Monday, December 8, 2008

Trip to Thailand, Day 1 21112008 srsly :D

OK, I'm gonna blog about my trip to Thailand this time, serious! On Friday morning, we set off at 0800 and reached the immigrations at Sadao a little bit over 1100, from there, off we went in the direction of Phatthalung!

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Extremely tasty chicken we had for lunch at Phatthalung, chickens in Thailand are tastier and leaner than what we have here in Malaysia!
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On the way to Trang, we saw this ship-shaped building, this has to be the largest one I've seen so far; it's part of a hotel called MP Resort. Taking pictures of it is hard because of the pesky trees and power lines, but this should give you a good idea of how it looks like!

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Yen with her Soh Poh pose beside the ship ;)

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Nice fountain, I find it funny how those seals got into the mix alongside the horses, mermaids and angels :D

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Daihatsu Midget!! One of the reasons Thailand is so damn cool in my books is because of the sure amount of odd and well-maintained nolstalgic cars on the road!


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Yes, that's our V230 at the bottom of the pic! For most of it's life it's been hidden under a porch, but now that it's with us, it's going places, and adding some mileage to it's odometers :) Still a less-than-satisfactory MPV though.

While Mom and Bro were checking us in at the Tamarind in Trang, I walked back to snap pics of a Citroen Xantia I spotted before we turned in:
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Nice! It's got add-ons slapped onto the front bumper as well as different foglamps. It's also fitted with skirts at the sides and rear. Spoiler is the same as mine minus the brake lamps. This would be the first of only 3 Xantias we spotted throughout the trip, the last one floated away very fast around the curves ^^

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Dad's been wanting one of these forever, I like em too, although I'd like it much better if it was a BUS!


In the end, we did not stay at Trang as a member of the staff was being an ass and insisted on charging an additional fee for us 6 to stay in one room even though the rest said it was ok. Trang's boring anyway, think Haadyai minus the shopping and massages, so we headed straight to Krabi instead :)

Anyway, before leaving the Tamarind, we spotted this:
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and took this pic:
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More Midget love!

Bye bye Trang & hello Krabi!
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Wat Tham Sua in Krabi! Actually, there wasn't much to see around here since we did not take the hike to visit the Tiger Caves, if we did, it would have taken us hours, but the sky was getting dark, maybe next time.

Dad brought us to Wat Tham Sua just so we can have a look at a preserved monk, Ajarn Jumnearn. It was intriguing to say the least, we spent lotsa time speculating whether it was real. I figured it was fake since the eyes are still perfect, most preserved monks I've seen (thru the internet) are somewhat shrivelled and wear shades to cover the eyes. We couldn't take any pics of it since it was prohibited, nobody was there to forbid us, but we figured, best have respect for others. Anyway, I did some googling since we came back and found out that Master Ajarn Jumnearn is far from dead, very alive, and does quite a bit of travelling every year. What we looked at was just a wax copy of him, LOL :D :D Yes, we were THAT ignorant :p

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Yes, as expected of Thailand, monkeys are everywhere around the temple, and they're so used to visitors! This particular monkey seems to be enjoying the view from the cables quite a bit!

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As the sky was starting to darken, we checked into Krabi River Hotel, left our belongings there, and set out again looking for dinner, and dinner we had at a restaurant not too far away in town!

Back at the hotel, we all had a bath before we hit the local food court, which is a short walk away through the gardens by the sea. It's pretty interesting, the smell of salty seawater + smoke and delicious food!

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It's not much, but we had a good time trying out the various delicacies the vendors have to offer!

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We even sat down for some drinks while chomping down on more food :D

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We lined up for almost 20 minutes just to buy the mini apoms this uncle. You'd have to take a number and line up just to buy from him! Uncle spoke to us in Mandarin and told us he had come from China decades ago!


There was a sort of parade going on at the park on the other side of the hotel, but it was quite far and no one was up for it, so back up we went to our rooms. Before going up, Mr Chai, the owner of the hotel, taught us a few Thai words :) The rest of the night was spent playing UNO cards in our rooms before we went to sleep!

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