On my way to SXSWi this morning but my usual luck, the flight is delayed. This is my third time attending SXSW (2006 and 2010) and the third time experiencing delays on my way. The weather is Montreal is not nice this morning but that is not the reason for the delay, apparently mechanical difficulties with with the airplane. So, while I sit in the airport waiting an extra two hours for my my flight I am having a breakfast of a BLT and a bloody Caesar. My layover in Dallas will now be four hours instead of forty five minutes so I guess I’ll munch on some BBQ while waiting there. Expecting to arrive around 5, should still be able to make my dinner time with old SXSW friends
Spent the last few days in Ao Nang in the Krabi. Decided to splurge a bit and am staying at a small resort where I have the pool side bungalow. It is costing all of about $80/night.
Did two days of diving in the area, three dives yesterday at an area near Koh Phi Phi island. The first was the wreck of a car/passenger catamaran ferry that sunk about 13 years ago, the other two sites were reefs. Great stuff to see in cluding a couple of clown fish frolicking in the amenome.
Sorry about no updates, not always reliable internet connections. I will be posting stuff in the next couple of days to catch everyone up with my travels.
Just wanted all to know I am in the south of Thailand, far removed from Bangkok and the insanity happening there. I don’t return to Bangkok until Friday, five days from now. By then things should be calmed down a bit. My nephew on the other hand was enroute from Angkor Wat to Krabi and was passing through Bangkok was right in the middle of it all as it spilled into the Khao San Road area. That is where the hotel is that we stayed when we arrived in Bangkok and will stay at on Friday night. The rest of the gang are also at that hotel this weekend.
Anyway, Gabe is like an insect who is attracted to a light so no doubt when things started to go south yesterday he headedc in the wrong direction. People beside him were shot. He took photos of the bullet holes in cars, buildings and such. He is supposed to meet me in Krabi tomorrow (Monday) morning but apparently it’s a mad house trying to get out of Bangkok tonight.
So, until the rest of the postings here are the links to where I posted some photos and videos on Facebook (all have access to the photos):
Thailand first couple of days: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=205550&id=734201030&l=410a064176
Fun dive number 1 Ko Tao: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=207610&id=734201030&l=2738949a81
Night Dive Ko Tao: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=207608&id=734201030&l=3049a9665f
Just landed in Taipei, Taiwan after a 13 hour flight from Vancouver. Fairly uneventful flight, food was ok and actually managed to sleep a bit after ingesting various drugs.
Now sitting in the Taipei, Taiwan airport where we have a two hour layover before the last leg to Bangkok.
The airport is full of Hello Kitty stores:
Ended up being a bit crazy at work so indtesad of hopeing to leave by noon but in worse case scenario having to stay until 3 it was 4:15 by the time I left work. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, arghh. Gabe had the same problems at his job. I barely had time to get home, run to the bank to deposit the Gilbert & Sullivan money that I forgot to take to the bank yesterday when getting traveler’s checks, passing by the pharmacy to stock up on drugs then head back to finish packing.
Had hoped to leave the apartment by 5 in order to get to the airport by 6 but didn’t leave until 5:50. Luckily had a good taxi driver who bypassed the worse of the rush hour traffic and got to the airport by 6:20.
Uneventful checkin and flight to Vancouver. Watched the second half of The Blind Side, last week I saw the first half on the flight to Austin then followed that up with Up in the Air. Now a three hour wait in Vancouver Airport and they have free wifi! We found a plug and both started catching up on wrok emails and such. Vacation will start soon, I swear….
For the 22 days we will be in Thailand there is a loose itinerary. The first part of the trip is dictated by the wedding. we arrive in Bangkok around noontime. Fraser and Beverley should already be there. The rest of the gang from England are arriving on Saturday morning. There are also Canadian relatives arriving over the weekend and other family friends. The plan is to spend the weekend in Bangkok then head down to Ko Tao on Monday night. I have been told that there will be abut 30 people on the overnight train, that should make for a party!
After a two hour ferry ride ride from Champron tout le gang will assemble at the resort where the wedding festivities will be, the View Point Resort. Ceilidh arranged everything for the wedding there. and got us discounts on the lodging. Hillside bungalows at about $24 a night. After two days of mayhem followed by the wedding on 1 April and a day of recovery on 2 April everyone will shift over to the resort that Ceilidh is working, the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort, located on an island just off the Northwest corner of Ko Tao. We will spend a few days there diving. Gabe has his open water qualification and will do the advanced course. I have the scuba qualification, which is halfway to an open water certificate, that I did 6 years ago when in the Canary Islands with Fraser, Beverley and Ceilidh. I will do a two day course with two tests and two dives to complete the open water.
After that we’ll have about 12-13 days left in Thailand. The rough plan at the moment is to head over to Krabi, specifically West Railey Beach, so that Gabe can indulge in rock climbing and I can do some snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking or just plain sitting on a beach sucking back a beer. After 5-6 days of that we will head back to Bangkok then spend the last 5-6 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex.
The last bit is not written in stone. We may or may not make it to Angkor Wat. If we are enjoying ourselfs down south we may just stay there. Maybe will will hook up with some of the other people at the wedding and follow them to where they are going. After the structure set up in the first 8-9 days I figured it was best just to keep it as loose as possible and just see where our fancy takes us.
Setting up this blog as quickie to document the travels of myself and my nephew Gabriel as we traipse across Thailand and maybe Cambodia in March and April 2010.