Cole’s Notes

The two big moments:
Paul finally took his open water. The instructor told Paul it was like he was diving for years and he was one of the easiest people he had ever taught. My thought on that was that he should be happy I didn’t take mine. Paul was able to get in a few dives and meet some nice people…even though they are “divers”.
We met Chip, his wife and daughter. Chip invited to watch sunset at his place… they have a gorgeous house with a private beach. Pizza, beer, and a fire on a private beach watching a beautiful sunset… one of my top moments.
We managed to get a couple of group dinners in with fresh caught fish, BBQ chicken and all the sides. We had a special time with many people, you know you are.

Satun to Bangkok – March 31 – April 4

Our friend Pn invited us to come and spend some time at her home. She picked us up from the ferry, iced coffee in hand and brought us to a beautiful beach are to relax and visit. Turns out our timing coincided with a family ceremony to honour her great, great grandfather.  So many of her Aunt’s, Uncle’s were in town so we were invited to attend the festivities. It started with a massive family BBQ and everyone had a duty. I helped with the skewers and Paul tried to BBQ, we were quickly given guest status.  I also received a first hand lesson on making Som Tam… no more needs said on that. The meal was great and we got spoilt rotten.
The next day we drove out to the grave site and participated​ in the ceremony.  From laying out the food, decorating the site, burning the paper clothes and offerings, it was something very special.  Off to a nice local park are for a family picnic where unfortunately it poured so we had a quick departure.
We had a drive to Malaysia border with Pn and Napat. We spent a day with Pn taking us to the local beaches, one with a long boardwalk and then where we had a fantastic meal and the freshest pomelo ever.
Finally, it was on to Hat Yai with the family to visit a sick uncle, a family supper and dropped off at the night train. Pn was heading to BKK with her Auntie and arranged for us to get on the same train. I hadn’t completed a train journey I was very much looking forward to it. It was awesome! I will state that top bunks aren’t my favorite but we were comfortable and enjoyed it.

Bangkok – April 5 – 8

This was quick. We were lucky to meet up with God and Yves who were heading for a wedding. Had a nice evening visiting. Paul wasn’t feeling well, so we didn’t do much. Our hotel wasn’t well placed so we happily moved on.  I will admit excitement thinking we had a massage place at the end of the street… not as excited when I noticed all customers are male. Flew to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai – April 8 – May 8

Had rented an Airbnb place which was okay. Decent place, good pool and easy to get places.  The highlights:
Songkran – A 3 day festival of water fights, being drenched and having a blast. Paul was a hero for figuring out how to open the Songthew windows, no one was safe.
Small House Kafe – great place and nice people. Dao and Chris were great and there was such a mix of people, each time we went there it was a good night.
Cat Cafe – cats and coffee.. says it all really.
We hit up Warrorot market, Sunday night walking market and ate Khao Soi almost every day. Across the street from our condo 35b… delicious.
Doi Inthanon was great. Liked the waterfalls and the garden project. We were happy at the top.  It was only +18…everyone else had on jackets. It was a nice day and we were glad we went.
We were lucky to spend an evening with God, he was in town visiting family. We got to met his sister and nephew. It was nice despite her being a Man U supporter and me not being able to take a video.
So that was it in a nutshell. Our next adventure is a bus ride to Make Sot and then we are in Myanmar.
We will try to be slightly more current on updates… but can’t guarantee 😀

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