New Year 2012

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Market still opens on New Year's day

Everybody got up late today, most people were party hard last night. I realized lots of shops and restaurants here are closed on New year's day, didn't know what I should do. Jungceylon shopping mall and a fruit market behind were still open, but I didn't have the mood to do shopping.

After breakfast, I went back to the same tourist booth, chatting with the Thai lady to see what I can do. She had rung up a few tour company, no one picked up the phone. It's already afternoon, there's not much I can do. I told her I wanted to do the cable jungle stuff, which I saw on TV from a Taiwanese travel program. The girl was screaming the hell out of it. So I thought I should try to see how scary it would be. Unfortunately the cheaper one managed by Thai was closed today, the expensive European one was still open.

Walk to the jungle.
The Thai lady told me the european one is safer and better, but it cost me 1600bht include return transport to the jungle. Oh well it's new year, so I agreed the price to have a go. An hour later, I got picked up, there're a Russian couple already inside the van. The russian guy asked the driver to turn off the air conditioning and didn't want the driver open the window. The driver and I were sweating out, I wondered where he came from. I couldn't handle the heat, turned my side of window down to have some fresh air.

It took more than half an hour to get to the jungle. We had a short break and met the Italian owner, who said he's 60 years old, but looked much younger. We signed a form as required and then the staff helped us wearing the gears.

Team ready.
The russian lady and I looked at each other when we had our gears on, it looked a bit scary. Then there were another russian couple just came down from the cable. That russian guy spoke really good Thai and Mandarin. He told me in Mandarin "Don't be scared, it's very safe...See, my wife is not scared. " Later I heard from other people that he ran a travel agency, he's been living in China and Thailand for long time. I was amazed he's only 37, and he can speak quite a few asian languages so well.

Then we were shown how to set up our gear, slide and break. It looked quite simple. We had a few practise then walked up hill together. The thai staffs helped us taking photos and videos along the way. The first go I was breaking too early, stuck at about 5m near the end. I tried to moved to the end, the Thai staff just couldn't be bother to wait, she came over and dragged me to the end. I felt only a bit scary for the first stepout, after that it's just fun sliding. We all enjoyed the whole Tarzan thing and it was not as scary as it seemed to be. They provided us bottles of water and pineapple pieces at the end.

We had exchanged our email address on the way back. During this Thailand trip, I got to know so many people from different countries, we had fun together. The staffs I met at hotel are very friendly and helpful. I felt a bit low that my holiday's going to be end soon.

 

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