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Bangkok’s sights   Leave a comment

During our time in Bangkok we travelled out to the main temple district of the city.  It was a struggle to get there due to our distance from the main tourist area.  After being turned down by 4 taxi drivers we maanged to persuade one to take us all the way.  It must have cost her all of £2.00……We found Bagkok very humid, dirty and not particularly friendly.  Having said that the sights in the grand palace where amazing.  So much gold and bling.

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Posted 23/06/2013 by Stefan Palmer in Thailand

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Happy New Year   Leave a comment

Thank you for reading my blog this year.  It’s been one hell of a year.  We started it in Queensland Australia, seeing in the new year on Mount Paluma and we are ending it in our new home back in the UK in Cornwall.  In between we have lived in the amazing city of Melbourne for 9 months, traveled the Great Ocean Road in southern Oz, visited Thailand where we stayed on the island of Kho Toa (and scuba dived!) and spend a great time with friends in Bangkok.  Back in the UK a few days where we spend time catching up with friends and family in London and Nottingham before the move to Cornwall.  We both have jobs…..damn reality hurts!

More travels and diving are planned so keep reading.

Stef

Edinburgh   Leave a comment

These images aren’t strictly of our trip around the world, but I found them by accident the other day. I thought I would share them. They were taken on a cold Edinburgh evening in December 2010. In fact the day after these photos were taken Kerry and I were forced to spend an extra night in there due to a sudden downpour of snow.

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Posted 01/12/2012 by Stefan Palmer in UK

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Dancing in the Street   Leave a comment

During our pretty aimless wondering of Bangkok we came across these amazing street dancers on Khao San Road.  Now Khao San Road is what many call the center of the backpacking universe.  Judging by the travelers who converge there to shop, exchange tales and prepare for their next stint on the backpacker trail, it’s pretty accurate.

The 1 km long strip contains countless budget guesthouses and mid-range hotels, internet cafes, swanky bars and clubs, restaurants, massage parlors, travel agents, bookshops, market stalls, tattoo shops and much, much more.

These break dancers weren’t asking for money they just wanted to show off their skills.  If only I was 25 years younger and considerably more agile………….

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Posted 25/11/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Thailand

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Fire!   Leave a comment

Every night on Kho Toa at the Lotus Beach Bar there is a fire show.  It’s a great way of getting more punters in.  The show runs from 9pm till midnight.  Tables and cushions are set up on the beach and table service is available, just to keep the drinks flowing.  To put prices into perspective a double spirit drink with a mixer will set you back the astronomical price of…….£2!

The show is impressive with the guys twirling chains with flaming balls of fire on the ends or sticks with just enough none burning parts that they can hold and twirl them.  Both chains and sticks are thrown casually in the air and caught.  The guys also walk amongst the seated crowd and twirl the fire around spectator’s heads.  Luckily no one on the island seemed to wear flammable hair products on the days we were watching.

Usually by the end of the night we felt quite tipsy but without that horrible feeling as you leave a bar and the outside air hits you.  We had a few of these nights.

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Backpackers, Diving and Germans   1 comment

For out initial stay on the main populated side of Koh Toa we stayed at a resort called Souiree Village which, of course, had a scuba diving center attached to it. Koh Toa is a renowned diving location with over 50 dive companies on the island. The resort was situated close to restaurants and cafes and on the doorstep to the beach. My first dive since January in Queensland was to a well known and great site called Chumporn Pinnacle  It was brilliant to get back in the water. It was a nice leisurely dive with an older gentleman from Frankfurt and our guide Paddy from Surrey. Max depth 29 metres, dive time 40 minutes. The amount of coral was disappointing but there was a huge abundance of fish.

I have noted that after a few days on this side of the island I can’t help noticing the number of Germans. I would like to point out that I have no issues with our European friends however they are everywhere. This must be the time of the year that they get good deals to travel to Thailand. The older gents are particularly easy to spot on a dive boat or the beach prancing about in their black skimpy speedos….its so wrong.

The next few days involve sunbathing, diving and studying for yet another dive course. This time Nitrox/enriched air training.

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The Great Ocean Road – Day 2   Leave a comment

Day 2 of our Great Ocean Road adventure started again bright and early from our overnightbed and breakfast stop at Butterfly Farm in Nirranda.  Mistakenly we decided to travel further along the road to Port Fairy which for the extra distance wasn’t worth the effort or the petrol.  Our trip back towards Melbourne gave us the first chance to see a kangaroo……11 months in Australia and our first!  The improved weather made it safe enough to visit some of the more exposed cliff areas and see the rock formations called the Blow Hole and London Arch which was formerly known at London Bridge before corrosion and the elements led it to collapse into the sea.  We managed to spot Kuala’s in the trees (not easy to do initially) and enjoy the Englishesque countryside.

A great great couple of days.

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