Thailand Update!

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HEY all, sorry it's been so long since I last wrote anything, has been a bit mental here!
So Elf and I landed in Bangkok on the 10th July and were immediately baffeled by how clean and organised Bangkok is in comparison to India! There was not haggling or pushing to get into a taxi to Silom!! Roads had road markings and it was incredibly quiet - no crazy people honking and driving all over the place - very surreal!!
Got to LubD - it was amazing. We stayed in a mixed dorm room - never really met the people in there though =) It was so clean, and we had room cards, the showers were hot and had soap + shampoo and there was even a washing machine and hair dryer - we thought we'd been transported to heaven!
After the inital shock of seeing so many westerners and chain shops (they have boots, pizza hut, starbucks etc) we decided to have an explore! Went to chatuchak weekend market which was great fun! Took the metro there, which was super snazzy, clean and fast!!! Although they had the same silly token ticket system as in India =P spent a day there, eating coconut ice cream, drinking unbelivably fresh fruit drinks and having bizare fruit salads with beans and noodles in them!! Took the sky train to some big shopping mall, tried on clothes we couldn't afford and headed back to the hostel.

Then met up with Ruth in the evening - was incredibly awesome to see her after SOOOOOO long! Ended up heading to the Ko San road to watch the world cup final on a big screen in the middle of the road! Met up with some cool people from our hostel and stayed out until the sun came up chatting and having a giggle! Slept in late the next day and just wandered around the Silom area, got a thai massage and booked out bus boat journey down to Ko Tao!!!!
Left our hostel the next day at 430pm for Ko Tao. Coach left at 6. Got to Chumpon at 2.30am. Ferry was due to leave at 7am. We were left outside to be eaten alive for 4.5 hours - mmmm I love organisation lol, Thailand has totally lulled us into a false sense of security!! Started to get a little tetchy about all the westerners - bumped into a guy we met in Bodghaya, a girl from my secondary school AND another volunteer from India who'd left about 2months before us.
It was looking like the world was getting a little bit small. After a 3hour ferry journey and a little wait at the pier we were collected and deposited at the Simple Life Divers dive  shop - were introduced, shown to our room (nice, 3 beds, fan, bathroom) and told to fix up and be ready at 4pm for some theory.
Started the theory - pretty basic, but was nce to sit down and learn something again (weird I know!) headed out for a quiet drink at the Lotus bar which turned out not to be so quiet - but hey, we're trying to embrace the fact that Ko Tao is a tiny diving island full of westerners and not India!
Ok so basically internet is expensive and this is being a long entry.
Ko Tao in a nutshell
  • PADI open water (awesome)
  • PADI advanced open water (night dive and 30m dive incredible, but we can't navigate undre water AT ALL)
  • Cool dive instructors
  • Cool dive video
  • Many bars and buckets
  • Sand everywhere
  • Swimming
  • Chilling
  • Pad Thai
  • Sun
  • Tan
  • Awesome
Basically we've really enjoyed Ko Tao but are off to Bangkok tomorrow to be less divery/chilly and more cultural! Wanted to go to Chang Mai, but don't have the time.

Much love to all back home!!

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