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Last week of work

Managing finances and planning the next month in the UK

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So Where am I at?

Around the end of 2010, I began to get a bit fed up of the 9-5 (more like 8-6!) routine and decided I wanted to get away for a while, and when I mean a while,I mean a long time.

Don't get me wrong, I have been in a very fortunate position; Straight out of University I found a job working as a consultant in London for over 2 years, I successfully managed to work my way up to a promotion and worked on projects at RBS, ING, UBS, Gist Logistics and Gerber Juice to name but a few. I have been living in a shared accommodation house next to the Thames in Canada water, being able to cycle into work each day. I have a fantastic supportive girlfriend who is such a laugh to be with, I’m extremely close with my family and have a wide range of close friends.

But something hasn’t been right – and I can’t explain what that is, but I feel like something has been missing inside me and think that is the main drive for me to go travelling.

So, I handed in my resignation at work last week – which went well and will hopefully have the opportunity to return to the company once my travels are complete. So I now have only 4 days left at work, and then I’m officially unemployed! I’ll then have 2-3 weeks in London organising my stuff back at the house and enjoying London while I still can.
I’ll then be moving back in with the parents for a week or two, see some friends in the area and then setting off to Bangkok.

I have a few ideas going round in my head at the moment of what I want to do and the Thailand Lonely Planet guide and the How to Work Your Way Around the World books are helping me out. First plan is to spend some time in Bangkok, then work my way up to Chang Mai to do some mountain biking (possibility of some work in this area) and then head south for the beaches (possibility of some diving).
I’ve sorted myself out with a Working Visa for Australia so will probably head down under after I’m spent with Thailand.

As you can see I’m trying to be open minded about the whole experience so these are just idea’s floating around in my head.
I’m feeling very excited about it all – a little apprehensive, but just ready to get going!

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First Week at Home with Parents

Leaving London - Packing essentials

Wow, so over a month has passed since my last post. I have spent the last few weeks at my house in London, having friends visit and seeing some of the sights which I had never got round to. This included a bus tour, a Titanic exhibition at the o2, visiting Tate Modern to see the most expensive painting ever (Picasso “Nude, Green and Bust” £65.5 million, not to my taste!), spending time with my dear friends helping them with their garden and an amazing house party for leaving London.

Sadly, Larna and I have split, feeling that now was the right time to go our separate ways.

Now I have had 5 days living back with the parents, which hasn’t been as bad as anticipated! Even had a dinner party with the vicar!!! It’s really nice to spend time back here in Lee-on-Solent before I leave for a while, helping round the house and sorting my plans out.

I seem to have made all the major purchases I have been recommended for travelling these include the following;

Backpack – Quechua Forclaz 70ltr (from Decathlon), I was recommended to get a cheap backpack (otherwise you can easily be targeted as a backpacker with money) and one which has zips right to the bottom of the bag so you can put it down and open like a suitcase. It’s not waterproof – but don’t see that as too much of an issue (famous last words).
Camera – Sony DSC-TX5 compact camera which is unbelievably waterproof up to 3 metres! Have been using it quite a bit so far and it’s so easy to use, especially the sweep panorama feature.
Mobile Phone – Nokia 1616. I cannot believe I managed to buy a mobile which was only £6.50 and has a battery life of 22.5 days! It’s real back to basics from my iPhone4, but is pretty sturdy and even doubles up as a torch.
Travel speaker – X-Mini 2, fantastic little rechargeable speaker, for only £12 the sound quality is amazing.
Towel – Travel Essentials giant towel. Nice big towel which wraps up into a tiny bag.
Sleeping Bag Liner – Eurohike Silk Rectangular liner. Recommended for the odd hostel I may come across and not particular want to use their sheets. Can also be used in hot temperatures as a sleeping bag.
Pen Knife – Victorinox Swiss Huntsman. Has everything I’m ever likely to need from a wood saw to a bottle opener.
Padlocks – Pacsafe Retractable padlock, 1x Small padlock, 1x big Yale padlock. My old housemate James recommended a retractable padlock so that you can easily lock your bag to yourself for falling asleep on a train – other padlocks for locking lockers/small backpack. A family friend had recommended a wire mesh lock sack (which you place your backpack in), however I’m not taking anything stupidly expensive – so for the cost didn’t think it was worth it. Also I have the opinion that if someone wants to nick something – they’re going to and won’t be too surprised if it happens to me.
Travel washbag – kindly bought by Larna, small shampoo’s etc to get me started.

I’m pretty happy with everything I’ve accumulated – just need to find a good small backpack which I can easily fold up to put in my main backpack. I’m going to take hardly any clothes – travel as light as possible (easier said than done), but from what I’ve heard it’s the best way – carrying the backpack will be the most annoying thing in the world, so might as well make it light!

So next is to plan the first hostel/hotel in Bangkok, had plenty of suggestions so need to do a bit more research and book it up. Counting down the days – 19 left before I get on my flight! It’s all becoming very real now.

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Goodbye Hello

First couple of days travelling - in Bangkok

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Boom!

So, on Wednesday Mum and Dad kindly drove me to Heathrow terminal South, no no, I mean terminal 4. But I actually needed terminal 3, so had a quick beer with the folks then hopped on the express train over to terminal 3. When I checked in, I thought I might as well ask to see if there was an upgrade available - unfortunately there wasn't so the air hostess continued to check me in, then told me it was my lucky day and that I had a seat in business class - BOOM! Happy days!

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I then had a good couple of hours to burn before going to be gate, so I headed to the pub and had a couple of beers. First scam I fell for - sat on a table with some girl from Aberystwth who was off to Australia to see her brother. She seemed pretty sound and had done some travelling herself before so gave me a few hints and tips about what to do and what not to do. Anyway, I ordered another beer, and with that she ordered one as well, we watched a bit of the Man U Chelsea game and then she had to head off to her gate. She left me a few quid for her beer and then skedaddled off. It wasn't until I asked for the bill I found out that she had had quite a few beer's before I'd sat down! Poor waitress had to pick the bill up because there was no chance I was going to pay - cheeky b**ch!

So, couple of movies and some sleep later I was in Bangkok. Got a cab over to my hotel where I was demanded to pay for the 18nights I'm here for straight away - I didn't have the full amount on me, but there was no chance they were going to show me a room without paying. So had to go find an ATM and withdraw the money there and then. Also asked if it was possibly to cut my stay short - again, no chance. So I'm stuck here for all 18nights - which isn't too bad, the hotel is lush, with a pool on the roof so can always just chill out and read a book if I get bored with Bangkok.

Went out the first night and had some wonderful Thai food and met a couple of guys who have been travelling for a while now which was good, had quite a few beers and some how ended up back in my hotel.

Got up next day and took a wonder, Second scam I fell for - went on a little walk and this Thai guy started talking to me - he was very friendly, explaining his son went to the University and he was waiting for him to finish Uni. For some reason, and so stupid as well because I knew not to trust people like this (it even tells me not to in my guide book!), but I walked with him for a long time. Ending up at a number of different travel centers where they told me exactly what to do with my next 30 days. Literally “day 1 you do this, day 2 you travel here, day 3 you go hike ….” I sat there enjoying the air con and eventually managed to get the guy to shut up and I left. My new little mate had waited outside for me, so we walked a bit more – to the next tourist center! Same thing again “…day 1 you go here, day 2 you see this ….” stupidly I started actually listening and decided it would be a great idea to do one of these trips for 10 days up to Chaing Mai. It was going to cost 15,000THB (about 300 pounds) – what a bargain, unfortunately (fortunately) I didn’t have that money on me so paid 1,000THB as a deposit and would return later with all the money. Thankfully I came to my senses about 3 hours later that I might as well enjoy the place I had already spent money on, rather than heading north straight away. Thank god I don’t walk around with 15,000THB in my pocket.

Got round to doing loads yesterday – got up early and headed to Wat Phra Kaew (main temple) and the Grand Palace, remembered to wear trousers (new combats which mum altered for me – amazing work!!). Even on my way over to the temple I had fended off another “little mate” and got heckled at “Temple is closed” and “Temple is that way” (pointing the wrong way).
Wat Phra Kaew is like nothing I’ve ever seen before – so much detail and gold everywhere in such a small area, really is beautiful! The main temple itself is pretty boring inside – just like a school hall but all decorated up with a paintings etc and the Buddha at the far end. When reading about it before I went in, I was expecting some huge Buddha which I’d be amazed at – actually it’s a tiny little thing no taller than a metre. I sat inside for a bit and wondered why they’d spent so much on building all these little buildings and then skimped out on the Buddha. Must have been ripped off.

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One of the many temples inside Wat Phra Kaew: DSC00254.jpg

Me outside the Grand Palace: DSC00260.jpg

Then I walked down to a market and took a river boat all the way down to the Skytrain, which I caught to get me to Lumphini Park. Very much like central Park in New York (so the guide book says), it’s a huge park plonked in the middle of the city. Really beautiful, with a big lake housing tortoise, massive fish and bloody lizards!

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Lizard just chilling it in central Bangkok Lumphini Park: DSC00268.jpg

After a little while I jumped back on the Skytrain to Siam Centre where all the shopping malls are – wow they’re crazy! Huge malls with everything you can possibly imagine. I walked around some more and ended up in a bar called “Go-Sit” next to the university – it was recommended by the Lonely Planet guide and I’m so glad I went in. It was half full of Thai students which, was really cool. I sat there and had a couple of jugs of beer when a 2 piece band got on stage – guy on piano and this lady singing. Well good!

Jumped in a cab back over to Khao San Road and went to a bar for a drink after a full day. Ended up chatting to a few people while watching the ManU Fulham game. Went to a couple more bars and met some other people, including one of the guys I met on the first night. Had a good laugh and ended up getting a cab to a club which was awesome! Amazing music and people inside, left when it started getting a bit quiet – and it was light outside, looked at my watch and it was 7am! No idea where the time went. So got a cab back to my hotel and passed out. So today all I’ve pretty much done is lay next to the pool on the roof which has been nice – did head over to China Town in a TukTuk for dinner; had a white snapper which was the best fish I’ve ever had!

Me in the back of a TukTuk: DSC00288.jpg

My amazing White Snapper at China Town: DSC00291.jpg

Thai massage tomorrow I’m thinking. Happy days :D

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Bangkok Sights and Sounds

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Zoop!

So, Been a couple of weeks in Bangkok now and it’s been a mixture of meeting people, seeing more sights and enjoying Songkran!
I visited Wat Pho – where the reclining Buddha is. It’s absolutely massive (46m long and 15m high) but they stupidly keep it in this hall which is only just big enough for it – not to mention the fact that there are 4 foot wide pillars every 2 meters or so, so you can only take in the huge size of the thing from either end. Pretty amazing though anyway, especially the Mother of pearl decorations on the Buddha’s feet.

See how stupid the pillars are?:
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The Mother of Pearl feet:
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Wat Pho also houses Thailands earliest centre for public education – including Thai massage. So I visited their air conditioned school round the corner for a massage. Only 340Baht (about 7pounds) for 1 hour, I was led through to a room to change – the masseuse tugged on my shorts and gave me a cloth and pointed to a changing room. So stripped right down to my boxers and put these little cloth shorts on and went out. It wasn’t until I got led in to this long narrow room with lots of beds lined against the wall that I realised maybe I was only supposed to take my shorts off, as every other person getting a massage still had their shirts on! Anyway, got twisted and pushed in every direction possible (and impossible) – it was different to any massage I’ve ever had before in the sense the masseuse was just pushing down on certain points of my body, sometimes up to 2 minutes long! Felt completely relaxed afterwards.

Also took a trip to Wat Arun, just across the river from Wat Pho – a striking site next to the river. It is very tall and you can climb up it (if you’re not scared of heights) with wonderful views of Bangkok. The detail which goes in to these national treasures is remarkable – even high up above the areas you’re allowed to climb you can see elephant heads protruding out, decorated with broken Chinese porcelain.

Wat Arun, taken from the river crossing ferry:
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View from Wat Arun:
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I visited the Pak Khlong Market in the evening, as recommended by the Lonely Planet guide, which is a huge flower market. “Don’t know why you want to come here” explained my TukTuk driver as he dropped me off “All Thai’s tonight, no tourists”. But that was just what I was looking for, and I wasn’t disappointed. Went into a 7Eleven and grabbed a bottle of Chang and walked up and down the streets, and into the warehouse where they have all the flowers delivered, then runners deliver these out to all the stalls on the streets. All the Thai’s are working hard at arranging flowers – but not like in the UK – creating wreaths and hanging flowers all different patterns and colours. Only spent half an hour or so walking around, but it was great (Simon – you would of loved it with your camera).

This photo really doesn't capture anything from Pak Khlong, the colours were crazy and so cheap (about 1pound for about 30-40 roses):
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Monday evening came Songkran – Thai New Year celebrations. Which consist of massive water fights (to represent washing off your bad experiences in the year before) all day and all night. For five solid days. First two days were awesome, I went and bought a “Super Shooter” (Super Soaker rip off) which was very powerful and got out on the streets of Bangkok. I was very much a “Shoot to defend” kind of solider, and trust me a lot of Thai’s regretted chucking buckets of water over me – BOSH, straight in the face they didn’t know what had hit them. The party’s were incredible, the streets turned in to clubs and bar workers were employed to keep everyone wet! I stayed wet for 2 whole days …and on the third day I locked myself in my hotel room and refused to leave.
The fourth day, I escaped my hotel early and ran away to the shopping district and spent the day walking around the huge malls they have, stayed dry all day – until I got off the ferry near my hotel, with cries from people “We’ve got a dry one!”, several buckets of cold water had been thrown over me. Went out on the Friday all day with the gun for the last day of Songkran, it was very bizarre walking round the streets on Saturday, all dry.

Songkran Madness on Khao San Road:
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At the weekend I went to Chatuchak market – the biggest in Thailand, so glad I went early in the morning because the heat gets so high mid day and the market got rammed with people. Loads of stuff, everything you can possibly imagine – from original paintings through to second hand Converse, it was all there.

Earlier this week I went back over to MBK (one of the shopping malls), which has lots of little stalls selling everything camera and mobile phones. I had been looking for some new headphones and managed to find some brand new Dr.Dre “Beats” headphones for as cheap as 2000Baht (roughly 40pounds), seeing as they’re about 100pounds back in the UK, I was pretty happy about that and managed to barter them down to 1400Baht. I was quite surprised to find the headphones in the packaging when I left! Very happy with that purchase.

On Wednesday I went to a Thai Cooking course, unfortunately I turned up late to the meeting point (40minutes to travel roughly 3miles by taxi), but eventually managed to track my group down at the local food market. Group consisted of about 14 people, all different nationalities. The teacher, Nusi, was brilliant at explaining everything and went through all the different ingredients (giving samples for us to smell etc) at the market that we’d need for the dishes we’d be cooking. We got all our stuff together and went back to the School we’d be cooking at.

It was here that we chopped, peeled, grinded, de-seeded, squashed, fried, deep-fried, boiled and steamed the following dishes;

• Pad-Thai. Most popular Thai Noddle dish – very easy to make and extremely tasty!
• Papaya Salad. Traditionally a Laos dish – Spicy salad
• Spring Rolls. Amazing how you put these little things together, especially how easy it is to make Sweet Chili sauce!
• Deep fried Banana. Pretty average in my opinion, you pretty much deep fry a Banana.
• Mussaman Curry. Really good curry, learnt how to make the actual curry paste – still too much work for me not to cheat using Patak’s
curry paste, but interesting to learn how to make it.

Was a brilliant course and I was full be the time I left – thoroughly recommend it to anyone who comes out to Thailand.
Got back that evening and relaxed with my ipod and new headphones. Perhaps not the best purchase in the world – the bass only works in the right headphone! Haha! A particular saying came to mind “If it seems too good to be true ….it probably is”.

Cooking up my Pad-Thai:
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Early this morning I went over to the National Museum, had a free English speaking guide take a group of 20 of us round. She was terrible though – went off on tangents about not a lot, didn’t speak loud enough and would start explaining things before all the group had caught up. But I did learn the story of Ganesh – the Deity worshipped in the Hindu panteon.

Now, don’t quote me on any of this, or get offended, everything which follows came from my tour guide:

Ganesh was born under his parents Shiva and Parvati, Shiva had been away for a while and didn’t know what his son looked like when he returned. Somehow he mistakenly cut his own son’s head off, when Parvati turned up and explained that it was his son, so Shiva said (thinking on his feet) “Oh right …well next animal to come walking this way, we’ll cut its head off and replace it on our son’s body, it’ll be fine!”. Next thing, an elephant walks past, done – Ganesh has an Elephants head. As he grows up, Ganesh has a sweet tooth and always carries sweets with him and becomes quite large. He also ends up riding around on a rat (as you do), legend has it that one day he is walking through the jungle and a snake scares his rat which runs off, dropping Ganesh to the floor. Ganesh’s stomach cracks open and all the sweets in his belly fall out, so he collects them all up and wraps the snake round him to keep them all in. Anyway, the moon who has been watching this all unfold beneath him finds this hilarious – so in Ganesh’s anger he rips one of his tusks off and throws it at the moon! Hence why Ganesh only has one tusk.

So a very interesting day down at the National Museum for me!

Only got a couple of days left in Bangkok now, so going to try out a Thai Massage Express course tomorrow. All good!

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Actually some travelling...

End of Bangkok - Kanchanabri - Phuket

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Wayhoo!

So I’ve finally left Bangkok, although had a nice relaxing last few days which we’re good fun.

I went on a Traditional Thai Massage course, was quite interesting to learn all the different techniques they use to twist and pull the client around. It’s not particularly the kind of massages I enjoy, or enjoyed giving, but was an experience none the less and I got a certificate! Although seeing as you can buy fake driving licenses/passports/diplomas on the streets of Bangkok, I’m not sure quite how legit it is!

Had a good chat with my tutor afterwards which was just as interesting as the massage course – a 40 year old divorcee who had a 55 year old boyfriend who lives on Merseyside. She spent the majority of time complaining that he never sends her any money – quite thought provoking.

On Sunday Brad and Rob (couple of mates from back home out here on holiday) turned up and we pretty much spent the next two days either sitting by the pool listening to music, playing cards or drinking – mostly all at the same time. Got taught “F**k the dealer” a drinking-card game Brad and Rob play – basically I was the dealer and I certainly got F**ked! All this with a bucket full of god knows what ended in me having an early night!

LADs - I cleary got screwed over, look how much bigger my bucket is compared with Brad and Robs!
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On Tuesday I had to get up early to get a mini bus over to Kanchanaburi – at 7am that morning I decided staying out until 3am the night before probably wasn’t the best idea. Had the journey from hell, concentrated on breathing and not throwing up – thankfully everyone else on the mini bus could tell the state I was in and didn’t even attempt to make contact with me.

Was a shame once I got to Kanchanaburi – I only had until Thursday, and had loads I wanted to do and see. However the state I was in, I had no chance of doing anything on that Tuesday – arrived at my guest house and collapsed on the bed. Tried my best to get up in the afternoon, I made it to the hotel reception and had to turn round again and get in to bed.

Wednesday I was up nice and early, hired a moped from my guesthouse (hilarious episode in front of everyone having breakfast “Have you ridden a Scooter before?” – “Yes of course” followed with me making an incredibly juddery start and the lady screaming “Oh my god stop!” – eventually got the hang of it again in the end though). Went straight to the Allied war cemetery which houses just under 7,000 PoW’s who died during the building work of “Death-Railway”, of which half are British. The cemetery is kept in amazing condition, and was moving (as are all war cemeteries) to find so many soldiers aged as so young.

Part of the Cemetery:
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Hopped over the road to the Railway museum, an incredible insight to all the history behind the organizing and building of the Thailand-Burma railway and the awful conditions PoW’s were put under. I found it very interesting to learn that of the 240,000 people who were forced to build the railway, only 60,000 were Allied PoW’s – the other 180,000 were Asian laborer’s. There were 16,000 Allied PoW deaths, but 90,000 Asian laborers were killed while building the railways. Huge statistics. The Allied PoW’s are well documented but you very rarely hear anything (even in the museum) about the Asian laborers – mainly due to the Japanese not documenting deaths of the laborers.

Got back on the moped and made my way down to the JEATH war museum (anagram of the 6 countries involved – Japan, England, American & Australia, Thailand, Holland), quite a basic museum which one of the monks from the neighboring temple runs. It’s full of photo’s and newspaper clippings about the railway and PoW’s – not all that much content, but the museum itself is a replica of the type of hut PoW’s would sleep in.

It was getting really hot after mid day, so speeding up North on the moped with the breeze going straight through me was well enjoyed. Got up to the WW2 Museum (just next to the Bridge (over the river Kwai), which is a mad museum full of the most random WW2 artifacts. Ranging from Japanese motorbikes, to clocks, to anchors – all randomly spread out across two floors. There’s some unfortunate translation within the text’s, including “the bodies of prisoners of war lay higgledy-piggledy beneath the bridge”.

View from the WW2 Museum looking out at the Bridge:
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One of the walls of the museum has everything translated in to Japanese – which was done by Japanese school children who thought it was a shame that you had to read everything in either Thai or English. I find this particularly interesting, as it’s so important that people learn about these awful happenings, to prevent it from happening in the future. A saying rang in my ears (from my Pacific Venture outing back in 2004) “Forgive, but never forget”.

I then walked up the river to the bridge – a single track bridge which plays it’s part in the Bridge over the River Kwai film. It was sobering to walk across, all the way to the other side trying to imagine what it must have been like to build, although was quite surreal to have a Thai busker half way across the bridge trying his best to play Lady Gaga on a violin.

Me on the Bridge:
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This pretty much rounded up my day of sightseeing in Kanchanabri, it was a shame I didn’t have time to catch the 2hour train up the railway (across the bridge) to find “HellFire Pass” (a strip which contained the largest rock cuttings for the railway – all done under awful conditions by PoW’s), or to visit some of the famous waterfalls nearby, but I’d had a wicked time anyway.

Retired nice and early that night – the guest house I stayed in was fantastic; the bar/restaurant served some of the best food I’ve had yet (especially the spring rolls), my room had a porch which looked out on to the river. Although there were loads of lizards, frogs and mosquitoes about which scared the hell out of me in my hungover’d state on the Tuesday night!

My little mate who lived in my bathroom:
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View from my Porch at Pong Phen guest house:
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Yesterday (Thursday), I got a bus back to Bangkok, then had to walk through a market (at mid day with all my stuff), and jumped on the Skytrain over to the airport. It was on the Skytrain that all of a sudden I felt my bladder bursting – spent the whole 30minute train journey shaking my legs looking like some crazy westerner. Finally got to the airport and ran around looking for a toilet – it is the first place I’ve ever been where they have the ladies toilet in one area and the gents toilets on a completely different floor, and yep, that’s right – I found the ladies first. Absolute nightmare running up stairs and allsorts and eventually found the gents. I walked out of that toilet with the biggest grin on my face ever!

Went to the check in desk with my ticket confirmation, a good half an hour before check in deadline (my flight was at 1:55pm). “Hello sir, did you buy this ticket yourself?”, “No, through an agency”, “Ahhh, I think we have a problem”.
Cut a long story short the agency I had paid hadn’t transferred the money to the airline. 45minutes later of frantic phone calls (to be fair I was actually smiling at one point – there’s worse things that could happen, and undoubtedly will happen while I’m away), and some attempts at chatting up the airhostess who hardly spoke any English, it was arranged that my original “ticket” be cancelled (which I’m getting a refund from the agency who have been really good with keeping in touch) and the airline would be happy for me to pay the same amount I paid the agency (rather than 3 time’s as much as I was originally quoted) and they’d let me check in and get on the flight. That was at 1:30pm – so I made a heroic run through the airport and managed to catch my flight down to Phuket.

Checked in to a nice little guesthouse right on the main strip of Patong and headed to a bar to meet up with Brad (whose Birthday it was) and Rob. Really good night life down here, better than Khao San Road in Bangkok – lots more clubs, although unfortunately a lot more lady-boys. Managed to get into a club which offered all you could drink for 2 hours – BOOM – managed to keep up with 1 drink and a couple of shots every 15minutes – mostly consisting of Vodka RedBulls. Next minute they’re banging out 90’s old school classic dance tunes and me and Brad are dancing our t*t’s off. Great night that was cut short about 4am (police – shut down all the clubs randomly), nice chilled out walk down to the beach and then finally got to bed.

Out in "Seduction" for Brad's Birthday:
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Not too sure what the plan is for next few days/weeks – think us guys are going to move in to a 3 bed room in a nice hotel (cheaper than my budget guest house), and bum it around on the beach for a bit. Brad & Rob are spending the next week and a half here, not sure how long I’ll last!

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