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Snorkelling, Seafood & Mai Tai's

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I'm not too sure if I should be blogging about my newly found paradise - Ko Lipe - although most of Germany and Sweden have already arrived at its powdery white sands and shimmering aqua-blue waters long before I rocked up on the beach, so I doubt one more online mention will make much of a difference?!

We spent seven glorious days and nights snorkelling, eating fresh fish on the beach and hanging out at the Monkey Bar - Ko Lipe's original beach bar - and home to the island's best Mojito maker; Kim.

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"I hate my life" became the motto, coined by our new German friend and restaurateur Jean, whilst sunning himself at the front of a longtail boat, as we made our way to one of the deserted islands for a spot of snorkelling.

Our fortune of meeting Pete from Margate who has been coming to Lipe for years and Til from Berlin who has also been visiting the island from 'back in the day' meant that we could rent our own boat without taking a regular tourist trip as they knew all the best spots.

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Evenings began with a couple of beers on the beach to watch the sunset before choosing the beach bar with the best looking fish for dinner. Jean and Til had the art of selecting the freshest 'catch of the day' by shoving their hands in the gils of the fish and poking them around a bit before loading it all up on the scales. The restaurant waiters then whisked it all away to be barbequed with chilli, garlic and fresh lemongrass and Thai spices. To the German's great excitement this included a freshly caught Eagle Ray one evening, which they couldn't keep their hands off - Jean even insisted on helping prepare it! Mmmmm... meaty!

Our stay in Lipe co-incided with the annual festival which marks the end of the rainy season. We joined in the action up and down the beach, where people set off lanterns for good luck and their bad-luck away on candlelit and incense filled banana-leaf boats out into the ocean.

When we weren't busy snorkelling, we roamed Lipe's beaches picking up shells and reading in the shade of the palm trees.

Anyone want to hit me yet?

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Posted by aspindi 22:56 Archived in Thailand Comments (1)

Bangkok Blues

Its a small small world.

Our one and only day in Bangkok. Sitting in our hostel's terrace we first met our airplane friend - Christopher - who we had a few drinks with.
And after a bit of a walk around the Kao San Road (not that cheap ...for Thailand) we returned to our spot on our hostel's terrace only to bump into someone I (India) know from Sheffield! .... that's Tom Marsh for those who know him.

Tom led us to a few places he remembered from his first trip to Bangkok, a lovely restaurant called Hemlock, and the Adhere Blues bar where we sat down to enjoy a good ol-fashioned jamming session of the Banglampoo blues band. We had to call it a night fairly early due to our early start for the Bus to the border... but there was enough time for Tom Marsh to mildly insult a very drunk Swedish guy by asking him if he liked monkeys.

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Off we Go!

London - Mumbai - Bangkok

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Well we made it here in one piece.

We arrived 7pm last night to a super-shiny Bangkok airport and headed straight to our fancy hotel, the Royal Princess, to recover from the flight. Hotel turned out to be quite weird - empty of people except the odd man in a business suit - and quite overstaffed-
We hid in our room until morning where we a strange international breakfast of tasteless fruit, wierd pancakes and cheeewwwy bacon....
had a morning swim in a lovely swimming pool and then got the HELL out of there. We overpaid our way in a tuk tuk across town to the Koh San Road and settled into a more budget traveller-type hostel.

Beer. Pad Thai. Beer.

We leave Bangkok tomorrow- Cambodia here we come!

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