Thai massage.....not what I expected.

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hello friends,
   We are currently enjoying life in Thailand! We have been island hopping off the west and east coast of Thailand for 3 weeks now. It was hard to say goodbye to our friends and drinkable tap water in South Africa. Our trip to Thailand started out with a bang, well actually two. Our friend Boyd generously offered to give us a ride to the airport to see us off. Although on the way we incurred some unexpected delays. We hit a huge pothole on the freeway next to a township ( the ghetto) and blew out both passenger side tires! We got out of the car to access the damage and change one of the flats when it began to rain. lol South Africa obviously did not want us to leave. On the way to Thailand we had a layover in the Dubai Airport, by far the most impressive airport we have ever seen, needless to say the city has ALOT of money!
    We arrived in Bangkok which is a huge city with a blur of activity, people, lights, taxis and huge gaudy temples called "wats". By far the most travelers that we have seen on the whole trip, it is a mecca of tourism. We stayed in a hostel near Khao San, which is a pedestrian street filled with bars, food stands, and selling everything that fell off the back of a truck. As soon as we stepped out of the cab we were offered tickets to the ping pong show, but we were way too exhausted for a "game" so we went to our room and crashed. We spent the next day exploring the Grand Palace and the temple of the emerald Buddha. The ridiculous gaudiness of the place is a must see. Bangkok was intense and we were eager to get to the islands, plus we had to make it to Ko Pangnan to meet my girlfriends for the New Years Eve full moon party.So they packed us on  buses with 100's of other travelers headed for the islands. After several middle of the night stops and bus changes we arrived at the ferry dock at 4 AM. We boarded the run down ferry, that I doubt was intended for passenger travel. We sat down as they began to pass out barf bags. We were prepared and drugged ourselves before the journey, but nothing could have prepared us for the fury of the sea and the tossing of the boat, the Dramamine was no match for the rocking. We spent the trip getting soaked up on deck putting the bags to good use. After 3.5 hours we arrived one island short of our destination on Ko Tao and decided to get off the hell that was the ferry ride! Which ended up being a great decision because Ko Tao was worth the stop. After finding a room at Mr. Miyagi's house where you got a free gift for every day you stayed there, first day banana, second day chocolate, third day Pepsi......seriously. lol We rented a moped and explored the island, Teddy didn't want to give it The island was beautiful but we still had to make it to Ko Pangnan, so back on the ferry. But this time we upgraded to the super fast catamaran, well worth the additional .50 cents.
      WOW, that is the only descriptive word that encompasses ko pangnans party scene. We are too old for this @#$&! When we arrived at 4 PM the island was partying and when we woke up from the music at 7 AM the island was partying. We found my girlfriend Lindsay and 2 of her friends, they had arrived 2 days earlier from the states and hadn't slept yet. lol After sitting and staring at the chaos we decided to join in. The next day was the New Years Eve party, where there were 20,000 people on a 1 mile strip of beach. There was at least 100 thai bucket stands (sand bucket filled with Vodka and Red Bull), body paint, 3 story tall speaker walls everywhere, with people climbing on top of them to dance. Everything was lit on fire, the countdown sign, jump rope, limbo, flame throwers and fire works exploding in the sky and in the middle of the crowds, all with the back drop of booming house music. HAPPY NEW YEAR! We left on the first ferry out the next morning, where we had to walk through crowds of people still partying to board the boat. lol
      Ko Samui was next, which is a huge island with a Cancun feel. The streets were bustling and lined with beach front resorts. We stayed at Chewang Beach, which the guide book told us got surf, unfortunately for Teddy it was only enough to do some minor body surfing. We also found our new favorite breakfast, mangos and sticky rice and haven't stopped eating it since. After lounging on the white sand beaches we hopped on yet another moped (yeah for Teddy) and went to feed the Elephants! It was super fun to feed them, a mommy and baby, we petted there trunks and it was the creepiest thing we had ever felt. They were very excited about the fruit treats.
     Thailand is known for its massages, and every 3 feet there is someone offering you a massage and they are cheap. So I decide to get a beach side thai massage and relax, well thai massage is very different than any massage I have ever received. It was preformed by the largest thai woman I have ever seen and was a combination of acupressure and forced yoga positions, at one time her entire body was balanced on top of mine. I left confused and 2 inches taller. lol
    A ferry and bus ride later we arrived in Krabi and headed to Ao Nang beach, where we are currently. It is a chill little beach town full of tourism, and we hate to admit it but we have enjoyed both Starbucks and Subway. We took a longtail boat ride ( water leaking in through the hull, with a lawn mower engine on the back) over to another secluded beach called Ralay which has incredible white sand and limestone cliffs surrounding it.  Hands down the most beautiful place we have seen! Tomorrow we board another ferry to Phi Phi Island.

Bon Voyage,
Brooklyn and Teddy
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