Published: October 20th 2006October 20th 2006
Me doing my Tom Cruise impression just taller
Ladies and gentleman
Firstly apologies for the lack of action on these pages but a combination of my own laziness and the sheer amount of stuff ive been doing has kept me off the net. While i am indeed now in the land down under i will now update you on the adventures of Thailand. Hold tight this is gonna take two blogs.
At last mention i was living it up in beautiful Chang Mai, we carried on the good times by going mountain biking (my idea) and white water rafting (the boys idea). after ascending the peaks at speed we arrived at th eraft base camp. it should be mentionedn that both Gaz and Keith looked set to kill me for making them do this but with the rafting to come they both reasoned they would need me to paddle and they could kill me when we were done
the rafting itself was the business with us barrelling down the rapids with our insane guide intent on tipping us at any oppurtunity. bizarre moment of the day came when we had to bring our armada of boats to a halt so a family of elephants could cross the river,
The Chang Tower
Big beer. Nuff said
then the big eared buggers decided they wanted a bath in our path. after much shouting we forced them on their way and carried down. finishing with the biggest rapid i promptly fell in after a breakdown in communications, the guided shouted to lean left, everyone leaned left and i decided to lean right. never mind i was soon back in and that was the rafting done
With the full moon party in Ko Phang Nan fast approaching we decided to fly to Surat Thani on the main land and boat it over to the party island itself. upon arrival we met up again with the brothers Panchenko and the Asian sensation Wei (another Brunel uni mate). as per the norm the first night was spent on the Changs and also sampling the local tipple which was basically a bucket of alcohol and a straw. Did the job tho. next day was the day of the Full Moon Party and we decided to hire some scooters and explore the island before the carnage kicked off in the evening. its at this [point that i have to point out that Gary, Wei, Phil and Andy all had monments where they
Gary and "friend"
fell, wobbled off their bikes but all with no injuries obtained. feeling very much like Billy big bananas i remained unscathed through most of the day until we decided to head back to the hotel.
On leaving Wei and i bombed off into the distance determined to burn through the last of our fuel in an all out dash back. un surprisingly we got lost but soon rectified and began to haed back to catch up with the others. this is where it gets a bit hazy, i remember heading down a hill and hitting a huge divot and the bike going one way and me the other. end result, the bike ok, me dripping blood from half a dozen areas. For my parents reading this the only lasting damage is to my pride and your little boy is still fine and now fighting fit. after getting the bike back it was decided unanimously that i would have to seek medical attention. luckily Thailand has superb facilities and a clinic was just round the corner. as i entered in a torn Thundercats Tshirt with blood dripping onto their floor the doctor merely took one look and simply said "scooter".
Local cat, not rabid, dubbed little chang
i meekly nodded and he took me through. my injuries were mainly grazes and deep cuts to the hand, leg and elbow. luckily no stitches were needed although i did have half a bag of gravel removed from various wounds. upon leaving the clinic i resembled a mummy with lots of bandages and the instruction to take it easy at the party. and take it easy is exactly what i did. kind of.
The party was a blast and at my reckoning it too about four and a half minutes for us all to lose each other. luckily i soon found Phil and the two Israeli girls we had spoken to earlier. I soon found that my bandaged appearance was a cracvking ice breaker and elicited lots of sympathy, maybe the crash was worth it after all. i vaguely dancing on a table when Insomnia came on but the whole party soon skipped by. by 6am we had somehow all reunited and could watch the sun break the horizon in a scene that was worth the wait. Full Moon Party done.
A couple of days later it was onto Koh Tao and the promise of the best diving
Full Moon Party
it had been a long night
in Thailand. would my wounds allow me to dive, would the sight of a bleeding skinny bloke in the water attracted the attention of the big fishes with teeth. hmmmm only one way to find out.
Apologies for the grammar but im running out of inet time
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