As per request (Hi Mom!) I’ve decided to try to start blogging again. Sorry for the lapse, but I’ve been a busy lady!
This blog post is all somewhat of a special one as it is about the special people who came to visit. When you move to another country, you never think that people will actually come and visit you. Well, as luck has it, I was able to visit with 4 of my friends from Portland, OR!
These friends of mine had already planned on coming to SE Asia for their own backpacking adventures, so it really worked out for me that I was able to see them.
The first of these occasions was in Bangkok. I had to travel up there in order to renew my passport and decided to go when Thida had midterms, giving me a 5 day weekend. This break just happened to coincide with the arrival of my friends Noah and Tessa, coming into town on my last day in Bangkok.
They decided to stay on Khaoson Rd., so I met them there and we proceeded to drink Leo bee-as and eat crickets. Later in the evening, we went to some underground club that was lit up red and looked like Hell, and then upon emerging decided to order a beer tower from a neighboring bar. I’ll just say that it was very difficult catching my 8am train the next day.
It was great welcoming Noah and Tessa to Bangkok, and it was there that they told me 2 of our other friends were on their way as well. I got in touch with these friends on FB and we decided to meet in Surat for dinner. The night of the dinner came and as I awaited the 2 friends on the pier, I heard my name being called out by a familiar voice. Noah and Tessa had come down too to surprise me!
During dinner we made plans to all hang out that weekend on Koh Samui. So, as soon as school let out on Friday, I hopped on my motorbike and headed to Don Sak for the Raja Ferry. I made it to Koh Samui around 6:30pm, but didn’t find my friends until 3 hours later! Not only did I get lost, but I got a flat tire too! Luckily, Thailand has little bike shops everywhere, and no matter which one you go to, the price to fix a flat is always 120baht.
In Samui, we stayed at the Lemon Tree Resort on Big Buddha beach. The last time I was there I stayed in Mae Nam. Big Buddha is down the road, and up on the peninsula. Make sure you take the left that goes up the peninsula though, or you’ll be like me and practically drive all the way around the island before realizing you missed you turn. It’s not marked very well, but it’s a left turn at a light, pretty much when you get out of Mae Nam.
The following day, I took my friends to the same beach I went to last time on Mae Nam, but the bar that was there before had disappeared! I guess things come and go in Thailand. The beach day was nice. We sat in the sun, swam, and even built a little man out of wood, coconuts and palm trees. This isn’t too surprising considering we all like to go to Burning Man. We named our man Spalding, like Wilson from Castaway.
That night we went to the Big Buddha for sunset, which I recommend to everyone. The statue is surrounded by bells you can hit and hear reverberating all around; it’s very lovely. We then proceeded to Chaweng to go to Reggae Pub to hear some live music. This place was really cool. It was a 2 story open building with pool tables on the 2nd floor, many pictures of Bob Marley, instruments on the wall, and a view of the river. I think my favorite part was the old white men gettin’ jiggy with it. They’re hilarious.
The next day it was time to say adieux. I highly enjoyed my time with my friends and look forward to the next time we meet before they head back to the states. It’s a very special thing to have people you know so well in a place you don’t really know at all. I feel blessed to have my friends so close to me, even if it’s just for a short time.