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Old 1st October 2008, 17:06   #16
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Brilliant pictures and writeup RuFRoc. Brings back very nice memories
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 1st October 2008, 17:18   #17
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RufRoc..Amazing pics and writeup on the beautiful country. Even I recently hopped into bangkok. You can go thru my travelogue as well here:
Gautam Prakash : The Un-natural Act: The Five Most Happening Days of My Life...Yet!

@ShuvD...don't even go there!
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Old 1st October 2008, 17:23   #18
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To add a bit of information to the above uploaded pics, itís actually a thrilling 15 min ride (from a spot on the channel) on those long tail boats to the Floating Market. The ride on that narrow channel of water was real fun. They usually follow one another but occassionally, youíll notice some of them letting the others pull away so they can let it fly, a few metres. And itís not a calm channel, the waterís so choppy at places and youíd notice them slowing at points and maneouvoring with care.

The Floating Market is nice but a few moments there and you realise itís a too commercialised tourist spot. We eat some fresh fruits and do a quick tour of the place. Its 11:00 by the time weíre back in our Taxi, waiting at the Floating Market. Since weíve got time to spare before the Elephant Show at 1:00 PM, our guide takes us to a Snake Show and an Art Gallery.

Here are some pics from the Snake Park. I surprisingly found the place very poorly maintained and didnít take too many snaps, thereís one of a huge crocodile which wouldnít have even had space to turn around because it was kept in a narrow enclosure. The Snake Show was good though, they kept reminding us that no snake or animal is harmed during the show and itís only for awareness but Iím not sure they told that to the mangoose who hung on to the head of the cobra, when they tried pulling the cobra out of the box.

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The Art Gallery was interesting, so I went a lil trigger happy; here are some pics from in there. They seem to do a lot of carving just like us (Now donít ask me what Iíve carved, you wouldnít want to know)

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You sure missed out on the major details my friend
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Old 1st October 2008, 17:55   #20
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We finally reached the Sampran Elephant Park, both of us a lil cranky because of too many detours on our way. For example, this was funny … to pass time he takes us to an enclosure where they have a few elephants standing around. A guy quickly comes up and says only 800 THB for a ride and my wife gives him this look which I quicky translate into ‘From where I come from, I have elephants walking around my backyard, you must be kidding me!’ (You see, she’s from Kerala so the irony of it and also the uncontrollable urge to poke fun of her love for God’s Own Country). All the more reason I hope she’s not reading this travelogue. Anyway, the Thai’s love and revere their elephants so we graciously forgave them and continued on our journey. I did have half a mind to stand there and say 800 THB for a ride is highway robbery but I didn’t like the look of the elephant next to him, better safe than sorry.

Here are some pics from the Sampran Elephant Park and Zoo. There’s a short magic show before the elephants come out to play and the first pic is of this cool magician who was super funny. The rest of the pics are from when the Elephants enact an ancient war scene and then play football jumbo style. Btw, Rooney missed his penalty and was the fattest, slowest and laziest of the lot just like his elder cousin who plays for England (I hope there are no ManU fans in here)

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Old 1st October 2008, 18:05   #21
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You sure missed out on the major details my friend
@shuvd: Exactly what i thought too, just read Gautam's blog and it sounded like the 'good boy' version you write so certain people don't stumble across it. So do we get to hear about it?

Nice crisp write up and some lovely pics, you were lucky to have a nice cloudy day (read: lots of clouds). It was so hot, I never even bothered looking up.
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Old 1st October 2008, 18:27   #22
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There are also a couple of pics from the crocodile park nearby (in the same premises). The look on the kid's faces was priceless, such innocent expressions.


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Finally, a face to the writing. That’s me, my wife and Mr. Tick (our guide)

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A look into the Southern Bus Terminal at Bangkok from where we took the 5:30 PM Bus to Phuket. We wanted to take a look at the country side which is why we opted for travelling by road. It was a pleasant 10 hour journey to Phuket with some nice sights all along the way (till it got dark and I ended up seeing scary reflections of myself in the glass, at which point I wisely pulled the curtain and went to sleep)

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A pic of our bus, which I later realised did have a toilet downstairs, was wondering where people were disappearing to. You see, I had to find out because what if there was some free snack counter somewhere in the bus and I was missing the action.

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Well, guys will be back on Monday. Here's a sneak into Day 3 of the trip; we'll be taking the ferry to Phi Phi Islands, some nice pics coming up too. Thanks again for all the kind feedback, hope you continue to enjoy it.

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Old 1st October 2008, 18:35   #23
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@shuvd: Exactly what i thought too, just read Gautam's blog and it sounded like the 'good boy' version you write so certain people don't stumble across it. So do we get to hear about it?

Nice crisp write up and some lovely pics, you were lucky to have a nice cloudy day (read: lots of clouds). It was so hot, I never even bothered looking up.
Is it that obvious?! Everyone who's gone through the post notices that there is much more to the whole trip!

Shuvd you need to fill me in on the details next time we catch up!
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Old 1st October 2008, 18:41   #24
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Its been some time since a travelogue made me smile..quite a lot. Nicely written.Would be great if you could comment after posting each snap
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Aha, so that is your secret. You too wear short pants like a certain other writer in the forum.
I had no idea that the length of your pants directly reflected on your ability to write.
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Old 6th October 2008, 17:57   #26
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Aha, so that is your secret. You too wear short pants like a certain other writer in the forum.
Bet you're referring to the Master himself, ain't you? . Funny observation, I guess people are going to throw away their trousers now and get speedos.

Well, we're off to Day 3 now.


Itís a pleasant journey from Bangkokís impressive Southern Bus terminal to Phuket. After a little over 10 hours (not including an half an hourís break) on the road we arrive fresh and raring to go. This part of our trip had already got us excited, we were to take a ferry to Phi Phi Don and spend the next two nights out there before returning back to Phuket.

Iíd already arranged with a travel agent to have us picked up from the Bus Station and dropped at Rassada Harbor (from where the ferries to Phi Phi and Krabi leave), so I give her a call and then we spend half an hour poring through travel maps while we wait for the cab to pick us up. Boy! were we in for a surprise . A young kid comes around and after introducing himself, says he would be dropping us at the Pier. While we help ourselves with our bag, he takes the suitcase and wrestles it into the front passenger seat, I wonder why he doesnít just put it into the boot of his car (Btw, Iíve attached a pic of the car which I couldnít recognise). We get our answer when we step into the rear; thereís only two padded rods where the back supportís supposed to be and there I am staring into two huge sub woofers and an whole lotta other stuff (Sorry guys, I made the mistake of not taking a pic of it, for you guys to drool over). Guess it was his personal car and a part time job.

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We arrive too early at the Harbor, 6:30 AM and the place wears a deserted look. After letting us know that the counters would open by around 7:30 AM and a nod to a quick photo of him with his car, he zooms off. To pass time I go around taking pics of a very expensive junkyard. In an hour the place is transformed into a busy centre with tourists from all over. The ferry fills up fast and by 8:30 AM, the ferries follow each other out. We swing our legs through the siderails (the best seats unless you want to be getting burnt on the top deck) and enjoy the spray.

Pics of the junkyard and the harbor.

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The insides of the ferry (air conditioned)
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Faint outline of a rainbow
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Sailing Away
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Following this with a few more pics from along the way, itís a 2 hour journey to Tonsai Bay on Phi Phi Don. Weíd booked accomodation on the less crowded northern tip of the Island, Laem Tong. From Tonsai Bay we had to transfer to a smaller ferry and then finally a long tail boat to the resort.
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Old 6th October 2008, 18:16   #27
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Rock of Ages
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Sailing into the Horizon
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A Bay along the way
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Screeching around the corner
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Parking available behind those Rocks
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Guys, am not sure if this was some kinda cave or was it that place where they pick up Bird's Nests from.
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That's a '92-'95 Honda Civic EG!
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RufRoc, very nicely written and the pictures are great too. I particularly liked the last few ones. Amazing spot!
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Nice pics once again RufRoc. Whatz your connection? Is it a dial up connection?
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