Team Zauren SouthEast Asia Trip



Jul. 13th, 2010

We took a long weekend and headed north to Pai, a small hippie farang (westerner) village. It took three hours in a van filled with 11 other people packed to the absolute brim. We got stuck in the way back by the luggage which kept falling on us. Mind you the roads were VERY VERY curvy, two people ended up getting ill and having to throw their bags of sick out the window as the driver would not stop. He also was doing about 55 MPH on dangerous curvy back mountain roads. We felt blessed to have stepped out of the van arriving in Pai.

We were lucky enough to head up with our two British friends we met at Muay Thai in Bangkok to Pai. We stayed at a lovely little guest house on the Pai river. Pai turned out to be a little more of a party town than we anticipated. However, we ended up renting motor bikes and exploring the beauty outside of Pai. We went on a short hike to the Pam Bok Waterfall, followed by the Pai Canyon, to the Pai Bridge (WWII memorial), ending at Tha Pai Hot Springs. We then took back roads through elephant farms and small towns to Pai. Absolutely lovely. Check out our photos below.

Goodbye Chiang Mai

Jul. 14th, 2010

We will be leaving for the Islands tomorrow, so excited to sit on the beach and get away from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities. Chiang Mai we will miss you, you where nice to us and we really enjoyed what you had to offer. Still there is so much to do, Lanna province we will be back when we need to decorate our first “real” home.

Koh Samui

Jul. 18th, 2010

We arrived in Koh Samui the 15th. We were picked up from the airport and taken to our romance package hotel. We were greeted with apple juice and escorted to our suite. Our room had a huge leather couch and there were flowers on the bed. Romantic right? Ah but who could forget the broken safe which the staff fiddled with for roughly the first 30 minutes we had our room. Later we found our room was still occupied by some previous tenants: frogs, lizards and a cockroach. Also our secluded room was flanked by two large and noisy families. So much for romance.

The next day we walked along the beach, recieved our couples massage (part of the romance package) which was nice and ended up going to have a lovely dinner at betelnut which was fantastic.

Koh Samui was not what we expected. Very built up and touristy. Congested and impossible to relax. The package we booked was not what we expected either… So we had a few good laughs about it. What can you do. On to the next island.


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