25.05.2011 - 30.05.2011
I no longer feel ill. I'm not suffering the effects of any burns. I had a chocolate milkshake with lunch yesterday. Things are looking up!
Chiang Mai was fairly low key from my point of view. We were staying in what was quite possibly the cheapest hostel in the world, and it was actually fine aside from the lack of air con. So the room had a tendency to overheat... This wasn't ideal. The others went on a day trek with elephants and white water rafting which sounded amazing but I simply wasn't up to it! So I wandered around, found a Starbucks (which definitely had air con) and sat there for some time...
We soon moved on to Koh Samui, and I was definitely starting to feel better! We were staying in a very chilled area, complete with a swimming pool and only minutes from the beach. I liked it. Also the hotel restaurant was amazing. Not least because they did choc chip ice cream shakes (as mentioned above). I had been craving chocolate milkshake for some time. They also did excellent Thai curries. Part of me even reckons that they're better than the Sainsbury's Thai red curry ready meals, even with extra spring rolls. I'm still not entirely decided on this as the Sainsbury's rice has more character than the steamed rice I was being served but, nevertheless, the curry itself was outstanding. I even tried a shark curry at another restaurant - and although this was enjoyable their method of serving drinks was questionable. I ordered a bottle of Fanta, half of it was poured into a small glass the other half thrown in the bin. I didn't really know what to say...
The nature of our location meant that relaxing was top of the agenda and things weren't overly eventful. We did however play a round of 'football golf' which was a great idea but my memory of it is tarnished by JC producing an astonishing one shot victory over me (Rob was way behind!) despite the fact that JC's football skills have never exactly been revered worldwide. Frankly I'm still a little embarrassed.
I think that this particular hotel was the nicest we've stayed in, although we did have some problems - one afternoon JC and I attempted to join Rob for a swim, but found that our door had inexplicably and irreversibly locked itself. Despite each of us having considerable 'Prison Break' knowledge we could find no way out, and our calls to Rob fell on deaf ears as he thought we were playing some kind of mind games on him and stayed well away. We attempted, Jonny English style, to whistle at the exact frequency of a metal lock, but to no avail. Eventually a man arrived with power tools and set us free!
On our last night we even saw some friendly faces from home in the shape of Sarah Elson and co which was nice! And then prepared for the 1.45am kick off of what was ultimately a disappointing Champions League final, although I was very excited when Rooney scored . Arrived back around 4 to find that JC, who had gone home early, had also managed to lock the bathroom from the outside. Fantastic. Following a fairly uncomfortable ferry/bus journey we are back in Bangkok, prior to our onward flights.
Sadly, these are likely to be JC's last meaningful blog mentions, as he flies back to England tomorrow! JC has provided much entertainment over the trip. His constant 'business ideas' are interesting to say the least, with the latest brainwave being a letter to the king of Thailand suggesting that more cookie ice cream be made available in his country as this is a definite money spinner with tourists. I feel that the king may have other things to do. Who knows. There have been numerous other moments of unintentional and occasionally even intentional comedy that JC has provided, and JC your presence on this trip will certainly be missed as we move on!
Hope that you people aren't too distracted by exams and dissertations to read this! Anyone disheartened by early morning revision sessions should note that tomorrow will be my second consecutive 4am wake up. This isn't something I'm pleased about.