THAILAND

BANGKOK

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BANGKOK

Scott and I went back adn forth on whether to go to Thailand.  I had spent a total of 8 months there in the early 90’s and we both spent time there in 2000.  Knowing that nothing stay the same, expecting the tourism growth we were hesitant.  However at the same time it was an opportunity to take the kids somewhere where they could walk in the footsteps of our younger selves.  

With plans to overland to KL and on, Thailand seemed like the natural stop over.We took the 8 hour bus journey overland form Siam Reap.  Landing in Bangkok we said a quick farewell to our 6th member of the band, Uncle Colin who was now homeward bound.

Koa San Road while quite different by night with the street closed to traffic to make way for the market stalls, street side restaurants and gimmicky chocolate covered bugs and tarantulas on offer, by day the remnants  of our previous hang out were still evident.  We hung out at the Saran Poshtel Hostel and  perused the old stomping grounds. It as great to show Jack my old home away form home, the “Green Guest House” and to enjoy our favourite foods.  Next the Night bus experience.

 

KOA SAN BY DAY

THE GREEN GUEST HOUSE

My home away from home during my travels between 1991-1994

WIATING FOR the BOAT
4:30 AM

THE NIGHT BUS

CATAMARAN TO KOA TAO

THE LAST LEG OF THE JOURNEY

KOA TAO

Well, we had to resort to going to a resort.  Pool and beach and school.  As we were waiting to meet up with Leanne and her gang in KL, we had a couple of weeks to kill and used this opportunity to get caught up on school.  Field trips included a day snorkelling around the Island, where Grace got over her fear of sharks and enjoyed the crystal clear water and vibrant fish.  

After a few days at the Montelay Resort, a more secluded beach on the back side of the Island, we moved to an area closer to the village.  About 1 km walk to town, we were able to enjoy some nights out at our new favourite restaurant, play some pool, and check out some new beaches.  

Plans to explore the island via scooter were cut a bit short when I dumped the bike while making a u-turn.  Grace and I were only mildly scratched up, but ended covered in gasoline and quite a bit shaken.  Thus our visions  of cruising the island like Top Gun were adjusted to match a lower speed.

RAILEY BAY

We left Koa Tao and headed across to Krabi and our favourite old hang out Railey Bay.  Again while so much has changed, Resrot-ville galore, we were still able to search out the places and experiences that we wanted to share with the kids.  Here we enjoyed some more of the fancy resort life with Scott enjoying his new “office space”  and the kids still catching up on school.  However, most memorable was Jack conquering his fear of heights and spending an amazing family day rock climbing.  Finn was his usual rock climbing “superstar monkey” best and  Grace “the Fearless” took the award for highest climb.

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