[THAILAND] oo1. ISLAND AND THE CITY (Bangkok – Ko Samet)

The minute our home-bound aircraft took off, I missed Bangkok already.
Even with my infected tummy hurting so badly from seafood poisoning,
the land of a thousand smiles can’t shake me off.
Thailand, I will be back!!

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The amount of insane things we did on this trip was kept to a minimal
We capped it at scuba-diving, really.

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For a moment I was thinking: is this the famous Bangkok traffic?!
Then I realized, it’s just a parking field.
Honestly, to be able to park their cars into such neat rows,
Thais have got some serious driving skills.DSCN0650

The real deal isn’t as bad, but close enough.

Now here comes the food!
Basically everything tastes good with their sauces and methods of deep-frying
From these street-foods…

Hollow fish-cakes!DSCN0619 DSCN0625 DSCN0627 DSCN0631 DSCN0632 DSCN0633 DSCN0636 DSCN0637

To traditional dishes in the restaurants…

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My tastebuds were in for a ride.
So was my weak stomach – of all my friends I’m the only one who got a tummy upset.
The food is safe! I just need to train up my stomach.

Love hunting out cafes in new unknown places,
and here’s one that Dia brought us to
At Sukhumvit 51 Rd, AGALICO, which is sanskrit for ‘Where Time Stops’

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Quirky thing is, there are no menu.
You gotta be psychic to work out what they’re serving and the price attached, no kidding.DSCN0685
The ambience was so good.
Outdoor dining in the garden, under the sun.DSCN0689 DSCN0692 DSCN0696 DSCN0698 DSCN0699

The rooms upstairs in the white 3-storey cafe-house are dedicated to room furnished in the style reminiscent of the Colonial.DSCN0703 DSCN0706 DSCN0707 DSCN0712 DSCN0714 DSCN0716

Downside to sight-seeing: we were zapping so hurriedly from place to place,
we had hardly any time to stop, to truly soak in the feel.
I definitely want to be back at Agalico.

Then there’s this night market at Siam District…
Cool old vintage Fords, trucks and collectibles from the ’70s.

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Alcohol diesel lamps.
Almost got myself one of these because it’s just too pretty 🙂DSCN0753 DSCN0754
Very interesting mix of aesthetics! Relatively global-warming-friendly as well.DSCN0755

After the trip to the nightmarket we had this
Insanely yummy milo powder and milk crispy bread.DSCN0757

ESCOBAR at Bangkok was also one of the places we spent the night,
then went for yummy congee afterwards.
But no pictures because I was afraid I’d lose my camera if I brought it along.
You know, me being me.

Breakfast at Cafe Bicycle right next to our accomodation at Novotel Ploenchit
before setting off for Island Samet.DSCN0759 DSCN0760 DSCN0762

My cafe latte and Beth’s power-packed fruit juice.DSCN0763 DSCN0765 DSCN0767

Hearty breakfast!
After we bought ourselves fried sweet potato balls.DSCN0770 DSCN0773

Breakfast down, we drove to the pier
and got on a speedboat to the island of Samet
where it’s all sun, sand, sea, beach and people clad in minimal attire.
Snorkelling and Scuba-diving babehhh 😀

ROADTRIP!DSCN0778
CAPTAIN NATAON DIA!DSCN0779
Outside my window~
While I was still awake and alert.
Music in Dia’s car was so perky
it was impossible not to dance to.DSCN0786
Speed-boating~DSCN0789 DSCN0790

The welcome sight at our villa Le Vimarn Resort.DSCN0795

Welcome drinks 🙂DSCN0797

Threesome forever DSCN0803 DSCN0806
Our four-poster bed, and awesome light entering our room.DSCN0807 DSCN0810
Private jacuzzi at the balcony.DSCN0811 DSCN0812 DSCN0814 DSCN0816 DSCN0818
Late lunch~ the starters.DSCN0821
Shrek-imitating sauce-holderDSCN0822
Yummy Caesar Salad.DSCN0825
Dia’s risotto.DSCN0828
Our spinach lasagneDSCN0832

Hungry buddies, scarfing down lunch.
In the mornings the villa would serve complimentary breakfast buffet at the same areaDSCN0831
Making our way down to the snorkelling dock,
where we got onto a speedboat to take us off-shore for snorkelling.DSCN0842

With Dia! After our first snorkel at this murky zone.DSCN0862
And Beth!DSCN0863

Shallow waters with our speedboat.DSCN0865 DSCN0868 DSCN0870
Snorkelling at sunset.
The fishes were hungry and waiting for dinner!DSCN0871
All ready to jump off the speedboat. On your mark…DSCN0876
Yes that is me
goggles made my eyes droopy.DSCN0878 DSCN0880
Satisfied after touching the fishes, feeding them bread.
And then drinking unfiltered sea-water.
Hmm…
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We went for a quick dip at the pool,
then decided we were too hungry for anything else,
hence the instant decision to go for dinner at this seaside restaurant
where there is a fire-show that lures unsuspecting tourists to their shores everyday.
The food was terrible.
But the show was awesome!
And the company I had, the best ever.

The ongoing fireshow:DSCN0883
Kerosene-dipped firetorches literally flew across the diners’ heads,
and the stuntsmen did all sorts of tumbles and somersaults with the firetorches
right before our eyes.
It was insane what these people can do with a huge matchstick, and their agile bodies.DSCN0886 DSCN0889 DSCN0894

Ice and Fire. Lol.
He took the firetorch from the guy, although we wanted a picture with a stuntsman.DSCN0896

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The island is pretty much peaceful past midnight, save for a couple of nightclubs and tourist haunts
So we settled down for games, armed with snacks and other ammunition.
Thai snacks and crisps…too irresistible that we had to use the amenities bowl.DSCN0902 DSCN0906

Guess which of us were hungover the day after.
Not the girls 🙂
Good morning~
the breakfast team is hiding holiday fatigue under the shades.
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We went for a massage.
Was wide awake throughout while Ice fell asleep.DSCN0918
Pretty awesome view outside the open-air massage parlour.DSCN0919 DSCN0920
Mandatory self-shot whenever there is a pretty mirror above a sink
wide enough to do a selca.DSCN0924 DSCN0926 DSCN0930 DSCN0931 DSCN0933

We headed offshore again for scuba-diving that day
It was INSANE.
I love it so much, I want a license to dive at free-will
Provided I learn how to swim properly
Instead of puppy-paddling.

After our dives~
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Hired truck, one of the fastest transport around the island.DSCN0950 DSCN0951 DSCN0956 DSCN0957
RING THE BELL!
At the pier, where we’re about to be towed in a boat to an offshore restaurant.DSCN0960 DSCN0961
Automated towing…DSCN0962 DSCN0963

The most amazing thing about the restaurant…
the tables are crystal clear so you could see fishes swimming beneath you

and drop little pieces of rice, meat and veggies for their omnomnom pleasures.DSCN0964 DSCN0968 DSCN0972 DSCN0973 DSCN0974 DSCN0982
Traditional thai cuisine 🙂 Mango salad!DSCN0985

The feast! And the reason why the 5 of us should never eat together.
Happened way too many times on the trip.
Excessive ordering of food and drinks till we had to play games to get rid of them.DSCN0986 DSCN0988

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The island. Too pretty for words.DSCN0996 DSCN0998 DSCN0999 DSCN1000 DSCN1001
Newfound favourite position to take self-shots…
Not.
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Lol this is such a parody.DSCN1004
It rained soon after we decided to leave,
which was a relief because if we hadn’t left,
we would be stuck on the pier.DSCN1010

Clear skies on the other side of the island!DSCN1013 DSCN1020
My two cute friends, heading for the sea.DSCN1022
And the photographer, being photographed in action.DSCN1024
On our last 2 dives on the last day at Ko Samet, we headed to new offshore places.
One of which was a sunken ship!!
We totally got to touch the fishes and corals breeding around the wasted wood.
And sat on the seabed while the instructor had a trained fish swim right into our hands…
How adorable!!!
Also, we said hi to nemo and friends…and nemo’s sticky coral reefs.
Everything in that movie came to life in the sea.

We’re going for more Scuba-diving in July again, I cannot wait!DSCN1039
At this point, the boys decided my camera was good enough to take for the dive.
Which it is! It could go 10m underwater.
They were meaning to throw my camera overboard the speedboat many times before.DSCN1043
So they took my camera down with them.
Ake giving the thumbs-up to Ice who was holding my camera…DSCN1044
He took 2 long videos…DSCN1045

And these few photos….DSCN1046

Until my camera batteries were exhausted.
Silly me neglected to bring the charger to Bangkok. Boo.
Last picture taken on the trip…DSCN1047

Lost my phone and camera batteries died.
Fortunately, time was still well-spent without these gadgets to hinder me!

We left Ko Samet for Pattaya that evening, and had more food and drinks till…
I had a bad tummy upset and puked outside a hotel ):
Fortunately we had a room to rest for the night,
because we stopped by this really awesome TrickArt 3D museum at Pattaya
until we ran over the estimated journey time back to Bangkok.

The next morning…rushed to BNH Hospital
where this really nice doctor at A&E told me I had seafood poisoning and infection in both my intestines.
Nurse jabbed the back of my palm to extract blood,
and to inject 3 vials of medicine
while I laid in the hospital bed wide awake, hoping the blood test would be fine
and doctor wouldn’t have to keep me in Bangkok!
Fortunately the infection was minor at that point, hadn’t entered into the bloodstream
so I was free to come back to Singapore that evening.
Service at the hospital was quite good…
they insisted on carrying me around in a wheelchair when I said I didn’t need to.

We left the hospital for more cafe-hunting (on account of my tummyache I couldn’t eat much)
afterward, Dia and Ake drove us to the airport.
Despite the full-load of passengers, we got onto the flight
riding on perks of being part of the company.
In the Cock-pit!!
Awesome view of the sunset from the skies
And we were home 🙂
(In my next lifetime, I wanna be a pilot)
The trip was basically eat-fest.
Feasting from place to place non-stop and loving every minute we spent together 🙂
A short getaway before we officially begin our work in the skies.
Thank you Bangkok and friends!!
I’m ready to work and look forward to more rewarding trips like this!

Missing Bangkok,
and everyone.
XOXO

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