A couple highlights: The beach that we’re on is probably about half a mile long. (I’m really bad at guessing distances — it takes about 15 minutes to walk it.) The most people we’ve seen on the entire beach at a time is about 75. Got my first thai massage two days ago. It’s amazing… this women uses her elbows, feet, knees. At some point I was hanging practically upside down. The massage is done on this covered platform on the beach. There was a breeze, soft thai music playing, wooden wind chimes, and the ocean lapping. An hour massage for 6.50 USD. I’ve gotten …
We decided to upgrade our bungalow to an uber deluxe beachfront hut. There’s a patio, air conditioning, and hot water. It costs a whopping 1600 Baht (40 USD). For another 2 bucks, we bought a hammock to hang on the patio. The view at sunrise was beautiful.
Arrived in Ko Samui two days ago and stayed one night in Chaweng. It was awful. I’ve never been to Cancun… but it looked like they could have filmed MTV Spring Break there. Yesterday, we caught a ferry to Ko Phan Ngan and are now on a small beach called Thong Nai Pan Noi. We’re staying in a small bungalow in a place called Baan Panburi. Our hut costs 650 baht a night (about 12 bucks), and comes fully equiped with fan, mosquito netting, and cold water. 🙂 It’s beautiful. The beach is quiet, there’s lots of sun, and the …
In Bangkok airport again, on our way to Ko Samui and some quality beach time. The Angkor ruins were magnificient — truly amazing. I took something like 6 rolls of film. The low-light of Angkor Wat? A flat bike tire about 2 miles away from help. 🙂
Just got my black and white film developed…. The children running through wasn’t intentional… but ended up really liking the symmetry of these two shots The above door is a close up of the following entrance.
My favorite temple was Ta Phrom. We got there at about 7:15am (by bike!). The place was entirely ours: there were (maybe) 6 other people there and it was cool (in contrast to the afternoon’s humid/sticky/unbearable afternoon heat). Unlike the other temples, restoration efforts did not remove the trees that had grown in and around the ruins. The result was a sensation of stumbling upon an ancient temple in desolation while walking through the jungle. The “Tomb Raider” tree.
Phnom Bakheng is one of the recommended sunset sites. As such, we were definitely not alone: You could see Angkor Wat in the distance.
Checking mail in the Bangkok airport. Waiting for our flight to Siem Reap. The keyboard here are just crazy. I feel bad for the little kids trying to learn to type… let alone spell.