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Thailand Baby! #3: No Going Back

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The day had arrived. We’ve got our boarding passes and are waiting for them to call our flight out over the loudspeaker.

A hour and a bit flight to Johannesburg. A four hour wait before a nine hour flight to Dubai, followed by a hour layover. Then it’s the last six hour flight to our destination – Thailand Baby!

Also while I’m at it, even though Port Elizabeth Airport is now international, it still sucks! And Primi Caffe is seriously bad, your coffee is shit and your service even worse


Thailand Baby! #2: One More Sleep…

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Panic!
That sums up my night…

My impulsive and procrastinating nature really bite me in the ass at times. Sure it may be balanced out by my need for control and chaotic organisation, but my paranoia makes it really interesting.
I know what I’m gonna pack about a week before, but leave it to the last night before I decide to pack. Then while I pack, my impulsiveness kicks in and I start changing things. Then when I’m done, I keep thinking I’ve forgotten something…

I know I’m ready; all that remains is to set my alarms and pack the last few things in the morning (toiletries and chargers, etm).

Fuck I’m excited! Did I mention that? Well I really am, I hope I sleep okay… my mind is spinning out of control!

No promises, but I’ll try put updates here if I get a chance!


Thailand Baby! #1: One week left (almost)

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Image by Rakeman via Flickr

1 Week                        20 Hours

That is how long it is until I climb on the plane from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg. After a short stop in Dubai, I take the last step on my first visit to the “land of smiles” – Thailand.

I’d like to say I have all my shit sorted out and that I am prepared; I’ve read all the travel sites out there: Lonely Planet (incl Thorntree), Trip Advisor, and the multitudes of other sites that you would read if you were trying to prepare yourself. It worked pretty well for my UK trip and even for trips around my own country. It’s the geek in me, that need for trying to be prepared by mining the net for information. It’s that need for control, geeks need to be in control, it’s part of who we are.

That’s how Thailand is screwing me over. Everything I’ve read and everthing I’ve been told, leads me to a conclusion that control is not a word to be used when travelling Thailand and that I’m just gonna go with it and not even try. I’ve done all I can, now it’s just a matter of getting there and making the best of it.


Thailand: A Bit Of Bragging…

Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

A friend implanted an idea in my head in the beginning of the year when he mentioned going to something called the Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand

At first I ignored what he had suggested, but then I realised I was being a douchebag by not even looking at what it was about. I then started reading some travel journals and travel sites and while there were a lot of warnings about drugs and such, most people said it was the ultimate party experience and how awesome it was.

This was followed by the financial check. Surprisingly Thailand is super cheap for most people especially South Africans. Normally for us South Africans, travel is restrictively expensive. Thailand: really cheap… awesome!

I then realised that this trip would tick off one of my lifetime travel goals: Experience an Asian New Years Party.

When I started looking into the costs, I realised that I could actually afford it, especially if we booked ourselves.

And so began a month or 2 of planning and arranging of finances, by August we were ready to book! We managed to be able to afford a week in Koh Phangan followed by a week in Bangkok.

And we are doing it in style! On the first day, the plan is to get tailored suits sorted for when we arrive back a week later. So for a week, we will party in up like students in Koh Phangan, for the Full Moon Party, over New Years Eve. Then its back to Bangkok, to party in style and take in all the sights and culture.

We are even staying in the tallest building in Thailand – The Baiyoke Sky Hotel. I cant wait!!

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok