Pam Lelliott

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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao September 8th 2013

Only a week left now and I am sure that as the days pass I will be busy with last minute details. So I decided to write something before I left to sum up if thats at all possible. I found this quote is a book I am reading at the moment and it seems to sum up travelling, it's by Sir Richard Burton, "One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy." If asked what I had enjoyed most it would be difficult to answer, as i have enjoyed so many different things in different ... read more
Mango Bay
Mango Bay
Last day on the boat, ahh

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao September 6th 2013

Sorry for the blogs that are somewhat out of sync. I was just updating the blog and noticed that there were four unpublished one??? I think the main reason has been that quite often when I go to save and the wifi signal drops out this happens. So apologies to all for this slight mishap. Normal service will resume as sons as possible.... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao September 6th 2013

Koh Tao is situated in Surat Thani province, and the name in English means "Turtle Island". The island used to be inhabited by turtles and a few are still seen today. Prior to 1943 Koh Tao was uninhabited, at this time the only people who visited were the local fishermen. From 1943 to 1944 the island was used as a political prison. There were fifty four inmates and fifteen wardens. According to the prisoners the island was a living hell, with shark infested waters, malaria and lack of food. It was 1947 when twin brothers Ta Euam and Ta Oh came to the island from Koh Samui. They sailed here on traditional boats and eventually brought their families here to live. They lived simply fishing and cultivating land for coconut plantations. At that time there were ... read more
Walking along the cliffs to Sainuan
Sainuan beach
Sunset Mae Haad

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao August 24th 2013

Caught the ferry from Ko Phangan to Ko Tao, thankfully this time it was sunny and calm and the journey took a little over an hour and a half. What a difference to the last time I cam when we caught the tail end of a cyclone and the crossing was awful. Although at this time of year the island is quite busy the atmosphere is still very relaxed. Most of the time has been spent, snorkelling, reading, walking, eating and sleeping. Just what a weary traveller needs. I have spent time with my son and his girlfriend Winnie who always make me feel so welcome, and its great to catch up on everything and just be together. The island is quite small compared to Phangan and Samui. It's about five miles by two miles so ... read more
Long tail boat Chalok
Hot and sunny Ko Tao
Chalok

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui August 16th 2013

After a few days on Phi Phi I caught the ferry back to AoNang, although delayed, no reason given just a sign on the pier that said, "ferry late today", Thai time I guess. The crossing was a smooth one and I spent just one night in AoNang before getting up early to catch the bus and ferry to Samui. This was all plain sailing, the weather was good and I arrived in Koh Samui around lunch time. I was meeting up with Aoife who was from Eire, unfortunately her so called friend who she had been travelling with just decided to go home as she was missing her boyfriend. One of my ex-tour friends Ross had met her while they were on Koh Samui and asked me if I would mind befriending her as she ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don August 6th 2013

When I woke up this morning it was pouring with rain, so I thought I will just lie here until it stops!! However it didn't stop and I was getting quite hungry so put on my plastic coat and took the plunge so to speak. The place I am staying is on the side of a hill with forty steps up to my room, the first six steps I managed easily, the remaining thirty four were like a waterfall, but I was hungry so continued on driven by an empty stomach. The next part of the walk was like wading through s stream, I lost both sandals so decided not to bother and just went barefoot it was a lot easier. A little further down the path slopes downhill, the stream became faster flowing and deeper ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don August 6th 2013

Today I booked a trip on a long boat to do some snorkelling and explore a little of the surrounding islands. The long tail boat carried about fifteen people, ten of which I think had just left sixth form. They all came equipped with large handbags, mobile phones and mirrors which you obviously need when on a boat and going snorkelling!! On leaving the main island of Phi Phi Don we headed towards Phi phi Le which is pretty much uninhabited, the First stop was Maya Bay which is where "The Beach" was filmed, very pretty but absolutely packed with boats and people, not my cup of tea at all. however the scenery is quite stunning the limestone carsts rise from the sea almost vertically, very similar to Halong Bay but on a smaller scale. The ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don August 3rd 2013

I can't believe it's been so long since I wrote the last blog after visiting Siam Reap we decided to have our final night party there as a few of our group had to leave very early for flights etc the day after we arrived in Bangkok. We went out for a meal and a few drinks at a local restaurant. it was raining heavily as in a real tropical storm rain and we were all dressed up ready to go out on the town. However the rain did not deter us and we proceeded from the restaurant to a place where there was some music and dancing. The night went with a swing and copious amounts of alcohol were consumed. Certainly a night that I will remember for a very long time. The next morning ... read more
Phi Phi town almost rebuilt after tsunami in 2004
How did that get up there??
Viewpoint Phi Phi Don island

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap July 22nd 2013

Today I awoke at 4am as we were going to visit Angkor Wat at sunrise. We left the hotel at 4.30am and drove to the entrance where our tickets were checked. When we arrived it was pitch black and we needed torches to find our way to the Temple. We found a good place to stand and waited for the dawn to break. Slowly the light grew brighter, however unfortunately it started to rain and instead of sunrise we just got daybreak. The vendors which included small children were busy even at this time in the morning trying to sell us coffee postcards and scarves. We went back to the hotel for a well earned breakfast and shower then off to seek more temples. We did three more temples in the Angkor complex which covers twenty ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap July 21st 2013

At long last my dreams of visiting Angkor Wat became a reality. We headed off and collected our passes just outside Siam Reap. The temples were built in the eleventh century and the carving on the stonework is beautiful and incredible that it has remained almost untouched for all this time. The Khmer removed some of the statues during various wars and some of the Buddhas have been placed in a Museum for safe keeping. It's difficult to describe the intricate work on every pillar and post but it really is beautiful. The weather was quite humid and the sun shone most of the day. In total we visited four temples. In the second temple we managed to lose one of our party who later turned up at the hotel we are staying at. It was ... read more
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