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Published: August 25th 2006
Ko Pi Pi
My New Bamboo Tat
Bangkok, Bangkok, Bangkok, is there anything I like about you? I'm trying to be positive in most of my writing but I REALLY don't get what the big hype is about Bangkok. Sure everything is at you fingertips on Kohl San Rd but it is all a big rip off. Maybe my feelings are somewhat altered because I wasn't feeling all that well while I was there and the hoards of other seemingly unapproachable tourists gave an unwelcoming feeling.
I met up with a friend I met in Kuching, Greg, on my 3rd day there and we went around and did some of the sight seeing things like Buddha’s and temples. It was the Queens birthday so there was all sorts of celebrations and people all over the place. I'm not quite sure what all the events were but we got to see 3 Thai Kickboxing fights for free and even in some VIP seats. It's really something to watch, these guys are machines, one kick and I'd be lying flat out crying like a baby I'm sure of it. It was an all around nice day besides that we fell for one of the many little scams Bangkok’s wonderful
Ko Pi Pi
My New Bamboo Tat
locals pull on tourists everyday. The scam was to get us into this tailor, I wish I could remember the name, where they make all "Armani" suits and it's the last day to get one for 1/3 the cost. Me, well I just flipped through some books and laughed at the thought of me in any of these clothes. Greg though, well he works in a suit and ordered 3 with extra pants, he paid (700Euros) and we left. I met up with him later and he had looked up the company and checked the Lonely Planet Forum and found out all about it, I guess they've been pulling it for years, I just hope he at least gets some high quality suits.
The main reason I stayed in Bangkok (I think 4-5 days) was to meet up with my Aunt and Uncle and I did and ended up having a really good time. They came with the Alberta Taekwondo Club(yea I knew quite a few) so it was a big tour thing(66 people), at first I was a little worried, but not having to think or worry about transportation, accommodation or things to do was a bit
Bonnie & Scott's 1st Tuk Tuk Ride
of a relief for a week. Little things like them trying to get the groups organized and all that was a bit of a mess sometimes, but hey I'm used to the waiting game. They had no problem with me just tagging along and I stayed in there fancy hotels and had buffet breakfasts😊 The first night out with them we went to a Thai Kickboxing match with ringside seats followed by a sex show at Patpong. I could have definitely gone with out the sex show, I'd heard all these things about how it was funny and all this but I found it quite disturbing and would never recommend it to anyone. After Bangkok we headed to the oh so tourist haven Phuket.
We got to do all sorts of things like a Thai massage, Elephant ride and a boat cruise on a pimpin boat to Ko Pi Pi a little island to the south of Phuket. When we went to Ko Pi Pi we didn't have a lot of time but Bonnie and I both managed to get some Bamboo Tattoo's. Now I think I will never want it any other way, the method is just using
a bamboo stick and wrapping a tattoo needle to the end then manually poking it into the skin where the dye stays(see pics). The pain was nothing compared to the gun and you're good to go afterwards, in the water no bandages and the guys are real artists. It kicked ass!!!
In Phuket we stayed in a Village called Patong, it was a little overwhelming at times and every Thai was trying to get in your pockets. We did a lot of shopping and checked out the night life which was full of lady-boys, prostitutes, families, sex tourists and every other kind of person you could think of. Some of the lady boys really disturbed me, pulling up there skirts to reveal what looked to be like "woman" parts and touching themselves and then the patrons, including Jeremy, I felt really sorry for him, it was sick!!
We took the bus back in the night to Bangkok and then had the whole day for whatever so Scott, Bonnie and I went out and did some shopping, I bought a sweet winter jacket(only $40) to send home with them, and ate at the "Hard Rock Cafe." Scott and Bonnie
Happy Birthday Queeny!!!
left around 8pm, I don't think they were too stoked on the 24+ hour trip home. It was so nice having some family around for a while and now that they were gone I was really ready to get the F#@k out of Thailand.
I got to stay in there room that night free of charge, a big fancy air-con, hot water, soft bed room umm.... it was so nice.
8:20am the train goes to Khon Kaen(north), where I stopped to sort out my visa and didn't really have to. I showed up on a weekend and so had to wait around so I did a little site seeing to the Cobra Farm where the locals put on a show, it was pretty cool. I ate the best meal of my life at this Thai Vegetarian Restaurant and that was about it. Monday I got my visa, some new shoes and hopped on a bus to Laos. So I find out at the boarder it’s easy to get your visa there and there was no line and it cost way less. Gurrrr..... oh well I’m out of Thailand and the Vibe changed completely as I entered Laos(maybe just in
Thai Kickboxing, VIP seats for free!!!
my head) and I love it, love it , love it!!!!!!
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