Updates from South East Asia!
Again the photo has nothing to do with my trip, just thought it was pretty.Ok when I last left you we were preparing for the half moon party right?Hmm... well, as usual it didn't work out quite as planned... One of the guys were travelling with got completely inebriated and i ended up having to practically carry him home. We literally got to the party (me propping him up by this point already) paid 200 baht each to get in (just over 3 quid which is quite a lot here), made it to the loo (fortunately he managed to support himself at this point) and then he fell over and only just managed to get back up again and decided he needed to get home.I managed to guide him back through the entrance (to the astonished looks of the people who had admitted us 30 seconds earlier) into a taxi where we had to pay an extortionate amount to get a taxi ride back to the resort. It seems to me a tad unreasonable to have to actually pay to be terrified out of your wits through racing at breakneck speeds up and down ridiculous hills and round impossible corners clinging on for dear life with one white-knuckled hand to the roof (it goes without saying that there are no seat belts here and when i say taxi i mean open backed truck with two parallel benches in the back.All it would take would be an emergency stop or a particularly large pothole(and there are plenty of those) and you would go hurtling out of the open back and onto the road below. Ah, Thai road regulations...) and the other arm wrapped around a comatose 15 stone guy trying to support him as he lolls around limply across your lap... So, that was fun.Well, no actually in fairness it was quite fun. Especially watching said guy trying to stagger down the Steepest-Drive-in-History back to his bungalow. He nearly toppled backwards down it about three times but mercifully i manage to catch him each time and then he decided the only "sensible" approach to take would be to lean backwards at a 45 degree angle so his torso is parallel with the incline and inch his way forwards with little dolly steps. Oh, how I laughed... The next day wasn't particularly productive (I sunbathed.All day.) and then we went into Haad Rin (the main town, home to the Full Moon Parties) to get drunk on the beach and watch sunrise.Again.Some of the guys disappeared for mushroom shakes to Mushroom Mountain (Not me Mum, honest) for several hours and then returned to explain to us all just how beautiful a rock can be when you stare at it for 2 hours and to ask us if we too could see beautiful flowers everywhere. Um, yes, yes of course we can love...er, why don't you drink some water and rest your head here for a while, hmm? Just so you know, when you find yourself on the beach around 7am surrounded by the hardcore stragglers from the previous evenings party, don't expect anyone to be coherent. Or sane. It may sound hard to believe but these people are usually very very odd and any interaction on your part will only result in confusion and/or fear for your life. It is always best to get up slowly (don't make any sudden movements to draw attention to yourself) and inch your way towards a taxi and subsequent escape from lunacy.This is my advice to you. Anyway i did nothing yesterday other than fall asleep on the beach yesterday whilst sunbathing, then relocate to my bed to sleep (less threat of being washed away by the tide) before heading to town to send a coupla emails and then back to sleep some more.Today we're hopefully going to book our flight to Bangkok from Phuket for the 4th of July and book our coach to Krabi for tomorrow. Oh, and do a bit more sunbathing and sleeping. It's a tough life but someone's got to do it, right? Love to everyone, be happy Jx