Hi ........ (please insert name, i wish the blog to feel personal to you)
Heres what i have learnt so far on my trip:
Metal belts at heathrow will set off the metal detectors and you will be searched, bangkok is very hot. Tuk tuks will take you where they want to go, you have to show them who is boss! You cannot take photos of the emerald budha (dan!) Lady boys say "hey baby" a lot. Bartering is a skilled art. Ping pong shows are funny, especially when sitting next to a drunk scottish woman who is confused about how things work. Nights usually end up in a thai indie club. Thai boxing is awesome but the dancing warm up is way better.
Also i've planned out some of my journey, heres what i've got sorted so far...
Tomorrow, (April 5th) i get an overnight train to Chiang Mai, which is in North Thailand, there im going treking/ride elephants. i booked accommodation there for Thai New year where there is a huge water fight!
I'm in Chiang Mai for 10days then i fly to Luangprabang, Laos. I then have 3weeks to see bits of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Dan and I have made a list of what we want to see and will arrange things when we arrive, proper backpacker style!
On May 7th we've got a bus ticket from Bangkok to Phuket.
11th May - Get boat to Phi Phi Island (where the beach was filmed)
15th May- Head to Krabi
18-22nd May - In Ko Pha-ngan for the full moon party on the 19th
22nd i get a Bus to Kuala Lumpa in Malaysia.
I have a week there and then get to singpore for the land of oz.
Lots of love, Patrick
P.s. Here are some quotes you will here in the crown when we return.
"Look shes naked!"
"40 year old, never!"