Karon Beach, Phuket
Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
107Trip End Sep 01, 2007
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The next day, Tuesday, we had arranged to go on an overnight trip to Ko Phi Phi (pronounced Ko Pee Pee) so at 7 a.m. on Tues we were picked up by minibus and taken to the ferry for the 2 hour trip there. We overnighted in a lovely bunaglow resort. Lots of shopping available, small shops one after the other, and lots of rebuilding from the tsunami still going on in and all without motorized transport (no scooters or other vehicles)! Loads of cement were carried by big wheelbarrows and they were busy in the evenings when it cooled down. We returned on the 2:30 ferry on Wed. and B&C booked their flight for Thursday to Ko Samui and they left yesterday at 4:30. I recommended Sandy Resort to them, nice bungalows right on the beach at Bo Phut, and it had it's own fresh water pool with shade. They recommended a place, La Villa, they said at Kaipai in Ko Chang so were are crossing paths. Sure was nice to have some company for awhile so now I am back to solo travelling. Last night I wandered around the Temple Festival and saw performances by dancers from Samoa, Hawaii and locals; the latter including some lip syncing and dancing by could be ladyboys - it is hard to tell after you have seen how they look and dance totally femininally (well almost). Last night I booked by travel out of here. I had wanted to take the train from Surat Thani back to Bangkok, then to Ko Chang, but all trains are booked until March 5! so I am on the VIP bus leaving today from Phuket at 6:30 p.m. so at at 4:30, I get picked up by a mini bus to take me there. I arrive in Bangkok at 5 a.m. tomorrow. Not sure if I will travel to Ko Chang right away and then from there to Sihounakville, Cambodia or travel right to Sihounakville, or stay in Bangkok overnight first. I guess it will depend on what logistics this will require.
This a.m. I went to the beach at 9 and went in the water. It was very windy and a huge wave came crashing down, sweeping me and a French guy forward and we hit the bottom and I almost did a summersault under water. It was extremely scary and would have been worse if I had been further out. I was close to the shore as I was trying to keep an eye on my stuff while the waves were crashing on the beach; further and further onto the beach - I was trying to ensure my stuff wasn't swept away or soaked. IT got to be quite exhilerating trying to anticipate when the waves was coming, in order to ride it. But the French guy started talking to me so I wasn't watching so much, but then he said 'watch the wave!' and down we went. He scraped his knee and it was bleeding. I may be stiff tomorrow.
I tried to put pics on this blog today, with my new camera and before I have hundreds on it, and my camera battery is depleted! The internet guy here tried to power it up for awhile but it needs more. I did get all my pics (15 folders) developed so far, in Bangkok. The only ones missing are those on my memory stick that was in my camera and were of Laos so I was lucky I had made disks. I have sent the pics home with Brian (thanks Brian, I owe you) as sending them even by courier I thought would be dicey from here. I have sent the disks to myself, again I wasn't thinking as I should have couriered them from Bangkok but I sent them regular mail so we'll see.