I thought it was about time I shared my latest bout of shenanigans, apologies to relatives who have warned of the dangers of alcohol but it will be a running theme throughout this blog. I'm afraid it could not be helped...
After the elephant trek we went out with Fiona and Kat, the two other girls on our trek. We had some food and hit the rooftop bar where we met some seriously entertaining people, the evening included 9 in a TukTuk (no mean feet), my first Thai nightclub experience (weird and wonderful) and me accidentally upending a whole table with 7 pints, a bottle of whisky and a couple of beer bottles.....it was a hell of a lot of broken glass! A 1000 baht bribe (about 20 quid) however and everything was resolved.
After such an evening we had a lazy day, getting a Thai massage (no happy ending) and checked out a really cool night Market. The sad day had come however and we had to say bye to Cheryl, who headed to Oz.
Me and Dale had lost a partner in crime but decided to crack on and meet up with Kira and her friend Rita for some new and exciting adventures. Kira had been one of the 9 in the TukTuk, the evening that followed was large to say the least.
The four of us headed then up to Pai, a northern village with a reputation for being slow moving and relaxing, we got there late evening and decided to head out to an awesome little jazz bar for a quite one.....we then learnt however of the half moon party in the jungle......not wanting to miss out on an opportunity, we went for it. This was my first real attempt to concur the infamous buckets and I'm not sorry to say I failed spectacularly. There is no way I am an accomplished enough writer to do the party justice, it was just really really really good.
The next day we got to see the real Pai, it really was the cool, calm and collected place we had heard about, the chilled out vibe was just what the doctor ordered after the two major cities my travelling has taken me to so far. We relaxed in the natural hot springs and had a bit of a pool session.
The level of detail on the drunken escapades has been censored quite dramatically but here are a few highlights: me taking a cockroach to the face, getting chased out of our guest house by a four-foot, bat wielding Thai man moments before 4am swimming.....don't ask, Dales commitment to obtaining a 15 foot-tall palm leaf (truly outstanding), mountain sunrises, fire dancing, hitchhiking and the unofficial scooter taxi's in Pai
As I write this blog we have entered Laos on a slow boat down the Mekong river, the scenery is ridiculous. We stayed in a hostel on the waterfront last night and the picturesque views from the balcony made even me stop and realise how pleasant it was.
Luang Prabang is the next destination on the list, an overnight stay there and then on to tubing in Vang Vieng is the current plan.
Still going strong and enjoying every minute. Thank you for all your messages, hope this blog finds you well!