Happy Birthday to Me!

2015-02-22 at 11:12

Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday 2 Me!

The best Restaurant in Pai
The best Restaurant in Pai: Sapah Muang Pai

Birthday Dinner
Birthday Dinner

Birthday Dinner
Since most of my friends where not in Pai or had dinner invitations that evening it was a small event. But we had very good food and some beers. A nice evening. Than we went to the house of Dee & Gerben for some fire and Whiskey.

Birthday Dinner
A birthday cake – how sweet :-)

Birthday Dinner
And fruits and more food! Thanks a million!!! I love you!

Birthday Dinner

Birthday Dinner
A Present from Laura – cheers :-)

Birthday Dinner
In case you do not know…

Birthday Dinner
Valentines Day – Dee & Gerben let a lantern fly

Birthday Dinner
They killed a lot of trees to build that big white one up on the hill behind the temple

Birthday Dinner
Looks like it is not finished

Birthday Dinner
Dee preparing Gerbens birthday cake

Birthday Dinner
The girls do like the pig

Birthday Dinner
That did not really worked out – he removed the air filter and that was that. Had to go to another place to get the baby running better

Birthday Dinner
Hmmm – Gerbens birthday cake

From Bangkok to Pai

2015-02-18 at 17:16

Bangkok
There you go!!

Bangkok
There was a time when Khao San Road was 24/7 party. Do you remember when people had a plane at 4 in the morning or at 8? So they had the last beer with the guys that came into Bangkok International with a plane at 2 or so in the morning. Some went for breakfast and while others went to bed. The street was full of cheap guest houses and every one had a restaurant at street level. The good old times. Now it is a cheap copy of a copy the was done 10 years ago. No clue why people still hang out there. Soi Rambutri is more like the old Khao San Road but will never be like the old one since there is a Temple on one site of it.

Bangkok
Yes! She is that small. And 10 seconds after the picture we got searched by the Law. Two friendly police officers went to all the pockets and looked at everything. Only to find nothing.
Welcome to Thailand? I dunno – that did not happen nowhere to me ???

After Laura did arrive in Bangkok I had to show her at last some of the important places of “my” Bangkok and some examples of the Bangkok in general. Chinatown and Pratunam and a few places in the oldest part of Bangkok.

Than it was time to get up North to Pai. We took a VIP night bus from the Northern Bus Terminal to Chiang Mai. Did book online with ClickBus and I have no clue how they think one is supposed to find the counter to show the message that they send you to the phone and give you a paper ticket. Had to go to the information booth to get that sorted. And they could not see it on the print out or the phone message as well. The guy did phone the friendly call center and then he walked my to the window. Great and super fast service! The bus was very good as well. The usual massage seat, food and water, coffee in the morning and lots of movies to choose. Only two in English but one of them was the story of Nicky Lauda and it is a good movie. It was a two and two seat configuration. The last few times I had the one and two configuration so the seats are really wide. The reclining seat in our bus got down lower than on most buses I had before. That made the whole thing even better. And it was only 550 Bath, 300 cheaper than the other one. Could be that all of them are cheaper since gasoline is down as well but then again there are some that cost 1250 bath.
Since my friend in Chiang Mai was in China for a visa extension and the other had things to do we went from the long distance bus station over the street to the other bus station and got the first bus to Pai.

Back in Pai

Dee and Gerben have the house that Julie and Kavesh had last winter. They forced me to stay with them so we had breakfast and waited for them to pick us up in town. Since Sush Hi and Mike are in China and Mike has 4 motorbikes I asked him if I could have his spiced up Honda Sonic. Sure enough he said yes which made me quite happy. A real bike instead one of the 1001 times crashed tourist bikes you rent here in Pai. And it has a clutch and is a 5 speed. Since more and more Chinese tourists come that can not ride bikes most of bike you can rent over here are fully automatic scooters with small tires. Who does want a bike like that??

Motorbike Laundry
Had to try two times to pick the bike up since Mike’s landlord did not remember where the key was. Finally back home we had to clean the little baby

Sunset in Pai
Sunset from our home in Pai

Beer helps to have Sex
I have to say that wine does the job as good as beer if not better. If not – try champagne!!

Happy Birthday Om
Happy Birthday Om

Happy Birthday Om

Happy Birthday Om
Why does she have to kiss every dog she sees???

Happy Birthday Om
A very happy Om

Happy Birthday Om

The Garden
The new garden – we even had food from it a few times

The old Cat of Twin Hut
The old Cat of Twin Hut. That must be the oldest cat in Pai

Kuli in the wild
Another walk to the waterfall

Waterfall
That was the fastest so far. Had three minutes rest and then we walked back again.

Delphine in Pai
Finally Delphine from Singapore made it up to Pai

Friendly Fire
Friendly fire at our home

Khao Soi
ข้าวซอย Khao Soy – Yellow Coconut Curry with Yellow Noodles. This is what I have for lunch every day my favorite restaurant is open.

Smoking is not good for you!
Good that I do not smoke…

Along a Bangkok Khlong – a Step back in Time

2015-02-15 at 12:14

A few picture from the khlong next to my guest house towards the khlong boat that goes to Pratunam. Apart from a “Boutique Hotel” that someone had to put there it still feels like small town Thailand. Almost no car noise and everything happens in slow motion.

Bangkok
You find chicken along the khlong

Bangkok
They where happy that we came along. You! Help! Guess the tree was to heavy towards the side and would go into the khlong. So they cut off the branch. I tell you next time if that was all they did.

Bangkok

Bangkok
Pull! Pull!

Bangkok
Why not try to catch a fish while working??

Bangkok
Poor little bird

Bangkok
The big one on the left is stone. The others not. They put a fence so the cat can not go fishing.

Bangkok
Guess that the city did put that as an open space for everybody. But the residents did create small private areas in front of their homes. Many have flowers and green. Everything well-kept and clean.

Bangkok
Many small restaurants cater to hungry residents and visitors. There is a wet market as well, fish and meat market and a few little local coffee places.

Bangkok
Sometimes there is a street separating the houses from the Khlong. But there is almost no traffic.

Bangkok
A big bear guarding a few ducks.

Bangkok Khlong
Everyday the boat comes and the guys try to clean the khlong. I can not really see a difference since a lot of the people still throw their thrash in the water.

From Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok

2015-02-14 at 16:23

Last summer Ru came back to Stuttgart and stayed at my place. It was the second time for her and she did like it. She told me that she would open a hostel on Ko Pha Ngan so I said I visit her on the island when I get to Thailand. I never had the intention of going to Ko Pha Ngan in the first place. All you hear is the Full Moon Party, Half and Black Moon Parties. Since the hostel is in the town where the ferry arrives I did only see that part of the island. So I was quite happy when Ru asked me if I can take Elena on her free day round the island. Guess lazy me would just hang out round the hostel all the time. And I have to say – I was wrong! About Ko Pha Ngan! There are so many beaches – quite and great white sand and great water-color. Inside it is mostly forest and green. Went to the night market for food and that was good as well. So it is an island where one can go!

Ko Pha Ngan
There are a few waterfalls to visit – not really my cup of tea.

Ko Pha Ngan
So we went up to the view-point. Quite hot and humid – that makes for a lot of sweat. But than you have a nice view.

Ko Pha Ngan
On the way back down to the bike we stopped here.

Ko Pha Ngan

But first....
But first….

Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan
Than off to the first beach. It started to rain like hell so we had to stop for some food and went down to a bungalow place. Friendly owner and restaurant stuff. Than we walked the beach and the girl went to get some waves.

Ko Pha Ngan
There is quite some up and down – and if you can ride a scooter take one for a day and explore the island!

Ko Pha Ngan
Sleepy little boat parking

Ko Pha Ngan
That was a wide beach with super fine white sand – great!

No time no time!

Since i had to pick up Laura in Bangkok and meet a few friends before that it was time to leave after a few days. Got the bus – ferry – bus combo to the bus station in BKK. The bus leaves with the 17:30 ferry or something so you still can enjoy a day on the island.

Ferry Port

On the Ferry
See you again island!

On the Ferry

On the Ferry
When it gets dark it gets boring outside so I went inside. It was boring too!

On the Bus
Lucky me – a girl had the seat in the front and her boyfriend the seat next to me. So she wanted to change. Yes – more leg room – thank you!

Wires
Hello Bangkok – Wires in front of my guest house. They gave me a room at 6.30 in the morning and I could sleep a bit.

Fried Rice
Than to the little park for some foooood!

Police Speakers
Ok – they do look loud!

Big fat Lizzard
Hello old friend – still healthy looking

Melanie & Me
Melanie & Me

Gerben & Me
Gerben & Me

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