Craig’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

MapHello all!

I'm now back in Bangkok after an ace time on the islands in the South. Following my diving course last week I island hopped to a place called Koh Phangan where all the full moon party's happen. This again, is a really beautiful island but instead of diving being the main sport, it's drinking buckets of vodka! Although I missed full moon and it's meant to be low season, the beach was packed full of ravers every night. After leaving Katie and Ed, it's probably the best place to turn up on your own as it's really easy to meet people and everyone's there for the party's which is cool. As a month is too long to wait for the moon they also have the black moon party which is basically the opposite of full. The black moon party was a huge rave on the beach which had been decorated with huge hanging nets and UV lights. Me and the guys I went down with decided to look like real plonkers so got painted with UV paint which I still can't get totally rid of! The days were pretty uneventful, either spent on the beach or in one of the bars when it rained and when it rains in Thailand you know about it! Had a really good time and needed this after pretty tame nightlife over the past few months.

Thailand certainly offers the traveler a very different experience to what I saw in Nepal and India. It's a lot easier to relax and enjoy but to be honest it can become a little mundane which is why I plan on moving to some of the more challenging countries next. I've applied for my Vietnam visa which I get tomorrow and plan on heading into Cambodia the day after, first stop Siem Reap to see the impressive Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. Then my plan is to spend a week in Cambodia, move over to Vietnam and travel North for 2 weeks and make my way back to Thailand through Laos so it's going to be a busy month!

Well not too much this week as its been pretty uneventful but hopefully I'll have some entertaining blogs coming up! I've uploaded some more pictures of Bangkok and the South Islands.