Probably not the best time to write a blogg. I have just been sitting on the verandah of my favourite bar over looking the Andaman Sea on a lovely sunny afternoon after drinking 3 Singha beers (variable potency) and scoffing green curry and chicken. I played Jamie at 5 games of pool (won 3 in the world tournament!!!!!!!), had a massage with Jamie while Sarah had a a manicure and Sue went off to buy last minute prezzies. Just said goodbye to our friends and promised to see them next year (I hope so).
Now let me see, what have we been up to? The car went back to Avis yesterday, so we just stayed around the hotel and village and the lovely gardens that are there. Sounds boring but it was nice to see the things that had changed and the things that had not. I am afraid that I pigged out at lunch time (2 servings of green curry with chicken and rice!) and couldn’t make the evening meal, so the rest of the family went into the village, stuffed themselves, then went to the Regent for extra cake. That accounts for why I got up at 8.00am and went for a run along the beach and they stayed in bed until 10.00am. Lazt critters.
Well, we have driven North and West further than we have done before, so we decided to go South a few days ago. We got as far as Ban Saphan. Remarkable place, the scenery is stunning and the sea is exceptional for snorkelling. Jamie and Sarah had a great time swimming in and out of the coves. We decided to stay and found a little hotel (with air con and TV) for 1000 baht. Which is about 15 pound, and we had two apartments for that! The only Europeans we met there were 3 French couples (there has to be a downside), but otherwise it was completely undeveloped. But, if any entrepeneur ever came to the the place they would see the potential and I am sure would change things. I hope not.
Sarah, Jamie and I went on quad bikes out into the mountains some time last week and I have to admit that it was the most awesome experience I have had for quite a few years. Thrashing down streams, up steep tracks that only sheep go up, blasting across mudflats and spalshing through ponds was brillllllllllll. We came back knackered, and WOULD HAVE DONE IT AGAIN IF OFFERED.
We have been down more caves that I can mention, placed the only footprints on spectaclar beaches and fed more monkeys, mud skippers, cats and dogs than my brain can recall. Eaten fabulous food (there is no better than Thai) talked to some lovely people and had unforgettable experiences. We don’t want to go home tomorrow!