Well we actually did some off the shoulder traveling and manage to get our way from bangkok to the south, Phuket! (well we booked a flight and got on it, then got in a taxi and we were here not quite hardcore traveling but its a start.) Little fright at the airport when they updated the flights board with a 4 hour delay for our flight and saying the gate had changed. Found out (with not long to spare) they were just random changes on the screen and the flight was on time as normal, nice organization! So into Phuket and our first hostel, it is actually pretty decent, got a TV and everything, (only 25 channels of Thai stuff though) The only thing that keeps upsetting Leanne is the reception consists of a school style desk with a box of biscuits on it and some printed taxi signs blue-tacked to the wall, small random worries in a world of madness!
What we have found so far in Phuket.........
1 - Its hot, i was sun stroked before (or heat exhaustion as the sun doesn't actually get through the smog in bangkok) so now i (we) have that plus sunburn, and i was sat in the shade all day!
2 - There are strangely more taxi's/tut tut's than people
3 - Likewise more jet skis than people
4 - Odd one but lots of hairdresser
5 - More dogs and street meat, but the street meat looks like actual animals here rather than the left overs of a heavy night out like in bangkok.
6 - Scooters are nearly as cheap as beer, and you safer on one than walking as they just dont care about whats road, pavement, grass, beach or water, also the people you can get on it the better.
So to summarize, get a taxi here, towing an empty one (cause its spare) get dropped off to get your hair cut, grab a beer and scooter (from the same place) pick up as many locals as you can fit on your scooter and then see if you can find petrol (a petrol station is a drum on the side of the road with a hose-pipe handing out of it) Try and make your way to you hostel with one way systems that don't really apply whilst trying to knock over as many walkers as possible!
Job done, day in Phuket!
What else we have done, booked all the internal flights around Thailand. (For the parents) leaving the south on the 01/03/08 flying to Chaing-Mai (north) then back to Bangkok (not leaving the airport) on the 06/03/08, connect to our OZ flight to Melbourne! Also booked our camper van for NZ (lots of love for queenie the camper. "lp", sounds abit too gay for my liking. "ml") check it out http://cheapmotorhomes.co.nz/queenie_%E2%80%93_2_berth_hi-top_manual_5845_new_zealand_motorhome_rental.html(Si, this is the site if you wanna forward it to your dad, insurance adds on a bit to the price at the end)
So back to Phuket, saying here in Patong for 3 more nights whilst we try and arrange some kind of boat crossing to phi phi, but we are go out and discover more secluded beaches tomorrow, Kata is supposed to be nice (Then i am sure Leanne will tell you all about how i was going to make her walk that far cause it said it was only 2ish miles on the map!)
StacEy Pike a special mention for the hollyoaks update, it was like really watching it, (although the dramatization was well out of the range of beth's acting capabilities) but i think you might be on to something there, i am thinking about posting them in a separate blog!!
Mum, (Loughran) i left a magazine subscription card in the bedroom on the bookcase could you post it for me please?
Lots of love to all