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    Issan and Koh Mak - Two trips with poor photos

    Let's start with the obvious, the photos shown later are very poor quality any comments will be ignored.

    A first time for me of travelling in Thailand using buses.

    A few weeks ago I was stuck in SE England, the rain was pouring, a dark night and a yearning for Thailand.

    A call to the Thai ROP centre in Bangkok confirmed that I had enough air miles and upgrades to make an "inexpensive" trip and that seats on the flight for the next night was possible. I was already to book but the nice lady said "You must book through the London office."

    An early call to the London ROP office confirmed that yes I had the miles and the upgrades but that their was insufficient time to organise it. I suggested that as I had called Bangkok the previous evening that it was all OK'd. The helpful lady said "Hold on, I will check". The terrible background music they use was cut remarkably short and the lady said yes we can push it through. After the necessary numbers were exchanged she said watch for the confirmation emails.

    A call or two by me letting my kids know I'm off to Thailand for a while and "ping" the first email arrives. It confirms the economy seats are booked but nothing about the upgrades. "Ping" another email and yes a return ticket with both legs upgraded has been confirmed.

    Travel booked, time to pack a few clothes and hit the road to terminal 3!

    Check-in at terminal 3. The lady in front does not have the credit card she booked her ticket with. She will also not step aside to allow anyone else be served. I fear for tears but she digs out something and she is given a boarding pass.

    I check-in and am told that my previously agreed seat assignment has been changed. My stars said that travel was not going to be smooth! I am told that i am in 11A. It's an Airbus 360 so have no idea if that's good or bad. It seems it's a bulkhead seat and have visions of crying kids. The seating is the same nearly flat reclining seats but I must admit I prefer the 747 upstairs cabin.

    A good flight, no kids, but a Frenchman working for a European multi national! A nice long talk with one of the female cabin attendants when everyone else is fast asleep. She used the old " My husband is a policeman and has many guns" brush off. We landed at 3.30 in the afternoon on time and no queues at immigration. A splurge out on a taxi to my hotel, but looking at the monorail I think I will give it a try one day.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    A short sleep, shower and a visit to Cowboy for food, frolics and fondling is planned.

    Food is taken at the "Old Dutch" pub and a beer or two whilst watching the girls and punters interact . Nothing seems to have changed and enter a bar to be greeted by the same hostess and shown to a top tier seat. I always find it amazing that they remember your face and your name. A beer arrives and the hostess says xxx is still here but yyy has gone. She waves her hand at the girls on shuffling stage and says "but many beautiful girls for you to choose", and she's right.

    The next day is time to plan my trip north and try to find somewhere on the internet that would help in booking a bus. Lots of sites but few give much information. I find a site which indicates Mo Chit is the terminus and suggests that a booking number is available. Yes the number is answered but booking must be done at the terminus. I am told seats are available for the night bus. I check out and ask the receptionist to order a taxi to Mo Chit. She says "It's Friday night and very busy". "You must leave straight away."

    Two or three taxis say no but a young driver assures me we can make the bus. The drive there makes "fast and furious" seem like slow motion, all that's missing are a few Japanese sliding sideways. The supposedly 3 lane motorway seems to have at least 5 and sometime 6 lanes of traffic smoothly flowing. Getting close to the terminus the one lane off-ramp appears to have 5 lines zipping together.

    Arriving at Mo Chit on a very busy, wet Friday night .



    A traveller with her two kids.




    My first helpful lady - "Where is the ticket office for Loeng Nok Tha" I ask. She says "You come me" and takes me to the correct ticket window.



    My second and third helpful ladies. they have smiles, a computer system that works and I can even choose a seat. A few minutes, a few hundred Baht and I have a ticket on a bus in an hour or so.

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    Your photos are very poor quality

    But keep `em coming

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    Mo Chit Terminus and the Night Bus to Issan

    After buying the bus ticket I find I have an hour or so some some food and refreshment is the order.

    The whole terminus is heaving with people. Young, old, smartly dresses soldiers, families with piles of baggage and the odd falang.





    I find a food court and select my dish of the day. Pork and basil, rice and veg. A bottle of water and clean cutlery complete the task. Now to find a table. I squeeze into a middle seat with a grumpy guy opposite but have a lady and her small girl to one side. The young girl eats very delicately and is all smiles, her mum never stops talking on her phone to someone. When she pauses for breath I ask if I can take a photo of her daughter, she says yes and gets back on her phone.

    The little girl between mouthfuls of rice.



    Time to find the bus stand. Again masses of people but there is a system and I find my bus. The bus looks full but a couple of the shotgun soldiers are having a last cigarette to calm their nerves so I join them.



    My observations of night bus journeys is thus:

    1. The buses form a convoy.
    2. They vary rarely move from the fast lane.
    3. Any overtaking, by faster traffic, is by the inner lanes.
    4. The bus drivers can swerve from on lane to another very smoothly and sharply.
    5. Any hill causes a slowdown as the trucks create a backlog.
    6. Volvo powered cement trucks are the slowest going up-hill but the fastest going down-hill.
    7. The biscuits handed out are very tasty after an hour or two. I recommend the "Custard Crunch Biscuits" and the "Fun-O Custard Puff Cakes"
    8. No pirate attacks but a couple of police roadblocks so the shotgun soldiers must have scared the highwaymen off.

    A comfort break stop.

    After 4 or five hours the bus will stop at a service station. A twenty minute break was assured but take care. One can tell you are getting north by the toilet smells, a much more "rural" aroma.

    More food is purloined from a smiling server.



    tasty food and free water.

    The bus cooling down at the service station. Note the small blue "stools" bottom right.





    My driver is having another cigarette so I light up. One of the drivers assistant appears from the luggage store to take over, maybe be careful what you store in your luggage? A queue develops and I am told to get on. A few murmurs from the queue as I am taken to the front of it. Each of the queue seem to be holding one of the small blue stools. I regain my seat to watch as the already full bus suddenly is packed with the stool carriers in the middle isle. sardines springs to mind.

    Nothing much happens until the morning when a shout comes up from behind. A quick stop at a petrol station where a few people get off and board a bus going back the way we came. We seemed to have taken them too far!

    Arriving at Loeng Nok Tha bus station I am quickly asked where I am going. Now there's a question. I say Dontan road 10 kilometres, I am asked what is the name of the town/village. I don't know i reply. A tuk tuk driver is brought forward and it seems he will take me. Off we go in the morning sun along a road I vaguely remember. 10 minutes, 20 minutes and I am beginning to feel lost. I decide to wait until the next village and turn around if it's not recognisable.

    The next village arrives, we drive slowly down the main street and lo and behold, there is "auntie" and "uncle" sat out front with a brood of kids.



    Same as ever.
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    Issan Visit

    Quick hallos are made and I see a few improvements. A "new" washing machine, a new cooking range and the three block high wall is now a six block high wall. Someone has been spending money!

    I ask if xxx is at home. A shake of heads. My Thai is non existent as is "Aunty and Uncles" English. One of the kids who I have met before, 15 years old?, can speak a little and translates.

    Somebodys son , the translator



    One of the other kids



    Auntie



    Phone call are made, xxx's phone appears to be not working but her sister's is. XXX is either in Bangkok, where I have left last night, Rayon -near Pattya, or living in a new house on the other side of the village.

    I say lets go to the "new house in the village". I am told XXX is sleeping and can't be woken! Well it is a saturday morning and it's only eight o'clock. Another "uncle" appears and takes off on a motorcycle to fetch XXX. He returns empty handed and shakes his head. Another phone call and the message "Go Home". Does that mean get lost and never call again "No" the kids says "XXX will come to the village tomorrow". Positive, or not. Who knows?
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    Nice thread, please update as and when.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pescator
    Your photos are very poor quality
    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    The camera you seem to be using today has certainly seen better days
    An old phone, night time photos, a shaky hand .........

    They do get progressively better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pescator
    Your photos are very poor quality
    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    The camera you seem to be using today has certainly seen better days
    An old phone, night time photos, a shaky hand .........

    They do get progressively better.
    Thank God for that. I thought I had problems with cataracts.

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    Saturday Visit to the Market

    A pick-up is procured, Auntie and a friend, Uncle and three kids - 4-10 years old and I clamber in and we go off to the local market. On the way we stop off at "Grandmothers" where I am introduced to a number of villagers some of which acknowledge my presence but most are too engrossed with their gambling to notice me. I am ushered up some stairs where "grandmother" sits chewing her betel nuts and her husband smiles. I am asked, in Thai, a number of questions which I don't understand but it matters not a jot to them and "Grandmother ties a piece of string to my wrist. She checks my palm and seems satisfied with what she sees, have I just been married, is it a good luck charm? Auntie arrives with the two kids and using hand gestures indicates that some food has been produced for me to eat. I say my goodbyes to Grandmother and husband who holds two fingers up and says two. Again I am unsure of what the significance is but assume I have just bought his grand daughter for two million baht, time will tell.

    I am taken out to the front of the house where a crowd of villagers have gathered to watch the falang have his lunch. A lot of smiling and utterances but other than a couple of guys at the back who continue to sharpen some rather large knives all goes well.

    The food is good and we leave to continue to the market.

    When we arrive I am assigned two of the youngest kids, Auntie and friend go off food shopping, Uncle and I with the two kids go of to the hardware store for some boys toys. we walk through the market with many staring at the falang with two young kids and a fast moving Uncle.


    The kids are well behaved when their hands are held but keep disappearing when let go and have no traffic sense at all. Uncle is setting a fast pace to the hardware store, he must have something in mind! We make it to the store and uncle enters and I am left outside with the kids. I tell them to sit on a couple of stools which they do and watch the proceedings. It seems the owner and his wife sit outside and a young female assistant takes uncle into the depths of the store.

    We could be here some time I think, no wonder Uncle was eager.

    She was either a quick worker or it's been a while for Uncle, as they appear both smiling but also carrying a small box. I am beckoned forward and shown a small battery with a charger, a light mounted on a headband and Uncle goes through the motions of spear fishing. It appears he needed a night fishing light.

    400 baht lighter I turn to see the chairs empty and the two kids missing. Uncle is all smiles now and says goodbye to the assistant. He seems none too concerned with the missing kids who jump out from behind a couple of boxes.

    We then return to the pick-up where Auntie is waiting but her friend is not to be seen. Auntie goes off to find her and comes back with an iced coffee for me.

    We are driven home, stopping as usual, for a few litres of oil and open a beer or two because we are exhausted, or so Uncle makes out.

    The translator comes out of the shower - the corrugated tin door behind him, next to the "kitchen" on the left.

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    A night out in the village

    Dusk falls a slowly the house fills with assorted uncles on there way home from work and whiskey is produced. After an hour or so I am ushered up and using the international sign for eating walked to an uncles house. His wife and two children are just finishing their evening meal but more is brought out an the two uncles and I sit down to join them. Somehow we discus building a house and and am shown the Uncles concrete columns. They are very nice circular smooth columns so maybe at grandmothers this morning I engaged him to build a house for 2 million baht and didn't buy the granddaughter ?

    The food finished, No.1 uncle and I leave but not before I am shown the roof structure which in the dark looks very substantial.

    We walk on past Uncles house back to the Grandmothers house where another meal is awaiting us! I am introduced to more relatives and offered some rice whiskey which seems churlish to refuse. Auntie shows up and we sit on a few mats to eat. Somebody brings along a Thai girl to translate, it's a little strange talking to a young Thai girl who speaks English with a definite Scandinavian accent. More villagers turn up and it seems that many of them are builders, electricians, carpenters, etc. Somebody must be planning to build a house, I wonder who that might be?

    More is talked about and it seems that most of the village is related and "Grandmother", who I met earlier, runs the place. Auntie, Uncle and I are royally fed and whiskey is drunk but we manage to walk home followed by the kids and dogs with no more granddaughters or houses being bought. I have a room to myself and my own fan, the mattress is no existent but all in all a pretty good day.
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    Sunday Morning Stroll

    An early rise, but not early enough to catch the monks, bother no alms from them then. I need some cigarettes so it's off to the shop. I tell Uncle where I am going and he yells at the kids to follow. Off we go up the road, me and three little kids, to the shop.

    Whilst I am buying cigarettes two of the kids are selecting a snack each which they present to the cashier. The third older kid has other things on his mind. He arrives from the back with two small boxes. Same sort of size as a kids sweet cigarettes for those of that age. He shows me the inside and makes the noise of a loud "bang". it seems they are small banger type fireworks. Payment is made and we continue on our walk around the village.

    We come down the road with two kids eating there snacks and the third throwing bangers at assorted dogs and us, much to his enjoyment. Walking along various villagers from the night before say hallo and a few ladies invite me in for breakfast, well that's what I took it to be, from their hand gestures.

    The land where XXX's house was to be built is bereft of any building work so she can't have been "sleeping" there. The trees are still there in fact it looks the same as my last visit.

    Approaching Aunties house there seems to be more noise that when we left and the chickens have disappeared. Yes, you have guessed a van has been hired and various girls, husbands, drivers and more kids have arrived. Why is it that as soon as the van is parked up the disco starts?

    Some newcomers with Untie and Uncle



    A sisters husband



    A sister takes over from Auntie



    Another sister (did I buy this one yesterday?) plus previous sister's husband. What does his hand gesture mean? It certainly made her smile.



    Assorted kids and Uncle

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    Sunday brunch and a few hands of Pok Ding

    Of course as soon as the new people arrive all thoughts turn to food. The ladies select a motor bike from the stable and set off to buy food for lunch.




    Word gets out a feast is planned and various relatives turn up. Some with a drop of whiskey or two already in them.



    Food is cooked and eaten along with political discussions.



    The all important lottery numbers are selected



    The most important card game starts (we have a professional dealer amongst us)

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    Ko Mak Trip coming tomorrow
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    The next day is time to plan my trip north and try to find somewhere on the internet that would help in booking a bus. Lots of sites but few give much information
    Why didnt you try that site, aww I forget the name right now, the one ran by that ladyboy lovin pattaya guy who just gave up smokin ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    The next day is time to plan my trip north and try to find somewhere on the internet that would help in booking a bus. Lots of sites but few give much information
    Why didnt you try that site, aww I forget the name right now, the one ran by that ladyboy lovin pattaya guy who just gave up smokin ?

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    Oi! Where is the "xxxx" factor? Was she in fact in BKK or in Sin City? Or just on a nun's retreat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshopper View Post
    Oi! Where is the "xxxx" factor? Was she in fact in BKK or in Sin City? Or just on a nun's retreat?
    A bit of context would help - maybe I missed it. Who is this lass OP is trying to drop in unannounced on?

    Old flame? - current flame?, pen pal? -

    is she supposed to be dutifully toiling away in the rice fields, or a free spirit who can do as she wishes???

    context!

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    To round off the Issan visit let me say that the "lass" was an old friend of many years. She got out of the van when we returned to Bangkok, she is a free spirit and has not worked in a rice field for many a year.

    During the van trip back to Bangkok I was presented with an extortionate bill for the van. When I suggested that I would pay a reasonable amount all hell broke out and I sat whilst 5 Thais screamed at each other. Pointing fingers waving hands. The next day the reasonable amount was accepted by the hirers and no face was lost by the Thais.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    To round off the Issan visit let me say that the "lass" was an old friend of many years. She got out of the van when we returned to Bangkok, she is a free spirit and has not worked in a rice field for many a year.
    Thanks for that. Now I can sit back and enjoy reading the thread not dreading that it is all going to go horribly wrong.......

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    A visit to Ko Mak.

    Waking up in a Bangkok hotel the day after my thoughts turned to another adventure.

    I telephoned a resort manager who told me that he was on the mainland but would be going back the following day. I said I would be coming and agreed to meet up the following day.

    Half an hour later he phoned to say why not come down to Trat and spend the night with him, his wife and a friend. I said I would be coming down by bus and thought I wouldn't make it before tomorrow. He said if I was to get the afternoon bus there would be no problem and we would have fun in Trat.

    It seemed like a good idea and set about checking the bus timetable, seemed to fit, checking out, explaining to the hotel I would be leaving today not tomorrow as planned, all OK.

    Off to Ekamai bus station and arrived at a very smaller version of Mo Chit. The first ticket lady only had mini buses so I progressed to another ticket window. The lady said yes there is a bus going NOW. I bought another 300 baht ticket and she grabbed me and said run.

    She was faster on her feet than I and ran out in front of a just leaving bus. The door hissed open and I clambered in. I must admit the bus journey was nowhere as exicting as the Issan trip and I settled down to read a Book.



    Ian McEwan - Sweet Tooth.

    Well worth a read.

    Arriving at Trat bus station, after surviving an attempt to dump me at a gas station for transfer to Koh Chang, the bus and driver seemed no worse for wear.





    A quick taxi to the Trat Hotel, 500baht a night, reasonable rooms next to the market square. Check the air con works before you accept the room as the first room's didn't.

    A call to the resort manager to be told he, his wife and a "cousin" of the wife would be an hour.

    A quick walk around the market and I found a stall selling Thai coffee and sat down to admire a wet bustling market. The coffee was ground for me , dunked into a pot and let to stew for a few moments. Pretty good effect and a couple of Thai doughnuts freshly cooked.

    An hour or so passed and a call to meet the other three in reception to go out and eat at a Korean Barbecue restaurant was taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
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    Deep in the heart of the jungle. Great report so far!

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    A taxi to the Korean Barbecue Restaurant and greeted by a Chang Beer girl who took us to a free table in the midst of a mainly Thai clientèle.

    It was good to meet the manager and his wife again and was introduced to the very pretty "cousin" who appeared to be destined for a visit to Ko Mak herself. Now that is what I call fortuitous timing.

    A large flower pot with hot charcoal was produced with a steel top. The rim was filled with a clear "soup" and the ladies started loading the top with slices of meat and the soup with vegs.



    I do love being "taken cared of" by Thai ladies.

    The manager and I talked about his resort and the Island. it appears that the one island police officer had recently shot himself due to "problems". The manager had made some improvements and was building more bungalows as business was very good. His wife seemed happy but was staying back on the mainland as she had some school event with her child to attend.

    The "cousin" relaxed and a constant top up of Chang beer from the lovely Chang waitress ensured another good meal - at a table no less. Was told that the "cousin" owned a 50 Rai farm and produced fruit. She even had some with her for me to taste.



    Chicken egg sized, tasted like a plumish/pineapple with a large pip, but very nice.

    I was woken by the "cousin" who suggested a breakfast as the manager and his wife had a little business to attend too. We walked out into the market and found a stall for my essential coffee and sat and ate and talked. She definitely would be coming to the island and would like to "take care" of me. The manager and his wife joined us and appeared to be at loggerheads but the wife left fairly quickly as she had to return to her home in another town.

    A quick taxi to Laem Ngop pier where the speed boat was waiting.

    The boat captain seemed sober to me.



    The boat has plenty of life jackets and other than me, just islanders on board.



    The cousin and "Boy" the resort manager.



    We stopped off at a small island on the way to drop off some, still alive and flapping around, fish.



    Ko Mak Ao Nid Pier



    Pano Resort

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    Pano Resort

    I have been going to this resort for some years now and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a very laid back holiday. There are other more plush resorts on Ko Mak but I enjoy this one.

    The resort has 8 bungalows some of which have hot showers, some have beds but all have private balconies overlooking the lagoon and a good shaded arae beneath with tables, hammocks and chairs. Behind the resort is a much larger derelict one which I am told has been on the market for years but would need a complete rebuild.

    The Bungalows



    The "swimming pool"





    The bar and restaurant






    A bungalow





    Seems we have a bungalow but only a matress



    The balcony



    Local transportation.



    Relaxing after a hard morning swim





    A few days relaxing, swimming, eating and visiting other resorts was now in order. Ko Mak although it has a concrete road running around it has many resorts down the end of dirt tracks. The concrete road has seen better times and there are many deep potholes to watch out for. During the high season the resort tracks are baked hard but due to the recent rain care has to be taken as the mud is very slippery and the "puddles" of indeterminate depth, as we were to find out one night!

    The previous night a couple of American ladies arrived. They had been staying at another resort but after talking to a local diving instructor had decided to move in. On the first night the kitchen was getting a little overheated. The Cousin was roped in to assist, I was put on bar duty and a very pretty lady from another resort turned up to help. The other resort lady was put to work in the kitchen in her finest going out clothes and I suggested to the manager that her dress was going to get messed up. I volunteered to put an apron on her to stop here dress from being messed up but try as he could he couldn't find anything suitable. We just had to look at her but not touch.

    A grand night followed and every one got fed, had plenty to drink and smoke and we were rewarded with an invitation to the pretty ladies resort the following night.

    The next night we set off in convoy, the resort manager, the two American ladies, two dive instructors and me with the cousin riding pillion. As we approached the resort turn off we were told that the track was very slippery with some deep puddles and to take care. We were also told to go to the shop as there was no beer or whiskey at the resort. We dutifully purchased a mixture of beer whiskey, snacks and cigarettes much to the delight of the shop owner and set off down the track.

    I took up position at the back to enable me to see how the others fared and we all managed to make it without falling off.

    At the new resort a meal was taking place and again more rice and fish was rustled up in the kitchen. Beer and whiskey was soon flowing and the "cousin" who up to now had been drinking coke and water asked me if she could have some whiskey as she wanted to join in with everyone else, who by this time were all talking to the fairies.

    Thai music was blaring out the speakers, the two dive instructors were trying to get into the Americans pants and last nights pretty resort owner had become a vamp. i of course sat there sipping my beer.

    The now pissed cousin had started a drinking game, basically filling a glass with whiskey and soda and downing it in one. The other Thai ladies along with the American girls were following suit. the whole place was rocking to the music and a few were now needing a good sleep. My cousin friend started to feel sick, and was peeing behind trucks so I told her time to go.

    We started back along the muddy track and managed the deepest longest puddles but what with a moaning drunk pillion passenger throwing up over my back, her inability to stay upright and the sticky mud we eventually slid softly over into a puddle. I held the bike up off the cousin but she just laid in the mud screaming her head off. Nothing hurt, no bruises, scratches , anything, just a wet, drunk, muddy girl.

    We managed no further events driving home and pulled up at the resort to be confronted with the managers mother who was more concerned with the muddy motorbike than either of us. I carried the cousin to our bungalow, stripped her in the bathroom and sat her under the shower to soak. After a thorough scrubbing and dry off I placed her gently into bed and covered her up and let her sleep. Back at the motorcycle I expected to have to clean it but the mother had already finished so I said my goodnights and thanks to her.

    Another fun filled day in Thailand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    Thanks for that. Now I can sit back and enjoy reading the thread not dreading that it is all going to go horribly wrong.......
    Nothing ever goes "horribly wrong" in Thailand, I just accept that today's paradise may change in an instant and plan, on not, accordingly.

    I, as you can see, strike out on a path and if it peters out find another. There is always another just waiting to be stepped upon with at first small steps and eventually large steps. Life is too short to worry about tomorrow, live for today.
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    That's the end of the report. It was really aimed and newcomers who may have reservations about travelling by bus through Thailand.

    I have found, much to my expectations, that the Thai people go out of there way to accommodate the stupid falang who doesn't know the system. There is always a helpful person who will guide you, feed you and help you with any desire. It all cost money of course but pennies compared to western society.

    A falang is still a novelty in many Thai villages but I have found that I am welcomed, fed, accommodated everywhere I go.

    One only requires a dozen Thai words, a few hundred baht and patience.

    I was at the pier at Ko Mak when a wedding party arrived in three speed boats from the mainland. The groom and bride had been married earlier in the day and all the guests transported to Ko Mak as a honeymoon treat. As you can imaging 30 or 40 Europeans were a little disturbed at the seemingly lack of order but enough trucks/vans/taxis were there and they all moved on to a resort within 20 minutes. There were a couple of Thais trying to organise the mass and very tactfully told the guests what to do, repeatedly, until they did as they were told.

    The other aspect of moving from one "family" of friends to another doesn't perturb me as offers are made, some accepted, some refused, but all with complete openness on all parts. From my perspective at least, if not from others.

    That may be a topic for another thread.
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