Pursat – What a ride!

The ride to Pursat from Osoam Village was even more fun than the ride to Osoam.  This time we are 5 plus a baby in the car, but have also include propane tanks, that look like they are ready to explode and other junk.

The road from Osoam to Pursat is much worse, and floated in spots, then coming to Osoam from Koh Kong.

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One spot the driver gets out, and walks through the water to see how deep it is, and if the bottom is muddy or not.  He gives me a thumbs up, but I can see the water is up to his nuts.

Hmmm, can a 1980 something Toyota really do this?

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As we are going through it, the car starts to lug a little as the water is up to the mirrors, and over the hood.  I quickly put my laptop over my head, as it was on the floor.  The girls in the back start laughing and telling me with sign language, I am big man, I can push us out.

Oh yeah, I am massive in Cambodia compared to them.

Somehow, I don’t know how, it we make it through, and up the moody hill.

A few minutes later, there is another crazy mud hole and a steep hill on the other side.  I see many people have been stuck here, but our driver doesn’t even hesitate.  He drives right in.

The good thing there is a big truck ahead of us, and he waits to see if we make it.

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Somehow, again we make it.  I don’t understand it, but we do.

I pat the dash, and say, “Good Car!”  The driver looks at me and smiles, and says something similar I am guessing in Cambodian.

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4/5 hours later we arrive in Pursat, and he drops me off at a guess house that Lim told him to take me too.

I thank him and give him his $10 dollars.  Yes, only $10 for over 4 hours in a shared taxi.  I love Cambodia!

The guess house turns out to be a very expensive $8 per night, with hot water, clean sheets and a comfy bed.

My first goal is to shower, as I am covered in 4 days of jungle dirt.  Then a nap, then dinner.

Tomorrow I will explorer Pursat.

Koh Chang – White Sand Beach

White Sand Beach has been a very fun place, and even better is, I am loving my hotel.  I took a chance on this place, as there were several bad reviews, but I thought, who cares for 1 night.

The reviews were very wrong.  My room was clean, the bed was decent, and it had hot water, which I was not expecting for the price.  Online I paid 600 baht for the night, but after seeing how great it is, I decided to stay an extra few nights, and Freddy the owner, only asks for 500 baht for each additional night.  How cool is that, I got a discount without even asking!

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My first night here, at around 8 pm I heard some music playing and took a look to see what was going on.  On the hillside Freddy setup a TV and cushions for everyone to come relax and watch a movie or listen to music.  Very chill and friendly.

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I ended up becoming friends with Freddy and his girlfriend, and we had some drinks together that night.  Really loving this place.

During the day, I explored the beach and swimming.  Nice clean water, but no real fish to see when snorkeling.  There is other eye-candy though!

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The next day I was sitting eating lunch, when another guest of the hotel asked if he could sit with me, because I had the fan table.  I said yes, of coarse.

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His name is Ville, and he is from Finland.  He has been coming here for years now and everyone knows him.  We have a really good conversation, and start having beers together.  Eventually he leaves to shower before we head out on the town.

As I am waiting for him, I meet another couple from Germany.  Marie and Marco are best friends traveling together.  We all hit it off pretty quickly, and when Ville comes back, we all head out on the town.

Our first stop is Little Red Light district.  I did not know this even existed on White Sand Beach, but it does.  a Mini walking street, with, yes, you guessed it.  Ladyboys, hookers, and dancing.

We have one drink, and decide this is not for us, but Ville wants to stay, so this is where we part with him.

Now Marie, Marco and I are off to continue the shit show.

We went all over checking out different bars, drinking and just having a damn good time.  So much of a good time that next day, I think we all felt it.

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One bar that was pretty cool, was a Rock Bar where we met 2 guys from Austria, who ended up in our gang of drunks that night.  I don’t recall their names though.

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What a night is all I can say!

The next day I spend just relaxing and catching up on email, etc.  However, that night Marie messages and asks what the hell am I doing.  So, I head down the to the beach to meet them relaxing, and having a pint.  What a great place to enjoy a cold one.

This night was a little slower, but still had some great conversations.

Onto the next day, I wake up early, go for a swim and book a taxi / ferry to Koh Mak.  I had not planned on going here, but then I heard it is awesome, quite and a decent price.  So, Yeah, I am going there.

Later in the day, I meet up with Marie and Marco.  We go swimming, suntan, and enjoy our last day in White Sand Beach.  Tomorrow they are also leaving but to go to Cambodia.

That night we eat at the local Night Market.  Marie tries some of the local bug snacks.  I also tried them, and they are not half bad.

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I enjoyed my shell fish!

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Our night was awesome, and I will really miss these two crazy Germans who liked to show me pictures of dicks!  Long story, but they will know what I mean. lol.

Well, Goodbye White Sand Beach on Koh Chang!

Koh Chang – I got here and upset someone

Getting to Koh Chang was really easy.  I booked a minibus from Pattaya to Koh Chang Island using https://12go.asia/en .  I was a little skeptical using the site, as I was unsure if it was a scam site or not.  However, it turned out better than expected for 500 baht.

When booking it, it showed I would get a minibus to the ferry, and the ferry in the price.  I thought after the ferry I would have to find a way to my hotel.  But, that wasn’t true, the bus came onto the ferry and dropped me off at my hotel.

So anyways, on the minibus it was all Thai people, but one couple who I could tell were not Thai, or Russian, but I wasn’t really sure where they were from.  And being the bus is 5 hours long, I am going to make new friends.  Yes, I am using them to make my trip shorter. lol.

The couple turned out to be from Lithuania, where I was only a few months ago.  This started off a really great conversation, and lasted the entire bus ride, and ferry ride.  During the ferry ride we made plans to meet on Koh Chang and go for dinner, but I forgot to get their contact information. Uhhh, so stupid!  Well, maybe I will run into them on the beach.

On the side of the minibus is a pretty odd and funny warning signs.

No Dogs, I think?  Not sure of the next one, then no guns, and no pokeyman?

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Here are some pictures from the ferry.

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The hotel that night was interesting.  The owner is an Italian guy, with a wife or friend who is Thai running it.  She is super nice, and speaks pretty good English.  He is just odd, speaks OK English, but again, is ODD!

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This is how my arrival went.  I walked in and asked if they had rooms, and they do, for 450 baht.  This is great for a night.  As I am at the counter, pulling out my passport and money, he starts taking my laptop bag.  I do not like anyone touching it because it is not really strong enough to hold my laptop and I don’t want it to rip.  So, I stop him and say, no I have it.  Then keeps saying, come come.  He wants to show me the room.  So, being clueless, I grab my money, and totally didn’t see my passport, in my passport holder/wallet sitting on the counter.

We get to the room, and I set my bags down.  He goes back downstairs.  2 minutes later, I am like, “Shit, I left my passport down stairs.”  I know it is safe, but I rush down to get it.

So tell me this.  If you saw someone left their wallet, with passport in it, and you knew who’s it is, what would you do?  I would hold it, until the person came back, or taken it to them.  This is NOT what he does!  He opens the wallet, goes through it, pulls out my passport and starts copying it.  In Thailand it is law for hotels to take a copy of your ID.  However, I do not think this is right that he does it without asking me.

I see him with my wallet and say, “That is mine” with a smile, thinking he was holding it.  Then I saw my passport was not in it and he was copying it.  I said to him, “Why is my passport out?”, he says he is copying it, and I reply, “Why is my passport not in it my holder?”  He gives me a look, of, go fuck yourself!

Anyways, I get it back, pay the 450 baht, and leave it at that.  This does piss me off though, as I think it is really disrespectful to go into someones wallet, when you already know who’s it is.

So that night, I made a video reviewing the room as I always do.  Check it out here!


In the room, there were two small issues.  One the bathroom light didn’t work and two, the sink drain was not attached.  So when I brushed my teeth before bed and then spit in the sink.  The spit and water went directly onto my feet.  A little annoying.  This was mentioned in the video.

The next morning they somehow saw the video, gave it a thumbs down and didn’t want to talk to me.  It was really awkward leaving, but whatever.  I really hate when you show the truth, and the other person gets mad for people knowing it.  Sorry, but if you don’t want bad reviews, do some basic maintenance!

If you watch my video, please give it a Thumbs Up!

My first full day on Koh Larn was not bad.  I explored the little town, and found a nice empty beach, I then found some great market food.

So far, I am really liking Koh Chang.  Tomorrow I am moving down the Island, to White Sand Beach.

Some pictures from around the area.

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Jomtien Beach – Pattaya – Some last fun with my friends

Back in Jomtien Beach and I know this is going to be a good couple of days.  I get to see Anastasia, Olga and Kosta again.

However, before I go visiting, I have to check into my hotel.  I booked this one online, and it had decent reviews, but some were not so decent.  You can see my review here!

How much can you truly complain at 499 Baht a night!

It is evening and I am meeting Anastasia, Olga, and Kosta in Pattaya Park Night Market for some great eats.  One of my favorite places to eat.

During dinner we talk about going to Pattaya walking street, but Olga and Kosta don’t want to go, but that is OK.  It will be a great night, if you know anything about this street.  It is crazy, full of drunks, bars, ladyboys, and just about everything else.  Example below!

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Anastasia and I finish eating and head down to walking street.  Let this shit begin!

We walk all over looking for a bar without prostitutes and ladyboys, when we find a bar with a band playing.  Looks great.  Inside it is not bad, lots of people and the band is awesome.  There is a Thai girl singing rocks songs, which is kind of cool, she is a decent singer.

After a few songs, she is done singing for the night and the other guys in the band take over.  They are pretty funny, and good.

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A few more songs and they are done for the night.  We head over to the 7/11 for some cheaper beers.  Always a good way to advance the night!

The rest of the night we spend walking around, chatting, and just having a great night, with a great friend!

The next day I spend doing some online shit, since I finally have internet.  Get this, they have 1 GB Internet connection and no I do not mean, 1 GB router network connection, I actually mean, Internet connection.  However, the router is wireless N, so you can’t use the full speed.

I did benchmark my connection to the net, and I got over 90 MB/s up and over 40 MB/s down. Explorer.net, why did I only have 5 MB connection in Canada?

My last day in Jomtien Beach, I convinced Anastasia to come to Pattaya Park for swimming and waterslides.

It was awesome!  I think we went down the slides 100 times, and we were laughing and playing like little kids.  What a day to remember!  She even got to try a Snow Cone.  How do Russian’s not have this!  Maybe it is a Canadian thing.

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After the park I headed back to my hotel and Anastasia went to Kosta’s.  I decided not to come back into town for dinner, but later thought I should have, so I could give a proper goodbye to Olga and Kosta.  They gave me many good memories!

Well tomorrow I am off to Koh Chang, where I will start traveling again.  I am really excited for this, I have been in one place way to long.

Goodbye to my Amazing Russian Friends!

 

 

 

 

Koh Larn – The Russians are here!

After last nights crazy Thai adventure, I still have to get up and meet Anastasia at the ferry around 10:30 AM.  She is coming for a night with her sister Olga, and friend Kosta.   This is going to be another 2 days of really awesome fun, with my friends from Jomtien Beach condo.

Right on time, the ferry pulls into Naban Port and just a few minutes later I see the 3 Russians.  We all say hi, and walk back to the hotel, where they will check into their rooms and we will take our motorcycles for the day.

I have no idea what the plans is, but I think I will try and show them all the beaches, and end off the day with a sunset from Monkey Nual Beach.

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Nual Beach, also known as Monkey beach is the furthest away beach.  But come on, we are on an Island, it is only 8 minutes away. 🙂

We spend about 2 hours on Monkey beach swimming, snorkeling, and watching the monkeys fight.

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Onto the next beach.  Only 5 minutes away is Samae which is just around the corner, and over the hill.

As we are going up the big hill, the bike starts to run out of gas, but we make it to the top and easily make it to Samae beach.

Samae Beach is full of people and no real place to sit.  So we decide we want to go to Tien Beach, but before we do, we have to head back over the hill to get gas.  I am not sure if we will make it.

I was right, less than half way up the hill, it runs out of gas.

Within seconds of running out of gas, two Thai girls on a scooter stop and ask what is the problem.  I tell them we ran out of gas, but had hoped to make it over the hill.  I kind of felt like a stupid tourist!

The girls said, “wait 5 minutes, we will be back.”

While we were waiting to told Anastasia to push the bike up the hill.  She gave me a nice look, which I take it as. No, that is not going to happen.

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About 5 minutes later the Thai girls come back with a liter of gas and fill our tank.

I ask them how much I owe them and the girls says, it is 45 baht per liter.  I give her 60 baht, and they refuse to take it.  They give me 20 baht back and tell us to enjoy our holiday.

I am amazed!  This is the second time a Thai person has done a selfless act of kindness and wanted nothing in return.  I am extremely grateful.

Well, the Russians and I are back up and running.  We turn the bikes around and head to Tien beach.

Tien Beach is a lot like Nual Beach, but smaller.  We find a great place to lay our towels down, and we all jump in the water.

Tien beach is really pretty.  There are rocks on each side of the beach, and then the beach itself is soft, yellow sand, with warm water.  Just prefect.

While at Tien beach we also have something to eat, as the prices at this beach are a little more normal.  Unlike Nual (Monkey) Beach.

It is getting closer to sunset, so we head over to Nual beach for our view.

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The sunset was pretty awesome, but it is now time to leave the beaches, and head back to the hotel to get cleaned up, and go for dinner.

For dinner that night, we went to the Koh Larn Weekend Night Market, and guess who I see.  My lady friends from the street.  On weekends they set up here to sell food.  I love it.  They saw me first and yell out, “Friend, Friend, BBQ here” and as normal, are laughing like crazy.

I also see the owner of the hotel.  Wan.  I find out, the one lady is his mom.  This is really cool.  I feel like I am with friends.

Wan gives us, as he calls it, VIP treatment.  We all get discounts on the fish, and Wan also brings it back to our hotel to eat on the patio.

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Anastasia, Olga, Kosta, and the Amazing Rob!

A great meal, with amazing friends.  The best way to end such a fun day!


Day two starts off with Seafood Rice and coffee on the patio, which takes me a few minutes to wake up.  Maybe one to many rums last night. Haha.

After breakfast, we hop back on the motorcycles and head to the view point from near our hotel.  This overlooks Tawaen Beach.

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From here, we go to the next view point that over looks Nual, Tien and Samae Beaches.

This is the view point with 1 billion steps, to reach the top.  The entire way I complain about how many steps there are.  But I make it to the top.

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For whatever reason, I am getting the same heat sickness I got back in Indonesia.  Back them, it was everyday, within 20 minutes of being in the heat I would get feel sick.  I hope it doesn’t last all day.

Anyways, the view from here is awesome!

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After the view point we head over to Nual Beach where Kosta and I drop off the girls and head back to the hotel to give the scooters back.  We only had them for 24 hours.

Kosta and I take a scooter sidecar ride back to the beach, where we have a little fun accident.  As the scooter driver is going down the driveway, he locks the front brake up, and doesn’t release it.  The back of the scooter comes up in the air.  Kosta and I both fall forward, and then the bike stops.  He still doesn’t release the front brake.  So Kosta moves to the back of the sidecar and the back wheel comes back down.  Neither of us got hurt, and I told the driver, this was fun, can we do it again.  He says sorry, and I say, no worries.  All part of the authentic Thailand experience. haha!

We spent the entire day at Nual beach, and the highlight was when Anastasia got the courage to feed the monkeys.  Everything was going great until one of the baby monkey’s decides she wanted to touch Anastasia on the shoulder.  I even said, “here one comes.”  As soon as the little one touches her, she jumps and screams.  Oh My God! it was funny.  I spent the rest of the day teasing her about the little tiny monkey who scared big girl Anastasia.  hahaha!

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After an amazing two days spending with my friends, it is now 5 pm and they are heading back to Jomtien Beach.  The good news is, I will see them again in a few days when I leave the Island.

See you soon friends and thank you for the amazing time!

Video of our 2 days!

Home – Remembering a Lost Friend

This blog is not going to follow my normal style, but it is something I feel I want to do.

Only a few hours ago a friend, a person who I admired, and was a true mentor passed away from cancer.  He is the 2nd person in less than 6 months, that I know was taken way to early in life.

How do I know Bill?  Well, the story goes like this.

When I was 15 or 16, my best friend, Kris, who still is one of my best friends, was working for his Uncle, Bill.  But Kris was moving onto a new job, and gave my information to Bill.  Kris being a great friend told Bill I was awesome and Bill agreed to have me come work for him.

I was to meet Bill at the Athens fairground that Saturday at 7 am.  I remember this day, just like it was yesterday.

I arrived a few minutes early to see a guy my dad’s age in a big yellow rain suite washing a transport.  I walk over and ask if he is Bill.  He says Yes and  gave me instructions to put on the other rain suite and start working.  My first day we worked 13 or 14 hours, and not easy hours.  Who thought washing trucks would be hard, but trust me, it was!

Very quickly I learned Bill was a damn hard working guy, and rewarded people who also worked hard.

The agreement on the phone was $6.50 per hour, which at the time was just above minimum wage.  However, at the end of my first day, Bill said to me.  He really liked my work and decided to give me a raise to $7.

From that day on, Bill worked me damn hard.  We averaged 10 hour days on weekends, and it wasn’t uncommon for us to work 14 hours a day.  But he always rewarded me.  Almost every day he bought us coffee and toast for my first break, and when we went for lunch, he always paid.

There was a few times I tried paying, and he would let me, but the next day he would fill my car up with gas.  So, did I really ever pay?

That was Bill, a hard working, extremely generous, and kind man.  Just being around him made me want to succeed in life.  He was actually the first person to inspire me to travel.

I remember he went to Acapulco, Mexico for vacation and when he got back he showed me pictures of his trip over a Crown Royal, and Coke.

That reminds me of my favorite quote from Bill, “I like Crown Royal!” he would randomly say to me when it was near his birthday or Christmas.  One Christmas I actually bought him a small bottle and left it in his truck to find.

Bill also got me my first job as a welder at Tackaberry’s, which lead to me going to school to be a software developer.  If it wasn’t for Bill, I would not be the person I am today, and I probably wouldn’t be where I am today either.

One thing I will never forget about Bill, is he loved to give people nicknames.  One of the funniest ones was when a friend of mine from school came to work with us.  His name is Ben!  Ben is a big dude, and always missed washing under the truck boxes.  Bill nicknamed him, Bend Over Ben.  There is a second reason he named Ben that.  One night Ben and I went drinking, the next day at work we were a little hungover and Ben bent over to puke.  Bill saw him and made a comment to me, “he can bend over!”

His nickname for me, was Knob!  Yep, that is where my company name came from!

So, this summer I had a chance to go see Bill.  I even dreamed about showing up with flowers and a bottle of Crown Royal and telling him how much what he did for me, meant to me, but I didn’t.  You know why I didn’t!  Because I was thinking about myself and was more concerned about leaving, and traveling.  I thought, I will do it when I get back.

I rarely, if ever, have regret, but this time I regret not going.

I learned a lot from Bill, and my memories of him will never fade.

Before I wrap this up, there is something I must say!  Don’t let life pass you by.  Do what makes you happy, and don’t forget the people around you.  AND never procrastinate when it comes to telling someone how much they mean to you.

Thanks Bill for everything!

Pattaya – Jomtien Beach – Russians?

The last few days have been uneventful, as I am really just waiting to go to Koh Larn on November 8.  I have explored pretty much the entire area here, except for the paid tourist parts and I will say, I do enjoy the area, but it is time to move on.

Another 5 days until I move to Koh Larn and I thought these 5 days were going to be a bit boring, until my ride home from the Market today.

A young Russian girl is sitting across from me in the back of the truck, and out of the blue says, “I think we are neighbours!”  I respond with a smile, “Paradise Condo’s?”, and she says, “Yes!”  This turns into a nice conversation until we reach the elevator where we say goodnight and nice meeting you.

I am really happy, this is the first time I have had a conversation with a Russian.  Normally they will say hi, but that is as far as it goes.  That might be because they don’t all speak English, I am not sure.

Anyways, a day goes by and I didn’t see her around the condo.  I was hoping I would, I really enjoyed our conversation.

The next morning I am a little bored and decide I will walk down the street, catch a truck bus and see how far it goes.  This is a good way to explore a new area.  Basically, get lost, and then find my way home.

As I am walking out of the condo building, I see Anastasia.  She is also walking towards the truck Pattaya bus.  I say hi and ask what she is doing today.  She tells me she is going to a market in Pattaya, one that I have never been too.  She then asks if I want to come with her.  I say yes, of course.

When we get to the market, we first look around to find her sister.  We did not think we would find her in this massive market, but we do.

Her sister Olga I have seen around the condo before, but have never said hi.

Olga seems really nice, but doesn’t speak a lot of English.  However, we do speak a little here and there.

We all spend the morning wandering around the market, while the girls shop for clothes.  I was just enjoying spending time with people again.  I think it has been around 4 weeks since I actually did this.

Shortly after lunch, Olga leaves us to go meet another one of her friends.  Anastasia and I walk around a little more.  She helps me find a few items I have been looking for.  I didn’t buy anything, because she also tells me back in Jomtien, it might be cheaper.

Eventually we decide we have had enough walking around and head back to the condo building.  Before leaving each other, we agree to meet again tonight to go to another Night Market that she knows of, that I have never been too.  I am excited for this, as I am getting tired of eating at the same place.

Around 7 PM we meet up and head to the Pattaya Park Night Market.  It is only another 10 minutes by bus past the Jomtien Beach Night Market.

When we arrive, I am very happy.  It is a lot bigger, nicer, and more seating.  Also tones of different food, including Greek and Russian.

We meet up with her sister Olga, and her sister’s friend, who I have no idea what his name is, but he turns out to be a pretty nice guy and not just because he gave me drinks of Rum. Lol.

We sit in the market until after 10 PM enjoying some drinks and really good food.  I had Greek food, and chicken skewers.  Mmmmm, me so happy!

By the end of the night, Anastasia and I have already made plans to meet again tomorrow night for dinner.

During the next day Anastasia was away on a day trip to one of the Islands, and I spent it swimming, and planning where I am going after Koh Larn.

Around 6 PM I meet her at the Jomtien Night Market where we sat, ate dinner, and had another couple of drinks of Rum.

I have to say, I am really enjoying her company.  She is always smiling and has lots of great advice about traveling in this part of Thailand.  She and her sister have been coming here for the last 3 or 4 years, and not just for a month or two.  They are normally here for the entire winter.  What an amazing life!

After dinner we head back to my condo where I am going to give her some movies I have on my laptop.  Tomorrow she is traveling 12 hours on a bus to Laos, where she will extend her visa for 90 days.  She will definitely need some movies to entertain her.

Unfortunately when she arrives back, I will already be gone to Koh Larn.  But, we make new plans!  She is going to come to Koh Larn during the week for a visit.  This will be awesome!  Now I have so many cool things to look forward too over the next week.

It is getting late and she will have a long day tomorrow.  So she gives me a nice hug, and we say goodnight.

Until we meet again on Koh Larn!

Koh Larn Island – Thailand – Day trip

The last few days I have been wanting to go to Koh Larn Island for two reasons.  1 is to see what the beaches are like, and 2, is to see if I can find a homestay or apartment rental for a reasonable price.  Researching online, this seems not possible, but I am going to try.

When I woke up and I noticed sun in between white clouds.  The forecast is calling for heavy rain, but this is the best I have seen in a few days now.  This is my chance, I am not waiting another day.

I get dressed, which means I put on my shorts and a shirt.  I then toss my GoPro and money into my day bag and start walking towards the beach, where I can catch a Pattaya bus.

I love the Pattaya bus.  All you do is hold your hand out, if they see it, they stop and you jump into the back of the truck.  You never really know exactly where they go, you just know when you get on, they are going in the right direction.

These buses, as they call them, cost 10 baht (38 Cents CAD) per jumping on.

While on the bus/truck I check every few minutes my GPS to see where I am, and to make sure I am going in the general direction of the ferry.

About 20 minutes or so later, the bus is within a 10 minute walk to the ferry and I guess this is as close as it will go.  So I press the buzz button and the bus stops.  They don’t pull over, they just stop, and you jump off and hand 10 baht to the driver.

10 minutes later I am at the peer.

Too reach Koh Larn Island, there are a few ways, but all are by boat.  I can take a speed boat, which is the most expensive option, but fastest.  I think around 1000 Baht ($38 CAD), and a 15 minute ride.  Another option is to take the ferry.  It cost 30 Baht ($1.15 CAD) and takes somewhere around 45 minutes.

The speed boats are geared towards tourist, and the ferry is more how locals travel.  So, if you know me, I am not taking the tourist option.

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You pay as you get on the ferry, and there is no walkway or anything like that.  The boat is tied to the peer, and you just jump from the peer onto the boat.  Simple, and safe. 🙂

Too my surprise the ferry is full of tourist.  🙁 all Russians, which is 90% of the tourist in Thailand.  So, not as authentic as I thought it would be, but that’s OK.

45 minutes later we reach Koh Larn Island.

The first thing I do is grab a scooter for 200 baht ($7.64 CAD) for the day.  This includes a full tank of gas, and detailed instructions on how to ride it.

Instructions: He points to the throttle and says, “go that way!”, and then he pulls the left handle brake and says, “No more going that way!”.

I can see why so many Asian tourist get hurt on scooters every year.  Scooters are the highest cause of tourist deaths in Thailand and this is why.  Anyone can rent one, even people with no concept of how to ride.

Helmets are law in Thailand, but try and find a helmet!

During the day, I see first hand at how bad some people are when riding.  One incident was on a fully open road, which is wide enough for 3 cars, with only myself going one way, and two tourist on a scooter coming towards me.  Oh, one detail, is they drive on the left here!  So, anyways, I am on the left, riding against the shoulder, when I see them coming at me, in the middle of the road.  For some reason, I knew they were going to come right at me, instead of going stright, and they did.  I stop against the shoulder, and wait!  A few seconds later, they come straight at me.  I point to the other side of the road, but nope, they don’t seem to know how to steer.  Luckily they are only going about walking speed as they drive up onto the curb 3 feet in front of me, where they finally stop.

I laugh, shake my head and continue driving on, as I go around them.

This happens more than once, over 3 hours of cruising around.  All you can really do is laugh and be happy the Island has no cars, for there sake.

One cool thing, I got the scooter going 65 KM going down a hill.  I was really proud of myself and was smiling and laughing the entire time.

The first thing I did was drive to the quietest beach, to see if I can find accommodations.

It only takes 8 minutes to get to Nual Beach, and I find there are no hotels, homestay or anything like that at any of the beaches, from what a local tells me.

This is good and bad news. I now know I only have to look in one area, but the bad is, I was hoping for a place on one of the beaches, outside of the little town.

For the next hour I ride around to Monkey Beach, and then onto Samae Beach, just to see what they look like, since I have time.

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Then back to Koh Larn town to start looking for accommodations.

I stop at about 6 places and see the price range is between 1000 and 1500 baht per night.  Way more than I am going to pay, as I am currently paying 400 baht.

My luck panned out, and I find a place for 900 per night, which includes a breakfast and free scooter for my stay.  However, 900 is still more than I am willing to pay.  So I start my negotiations, and tell them I am staying for 7 nights or more.  He then drops it to 800 baht.

I don’t need a scooter or breakfast, so I tell him I will do 500, no scooter, and no breakfast.  he calls his wife, she comes over and says.  Yes!

Perfect!  This place includes unlimited WiFi, with AC, and at 500 baht a night, this comes out to $134 CAD per week.

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So now my plans of going up North Thailand is on hold.  I can come live on an Island, go snorkeling everyday, relax, and be far away from tourist.  I love this.

On November 8, this is this will be my home for 7 days or more.  Who knows!

My next stop is for a smoothie.  Riding a scooter in 34 degrees Celsius heat, makes me thirsty.

I find a nice local street restaurant, that has smoothies for 40 baht ($1.53 CAD). I order a Kiwi smoothie and relax, while watching the local girl entertainment.

From what I can tell, there is a mom, and two daughters running the place.  The one daughter, who I am guessing is in her 20s is a total instigator.  She makes me laugh so much, I love it.  I am coming here more often.

She teases her sister non stop.  She was either flicking water at her, or trying to scare her, and then when she noticed me laughing at her.  She started at me.  I was looking at my phone, and all of a sudden, someone grabs my sides and goes, boo!  Yep, it was her.  This girl was funny as shit.  Just an all around good person.

After my smoothie I decided to drop of the scooter and head back to the ferry.

It was only 3 pm, but I am done with the heat for today.

Getting home was easy.  After the ferry, I walked back to the area where I got off the Pattaya bus and found another bus going the other direction.  I hop on it, and 15 minutes later, I see it does not go back the same way I came, but goes close enough.  I ended up about a 30 minute walk from my condo, but since I started to feel rain.  I jumped on a scooter taxi, for 30 baht ($1.15 CAD).  The guy took me right to my condo, and just in time.  A few minutes later we had a massive storm.

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Well, that was a pretty cool day, and I cannot wait to move to the Island in 9 days.

Pattaya – Jomtien Beach – Extending Visa

My original plan was to spend a month in Jomtien Beach, and then extend my visa for another 30 days, and spend most of that time up in Chiang Mai, which is in northern Thailand.

Well, one day when I was filling up my water jug, I met an Aussie who owns one of the condos in this building.  He tells me I can only get a 7 day extension because I am on a Visa On Arrival, and not a tourist Visa.

That changes my plans a little and I wonder if it is really worth the hassle for another 7 days.

Fast forward a few days, am I am walking past the immigration office. I don’t have my passport with me, but decide to step in and see if they can tell me how long I would be able to extend it.

The officer at the information desk tells me, I can get 30 days.  Just come back with 1900 Baht and my passport.

So, if this is true, I am back to my original plans, but I do know not to plan until after I actually get the extension.

Monday arrives and I head over to the office.  When I get there, the parking lot is a little empty.  Weird!  Then I see it, a note on the door.  It is closed until Wednesday for holiday.

I ask a few locals what holiday, and they don’t know either.

A few days have passed and it is now Wednesday, so I head back to the immigration office.

When I arrive it is busy as shit, and I am starting to wonder if I should wait until tomorrow.  Then I think, screw it, I am here.  How long can it really take!

I walk in and ask where I go to extend my visa, and the officer asks, for how long.  I say 30 days.  I might as well try for 30 right!

He then hands me a stack of about 10 papers to fill out.

I fill out the first one and then flip to the second page.   I have no idea what this page is talking about.  So I walk back over to him to ask, but then a young Thai girl says, come with me.

OK!

She takes me into a room with several desk, and other people filling out the forms.  She takes my form and starts filling in the second page, and so on.  She then asks for proof of address, and I show her a picture of my condo agreement.  She says, go across the street and print it.

I walk over and the shop already knew what I was there for and we print a copy.  This cost me 40 Baht.

When I get back to her, she has finished filling in the forms for me, and says, I need a picture, “Stand here!”  She then takes my picture, and she gives me 8 copies.  Cost was 165 Baht.

Everything is going very quickly.  I have only been here for 25 minutes and already my forms are filled in, I have pictures, and am now waiting walking over to the waiting area, to meet with the immigration officer.  This person decides if I can extend or not.  Oh, I almost forgot.  The girl that filled in my forms, also gave me a number to wait with.  174.

Just as I sit down in the waiting room, 174 is called.  The immigration officer takes my forms, 1 picture, and asks for 1900 Baht. She then says, “Please sit and wait.”

Less than 5 minutes later, another girl calls, 174.

I stand up, she walks over to me, and hands me my passport and says, “Thank you, enjoy Thailand.”

So, that is it!  A total of 2115 Baht ($80 CAD) and approximately 35 minutes later, and I have a 30 day extension.  No questions asks.

While in the office I never knew what I was doing, it was very fast paced, and I just followed directions.  However, it was painless and easy.

So, if you ever want to extend your stay, just head to the immigration office. Easy as that.

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Pattaya – Jomtien Beach – Sick!

Since I got 1 in the stink and none in the pink, I have been felling sick.  At first I thought it was the 3 hours a night sleep, but then after a few more days, I realized I was actually a cold.

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The one day I woke up with a sore throat, and felt extremely lazy.  I had plans to go to the local Water Park, and then onto the Night Market, but now I just don’t feel like it.

After coffee, I decided to go anyways.  It is only 100 Baht to get in and the fresh air will help burn off this cold.

All the reviews for this water park are pretty bad, and later I see why.  This is not a tourist park, it is for locals, which means it is very cheap.  Tourist expect way to much!

The park has 6 water slides, but two are closed.  It also has a massive lazy pool going around the entire park, and tones of seating areas with shade.  All of this for $3.80 CAD! It’s clean, so who can complain!

I hit the 4 water slides a few times, and then swim around the lazy river.  I like it here, a great place for families.  Even better, is watching how crazy local people are.  For example, there are no rules on the water slides unlike back home.

The one time I wait for a kid to go all the way down, and I see him swimming away from the slide exit.  I go down, and as I see the end of the slide, I see that kid again, playing and splashing right where I am going to be in another second.  There is no stopping me, “I AM ON A WATER SLIDE!”.  I smash right into the kid.  I ask if he is OK, he is laughing and I look over, his parents are laughing.  No one cares.  It’s OK if you almost killed the kid.

This was not a 1 time accident, almost every time I went down the slide, some kid was playing at the end of it.

After the second time, I no longer care, and laugh when I hit them.

If you can’t beat them, join them!

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Oh, but even here I can not get away from Ladyboys!

While floating in the lazy river, a ladyboy sees me and starts to come over to me.  When it gets about 5 feet from me, I quickly say, “No, go away!”  It still comes towards me, with its stupid smile.  I then just swim faster away from it.  It finally gets the point, but still keeps following me.  I eventually get out of the lazy river and go back to the water slides.

In Thailand, there are so many amazing things to see and do, but being a guy.  There are two very annoying things.

1. You can’t just go to a pub and just have a beer.  You will either get a bar girl/street hookers asking for money and sex, or you get a ladyboy who doesn’t understand, “Fuck off, don’t touch me!”

Also, the bar girls will order drinks and then tell the bartender you said it was OK.  If you tell the truth and deny it, they will get mad, aggressive and try to get more from you.

2. You get harassed for massage, and for money from every local, no matter where you are.  They never take no as an answer.

These two reasons are why I stay away from the tourist areas.  I like Jomtien Beach!  It is locals and some expats.  It might be harder to find food my body likes, but it is much more relaxing.

Anyways, back onto my day.

It’s almost 6 pm and the Night Market will be opening soon, so I start walking that way.

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The night market is a great place to find local food, at reasonable prices. A little busy, but if you get past all of the Russians and Chinese people pushing and shoving, you get a nice place, and some really great food.

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I grabbed some shrimp, a smoothie and of coarse some fried octopus.  Mmmm.  A great meal!

This was really the only day I did anything exciting.  The remaining days since I last blogged have been spent going for walks by the water, swimming in the pool, and drinking smoothies.  Trying to get over this cold.

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As soon as I get over this cold, I will be heading to some of the Islands for snorkeling. 🙂

Video of the day!