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Mar 28, 2010 - Caving in Ko Lanta

TOURING, THAI STYLE Pick up time set at 9:00; driver arrives around 9:30. Sorry Wendy I guess Bob could have talked to you longer, the elephant was waiting but...Bob could not leave on time anyway. During the wait a Tuk-Tuk driver pulled up and tried to pretend that he was our ride. As he did not know where we were going we doubted this but he refused to leave, we eventually had to get the hotel staff to translate to him that we would not take hispushinessis pushyness is not commorealere. Our eal driver did come and we had watched him stop...

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Mar 27, 2010 - New Skills

SCUBBA DIVING, PART 1 Stopped in at Dive Shop to discuss taking "Discover Diving" course. Boys are old enough, and very excited. Turned out that that same afternoon was best time for the shop to do the skills training part (in a swimming pool). So we return in the afternoon and Kraus takes us through the info. Doesn't seem too hard. Get to drive to the pool in the back of an open Half Ton, awesome. Instructors takes us step by step through the safety and how-to parts. Good instructor in that he takes baby-steps and boys have no trouble...

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Mar 25, 2010 - new excitement on the beach every day

First day: first spiral shell Lydia picks out of the water with her toes has a hermit crab in it. Simon uses goggles to swim about and spots a good sized crab on the sea floor. Second day: clear jellyfish wash up on the beach, and we were a bit worried, due to Simon's experience the last Grand Adventure. Then saw local boys pick them up to throw at one another. Third day: large brown jellyfish chases Simon from the water at twilight swim. Wild dog then amuses Simon by digging a two foot deep hole. Fourth day: wild waves (due to sharp drop...

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Mar 21, 2010 - travel and hanging out at the pool

train ride and ferry So one thing that India did do for Lydia was take away the stress of travel. Either it became so easy that it is no longer a worry, or the worry cup overflowed, and there is no more worry to be had (except by Ben who is willing to take up the challenge.) Otherwise, Lydia would not have booked a place on Ko Lanta, and then considered how we would get there, and then to Singapore. How to get to Ko Lanta: Catch overnight sleeper train (express) in Bangkok and at other end find "Mini-van" transport to island (which will...

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Mar 21, 2010 - Cat's Cave Crisis

I guess either you’re into caves or you’re not. Cat is not.... The locals here on Koh Lanta Yai call a series of caves high n the lush hills Mae Kaeo . We decided as a group to venture up into the hills and explore the caves. So we hired a very odd driver to take us to the base camp where we met "Chumpon" and "Jambo" two massive Asian elephants that we're waiting to take us high into the jungle. As we were told both our elephants previously worked as loggers in the North towards Burma{Myanmar}but after that industry died they roamed the...

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Mar 17, 2010 - Kenya from Koh Lanta

A quiet escape from a chaotic city, a 12hour bus ride, one shuttle and two ferries. Quite a draining voyage, but somehow it's gotten us here. Koh Lanta. Our own tropical paradise, complete with cheap gourmet breakfasts for 1.50$ and that crystal blue water we have seen in the magazines. However, the trip wasn't all sandy beaches and ice cold Fanta. As soon as we got off our air-conditioned double decker bus, we were bombarded by friendly "travel agents" with brochures and fast talk. Little time had passed before our six backpacks were...

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