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wow...seems like way too much has happend for it all to have fit into two weeks. after the last update i spent the next couple of nites at Sa's grandmothers place with Sa and her mom. It was an awesome way to get off the backpacker circuit in BK and see a bit of real thai life. I was definatly the only farang in the neighboorhood and was pretty quickly welcomed by a few of the neighbors after a Wai (bow) and my poor approximation of hello (Sa Wa Di Krap)...damn tonal languages.

Sa and her mom both seem to have an overactive thyroid gland and couldent stop moving so the next few days were pretty long. That being said they were also awesome...I got to participate in a few Budhist Rituals that Sa's mom insisted Sa attend (its the year of the Pig this year...Sa's a pig), checked out the nightclub scene in Patpong (both the red light district and location of the best nightclubs in town. I only partook of the nightclubs...honestly Dad, only the night clubs) and went bowling in a mall thats nicer than any in LA or SF.

After BK Sa and I headed to Khao Sok (there are a few pictures up) for 3 days of hiking to waterfalls in the national park (jungle) and hunting for elephants (i was on their trail but alas, they elluded me)

After Khao Sok we headed for Krabi and Ton Sai beach. Talk about a climbing mecca. The beach is on a peninsula and is only accessable by longtail boat and there are 400+ single and multi pitch sport routes on limestone cliffs overlooking the ocean. The beach is also peopled by the most chill croud of travelers ive encountered so far. Not a place to go for real thai culture but an awesome mix of thai and climber attitudes.

The sweet smell of fried rice and local hashish float down the beach in the evening on the off shore breese. There are campus boards strapped to palm trees which are connected by the occasional slackline or hammock and a permanent mix or house, reggae, or thai music playing from the bars.

My bungalo has woven bamboo walls, a corregated alluminum roof, and electricity from 5 pm to 8 am (besides the position of the sun and the tide, whether the lights are on is currently my only indication of the time). Sadly this is the last truly hippy/budget/vagabond season at Ton Sai as they will be starting to replace the old school bungalows with fancy new ones next year. This in turn is likely to bring tourists with rolling luggage rather than backpacks/rope bags which in turn will bring the pushy hawkers and drive out the local small businesses. So if u wanna come out, now is the time.

Today Sa heads back to BK and then on to Singapore and im on my own again. Ive already booked my next two weeks here (87 dollars) after which time ill either need to make a border run to get a new visa or move on to another country.

Whats new with you all?

Posted by J kerouac 00:59 Archived in Thailand

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Hi Michael: Just checking in to keep an eye on you. LOL How's your translator working out? Sounds like the best trip ever. Good for you!

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