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BANGKOK THE OVERACTIVE CAPITAL

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand both historical and ultramodern. A sprawling city where everything is possible …

When we arrive in Bangkok, it’s shocking! The airport is brand new, huge and ultramodern. We are looking for a bus to get to the city center. We are offered a direct air-conditioned shuttle to Kao San Road, the backpacker district. Here, everything seems to be organized to the millimeter for tourists. We would almost regret the chickens in the old bumpy buses.

The city makes the same impression. Bangkok was described as a chaotic and noisy city. But after India, we have the opposite impression. The city looks spotlessly clean, modern tall buildings everywhere and not a horn sound. Some red lights even count down the number of seconds remaining before going green. We appreciate the calm, even if it is not very exotic.

We find a guest house a bit away from Kao San road. It is a small all-wood house, fully furnished in colonial style with a small lush garden. We feel really good.

In Kao San, we find ourselves in the middle of a crowd of Anglo-Saxons. We joined the classic backpackers route: Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand. Thousands of English and Australians looking for beaches and parties. In other words, people are quite different from those we met in Nepal or India. At three o’clock in the morning, the street is full of drunk people who play guitar, dance, or think they are birds …

We spend a few days strolling through the beautiful Buddhist temples and do some shopping in the huge shopping centers. We spend an evening with O, the Thai friend of our friend Gillou and friends to her. We have a glimpse of the night in Bangkok. Here prostitution is completely trivialized. There are even menus offering ping pong shows and other exotic shows. A bit strange as an atmosphere.

Next destination: Koh Tao, the Thai paradise of diving. We will finally see the sea!

KOH TAO THE MAGNIFICENT ISLAND OF DIVING

Koh Tao is an island so beautiful that it looks fake, too perfect to be real. It is located in the Gulf of Thailand near Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The beaches are beautiful and under water is the little mermaid. It’s a divers paradise and the dive industry here is working hard. Like most dive islands it’s a good place to party …

July 10: Finally the sea!
We traveled several hundred kilometers in just 7 hours, on a perfect highway. On the edge of the highway, pretty little hedges. An air-conditioned bus trip, with all modern comforts. No chicken or goat inside, only tourists.

Arrive at 3am from the mast to the port. We are waiting for the boat for another 4 hours at a local travel agency. Everyone is patient in his own way:
Some of whom Sylvain sleep on the floor in a room apart. A funny show (see video section). Others are on the internet, watching a movie, playing guitar or even chatting at the bar while drinking a beer.

After 1h30 on the boat, Koh Tao approaches already. A small island covered with coconut trees, parsemmee ca and the pretty little wooden bungalows. The rocks eroded by the sea are so smooth that one would almost think of a movie set.

We stay in a wooden hut on stilts with sea view ready from the central beach where everything is happening: Sairee Beach.

Koh Tao despite its small size (we cross the island on foot in one hour) is the Thai capital of diving. Most tourists here are there for that. We too, and we start the next day.

Francois takes a big slap on his first dive. Thousands of multicolored fish everywhere, bizarre and varied corals and anemones cover the bottom of the sea, the water is at 30 degrees, perfectly transparent. Ouuaaaahhhhhhhhh !!! impressive when you know the North Sea at 10 degrees, perfectly gray with 3 gray fish and 2 lobsters.
After that is the escalation of the incredible: turtle, big naughty sharks, spotted rays, muraines, and especially …. the whale shark (extreme luck)! The whale shark is the biggest fish that exists, it can be more than 10 meters. Good ours is a beautiful baby of 4 meters.
Francois also takes some diving lessons. At the end it reaches 20 meters deep. Not too bad.

The rest of the time (when we do not dive) it’s hammock, beach and swimming. Even in mask and tuba we see lots of pretty fish. Francois finds himself even facing a shark 2 meters. It does not attack it, but it’s not reassuring. We travel the island on foot or scooter. It’s Seb, a guy meets on the boat, who takes us behind him.
The further we go, the more we meet French and Spanish. These people like it to be in the lost corners.
Most of the tourists remain plants on Sairee beach unable to move further.

It is sure that here every night is the party and it’s tired. It happens on the beach with good music, fire jugglers, and cocktails served in small buckets of beach (the famous buckets). There are a lot of small babes who wriggle. Sylvain comes alive, nice kid.

At night we become even more aware of the beauty of the village. In the trees the red, blue, yellow lamps … color the beach, streets and scultures in varnished wood that run through it (giant heads, animals, or even a huge dick in varnished wood …).

More than a week passes like that quietly. Yet Francois begins to lack adventure and small lost corners. Gillou arrives July 16th in the neighboring island. We leave for Koh Phangan to wait for him there.

KOH PHANGAN AND THE FULL MOON PARTY

Koh Phangan is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand but it is also the island of debauchery and the incredible party on the beach: the world-famous Full Moon Party …

In Koh Phangan it’s low season. We choose a hotel away from the crowd. Francois does not like English people. “That unnecessary superficial fetards,” he says. They usually all settle on the mythical beach of Haad Rin where the famous Full Moon Party takes place.

Our hotel is totally empty. We take the best bungallow directly on our private beach. Deadly!
The sea is less beautiful than Koh Tao oddly and it is not very easy to find fish or corals. Yet the island is much larger and we each rent a scooter to try to see more. We discover some small paradise beaches with white sand.

Very quickly we understand that Koh Phangan is not really for the sea that people go there.
It’s for the party. Incomparable with Koh Tao. This time there are thousands of people dancing on the beach every night on electro music.
In addition to the fire jugglers, we can make fire jumped rope, dive into burning hoops, limbo emflamme … we like the fire here and us too.
Besides, Francois is trying the jumped-fire rope. Impressive (soon the video on the site)!

Soon Gillou and O (his girlfriend Thai) join us with some friends to them. Seb Koh Tao is here too.
It’s nice to see the Gillou. It is all white it’s funny. With this case of Gillou fetard we spend the worst party since the beginning of the trip to the Full Moon Party on July 19th.

The day of the Full Moon Party land on the island thousands of fetards just for that.
This holiday is not different from those of other nights. It’s the same thing: many more people, many more bars, many more people tearing up, drugs, stuff, more stuff …

We find friends of Koh Tao down and the party lasts until dawn and after.
Gilou is not fresh, oddly Francois and Sylvain are tacket again at 6am. It is the Redbull from here who is very powerful (for my mother I specify that it is not a question of drugs, but of a legal energizing drink).
Of course, at the end of the evening, everyone was lost. Francois took the opportunity to make a photo report very informative (not to be missed) on this late evening and fetards still present. Cingles!

The next day is the great separation … Bouuuhouhuh …
It’s been a long time since Francois wanted to go on an adventure. He leaves for Singapore while Sylvain wants to follow Gillou and O to Bangkok. He wants to see Gillou in his natural environment and visit Ayuatthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand.

Sylvain and Francois will meet again later in Indonesia.

TEMPLES OF AYUTTHAYA AND LOPBURI

Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of Thailand from the time it was called Siam. In Ayutthaya and Lopburi cultural tour, history to program and visit of beautiful temples …

Return to Bangkok with O and Gillou. I sleep with them in their new apartment. This is the luxury. In the residence there is swimming pool, sauna, squash courts and gym. O is going back to work. With Gillou we spend a day enjoying the residence. We push the vice to buy a camembert at Tesco!

The next day we leave to visit Ayutthaya and Lupburi. Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of Thailand, an hour’s train ride from Bangkok. Dozens of temples are scattered throughout the city. We spend the day cycling around. In the evening, not easy to find accommodation, all guest houses are full. We end up getting a room with a large mattress on the floor.

The next day, direction Lopburi, a little further north. We meet an Italian on the train (I forget her name, that’s dragging on writing articles!). We spend the day three to visit temples invaded by monkeys. They are not wild, to say the least. They do not hesitate to jump on our bags to see if there is not something to put in their teeth inside. Our partner is even bitten.

We spend two more days in Bangkok to walk around. A last night with O and Gillou at the saxophone bar to listen to a good little concert and then it’s goodbye. Gillou is still two weeks in Thailand with O. I fly to Singapore.