A Travellerspoint blog

November 2008

Paradise lost - almost

semi-overcast 29 °C


Three days of monsoon thunderstorms have churned the ocean and left us playing cards, reading, and watching American history in the making. We have also had time to get to know the locals - surely the friendliest people on earth, or do they feel sorry for us, (because of the constant rain).
Where are the tourists?
We are almost alone at our beautiful resort - just a couple of dozen smiling Thai waitresses at our service - tables and staff for fifty, but no one came for dinner last night and only four for breakfast this morning!
Is it the gloomy weather? the gloomy economy? or, the gloomy political scene?
Who knows - but Mr. Smith and his family manage to smile whatever.

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Paradise Found

sunny 30 °C


Deserted white sand beaches ringed with coconut palms: jungle covered islands alive with monkeys and brilliantly plumed birds; balmy breezes and frangipane scented air. Order a coconut drink and the waiter races up the nearest tree with a machete. Want a banana? Stretch out a hand. Where are we? Not Ayutthaya as planned. Torrential rains in the north forced us south to Phu Noi (Dolphin ) Bay.
With plenty of idyllic beachfront properties for sale; we may never leave!

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Bangkok Beginnings

sunny 35 °C


Thirty hours from our bed in Gabriola to our bed in Bangkok. We are adjusting to Asian life: the heat - thirty degrees+; the air scented by jasmine, deep frying and sewers; the sights of monks, tourists and prostitutes. Jim has been tempted by offers of 4 complete tailored outfits; suits, shirts, ties etc. for $99 US, while I'm attracted by Thai massages and eyebrow tinting. We were feeling adventurous until we met a couple our age from Whistler BC at the start of a 4 month tour on a tandem. Train for us - we're doing it the easy way. Tomorrow the ancient Thai capital- Ayuthaya.

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