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Fondest memory: AUGUST 1ST, 2001 (SWISS NATIONAL DAY)

Final words from Thailand... it's time to say good bye. Unfortunately our busy travel schedule demands from us to move on, with a tear in 1 eye we leave 'Amazing Thailand' (local advertising slogan). After we entered the country again coming from Laos we took the overnight torture train Nongkai-Bangkok. This was our 3rd and final visit (hopefully not the last) to the countries capital and almost felt like coming home. Still having enough from templing we visited this time some markets and watched Muay Thaiboxing. The Chatuchak Weekendmarket is described as a disneyland of all Thaimarkets, rightfully so. They have EVERRRRRYTHING... approx. 8700 stalls cater to 200'000 visitors a day, it didn't make a big splash that we were attending. As you can imagine, this is a real paradise for ladies, and Sandra had the $$$-signs in her eyes! Michael had to try to cool her off, which was not easy. Adding to his fun was that the market stalls were under a tin roof, meaning Michael had to fight a frantic honeypie, 199'99998 ladies and 400 degree of heat. Fun fun fun... Picture this, during the morning in all this crazyness we lost our lovely travel guide, and after being really pissed off for a while we backtracked (good joke) our way and believe it or not found the guide under a couple of T-shirts! It's such a small world. One other highlight from Bangkok is the Thaiboxing in one of their old and traditional stadions. It's one thing, to watch these guys hitting and kicking the crap out of eachtother, but watching the thai men doing the same in the stands while they are betting on the fight is almost better. Absolutely hilarious. The noislevel blows you away. Keep your hands low at all times, otherwise you might have just blown a fortune by participating in a bet. But after a couple of days in Bangkok we were ready to hit the beaches. We had an eventful ride (the driver was loaded) on the Pornobus (red/blue seats, red/blue curtains, red lights, pink heartstickers all over, tv and a love lounge on the first floor) and a 2 hour boatride we arrived at the beautiful divers island Ko Tao. The minute we left the boat we get greeted with monsoon rain. Immediately we signed up for the Padi Open Water diving classes at the Ko Tao Cottages, what a great choice it turned out to be. However, not wasting any time they took us straight of the boat to our first 2 theory lessons, and to make matters worth gave us a hundres pages of homework to read. WOW, we have to admit we are not used to that kind of stress anymore. We are strictly reading for recreational purposes at this point in our lifes. But our british instructor Andrea didn't give a FIDDLERS FART about this notion and tortured us for the next 3 nights with increasing 'homestudies'. Thank god we also got our feet wet the next afternoon. Learnin to dive how to use the equipment was great fun, and specially in the beautiful underwater surrounding of Ko Tao. By the 3rd day it was no big deal to take off your mask 18 meters under water and do all kinds of entertaining things down there :-) Since we also managed to pass the very difficult ? written test, we can call ourselves proudly certified O/W screw divers now. The island is great, the people are extremely nice so we hung around after finishing school and did some more fun dives and snorkeling. Our neighbours where very nice french teachers with two kids. The parents were heavily enjoying recreational 'herbs' to be able to tollerate the noise level of their young kids. While doing some fun dives we found out that the local Trigger fish population (abt 60 x 20 cm) doesn't like Sandra too much. Multiple times while we were intruding their area they severely attacked only her, biting her in the fins, maybe it was for her smelly feet (swiss cheese feet?). To make a long story short, Ko Tao is a paradise for diving and the underwater world, but this is not the only island in Thailand. Therefore we jumped onto the slow boat that steams thru the night (has a very tiny sleeping deck packed with hundreds of sardine like backpackers) and arrived the next afternoon for some movie shooting in Ko Phi Phi! As you can imagine, our stunts are not as good as the one from 007 and we are only almost as good looking as Di Caprio, therefore we didn't get a job on the island. In other words the island is absolutely stunningly beautiful and was used as a scenery for multiple movies. Unfortunately the tourism industry destroying the island as fast as possible, in experience the original site of the island where they filmed 'The Beach' is nowadays littered by garbage. We spent the next couple of days in a nice jungle bungalow off the main part of town, went rock climbing, snorkeling and swimming. Next stop on our way south towards Malaysia was EAST RAI LEH Beach. Again, stunning limestone formation and secluded beach. The area is well known for the princess caves and rock climbing, and we explored all the caves, FASCINATING! Even Sandra looked like a pig after climbing in these muddy rocks. We had a very hard time leaving south Thailand, because of the natural beauty and the friendliness of the people, but look at the end of the day we were running out of visatime (and nothing to smoke anymore) and had to leave the country. If you have read our complete Thailand chapter (good dog) you will certainely understand we had a fantastic journey and a great time. ALSO, DONATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME IN ALL CURRENCIES AND AMOUNTS AT: thegrecogang@aol.com

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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