5 Star Baby!

So we arrived in Phuket and what you don’t know is that we’ve splashed out (Thanks to a secret escapes voucher from Joe’s family) to a 5 star paradise… away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket town. This voucher includes a private villa with balcony and outside bathroom, 2 complimentary buffet dinners, 60minutes spa treatment each, complimentary continental breakfast and a candlelit dinner for two in a private room. WAHOO!!! This will help us forget that ghastly night boat. We arrive and eagerly hand over passports for check in…. I could tell straight away from the look on the receptionists face that something was not quite right. And then she pointed to the date on the booking…. I had booked the hotel for the 18th of April instead of the 18th of March. Whoopsie. In my defence I did ask Joe to double check the booking as we were in a rush when I did it and he obviously failed to pay attention. The receptionist went on to tell me that they were fully booked? Which I still don’t understand as after a little faff she managed to alter the booking, she was very apologetic about the fact that we now had single beds instead of a double. PAA last of our worries. The plot thickens we had to pay an £80 admin fee to get the room changed still least of our worries at this point in time. I went in my purse to get out my credit card to pay the fee straight away at this point I noticed my debit card was missing. Joe was telling me not to panic and that it would turn up somewhere… I decided straight away that it wouldn’t due to the fact that I wouldn’t have put it anywhere else. In Thailand the cash machine gives you money then card and as I remembered hurriedly withdrawing money the other day, I came to the conclusion that i’d probably left it in the machine. Anyway we now had a room but couldn’t check in for 2 hours so guess where we headed. Thats right back to the pub… after all the hotels so posh we can’t even afford a drink here. Haha. Debit card didn’t turn up… which is a bit of a problem as i’d previously transferred all the money from my current account into that account as its the only way I get free money withdrawals. Its even more complicated as since I had to reset all my phone and Joe lost his, there is no way we can get onto the account through internet banking but we have a few back up plans so no-one worry. After a few beers the world seemed like a better place.

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We headed back to the hotel to get checked into our room. OMG its the most beautiful place i’ve ever stepped foot in the bathroom and bedroom is so beautiful and the pool and restaurant look amazing too. I think we appreciate it even more after the night boat situation! heres the link if you would like to have a further look at the facilities…

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We chilled for the first few days and enjoyed our breakfast each day and the pool and jacuzzi. The breakfast is basic but lovely, Joe loves to order iced coffee and two Orange juices and Milk oh year and water as well as toast and croissants.

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For our first dinner we ordered a takeaway pizza with some of our leftover cash its pretty cheap and means we can enjoy extra time in our room which is so lovely, I think they’ll be more pizza to come before the week up.

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We’ve even thought about going to the gym. Joe had his first ever massage and got himself so worried about it that I thought he was going to have a panic attack but he actually enjoyed it and we went back for a second one a few days later.

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We’ve met a lot of people, its mainly older couples some are nice some are very strange. Everyone seems to be here on some kind of voucher which is quite good as no-one is super posh. We had our first buffet the other day and treated ourselves to a bottle of wine. The theme for the night was Thai Lovers Night, the food was amazing it was really nice being able to try everything. We had a few courses and them some strange cheesecake for pudding. We had an amazing night and then got an early night that bottle of wine had taken its toll.

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The next day we went back to doing more of the same. We have to sort my dad out as he gets here Friday and we have the room till Saturday so one night here should help him get over his jet lag. So we went to reception as i’d seen online they offer a joining fee to cover an extra person staying in the room. After asking they don’t offer this if you’ve used a voucher great! They also tried to fob me off saying that the only room available was the most expensive room they have at about 350 a night! After a quick scan online I found a room for 180 and booked it before dad has to stay in a bedsit next door. We spent the next few days chilling and relaxing! So much so we’re both struggling to keep our eyes open, I even nearly fell asleep during dinner the other day!

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Hopefully thats all the stressful money stuff out the way now and we can enjoy our next few days of paradise.

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

24.03.2017 (Week 12 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. **Currently 100 pages into War And Peace so might take a while***

Status: TWO WEEKS AHEAD

A night boat adventure

So we left Koh Tao after a pretty amazing week. We got a taxi to the pier and then waited. We got on the bus and had a look around, it all looked pretty cramped but there were beds which were more than we were expecting.

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The boat didn’t leave for another few hours so guess where we headed…. you guessed it! The pub. We had a few beers and then wondered back to the boat by now it is chaos people everywhere, trying to get in the right beds. We stayed outside the boat for a bit and then the queue started to dramatically increase. Joe and I had already shown our tickets and put our bags on our beds so that they were all sorted. We got up to our beds and were next door to three girls from Brighton who were less than pleased with the sleeping arrangements but seemed like a good laugh. We left Joe to guard the beds as me and the girls headed down to the toilet/smoking area.

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Moving around on this boat was making me feel very sick even before the boat had even moved. The people the other side of Joe were causing a slight amount of drama. Basically when you get on the boat you get a bed number stamped on your ticket it is not rocket science! We got quite good seats/beds as we got to the boat early our seats were okay. These 3 guys had got their numbers and got to their beds to find 2 girls and a lad were sat in their beds. They politely showed them their tickets and asked them to move to a different bed. At this point the boat was full, there were already people sleeping in the corridors etc, so although I can see why they were refusing to move it was still pretty pathetic. The people who man the boat refused to get involved and told them to sort it out amongst themselves. One of the girls was getting really mouthy at which point the boys who’s beds they were just sat down on the beds anyway, and once again politely asked them to move. At this point the gobby ones boyfriend got involved and offered one of the lads outside. This I found hilarious due to the fact that by now the boat had started moving and we’re in the middle of the sea. The bloke eventually calmed down and everything settled. it started off again about half an hour later due to the someone farting, I actually felt like I was back in yr3. Joe had no problem falling asleep and I stayed up with the girls for a bit then kind of dozed. I don’t think I actually slept at all! All in all it wasn’t a very good experience there are 150 beds on this boat and I estimate about 300 people not including the crew. No sign of one life jacket… and it takes 9 hours. I’ll let you do the math but i’m not sure this boat is all that safe and not sure we’ll be getting on another one.

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We had to wait at the travel agent for a few hours before we got the bus. This bus was another horrible experience. I sat in the back of the minivan and the chairs were not clicked in so kept getting flung all over the place. We made it in one piece to Phuket and then got a taxi to our hotel feeling very excited and relieved that the journey was over…

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

22.03.2017 (Week 12 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. **Currently 100 pages into War And Peace so might take a while***

Status: TWO WEEKS AHEAD

Exploring the island…

Now we had a bit of a lay in this morning as we were both tired. Joe slept a bit longer than me (till 11.30) but I caught up with the blog and my book which i’ve neglected the last few days. So all was good! We have tonight and one more night booked on this beautiful island so I am determined to make the most of it and see everything… LETS GO…

We hired a moped but the roads were not my favourite thing ever, it was more off roading than the casual adventure I had in mind. Any way we went up to one of the view points and saw this beautiful view and enjoyed a much needed beer of course.

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We also headed back to the pool we so much love, Joe enjoyed reading his new found book and I nursed my poorly toe from ill fitting fins and had a leisurely swim.

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We spent our second day around exploring the best places to eat. We did stumble across a place that does all you can eat pizza but opted for a cheaper local option. Day 2 spent relaxing. We booked our boat for the next night so this is officially our last night on the island. I really wanted to go and see the lady boy cabaret but Joe was unsure. After a few glasses of whiskey I managed to convince him and we got a taxi into town.

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The night started with a few more drinks in a bar and an intense game of connect 4. I beat Joe 8/10 times and he was not happy.

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Joe got so drunk he let me put his hair in a man bun and kept it up all night haha, to be fair I think he forgot it was like that until we got home. We arrived at the lady boy cabaret in good time and sat with two lads from leeds who were a good laugh. Safe to say it was a load of shit. Barry Sparkle from Tenerife is 10 times better. But we all had a laugh and it was a good night. I think Joe enjoyed it more than me!

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We got a lift back with the two lads from Leeds who had rented dirt bikes and went to bed ready to leave tomorrow We’ve thoroughly enjoyed Koh Tao and may even return.  We get the night boat tonight which will be an experience. And then head to Phuket where we’ve arranged a little treat for ourselves… but i’ll keep you posted on that in good time.

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

17.03.2017 (Week 11 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker

Status: THREE WEEKS AHEAD

Underwater in Koh Tao

Well I have to start with the journey here! What a bloody nightmare. We booked a bus and were told to be at the agency for 6.00pm sharp we arrived and the bus picked us up a little after 9. Great start! We were previously informed that this was a sleeper bus however the seats only reclined, there were no beds on this bus as we have been previously used to. Oh well. I was starving and thought i’d heard mention of stoping for food. But no sign. Just about to  try and get some sleep the bus was now freezing as they blasted the air con but oh well it could be worse right? Then they put on some Vin Diesel film… so loud. I think the cinema is quieter than the volume of this film everyone was looking around in shock in the end someone had to go and tell the driver to turn the film down. It ended up being quite gripping however and we watched the whole thing. Surely now it must be time to get some sleep? Just about asleep but no!! We’re stopping for food and I am starving but I think Pringles will do. Joe has some rice and chicken it did’t look very appetising so i’m glad I gave it a miss tbh. We arrived at the ferry port at… wait for it… 4am! Joe slept on a bench while I paced around and searched for more food. My search was unsuccessful. I however did manage to sleep on the boat once it arrived at 7am. We got to the dive school we’d booked in with and talked through the logistics of the course Joe wanted to do and the diving that i wanted to do. We then headed to our accommodation. 350baht for a private room basic but nice. And some of the dorms here are 300 each so a bargain. The second we got through the door Joe managed to stand on a lizard with an almighty crunch crushing the poor little guy.

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Joe had to watch a video and do an exam on his first day so I chilled in the pool next door. OMG it is hot here I keep getting covered head to toe in heat rash every time i go outside so sat in the shade. Joe didn’t like the classroom and he’s a bit jealous as i’m going diving tomorrow and theres quite a big chance i’ll see a whale shark. We went to a free barbecue that night that we couldn’t quite believe was actually free and got talking to some of the people that live here. Determined to have an early night due to us both having busy days tomorrow we headed to one more little bar with a live band that were really really good and stayed for a few drinks with an American couple we met. All in all a good day!

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I had an amazing day on my first two dives in ages! It all came flooding back despite being sick about 10 times on the boat – not my fave mode of transport- lets put it like that. I however didn’t see a whale shark, saw barracuda as long as me and massive grouper, clown fish and parrot fish. So all in all a successful day. Joe also did his first ever dive today and was buzzing, but tired so a few drinks and then bed. The next day Joe had class in the morning and dived in the afternoon. I didn’t dive today as we’re skint and i’m tired. I spent time editing our Vietnam video and i’m pleased to say its live now so if you haven’t already watched it please make sure you Check it out.  And then I watched casualty in the afternoon #homecomforts. We really like Koh Tao and might come back when my dad arrives in a week. Joe enjoyed his second two dives and passed the course with flying colours he even got to see a sea turtle.

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We went diving today for the first time together and it was so fun! There was a strong current on our first dive and we kept getting blown all over the place but all went well. Visibility was okay so lots of cool things. On the second dive the visibility was very poor and for the first 10 minutes we couldn’t see anything but but the time we’d swam to the reef the vis miraculously cleared and we saw a lot of marine life including giant clams, barracuda, parrot fish, grouper and trigger fish. All went very smoothly! I’ll include some pics of what we look like underwater.

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Joe had to do a bit more classroom work so i enjoyed a beer at the dive centre and waited for him. We went back to sleep after as we were tired out now. Neither of us have been sleeping very well at night. might be something to do with the extreme heat. In the evening we hired a moped and went for a spin into town. The island is pretty small so we hope to explore the whole place tomorrow. While i was impatiently trying to upload my Vietnam video in a bar I got a message from Laura who was not far away in Koh Tao and say that we’d meet her when we were done with our drinks! A bit like Ross we’ve not see Laura in about 3 years so it was good to catch up and share stories old and new. It doesn’t take long before it all feels like we’re still sat round the pool at camp shouting BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY!! Obligatory selfie of the three of us below ahhh camp friends.

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Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

15.03.2017 (Week 11 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker

Status: THREE WEEKS AHEAD

Vietnam Video Highlights!!!

Sometimes Vietnam feels so long ago… those of you who have been following know how much we loved this country and how much fun we had along the way! Its taken me about two days to upload this video because wifi in paradise can be a problem all be it a minor one. So I hope you all enjoy! Take a look at our best bits, we personally cannot stop watching it and once again a massive shout out to all the cool cats we met along the way big love to you all you made this trip everything it was!

NOTE: Don’t panic parents a lot of the motorbike footage is in fast forward :). Plus even if it wasn’t we are both alive and well!!

Paris X

Vicks Birthday!

Still down the famous Koh San Road, I have to say it is so hot we’ve chickened out of any sight seeing and gone to a pool! vicky has messaged and is going to the floating markets so hopefully she’ll catch up with us this afternoon. As i slightly predicted the gang were disappointed in the floating markets and came to see us earlier that expected so great to see Vicky and we spent all afternoon chilling by the pool. And laughing at some creepy American guy who occasionally tried to engage us in conversation.

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We later all went back to get changed Joe and I managed to squeeze an extra beer in and get cuddles with the cutest little puppy dog I have ever seen.

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Then we met the gang again at the restaurant where they were having a rather nice dinner all looked a bit fancy to us as we’d both managed to eat for £2. We had some drinks though and started celebrating!!! We eventually walked on to a little bar and had some buckets!!!

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Then headed to another bar where there was a live band. They were alright but we were sat quite close so was just a tad loud.

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In the end we declined a ping pong show and a late night as we all had traveling to look forward to tomorrow. Joe and I still had no idea how we were getting to where we we were going or where we were going for a fact! The night ended with some dancing in the street and farewells!! It was lush to see you Vicks and i’m sure you’ll be reading hope you had the best birthday and hopefully see you and the rest of your family soon!

The next day Joe and I didn’t do much I wanted to get the local train to the coast and then the boat to Koh Toa our next destination. But Joe was really ill again so we splashed out and got the backpackers bus. A lots happened since then but thats for another post maybe tomorrow if you’re lucky. Thankyou for reading. And until next time Koh San Road as always its been a pleasure.

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Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

13.03.2017 (Week 11 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker

Status: THREE WEEKS AHEAD

Back in Bangkok.

It is with mixed emotions to say the least as its where our journey started nearly 7 months ago! And a lot has happened. We have had the most amazing trip so far made so many friends and even more memories.

This trip to Bangkok started with nearly 24hours on a bus from Cambodia which neither of us enjoyed that much its safe to say. The last 4 hours we were taken off our luxury sleeper bus and crammed into the smallest mini bus you can imagine. We arrived in Bangkok safe and sound if not a little tired and headed to our Hotel. We decided to walk as it was only 900metres so not to bad. Upon arrival it became clear that as Joe had previously hinted at i’d booked the wrong night at the hostel. the receptionist was so rude I then proceeded to cancel our next few nights and decide to find somewhere else. When we told the receptionist this she proceeded to turn off the wifi so we couldn’t book anywhere online. I ordered Joe a beer and walked off to find somewhere to stay. Just around the corner I found a place for about £6 a night with zircon bargain half the price of the place i’d originally booked aswell. The place was interesting I think it might be a brothel but despite a bit of obligatory mould the room was nice. Basic but nice. We settled in and headed out for some food… the best thing about Thailand. Pad Thai.

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We bumped into a few people who had been on our bus and had a few drinks with them down the famous Koh San Road, its just as crazy and magnificent as we’d remembered it. We met a cool lady who we dubbed travel mum and listened to a bit of live music before heading home. I had a slight panic as I thought i’d lost a credit card that now contains the majority of our funds. But after a few frantic hours and phone calls to mum I found it in Joes wallet, where I then remembered i’d put it so as not to have every single card in one purse. PHEW.

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The next day we chilled in the room watched more Netflix and awaited the arrival of Vicky  (A very good family friend who i’ve not seen in god knows how long) tomorrow. We did treat ourselves to the biggest McDonalds I have ever had in my life. I couldn’t eat it all butd it wasn’t cheap so I think we’ll be sticking to the Pad Thai from here on in. 

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I’ll let you know how it all goes in a few days and also let you know what our plan for the next 4 weeks are because right now there isn’t one.

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

08.03.2017 (Week 10 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley

Status: THREE WEEKS AHEAD