We have been in Baan Tai for a few days, just chilling, meeting other travellers and drinking beer :). We have also been going to The Big C, which is an air conditioned mall quite a bit too, Oliver has made friends with a Thai boy there, and they charge around the place playing whatever make believe game they are playing :), its so good to see how they play, they don’t speak a word of each others language but they play the same games and get on well…
Oliver’s been doing his school work everyday, and i’ve got to say his spelling, writing and maths are noticeably improving, which i’m really pleased about as we are only putting in about an hour per day, but that is everyday including saturdays and Sundays, the only day schools out is moving day :). I also think of all the things he is learning thats not recorded on paper or spoken out loud, all the sights,smells and experiences of each day, all the different people he is meeting and talking to from every corner of the world..its all learning and a lot of that learning could never ever be taught in school.
Im also looking at getting our train tickets to Kuala Lumpur, booking hotels and getting info on Legoland, we are only staying in Malaysia for around 2 weeks, to go to Legoland and to see the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. We might pop over to Singapore, as Legoland is literally on the border of Malaysia and Singapore, so all exciting stuff, but we don’t want to leave Ko Phangan …..it’s sooooo lovely anyone wanting to visit Thailand should head here…its gorgeous.
I had seen this 1 day tour advertised around the island, and another travelling family i’m in touch with done it when they were on Ko Phangan, and raved about it, so we booked it up. The full tour consists of a muay thai gym visit, Chinese temple, hike to a waterfall, snorkelling, archery,herbal sauna and spa, zip-lining and elephant trekking. We chose the option to not do zip-lining (Oliver was too small), and elephant trekking.
We got picked up at around 9.30 and drove too the start point where we met up with all the other guys going on the tour. We had coffee, water,fruit biscuits to help ourselves before we got going. We 1st headed to a Mauy Thai gym, which was awesome, Dave and Oliver got picked to spar with some bad ass Mauy Thai fighter…it was soooooo cool. Our guide we had was so funny and chatty and when we went to the Chinese temple, he discussed in length about Thai culture, it was really interesting, he talked about the respect Thais have for their parents, and how many young boys become monks to gain merit for themselves and family. We then visited a waterfall and then a great snorkelling site, then we were taken to the an area where they done the archery,zip-lining and elephant trekking. We saw 3 beautiful elephants, but i felt so sorry for them, their mahout were using the pick sticks to control them, they looked so sad. I bought some bananas to feed them, and can honestly say and i know it sounds corny , that it was one of the best experiences in my life, just to be so close to these big, beautiful creatures was amazing, and i cant wait to get to Chaing Mai to spend the day caring and looking after them in a much nicer environment, Oliver shit himself though when he got near to them hehehehehe.
We also had yummy Thai buffet, all the water,sprite,coke etc you can drink throughout the day, and the last thing we done was a herbal spa sauna which was a lovely way to end the day……awesome
We were debating on whether or not to go to the party, we didn’t know how wild it was going to be and whether it’s suitable for kids…..anyway we went and wowwwwwwwza what an experience. We got to Haad Rin beach at around 6pm, it was still light and all along the beach they were setting up sound systems and bucket bars ( the young crowd drink from kids sand castle buckets with every different alcohol concoction under the sun). We found a beautiful bar high in the hills looking down on the beach, and watched as the 1000’s of people started to party,apparently there is an influx of around 20-30,000 people turn up for the few days each month to go the party. As the sun goes down the lights go on, the music gets louder, there’s fire shows and dancers doing there thing and the atmosphere is awesome. Oliver had his hair dyed blue, day-glo tattoo’s and some day-glo glasses, he was dancing around and enjoying all the attention he was getting …bloody show off that kid :). Dave even done the fire skipping rope where people run into the centre of a petrol soaked fire rope and skip until
A: they jump out successfully or
B: get the hairs on your ankles fried…..
Dave managed to get out without drama, which is weird cause if something is gonna happen it will happen to Dave lol.
We left around 8.45 as things started to get messy and we were happy and buzzing from the couple of hours we had….we’re pleased we went and experienced one of the biggest rave’s on the planet….
We recently moved to the next beach along from where we were staying, it’s very pretty, i think everywhere on this island is pretty, but…..its a bit lifeless, there seems to be no kids or families about, we are the only ones in our resort. Our resort is lovely with a great pool that Oliver lives in, and there is a really cheap restaurant next door serving tasty food. We have been kayaking and swimming a lot which we are loving but as theres not much life about we have been heading out to the area where we are next staying, a place called Baan Tai, which is a lot livelier, we went to a bar where Oliver met an Irish boy called Torren and they had hours of fun playing Subuteo together, and we chatted to his mum, they are traveling around SE Asia for around 2 months and their next stop is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and then they are on to Indonesia…great stuff. We got chatting to another English guy in a restaurant where we are staying, his been here for years and says that there have been lots of families his met that have done what we are doing, just giving it all up and pissing off…..hahaha love it. Anyway we are looking in to doing an adventure safari….its a one day tour of the island visiting temples, waterfalls, muai Thai boxing centre, fish spa,snorkelling and some other bits you get picked up at about 9am from your resort, includes all drink and buffet lunch all for the price of about £40 for the 3 of us…yipppeeee cant wait, and also theres a full moon on Sunday…..you know what that means on Ko Phangan …….partaaaaaaayyyyy( not quite for us, but it should be fun anyway to see all the youngsters making arses of themselves ) 🙂
enjoying his massage, until she started flinging him around and squishing him….it was hilarious
Sorry for only couple of pics but its well late here and the wifi is all but dead…..take care folks hope your all well xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
We went north yesterday on our little moped and ended up at a very pretty fishing village called Chaluklum, which has a beautiful beach with white sand and crystal clear water, although unfortunately the northern part of the beach there was litter all washed up in the coral….it was pretty sad to see,Oliver turned and said “that’s humans again making a mess”….couldn’t put it better myself my boy….but it was still lovely, we made sand castles, swung on the rope swing which every beach seems to have, and had a little look around. On our way back we came across this beautiful elephant, just standing in someones garden, fanning itself with palm leaves. I researched a lot about the elephants in Thailand back in U.K and one of the things we were looking at doing was having a ride through the jungle, but after reading lots of blogs i have been totally put off the idea, a lot of the mahouts (elephant handlers) use metal picks that they whack into the heads of the elephant to train and direct them,i saw some pretty awful pictures of blood running down elephants faces :(, where they had been hit repeatedly, also there are no elephants native to Koh Phangan, so they have been shipped over just for the benefit of tourist, …so after some more research it seems the best way to experience elephants is in the north of Thailand, in Chiang Mai, they have conservation projects,where you spend the whole day with an elephant and his mahout, feeding, washing and swimming with the elephant..sounds good eh ?
anyways hope your all good, we been chilling out today, no swimming,no snorkelling,no mopeding,no exploring….nothing just sitting in our hut vegetating and writing this post ha…bliss….
So what does homeschool look like when your traveling?, what has Oliver been learning these past few weeks of travel?, he has been asking lots and lots of questions mostly to do with different countries, foods, languages, insects,animals etc.
He has met and made friends with thai kids, burmese kids, aussie kids, german kids, he has tasted mangosteen and rambruteen fruits and ate sticky rice balls whilst in a very vibrant asian market, he has snorkelled and seen tiny hermit crabs, spiky black sea urchins, large sea slugs/cucumbers, a host of different coloured fish and sea creatures, he has seen huge ants feast on a butterfly, he has seen a ton of different species of butterfly he has traveled by plane,coach,car,tuk tuk, catamaran, moped and train, his little butt and cheeks have been pinched millions of times by friendly thai girls, he’s haggled with market stall holders etc etc the list goes on with all the learning and questions…..we also DO the academic learning, we have a little routine, we wake in the morning have brekkie on our porch and then get stuck into the travel journal(thanks Kate) to write about the previous days highlights, we then read a few pages of his reading book, we then do some times tables/maths etc,he also has just started facebook were he is uploading his pictures and writing to his friends online, we also have puzzle word search books that we do and Oliver enjoys, we prob spend 30-45 minutes doing this and thats it …oh and we are reading famous five- 5 go off in a caravan…my favourite:)
so thats how our schooling is going…..
We think the bug Dave had in Bangkok didn’t clear properly ( we only got 4 days of antibiotics), and think it came back really bad, as we ended up in the local hospital at 11pm the other night, Dave was put on a drip for an hour to get anti-biotics in his system…..sounds dramatic but he was fine just very pooy and pukey. It was very surreal dave was in a room behind us getting his drip and me and Oliver were sitting with the doctors and nurses all watching the footie in this little waiting room on some ancient T.V ha ha only in Asia….very chilled and relaxed. The guys we are staying with were great they drove us all the way to town, to the hospital and refused to leave us, so the young guy who drove sat and waited for us the whole time we were there so he could drive us back…….love the Thais…..