Well we're back home and what can I say about Thailand. Only that if you've ever thought about going there, pack your bags and go now.
And all those people who tell you horror stories about the place, well I don't think they've ever been.
I never felt as if the cleaning ladies night steal things from my room, or that people would be trying to snatch my bag from me on the streets. I was never yelled at or assualted by a ladyboy or hassled by hawkers trying to sell me things. I never felt unsafe on the streets at night, I wasn't sick from eating the food, and I'd sucked down a large lime and kiwi fruit crushed ice drink before I remembered I wasn't supposed to eat the ice. And I never had anyone try to sell me dodgy water in a reused bottle. Even though there were a lot of tourists there it didn't seem overcrowded and I never met a local thai person who was anything but friendly and helpful and always had a smile on their face. I even got used to them calling me mum all the time. And they have a great sense of humour.
The food was fantastic. Thai people really love their chilli. Chilli in everything. I ate shrimp pad thai, green chicken curry, lots of spicy noodle dishes and a spicy prawn soup that took my breath away and had Daz running to the bar to get me a bottle of water.
We definitley needed longer there. 14 nights I'd suggest. So much to see and do. Before we went I always wondered why people said they'd been to Thailand three or four times. But now I do. I'm already thinking of going back there but higher up, to Chaing Mai.
Anyway, the time just raced by. I didn't look at a computer or a television while I was away. And 5 o clock just won't be the same now without an apple mohito in the lobby bar at happy hour.
We didn't have a rainy day while we were there. There was one 5 minute downpour one night while we were having dinner.
I wrote a journal while I was away so when I unpack I'll be able to tell you all a bit more about the place and show some photos.
Here are a couple from a tour we did of Phi Phi Island where they filmed The Beach. The water over there is unbelievable. Clear and clean and just the right temperature.