June 2008 Thailand, Bangkok

Well I finally left NZ after pulling my butt muscle in roller hockey which postponed my flight by 4 days and then getting fogged in at the Wellington Airport which pushed my flight 2 more days. Finally!

Quick overview: 2 days Bangkok, 1 day Koh Samui, 4 days Koh Tao, 1 day Koh Samui then to Berlin. 100 Baht = $4 NZ, $3 US.

Bangkok, first time, last time? Got out of the baggage claim to a group of taxi peddlers. I battled for a good price and was walking away from the crowds with a dodgey guy who sold his taxi like street drugs when I realized it wasn't such a good idea. I turned and walked back to the "metered taxi" stand which is the cheapest as everyone had told me, but you got to shop around. $12 US gets you 45 minutes to town. You can do a bus for $4 US, but I had no idea where I was going. Stayed at New Siam II, which was good. You could go cheaper and go with out a pool and something closer to Khaosan road ($22 US is pretty good though). Overall a good spot to stay, secure too even though I couldn't put Toilet paper in the toilet. I guess it then becomes "paper"?

Had some drinks on Khaosan rd over the two nights in Bangkok between shopping. On Khaosan rd you find tonnes of peddlers, restaurants and street clothing shops, baby elephants and rats the size of cats. I couldn't believe how big the rats were, it reminded me of "the Princess Bridge" => Rodents of Unusual Size. Met my first two Moroccans, Noradine and Aserdine, not really a big deal just first ones.

Shopping; super electronic shops at Pantip Plaza, which is 5 levels of just electronics. Went to Fashion Mall and couldn't believe how many shops sell the exact same thing. When you think you get the best price you can always go lower. Street vendors give pretty good deals if you buy multiple. I got fake Diesels, 2 t-shirts and a pair of board shorts for $35 US.

New Siam II Thailand has some rules, at least New Siam II

Out door food court, I wasn't brave enough

She was handing out Toilet paper, Nice boots though

Third floor of Siam Center


They take smoking seriously here. Don't think I could get this on the plane.

Tuk Tuk ride, see video as well

Tuk Tuk video

video

May 2008, First Bike rally and sorting my trip home out

Ahoy mates,

Shipping out in June to Thailand, Germany and Canada (over 3 months). Back to NZ in September for another stint. Stay tune on that!

May was the month of my first motorbike rally which is edging winter in New Zealand. The "Cold Duck", should have been called the "muddy duck" as it rained all weekend in a farmers field. Up near Waipukurau hundreds of bikers of all types gathered to watch all kinds of fun and games. Nice to see tough bike riders and skillful sport riders come together for a good old beer drinking. Only problems were it didn't stop raining and I wish I hadn't seen the wet t-shirt contest!

Our group waiting at a pub on the way for Joe and I on Friday night.

Our group at the windfarm by Palmerston North after a night at Jason's who hosted and feed all of us, Dinner and Breakfast.

Everyone gathering around to watch some races.


Beautiful Sunset.


Lawn Bowls for Hot Jess's leaving party at the end of May. Mandatory white dress code in effect. Benny and I dressed up in our version of a mandatory white and may have lost all our games as Luxemberg's top lawn bowling team. Not too sure about that.