Hello world!

So here I am in Ban Phe in Thailand.

Some cultural observations:

  1. Dogs. They are bloody everywhere. They look more like hyenas; snarly and evil. My advice? Give them a very wide berth…walk on the road if necessary.
  2. Walking on roads. Deathwish?
  3. Toilet paper. Not used here! I wish someone would have told me… instead they have what can only be described as a “BUM GUN”. It is NOT a bidet. It’s handheld for a start. It’s basically a supersoaker for your ‘arris. Not pleasant.
  4. Mozzies. My blood must be well tasty because I am being eaten alive. My feet have swollen up in protest. Now, the home-medic in me says “elevate ’em!” …God I’d love to put my feet up on the table. However, apparently one of the rudest things you can do in this country is show the underside of your feet. The only faux pas worse is touching a Thai on the head or speaking ill of the King.

On the plus side though, Thailand has a really cool vibe about it. On Saturday I am going on a speedboat to the local island, called Ko Samet. Apparently this place is ‘party island’; white sandy beaches, postcard-blue sea and beach-hut bars dotted all along the coastline. I will take pictures for y’all to see!

We had a beach party on Sunday on our island and one of the locals told us that if we decided on a whim we wanted to go join the shenanigans on Ko Samet, we just need to call the ‘speedboat taxi’ (W.O.W!) and they’d have us there in 10 minutes for 200 Baht (about a fiver)! This country is coooooool…..

It’s rainy season at the moment but actually the wet has held off for most of the time I’ve been here. It’s raining pretty heavily right now, but I woke two days ago to the sound of tropical storm. The thunder was wild and the lightning orange! See? It’s cooooool here.

Oh – and I went to the nearest big city (Rayong) and they have a Tesco! Glad I brought my Clubcard….

I hope you are all well at home and elsewhere! Leave me a comment below, why dontcha?

Muchos love,



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Gill
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 16:37:58

    Hi Haley ! Loving the blog don’t like the thought of the bum gun though sounds dangerous!!! Hope you are living it large and enjoying your freedom xx Speak to you soon lots of love saz and jimmy b xxx


  2. Lou
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 17:04:25

    I swear there was no bum gun when I was there, just old fashioned loo roll. It’s been mental here, with the dog cat and baby. Wish I was there although not with the massive effing bug in the pic!!! X


  3. Karen
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 20:25:46

    Hi Haley, Brilliant sounds like your having a ball. The toilet thing sounds a mighty strange!! Have a great time on Saturday, party island sounds good to me, show em how it’s done. Take care, Karen x


  4. Tracey Gittins
    Jul 29, 2011 @ 11:36:28

    Hi Hayley, glad all is okay this is really interesting stuff. Not sure about the thunder storms though I hate them. If you go to the party island you must post pictures, nearest I’ll ever get. This blog is great well done you.
    Tracey xxx


  5. Dan Wakefield
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 15:28:33

    Yo! Love the blog ( imagine this being said in a MacArthur Parker voice- look him up). I’ll keep in ‘tacts on the ol’ Skype.
    Dan xx


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