18.07.2012 - 23.07.2012
Day 177 – Wednesday 18th July
Another day of a lot of bloody rain! Once we all eventually got up, around 3 this afternoon, we headed out to get some food at the amazing burger place down the road, unfortunately my budget’s taken a bit of a battering so I went for a less upmarket meal of spring rolls off a kart. After that we came back to the cover of our hut and watched a bit of TV and read for a little while, saw the news and the out of control situation going on in Syria at the moment. After that, Greg and feds had a little nap and we went out for dinner at a pretty fancy Italian restaurant, where we got some amazing pasta dishes and easily the best pizza I’ve had so far since going away. The food did take ages though; luckily we bought some cards so we spent the time playing shit head. After dinner we came back and watched ‘elephant’ a film about the columbine massacre, it was really tense but a bit to arty for my liking and they got loads of things wrong for example how the guys looked and at the end one of them shoots the other one, when what actually happened was they commit suicide together, it’s on CCTV. Obviously part of their arty take on the whole thing. Greg didn’t feel up for going out tonight so me and Feds hit a bar, which was nice haven’t had much Fedsy alone time recently. After spending a while at the bar, we came back and listened to some music before hitting the hay around 4.
Day 178 – Thursday 19th July
After another late start, and another day of fucking rain, we decided to pick up supplies for a picnic, we got some bread and tuna and crisps, but Greg wasn’t up for it so we stopped off to buy proper sandwiches, where Feds decided to cave as well, so it was a solo picnic for me back at the hut. After spending the afternoon sitting around doing nothing as usual, me and Greg got a bit restless and started to piss about with sticks of bamboo, when we realised they would be great weapons to be used on the train (we’ve heard some bad stories about bandits and the like) so we decided to go on a mission to find a machete and carve it into a spear. Unfortunately it was too late and the shop which sells knives was closed so we decided to just rent a scooter, why not? Pissed around driving about on that for a while before heading back to get some dinner. Tonight we all decided to go for street food for dinner, there’s always about 10 different sellers, so it means you can get a good variety of different and tasty Thai food. After that we picked up some brews and headed back to play some cards for a while before we all got a bit restless and decided to hit a bar. We started off at this little reggae bar where they were doing deals on buckets and they actually had a little club (really bizarre thing to see pretty much in the countryside) the club was dead though so we headed next door to our usual stomping ground of bamboo bar. There Feds put his moves on this one girl, and after a while me and Greg went for a little wander to pick up some more booze and check out what else Pai had to offer. After a while of pissing about we headed back to bamboo bar and Feds had left so we went back to find him at the room and unfortunately he was alone. Everyone was pretty wasted so we soon hit the hay.
Day 179 – Friday 20th July
We all woke up feeling a bit worse for wear today after last night’s antics, but one man was missing, Greg was nowhere to be seen, eventually he turned up having just been to get a massage to exorcise those hangover demons. After that went off to get a knife, and found a giant one being sold in the most random shop for only £2, but bamboo is way too strong and we’ve given up on the ridiculous idea of yesterday to make a spear out of it so we stopped hacking pretty quickly. This woman yesterday offered to take us fishing at a special lake which is stocked with tons of fish, so after picking up some food and waiting for the rain to finally ease up, Greg jumped on the back of her scooter and Feds on mine and we hit the road. Obviously once we got there it started raining like mad again, which probably scared the fish away, as after an hour and a half fishing in what has to be the easiest place to catch something we had absolutely nothing. Either that or the fact that the guy could only give us bread as bait rather than something the fish would actually enjoy eating! We left fishing around 6 which meant we made it back just in time to give the scooter back and not have to pay for an extra day, at least we actually did something today even if the mission was completely fruitless. Once we got back we went out for dinner at our favourite little burger joint where I got myself a double chicken and cheese, lovely! And after that we settled in for another night of playing some cards, after a while we went to a bar to be a bit social, but after a couple of drinks the police came to shut down both the bars so we were forced to head home around 2. Bit of a shame considering it’s our last night here, after staying up for a little bit more we all hit the hay to get some sleep before our mammoth journey back to Bangkok tomorrow.
Day 180 – Saturday 21st July
We all had to get up at 11 today in order to check out, which was not fun, but as me and Greg were first ready we headed down to the bus station to get our tickets to Chiang Mai, luckily we managed to get the last 3 seats on the 1 O’clock bus, which is the latest one we can get in order to make it on our train in time. After that we went to an internet café to print off our train tickets which we had booked online a couple of days ago. Once we made it to the bus station just before 1 to get going, surprise surprise it started to absolutely bucket down, great send off from Pai I guess. Anyway, got on the bus which took around 3 hours and we made it back to Chiang Mai, at the bus station we picked up a quick bite to eat then got a cab to the train station. Feds woke up today with a very painful behind so he was not feeling up for getting on a 15 hour train in 3rd class with me and Greg so he splashed out and upgraded himself to 2nd class sleeper (a good 3-4 classes above us). The train left at 5:30 and considering how cheap 3rd class was it really wasn’t that bad, the seats were well cushioned you could have all the windows open so it wasn’t too hot, and best of all the train was pretty empty so there was a lot of spare seats which meant we take up 3 each and put our feet up. All in all it was a lot nicer than China where every train is completely packed and the seats are rock solid, safe to say I was looking forward to the journey and I had company as well which is something I’m not that used to. After a couple of hours we headed down to go check on Feds and get some dinner in the process, it was funny walking through all the carriages from 9 up to 3 as each one is a class above the one before, so you leave from the depths of 3rd class and end up in feds’ carriage where he’s got 2 giant seats to himself, AC, a bed and plugs and on top of that he couldn’t join us for dinner as his was being brought to him, ridiculous! So me and Greg head back to our home and try and get beers which are 4 times more than normal so we decide to give it a miss and sat down to play some cards for a while. Around 10 Feds comes to visit us and we all go to the dinner cart as it closes at 11 and me and Greg need some food. The food was very good if not a little pricey, after finishing it all, we sat and played some cards, all 3 of us, before getting kicked out when they closed. So we all split up and go our separate ways and me and Greg play some more cards before the woman sitting in the block next to us started to get train sick and kept throwing up in a pringles can, then she fell asleep and managed to spill the sick all over the floor and her partner woke up and stepped right in to it, it was fucking hilarious. You don’t get scenes like that up in 1st class, I don’t know how it’s possible to get train sick but that woman had her face in the tube for a good 4 hours straight. We spent a couple more hours playing cards and watched a film before going to bed around 4 for a very bad night’s sleep.
Day 181 – Sunday 22nd July
After getting a maximum of about 2 hours sleep last night, I gave trying at around 8 as the train was due in at half past, but as is always the case with Asia, it was 2 hours late so we didn’t make it in to Bangkok until 10:30. Got off the train and met up with a very revived Feds who had had a great night’s sleep, and then we headed off to get a metro to our hostel. Due to the fact that Greg is going to Malaysia tomorrow and Feds is off back home the day after that we are going to stay at a hostel right next to the airport, and the easiest way to get there was to get on the metro and then high speed airport link and from there we got a short cab ride to our hostel, which we eventually found after the driver dropped us off in the wrong place. Once we got upgraded in to an ensuite room, we all had showers (something which was very welcomed) and went to bed around 2 for a much needed nap. Once we eventually got up, we headed out to get some dinner, which involved crossing over the motorway to what was seemingly the only restaurant for miles. Safe to say we aren’t staying in one of the most appealing areas of Bangkok, and that’s saying something for what is a pretty shitty city anyway. After dinner we headed back to spend the rest of the evening chilling out on the roof terrace watching all the planes take off and land (one pretty much every minute) and play cards of course. Then at half 10ish I had a Skype session with the fam including Charlie, Max and Tilly (nephews and niece) who had popped down for a visit to London with Helen, very nice to see all their smiling faces, even if they were a bit distracted by the PlayStation in my room , boys will be boys! We then played a bit more cards and sorted out Greg’s hostel for Malaysia tomorrow (he’s only going for a couple of days to catch the Arsenal match) and watched the big lebowski with Feds before going to bed.
Day 182 – Monday 23rd July
Got woken up by the hotel owner at around half 9 this morning as he wanted us to change to a 2 man room now Greg has gone, poor bastard had to get up at half 4 to get to the airport in time for his flight. Which is completely ridiculous as the entire place is empty and it just means he’ll have to change twice as many sheets and we won’t be in such a nice room. So we got all our shit packed up and moved in next door before he gave us our complimentary breakfast (a shitty sandwich and some inedible biscuits) and we went back to bed. Once we got up I realised that I had left my watch in the room, so after looking everywhere we decided it must have been the housekeeper that took it, but the man said she was off now and wouldn’t be back until 10 tomorrow (after we leave) so I’ve lost that, after managing not to lose it for so long it’s a bit of a bummer. Once we got up we just spent ages pissing about on the internet and taking it easy, not only is there nothing for us to do out here in the middle of nowhere but it is also very hot so the safest thing to do is put your feet up. We did eventually go out for some food and found this cool fish restaurant where I got a huge bowl of miscellaneous fish, it was bloody tasty though and Feds opted for some Chinese noodles which were seemingly inedible before we headed back to the safety of our airport hostel. After a few more hours procrastinating it was dinner time and we went back to the same place as last night and got some nice food and picked up a few beer before spending our last night together just shooting the shit and watching the living daylights (my favourite James Bond). Really going to miss that Fedsy boy, just seeing him reminds me how long I’ve been away, and the fact that I have to wait so many months to see anyone from home, but I’ve had a good time with him and couldn’t be more grateful that he booked a flight all the way out here to come see me and I hope he had a really good time! See you soon man!
Sorry for the late update guys, I'll try and keep on track from now on