Cancun OR Muay Thai Boxing!!!!!

Trip Start Jul 29, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

We picked up Rachel on the 4th from the airport and took the overnight bus down south to Surat Thani, picked up and dropped off a few more people before heading down to Krabi province, and then a ferry to Ko Phi Phi. This place absolutely looks like a postcard with striking limestone cliffs and turquoise water. The island is absolutely beautiful. There are no cars on the island, its really not that big. Also there is a large Muslim population in the South of Thailand so it was really sureal to hear the call to prayer while looking a gorgeous ocean. Internet was super expensive, like 2 baht a minute. I know! ouch. So I waited to get back to Bangkok to fill this in. Sorry Opa it's been a couple days. :-)  YOu really can't tell that a tsunami had ever been here, except for a few buildings that still looked demolished. It was really amazing to see all of the construction as well because there isn't any equipment to dig etc. So a barge beaches itself on the beach and a whole lot of people carry off all of the bricks/ building supplies by hand.

Muay Thai Kick Boxing
Ok, so I was expecting a gorgeous island paradise, and it is, except that the atmospere is slightly reminiscent of Cancun. And I do feel like I am referencing the mexican party spots quite a bit but .. . we went to the "Reggae bar" that doesn't play reggae. Instead they have a boxing ring where any tourist can fight another for a free bucket. Bucket meaning a can of coke, a fifth of rum, whisky, or vodka, (none of the booze was very good and none of it had I ever seen before) and a Thai red bull all poured into a sand pail with a couple straws. It just really looks like a bar brawl with white tourists. Not many Americans though, mostly English, couple French . .. anyway The BOXING!
So one night they actually had 7 muay thai boxing matches. They have a training camp on one side of the island where one can train. So back to the matches. I am not really a boxing kind of gal, I don't want to see anyone get really hurt etc. but this was absolutely breathtaking. Here I am sitting with my two good friends sipping our two for one buckets, in the Reggae bar. There were 7 matches, each by weight, with alot of ceremony involved. The boxers take on the last name of their training camp and each has their own type of dance they perform before the match. And then the match starts, and the thai oboe music gets louder and people are getting kicked in the head, elbowed in the face, but it was really amazing. We had ringside seats so I'm pretty sure the sweat from the punches was going into our two for one buckets which is pretty gross but I thought it was cool at the time. I really thought I wouldn't like the muay thai kickboxing but I absolutely loved it. You could really see how much skill and time goes into the training, AND a couple people people got knocked out. See? I really don't like that stuff but for some reason this was amazing.

Fire Dancing
At night there at the bars on the beach they have "fire shows" which is a person spinning around a flaming stick to music. "Fire Dancing" THis really needs a picture. I don't know how these people don't catch on fire after dousing a stick or two flaming poi on a rope in kerosene and then rythmically fling it around themselves with catching something. I wanted to get some poi to flame around in the back yard but I came back to reality that I'd probably light myself/ or apt on fire and would never look as cool anyway. But if you bought a flaming poi, you get a free half hour fire dancing lesson. maybe next time.
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