When I was maybe 10 or so, my family was going to take a vacation to Disney World. Most kids would just be happy to go meet Mickey Mouse or whatever. But not me. I went to the library and checked out all the guidebooks about Disney World and planned out our whole vacation. I learned what rides we should go to first to avoid queues, and for that matter, I learned the word queue. I learned how to save money by going to the cheaper food stalls, and I learned what times were best to take the shuttle.
My point–and I do have one–is that I love me some guidebooks, and I have from a young age.
So the first thing I did when I found out I was going to Surat Thani for 10 days was break out my Lonely Planet. And guess what? The Lonely Planet has pretty much nothing but terrible things to say about Surat Thani province.
I tend to believe the guidebooks, for good or for bad, but this time, I thought they kind of got it wrong. I didn’t spend too much time in Surat Thani city, because I was staying about 30 km outside of the city, but I actually had a really fantastic time and thought the area was beautiful. Of course, I had some Thai people to show me around and bring me to the best places to eat, shuttle me around, throw parties for me with amazing food, force me to sing karaoke (“Stay” by Lisa Loeb and most Dido songs are the ones I will sing to blow your mind out of your nose), and just generally show me a great time.
It’s a hard life, but somebody has to live it. And that somebody might as well be me, you know what I’m saying?
I’ve actually got to break the trip up into different parts because there are so many awesome things. I could do an entire post just on the food…which I MIGHT.
Tomorrow: Part 2: Market and Surat Thani city. Wednesday: Part 3: Phuket
Or the other way around, who can know?
Khao Sok National Park: 1 Megan: 1
The leeches were vicious, people, and I was a total wimp, but it was also a really great trip.