Golden Gloves

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 08, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Koh phi phi is a small island off the west coast of Thailand's mainland. There are no roads, just pathways so no motorized vehicles, which is nice.  The locals push around carts and instead of horns the shout beep beep beep and it is super funny. Some people rent bicycles but it is completely unnecessary because it takes 15 minutes to walk across the entire island.  At night the beach turns into a crazy line of clubs.  There is really no place to just chill and have a beer without a wild party.  It’s great but gets exhausting. There is a bar in the town that has live boxing.  Basically tourists beat the shit out of each other for a free bucket of booze.  The chick fights are the best, some are hilarious and some a bit vicious... haha so good.  It was on my bucket list to box in Phi Phi so I needed to feel not sick for a day so I could do it.

When we got to the island, we got off the boat and got to an internet cafe to decide where to stay.  We had a couple messages from friends saying to stay at P P Casita so we checked it out.  It was a bit pricey but really nice and in a great location.  I had flu like symptoms as we arrived on Phi Phi so I just bummed around for a couple days which is much better with a nice hotel. We hit up the fights every night before the beach bars bar but i was too sick to fight.  I felt a bit better day 3 so we found this amazing gym at Banyon hotel so the kids decided to do something positive for their bodies for a change.  I did an intense 2 hour workout because I hadn’t been to a gym in 3 weeks.  It is tough to work out regularly while traveling.  After the gym we heard about a viewpoint on the top of a mountain so we climbed up to check it out.  Went back to the hotel a bit drained, regrouped and had some grub then headed to the fights for some pre drinking with a big group we had amassed over the past few days.

Two buckets in and I decided tired or not it was time to cross boxing off the bucket list.  They put me up against a French guy who was about my size.  He said he boxed back in France a bit but I figured that if i was going to tilt someone with experience French is probably my best option lol.  I had seen some pretty tough guys get mangled by people with obvious experience and was hoping I wasn’t going to have the same fate.  We decided to only box and not kick at all because kicking is stupid.  With swifty in my corner videotaping and giving me such good advice ..... hahaha.... how could this go wrong.  I was so tired from my day at the gym and the mountain I could barely lift my arms. After a couple cracks to the head adrenaline kicked in and I was tired but had a second wind. I will eventually put the fights on facebook when I have a good enough connection. The summary is the ref called it a draw but told me after that I lost round one and won the next two.  It was a clean fight and I am glad I did it. Afterwards you feel like a celebrity and it is pretty funny.  It was packed in there that night and probably had 3 or so hundred people watching.  Too funny. 

That night the food poisoning kicked in and the next day I couldn’t leave my room to get to the hospital.  Cory brought me some meds to stabilize me enough to get to a doc.  The next day I got up and went to the hospital.  They ran some tests and kept me there on IV for two nights.  I told Cory to head to Chiang Mai without me because I didn’t know how long I would be held up and might just have to meet him in Singapore before Bali.  I ended up feeling better in time to go to Chiang Mai so I hopped on a boat to Phuket then flew to Chiang Mai.  I would definitely go back to Phi Phi some day. 
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