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Bangkok and the Islands

The long-haul travelling and early mornings visiting Vietnam and Chang Mai's cultural offerings took it's toll by the time we arrived in Bangkok. For 6 days we sat around our roof top pool, ate copious amounts of street Pad Thai and got lairy on the Khao San road watching the Champs League final.

To offset our visits to the MBK shopping centre and hanging around with Bangkok's finest scenesters watching western films in the cinemas, we visited the Royal Palace which is quite a sight. Gold plated roofs and the sort. We were also made to wear trousers out of respect, but they looked more like fraternity jogging bottoms.

Bangkok over and we made our way down to the first island on our trip, Khao Tao. On the journey down our bus was searched by Thai police, clad in massive Doc Martins, helmets and masks. They were looking for a bandit, and whilst Phil maintains that it's good to feel a police presence, Nick felt it was an unnecessary intrusion.

Khao Tao was incredible, and there was a cool array of resorts to get stuck into and throw our hard earned money at. Coops and Nick attempted their PADI, Coops operated ankle couldn't kick with the fins and Nick freaked out doing a 'water in Mask' excercise at 12m. This resulted in a very expensive trip to Khao Tao, however, all was not lost as we went snorkelling off the island of Nang Yuang nearby where we swum amongst barracudas and luminous fish over beautiful coral. In line with poor planning we landed on the island 40 minutes before it closed. We are slowly learning from our mistakes.

Next stop Koh Phagnan, home of the full moon and strange Thai people who are expert in exploiting tourists. Our bungalow was set on a secluded bay which at first felt deserted and remote, but the wild pack of dogs who lived down the beach and the other resort guests made for very fun times. Like true Brits, after a night of dancing in a disturbing manner to techno as the sun rose to reveal a line of full moon-ers urinating into the sea, we raced home to pester our resort into cooking us a fry up at un-Godly hours. Full moon ticked, next stop Sydney to stay with Sally Jones yeeaahhhhhhh.

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