Hello everyone, shock horror - it's not just Sophie, but...Jonny too!!!! And it only took 4 weeks! (But I still don't think I'll get much out of him.)Ã¯Â¿Â½ We're all (unfortunately)Ã¯Â¿Â½in Bangkok now after two seperate bus journeys, J Rae and Jonny from Khao Sok and Soph from Koh Tao, after a tormented farewell! The last couple of days together on Tao were fun, seeing us all hiring quad bikes to trek around the island and explore. That we did, with Jonny taking us off road more often then not and Sophie relishing in finally being allowed to drive ALONE! J Rae was sharing with our Irish companion Derek, and they opted for the monster bike - the daddy to our bubba, and after he mastered the art of reversing it was a fun day... That evening the boys left for Khao Sok on the night boat, which resembled Steam Boat Willy's boatÃ¯Â¿Â½- crusing the seas like sardines on french toast, spooning eachother on the 'comfy' mattresses.
We arrived at Khao Sok at 9am and decided we would go tubing along the river Sok. Whilst leisurely floating along the rapids we encountered what we could only descirbe as a mentally disturbed deranged Thai man, who called himself God! He then proceeded to abuse a local family living along side the river who retaliated dramatically with... a hand gun! I hadn't noticed until J Rae whispered "That blokes got a f***ing handgun! Let's get out of here!" Luckily, and quickly after the encounter 'God' disappeared into hisÃ¯Â¿Â½own house where he decided it was time for a dance. He wasn't particularly good! Our guide then repeated numerous times GO GO GO!!!! So, we did. Aside from this interaction with God, it was a fantastic experience. The rest of the day was spent snoozing, playing cards and reading in our jungle hut. The next day we went sightseeing around the park, looking in awe at the spectacular mountains and pinnacles' colours - aswell as some very cute puppies! That evening, we left on our very posh bus to meet Soph in Bangkok.
Meanwhile, as the boys were enjoying their 'religious' experience with God,Ã¯Â¿Â½with my ear being back to normal I decided it was time to re-enter the water and have one last (or 4) dives with the fishes.Ã¯Â¿Â½ So Tuesday (I think) at 7.30am I travelled down to the EasyDivers shop and regained my rightful position aboard the boat, which took us to South West Pinnacle, another deep dive spot where I could drop to 30m, and the spot I had been desperate to get toÃ¯Â¿Â½before my ear decided to play up...Regaining the diving bug, I enjoyed a further 3 more dives at three other spotsÃ¯Â¿Â½- coming into close proximity of aÃ¯Â¿Â½Trigger Fish (an aggressive fish who especially like to create fights with the Dive Masters and instructors!) and all the other amazingly coloured fish who dwell out of sight. In the evening after ironically eating tasty barracuda, Derek and I went to watch some Muay Thai Boxing - which was another new experience, and enticing my competitive side as I'll admitt, got rather into the fights! All in all, it was a very good way to finish my elongated Koh Tao experience. Sadly it was time to leave, so after a long overdue goodbye to the DMT's, instructors and not forgetting the fun ladies on reception, aswell as favourite restaurants and beach spots I left the island. Vowing to return, as I've already said, next summer without fail.
Arrived in Bangkok at half past midnight, and begrudingly walked to Khao San road, to behold theÃ¯Â¿Â½familiar and busy street of Bangkok. Derek (who's leaving Saturday) and I went to Centre, known as the most popular meeting point in the world I believe lived up to it's repuation. After only 5 minutes, over walked one of the Irish guys I'd met on Koh Tao two weeks ago, and planned on meeting in Phi Phi before Koh Tao syndrome hit! So after a little reunion with a couple of the guys, and swapping the last 2 weeks events, I found a hotel - the D&D Inn and went to bed, awaiting the arrival of the boys at 6am....Leading us to this blog, whilst J Rae sleeps (with Derek!!!)
Have to say, I'm fairly proud of myself that I got Jonny to write - so thank yous, especially I hear from Daddy Hollingshead, are welcome! We're moving onto Chaing Mai tomorrow night, to embark upon elephant rides and traditional Thai culture. Everyone should also know that later on today, there should finally be some pictures up. Warnings, a lot ofÃ¯Â¿Â½mine are of the sunsets IÃ¯Â¿Â½was obsessed with watching from the beach most evenings, whether they be on the beach, or in the water...
So for now, this is Jonny and Sophie saying good bye.... x x x