one of the cabin crew if she was a marathon runner – hehe!
- 10 hour flight to Brunei, then a 3 hour flight to Bangkok. arrived safe and sound, but exhausted and ready to pass out in the heat.
- Toni and I failed when we didn’t fill in the arriving AND departing slip… back of the line… grr!
- when we asked about visa’s for Thailand a cute chorus of older Thai officials asked “American?” “No, New Zealand” we replied. “No visa, no visa!” they exclaimed very excitedly, waving their hands at the same time.
Day 2 – Tues 29th Dec
- False start at 11pm! We got to bed at 9pm, were woken at 11pm by Toni’s alarm which should have been for 5am, but she’d forgotten to change from NZ to Thailand time. My god. we were all up, showered and ready to go… back to bed…
- shared a NZ$1 phad thai at 5.30am on the street (Kohsan Rd) with the leftover prostitutes, homeless and street cleaners. Bangkok is insane!
- looking out the window on the bus driving down the highway – see a body under a sheet and blood & guts sprayed everywhere.
- after 9 hours on the bus we get a quick ferry trip to the island of Koh Phangan, our New Years spot.
- a plunge in the pool, cocktails poolside, dinner at the local food market.
Phad Thai at 5.30am on Kohsan Rd
Day 3 – Wed 30th Dec
- exhausted from all the non-stop travel, so spend a day by the pool and at the beach of our resort. B52 Beach Resort. stunning!
- met a couple of cute UK boys at our resort.
- had an amazing Mexican dinner – Tequila lime shrimp – delicious & hot!!
- headed to Shane & Dale’s resort for cocktails served in fruit.
Day 4 – Thurs 31st Dec – NEW YEARS EVE!
- had a chill day at the beach with a bit of shopping and hit up the food market again in preparation of the big party
- New Years Eve at Haadrin beach – Full Moon Party – over 50,000 people!!! AMAZING!
- had my New Years kiss with a hot farmer from Canberra, Australia
- in bed by 5.30am
New Years at Haadrin beach
Day 5 – Fri 1st January
woke up around midday, kept it very relaxed – swimming at the beach
bumped into the UK guys again, one decided to sing to me… (I’m actually sad we lost contact with them, they were good fun and the singing one was cute!)
Day 6 – Sat 2nd January
- headed up north on motorbikes to check out other parts of the island; Koh Ma, Ao Chaloklum, Ao Haad Salad.
- very hot day, did a bit of snorkelling at Haad Salad beach, not many fish & very cloudy water unfortunately – had been stormy.
- Thai Green Prawn curry for dinner, yummy!
Haad Salad beach - stunning!
Day 7 – Sun 3rd January
- early start again, 6am – leaving the island of Koh Phangan, back to the mainland.
- ferry ride to Don Sak, then a bus to the middle of nowhere – we felt like refugees, on the bus, off the bus, all under a shelter waiting…
- on another bus headed to Krabi, then taxi to our new destination of Ao Nang.
Ao Nang beach, with the longtail boats
And that’s week one. We are all finding our footing much more now, so much more climatised as well. I will upload all the photos to flickr when I get home, but for now they’re just on facebook.
It’s now day 10 and we are headed to Phuket! woohooo! I will update with another week post in a few days!