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Mark's World Tour 2007-08

Thailand

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Day 110: Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong

Saturday, 23 Feb 2008 | Views [2155]

Saturday 23rd February I was up and out of the guesthouse by 07.30, making my way to the bus terminal with the intention of getting the 08.30 direct bus to Chiang Khong, the border town from where I could cross the Mekong River into Laos. However, ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 109: Fight night in Chiang Mai!

Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | Views [1008]

Friday 22nd February The day started off pretty lazy and continued in that vein into the afternoon. My main priority for the day was to work on the journal, upload photos online and do some research on the crossing into Laos that I was about to make ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Day 108: A new Thai masterchef!

Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | Views [1155]

Thursday 21st February The cookery course was scheduled to start at 10.00, so I got there a bit early and met a few of the guys that were also hoping to pick up a few new tips and techniques, many of whom, I am sure, were thinking that one day they ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Day 107: Sukhothai to Chiang Mai

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | Views [2387]

Wednesday 20th February The process of packing my bags and checking out of the many rooms I have stayed in has become so routine that it almost becomes automatic. After a while, you come across a system that works well: everything has it's place and ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 106: Suffering Sukhothai!

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | Views [816]

Tuesday 19th February I didn't get up particularly early, figuring that I would rather spend a larger part of the afternoon than the morning time exploring the ruins of the 'Old City'. I wanted to hang about until later in the afternoon, thinking ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Day 105: Ayuthaya to Sukhothai

Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | Views [2098]

Monday 18th February I didn't get the impression that there was too much to see in Ayuthaya to justify spending more than one night there. I was on the 'old ruins and temples' leg of my journey through Thailand, and had learned from my experiences ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 104: Kanchanaburi to Ayuthaya

Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | Views [1021]

Sunday 17th February I checked out of the guesthouse and took a taxi to the post office to send some stuff home, and thankfully lighten the load slightly (although it has never got too bad). The staff there were extremely helpful and attentive, adding ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 103: A history lesson

Saturday, 16 Feb 2008 | Views [717]

Saturday 16th February I got up feeling refreshed and in the mood for some action. I headed out to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, a museum that presented the history of the railway between the two countries. It was designed by the occupying Japanese ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Day 102: A change of pace

Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | Views [633]

Friday 15th February I woke up to some welcome peace and quiet, and the tranquility of the Mae Nam Khwae Yai (anglicised as the 'River Kwai') in the grey morning put me in a good mood. I felt very relaxed and I had no real desire to do anything other ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Day 101: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | Views [969]

Thursday 14th February I checked out of the room and put my luggage in the guesthouse storeroom before making the trip into town to do some of my 'chores'. First up was to buy the 'exchange order' for the Japan Rail Pass. Although I could have got ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Days 99 & 100: Diving and onwards to Bangkok

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | Views [801]

Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th February I got up around 06.00, packed up the rest of my stuff, and caught up with the guys who had booked themselves on the dive. There were a few bleary eyes, but we were all excited about it, and it was a lovely, ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Day 98: Certified scuba diver!

Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | Views [871]

Monday 11th February I didn't do much before our meeting at 12.30. I got up late and missed breakfast, so ordered   a decent lunch to make sure that I had enough fuel onboard for the afternoon dives. We got out on the boat by 13.30, and ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Day 97: Diving to greater depths

Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | Views [785]

Sunday 10th February I was up early to review some of the homework, but the 07.30 start found me very tired (despite the fact that I had got to bed at 23.00 the previous night). I wasn't sure why I was so groggy, perhaps the diving the day before ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Day 96: My first scuba dive!

Saturday, 9 Feb 2008 | Views [865]

Saturday 9th February After breakfast, Glenn, Agata and I reviewed our homework. It was all very uncomplicated stuff, and most of it was common sense really. We watched more of the video and broke up for a few hours, before we went out on the ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline


Day 95: First day on Ko Tao

Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | Views [824]

Friday 8th February I had been recommended the 'Scuba Shack' dive school on Ko Tao from a guy I had met briefly in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, and I had called them the previous day to find out the possibility of signing up for one of the ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


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Day 94: Khao Sok to Ko Tao

Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Views [1848]

Thursday 7th February I checked out of the hut and took a mini-bus from Khao Sok to the port town of Surat Thani, and from there I would get the boat to Ko Tao, where I was headed with the intention of doing my 'Open Water' diving certificate.... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 93: Khao Sok National Park

Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | Views [2663]

Wednesday 6th February The bus from Takua Pa left for Khao Sok at 10.00, arriving an hour later. I checked into the Khao Sok 'Jungle Huts' – a decent hut with a shower/toilet for 200B – and set off towards the national park entrance. I bought a ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Day 92: Nik Nak returns!

Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | Views [2064]

Tuesday 5th February I was out of the hotel by 07.30, got some breakfast in one of the roadside cafes, not sure what to ask for, but I said 'yes' when the lady behind the counter pointed at some eggs! I was given an omelette and some red ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Day 91: Ko Phi Phi to Phang-Nga

Monday, 4 Feb 2008 | Views [1806]

Monday 4th February I checked out of the guesthouse, grabbed some breakfast (the usual: eggs, chicken ham, toast) and then took a walk up to the viewpoint on the hill above the main part of Phi Phi. The view was stunning, worth the trek ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 90: Theft on Monkey Beach!

Sunday, 3 Feb 2008 | Views [1153]

Sunday 3rd February Sangita and Tania put forward the idea of doing more kayaking and it sounded like a fine plan to me, the perfect way to get away from the crowds for a few hours. Ko Phi Phi is basically two islands connected by a major ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 89: Krabi to Ko Phi Phi

Saturday, 2 Feb 2008 | Views [663] | Comments [1]

Saturday 2nd February The pick-up collected me from the guesthouse at 09.00, and took me to a large coach which was packed full of people also going to catch the ferry to Phi Phi Island. The boat left at 10.15 and arrived at Phi Phi shortly before ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Day 88: Kayaking and snorkelling

Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | Views [668]

Friday 1st February I had booked on to a full day trip around some of the islands near Krabi, with the main aim of doing some kayaking. A mini-bus picked me up from my hotal at 08.00, and took a group of us to Ao Nang beach, where we took a boat ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Day 87: The famous beaches of Thailand

Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | Views [864]

Thursday 31st January I decided that my plan for the day would be to pay a visit to one of the beaches that Thailand is famous for, so I had some breakfast and then took the bus – well, it was more like a pick-up, called sawngthaew in ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

 

 

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