Talc Beaches & tattoos and the Shots can't lose!
Trip Start Sep 09, 2007
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Also crappy Krabi saw me try out bacon after being told by everyone that I've been missing out all these years and now it's slowly growing on me.
When we got onto the island there was a annual water festival taking place. The festival lasted 3 days and took over the whole of the main beach with its various activities (sandcastle comps, ice baths, raw seafood eating comps, team sports, rafting, catch a live duck, dancing, pole climbing, palm tree races - dragging each other along! - and loads loads more...). The atmosphere was great and the Malaysians really went for it trying to win a gold medal in every event!
Kate's birthday was indeed a messy one with lots of drinking and a 2 hour conversation about poo was had, where lots of confessions and revelations were drunkly told (don't ask!). We were all obviously being a little too loud as we ended up getting into a row with the Germans next door who told us to keep the noise down after throwing a stone at our door before telling us that WE had no respect (these guys were in their 50's and used some language that Smelly would not approve of!).
A trip on the motorbikes took us to 7 Wells where a hard hike up a steep hill brought us to a spring lake source with natural rock water slides that had baby scorpions in the pools below - the girls went first as the boys were too scared!
On a trip out to the main town, Kuah we decided Tom really needed to go to a proper clinic with real doctors for his disease on his back as some of the 'professionals' in Thailand were nothing more than a glorified shop assistant that just happened to work in a pharmacy. The first doctor we saw took one look at Tom and referred him to a skin specialist! I also spoke to him about my sickness that I've been having (nothing serious don't worry!) and after telling him my symptoms (indigestion, migraine) he told me to eat garlic and not to eat onions! Helpful!
At the 'special clinic for Tom' we went in to see the doctor - he took one look at him and starting getting out his text books and calling for the other doctors to come in and take a look! At one point he had 3 doctors, 3 matrons and the porter all looking at his back and saying 'oh, ooh, aah, we have never seen this before!' and 'you must've got this from Thailand, dirty dirty!' When the doctor finally found out what it was on Tom's back (after looking in 3 different books) he called out the disease with delight to his co-workers around him!
After a few more days on Langkawi we set off for Koh Lipe, Thailand. It was the Thai New Year when we were here and to celebrate the Thai's like to all wear a crazy hat to show that they are on their holidays... they're a wild bunch!
Koh Lipe has the most stunning beaches with sand like talc and water that's so crystal clear its just beautiful.
Our first full day was a little grey and cloudy - was makes a nice change! - and while we were sat eating breakfast in a beach bar we saw 2 tornadoes out at sea. We could see the water being sprayed up at the base of the tornadoes, it was so cool to watch (and we did for about an hour!).
We went exploring the next day - Koh Lipe has a very relaxed & chilled vibe although unfortunately as we found out with all parts of Thailand we've been to, money talks and tourism takes over. It's sad to see this lovely little quiet island being slowly turned into 5-star resorts designed for holiday-makers.
Whilst in Koh Lipe we had one of our best days yet... the day started with an e-mail from Tom's mum telling us we'd won 50 pounds (no pound sign on our keyboard sorry!) on the premium bonds so to celebrate we all went for a beer - before breakfast! As they were going down really well we carried on drinking for the rest of the day and the subject of bamboo tattoos came up, so... yes we all went and had one done, including Kate's friend Adam who only arrived on the Island that morning as the first beer was ordered!
We all piled into the tattoo parlour and practically took over the place - changing their music to 90's reggae - you can't beat a bit of 'tease me, tease me, tease me baby' and 'Mr Loverman, Shabba'! - the beers were then flowing again for us and the tattooist (a little bit of a worry!). Tom went first with a little gecko on his big toe - he made the whole thing look completely painless and easy. After the others had all gone it was my turn, going last (not my choice!) with a star on the sole of my foot. I was quite drunk by now so the pain should have been less... no no no!!
This tattoo was so painful I screamed (and laughed) all the way through it! At one point I was biting down on a toilet roll with 3 people holding me down, Kate gripping my hand/feeding me with Chang and a random Canadian girl rubbing my head and back! Aas the owner obviously found this hilarious (and Tom reckons she fancied me!) I got my tattoo for free! Bonus.
This same night was also one of significance for the Shots and Tom stayed up until the early hours to go to the internet café wearing his shirt, so he could listen to them win the title. Bless the poor internet girl who he woke up at 2.30 then again at 4.30 when he was singing Apache and dancing about!
Another amazing thing about Koh Lipe is the snorkelling where just off the beach I saw a blue tip reef shark which was 4ft long (a little scary!) as well as eels, the biggest stone fish I've ever seen, lots of tiny clown fish, angel, barracuda and an assortment of lots of other tropical fish - it was great!
As the monsoon season starts we are moving on back to Penang , Malaysia with the greatest tandoori ever (well, the best I've tasted - Tom would say Delhi!), on our way to Indonesia (again) to try and find those Orang utans in the wild...