Lazy Days in SEA
Trip Start Jun 19, 2005
17Trip End Jun 19, 2006
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Not that we haven't occasionally strayed from nothing - we jogged (ok, fell gradually forward) along the white sands to and from our daily yoga class in Kho Lanta, and devoted many an hour to the masochistic maneuvers that the locals here call Thai massage. We swam with mantas again, this time in the Andaman Sea, and H managed to complete both dives without incident. She did however narrowly miss what would have been a dramatic collision with our bungalow owner's front door when she took her first and last stab at driving our rented motorbike
On X-mas Eve we paddled a sea kayak around the magnificent limestone rock formations of Hat Ton Sei, setting anchor occasionally to snorkel in the crystal clear water and landing on a near-by beach to help ourselves to deli sandwiches, fresh fruit and cold beers. The locals put on quite a show for the holidays, with lights on every palm tree, Bing Crosby and Jonny Mathis serenading our walks along the beach, and Christmas Eve curry served by Santa himself.
We hopped a train on Christmas night to head back for Bangkok, and the pain of leaving the beach was attenuated by a short but very sweet visit with our good friends Dan and Rachel who were honeymooning in Thailand. We bid The Smiths adieu and jumped back on the train, headed north this time, to Chiang Mai, a beautiful riverside city with flower-covered bridges, illuminated at night by countless white lights. We endured our longest separation to date when H took an all-day Thai cooking class and left Mike to get some work done on the course he'll be teaching in a few months
Having recovered from our Y2K6 blowout, and (oops) overstayed our visa six days to squeeze in a few more precious moments in paradise, we are heading South to BKK and onward to Penang, Malaysia, where a little less nothing might result in a little more something for the next Pod entry. Here's to a healthy and happy 2006!