... who will insure me?!?!
Well - I have finally done it. I am going to Thailand! Not quite the round the world trip I had envisaged for this last year however following contracting Green Monkey Disease in China last June (apparently that is what I had according to my uncle 'The Doctor' Martin haha!), and then having various other health mishaps, I have spent the best part of the last 9 months in and out of hospital. So I guess you could say I have done some travelling!!!
I have booked my flights (and am shocked at the outrageous prices - my round the world ticket would have only been £300 more!) and take off is scheduled for next Wednesday - 7th May. I have a vauge idea of where I am going and what I am doing, I have had my vacs boosters, I have drawn up a list of things to pack, I just got my silk sleep sack in the post (incidently from Thailand - good old ebay!) and my rucksack is longing to be packed. All I need now is to collect my hugely overpriced malaria tablets and to find someone to insure me! Apparently having asthma requires most insurance companies to quadruple their quote - cheeky gits!
My mum reckons I should get some prescription sunglasses before I go as a. I have no glasses and need some as I am currently blind as a bat and b. I intend on reading lots out there... but I am in two minds: part of me is thinking I might be able to get some nice designer shades wen I get there for a fraction of the price. If anyone knows of any decent Thai opticians give me a shout!
So... for those reading this I apologise for the boring-ness of the current tale - I am hopeful that after I actually land in Bangkok things will become a little more interesting! So for now I shall leave you with a brief outline of my travel plans:
7 May - TAKE OFF!
8 - 10 May - Bangkok - my aim here is to visit the temples, drink some beer on Khao San Road a la Leonardo Di Caprio and the best bit - have a massage! I am going to prep my bod for the beach with a spa day recommended by a friend call 'English Lady Get Beach Bod Fast'!!! This programme involves a 40 min infrared sauna (burns 900 cals apparently!), a 60 min full body salt scrub (get rid of the winter cells!), a 40 min hot milk bath (I don't know if I am attracted to this or if it makes me feel ill - warm milk is not a good smell!), a 75 minute slimming massage (?!?!), a Sant Ropez (haha must be a Thai spin off!) full body spray tan and finally a pedicure and foot treatment. The package takes about 5 hours and costs... wait for it... 1800 baht - which is approximately £27! Get in!
11 May - These earlier parts of my trip are the only pre-scheduled... I am getting the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (North Thailand). I have found a really nice sounding hostel where I have booked a private air con room for just 250 baht a night - this is approximately £4. As activites in the North tend to book up quickly I have already arranged the following: two free days for temple and market visits, a one day trek to the Karen Hilltribes - on an elephant, and a two day course at the Thai Cookery School. Upon my return I will organise a green curry night as I hope to be an expert! I am really looking forward to cook school and hope it is as interesting an experience as I am expecting.
15 May - I am flying down to Koh Samui - an island on the Gulf Coast of Thailand. I have no definite plans here but am hoping to visit the Ang Thong Marine Park and go shark watching!
After a few days in Samui I will be heading to Koh Phangan - King of the party islands! I am assuming that the Full Moon Party will be pretty overrated and full of chavvy Brits but I figure when in Thailand it would be rude not to try the experience. The full moon of May lands on my dads anniversary - I think he would be proud to see me spend it painted in day glo body paint and dancing like a loon on a beach! He'd probably think I was insane but secretly quite like to be joining me haha!
From Koh Phangan I am contemplating a visit to Ko Tao - known world wide for its amazing diving opportunites. Sadly I am not allowed todive due to my dodgy chest - but to be honest, I am not a fan. I tried it a couple of years ago in Ibiza and ended up cracking my head off a rock and being terrified of the fish! I love snorkelling though and so may join my friends on a boat trip when they are diving and just splash about on the surface - rather like a big fat seal!
After the Gulf Islands I am heading over to the West Coast via Khao Sok National Park - I am planning on doing a one day jungle trek and sleeping in a treehouse! From Khao Sok I head for Krabiand there on the planis to spend some time island hopping: Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta and Phuket are all on the consideration list! There will of course be the obligatory trip to Maya Bay where 'The Beach' was filmed but other than that I have no concrete plans. I aim to chill, chill, chill! White sand, clear water and a Singha beer sounds a plan to me!
As we push into the second week of June I head back to Bangkok... and it will be a case of one last day where I cram my bag with as many fake goodies as I can before returning to hopefully sunny England!
I hope that as my journey begins you enjoy reading about my adventures.
Can I do the soppy bit and take this moment to thank my mum for helping my dreams come true... love you lots.xxx