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Kalim - Patong

Songkran Festival - Thai New Year)

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Patong, although not very far distance wise from Kata is worlds away in terms of its attitude. It's similar to the Gold Coast in QLD Australia. Lots of fake boobs, loud night clubs, drinking and debauchery. We decided to come here because of Songkran and to be honest it felt like Gold Coast on acid. For Songkran the whole place goes into water fight mode for 3 days. Locked and loaded

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The first night we though we'd go check it out without water pistols - no one cared that we were unarmed and we came back drenched. The second night we were armed with supersoaker 2000's. The Thai's seem to have no regard for their own safety, there are kids on motor bikes driving with one hand wielding a water pistol in the other, many are on the back of trucks and a drum full of water and 8-10 Thai's chucking buckets full onto any one they pass. Anyone on the street has a water gun and people regardless of age or culture shoot at each other. The Thais on the street sell ice cold water refills for .30c and if you can't find somewhere to refill there are always fountains.Getting squirted by strangers

Getting squirted by strangers

There is one main street where it turns from everyone squirting each other to all out mayhem! There are bars on either side with Thai girls/lady boys dancing - clothing optional (and it's VERY hard to tell which is which). Everyone has a bucket of water or a fully loaded supersoaker aimed at each other and some have white powder or red paint that they wipe on your face which is traditionally supposed to be worn until it is rinsed off. There are many dj's cranking along the street and at the end there is a dj in a box, sat on top of scaffolding.

Drinking in the street is fine and there is no charge for listening/dancing to the dj. We got our groove on with some of the Thais and they were more than friendly - to the point where Josh thought maybe they were going to pickpocket us. But that never happened, I think they were just a bit excited. As usual there were a few westerners who had indulged a bit too much - giving the rest of us a bad name - but all in all it was good fun. P1010227 - Copy - Copy

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Thai women are an interesting bunch who seem to embrace their 'ping pong' culture. - In our lobby there is brochure saying that if you're having trouble getting a Thai lady to join you overseas they will sort out their Visas for you - 'even if they are a bar girl' I tell you it is all class here! and if you're planning on taking one home - you'de better do the 'reach around' because the lady boys are very convincing - I can't tell who is and who isn't. Who can blame any of them though - its more or less their only ticket out of here.

Posted by Tamarillo 07:54 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Kata Beach

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Kata is a beach on the Southwest Coast of Phuket Thailand. First 3 nights we stayed at the Sugar Palm Grand Hillside, we got a free upgrade (yay!) and it meant our spacious room had a balcony that looked out over the pools, garden and most importantly we could see the green and blue ocean! For half the price and 3 times the view, not to mention the space - this felt magical! The upgrade also meant we could enjoy our own private spa bath on the balcony. To be honest we didn't really do much here - got some sun, swam in the ocean which was about 25 degrees. The afternoon gets so hot it hard to bare - we went buy some jandals and apparently I must have been perspiring profusely because the lady got the fan and pointed it at me. View from Sugar Palm Hotel - Kata

View from Sugar Palm Hotel - Kata

Down the end of the beach we found a great spot where lots of the locals have little stalls set up and we ate there. I ordered some amazing chicken salad which consisted of minced chicken, chilli powder and what tasted like celery salt, chicken stock, fish sauce and shallots. F*cken spicy!!!

The one thing that stuck me about Kata was the amount of languages we heard, there are people from all over the world who flock there. Signs are written in several different languages and the whole island is set up for tourists, it made me realize this place must have been financially devastated by the Tsunami a couple of years back. Restaurants and hotels are everywhere, as are taxis, stalls selling togs, shoes, tailors, everything a tourist could ever want is all at arms reach and there doesn't seem to be anything that is here for the Thai people it's all about the tourism. Kata has 2 parts of town, compared to Patong is fairly laid back and cheaper.
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Posted by Tamarillo 07:52 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Singapore

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So the journey started in Singapore, we arrived at 6:30 in the morning and took a minivan to our hotel, about 5 minutes into the journey some little girl threw up - luckily her dad dealt with it quickly and I didn't have to see or worse smell it. Our hotel wasn't ready when we arrived so we wandered the streets for the first 3 hours, by the time it was 10am, we were sweating in the sticky heat of the Singapore summer and dying the get into the air con. Our room was tiny and that was being generous. The bed was literally 60% of the room and the bathroom the other 40. There was no where to even stand unless you were on the bed! It was very clean though, much like the whole of Singapore. They get loads of rain there - almost as much as the amazon so it was great, coming from Australia and it's tight water restrictions, into a shower where the head is as big as a frisbee.

The food was everywhere you the eye could see, streets were lined with restaurants and the hawker markets have rows of little stalls, each boasting seafood cooked in every imaginable way, fragrant 'chicken rice' a staple diet for many which looks plain and boring but the chicken is juicy and flavoursome like it's been cooked in its own stock for hours and the rice is infused with jasmine? and is also cooked in some type of stock, there are pancakes that are green and filled with beans or peanuts and are sweet, porridge is served with vegetable in it and frog legs if you're keen. There is also bbq stingray which is served in a spicy sambal sauce, oyster omelettes were popular, but not for us and or course there were copious noodle and rice dishes. The laksa was awesome! Seafood seems to be a huge part of their diet, everyone has large ice trays with all kinds of seafood out front. but if you don't get it weighed before you eat it, they are likely to rip you off. This is a must for chili crab - which should definitely be tried - be prepared to wear a good portion of it though and don''t wear anything silk or that requires drycleaning.

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The hawkers dining hall

The hawkers dining hall

The zoo is also a must - the best zoo I've seen, huge enclosures, heaps of animals, free range orag-utans were swinging over our heads as we moved from one part of the zoo to the next. I could go on but Ill show you pictures instead - also I touched a lemur!! Pretty much the highlight of my trip to Singapore apart from the food. Singapore people were really friendly and it was a relief they all spoke English as well as Cantonese. Well worth the trip but after 3 days we felt as though we'd seen almost all there was to see, NB: public transport which was an underground train was second to none - so cheap and so, so quick!!

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Touching a lemur

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Posted by Tamarillo 05:06 Archived in Singapore Comments (0)

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