Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
11Trip End Feb 26, 2008
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We are still on our paradise island, and since its so small, we already have our regular favorites...we still think our restaurant is one of the best, and it still has the best Pad Thai noodles. We found a place in the "village" in town, the real only town here, a small strip of about 10 shacks and restaurants in the middle of the island where all the backpackers go to buy necessities like shampoo, water, hammocks, and it has great local , cheap food. The place we found for great breakfast is the pancake lady, Maureen calls it " Thai-Hop" it has about 30 different types of pancakes, did you even know that someone could even come up with 30 varieties? They even have an expresso machine, yes, on the middle of an island in the middle of nowhere
Our days have been so relaxing, with morning walks and afternoons on the beach. Last night we went out for a seafood barbecue which is really popular on all the Thailand Islands, every restaurant displaying there daily catches in front in a boat display usually with the fish surrounded in ice, you just walk up and pick out what you want and they grill it right there for you. That night Maureen and I had these HUGE tiger prawns, we got so many it was quite ridiculous, and they were amazing, marinated in this yummy curry sauce, they didn't even bring us any silverware, so we just used our hands and a roll of toilet paper( that is what is always used for napkins, since they don't use it for what we do...more on that in a minute...) that was supplied to clean up with.
So on to the toilet paper, they just don't use it here...you are hard pressed to find a actual toilet in most rural places...its just usually a squatter style toilet, easy for men, a little challenging for women, and they have spray hoses to , well do the cleaning up, I guess you could say, so you always have to have some tissue with you when you are out and about, because it just isn't used here, so they have plenty for using for napkins for messy, delicious shrimp eating.
Tonight was a full moon, and Thailand is famous for Full Moon Parties...so we had to go down to the beach and check it out. Maureen and I are not the partying type, our big night out would be a couple tiger beers( like two) on a beach mat at a quiet place listening to a little Jack Johnson, so when we found out that the Full Moon Parties don't really start till about 11-12 pm, and go until about 6 am...we decided that just saying we were there on the island when there was one, was good enough.