A week ago I returned from thee most invigorating and fun 10 day trip in Thailand. I had travelled to Phuket, Krabi and Bangkok (which I haaaaaated). The days went by so quickly, I’m certain someone was fast forwarding the clock. I cannot even begin to describe in words the amazing time that was had. I was travelling with my Aunt (my dad’s second sister) and a high school friend of mine, Buyi. Ultimately we were all stressed and just need to rejuvenate. I couldn’t have asked for better travel companions as we all bought different attributes into making the trip a success.
My aunt is 40-something and I think secretly she is the older version of me. We have so much in common but she gets on my last nerve. At home we are referred to as friends (by the other jealous aunts)..We have the same disposition and generally she has my back. But boy did she annoy me during the trip. I was five to losing my mind. Firstly this woman had packed EVERYTHING you can think of, so when we got to the airport we had to empty her suitcase and ask our lift to take some of the clothes back home. I’m not kidding when I say she had packed sandwiches and Big Korn Bite chips…Why? I had told her a dozen times we don’t need to pack food because the airline supplies.. (since we will be flying 11 hours). As I thought the worst was over, she whipped out a pack of condoms and asked me if I bought any. I really had no option but to burst laughing. She said we never know what may happen along the way –what if we get raped. Basically if we do find ourselves being molested by an Asian man with a tiny wiener, her plan is to politely ask him to wrap it up. I told her no such would happen but she insisted on having them close by. After that she kept beeping at every security gate we passed because of her “diamond” encrusted-Lil Mama tracksuit she was wearing. It felt like a long, long walk to freedom. She did however come handy, because she had every pill you can think off. She was like a walking dispensary. She had sleeping pills for when our sleeping patterns were thrown off due to the time difference, pain and muscle pills after Buyi and I were feeling tender from all the swimming and diving, nausea pills for the hysterical boat ride we took, she helped nurse my sore on my ass crack (don’t ask how it got there) and when I developed a suspicious looking pimple inside my nose, she happily peeped up my nostril to check it out.. Generally she was our personal pharmacist /nurse.
Although shopping with her was a complete BUST! I’m a very decisive shopper so I really hate shopping with people who can never seem to make up their minds. My aunt is like that… She is stingy so she has to be 1000% sure if she wants something. This drove me crazy because I didnt’t have time to ponder if she wanted to buy a 200Baht sarong (which by the way is about R66)…Thank goodness for Buyi because she has the patience of a saint. She entertained her, negotiated prices with her and helped her shop.
Buyi on the other hand was such a trooper. She made sure we woke up promptly, she bought sunscreen (which my aunt and I hadn’t packed), she made double copies of all our documents in case I had forgotten something, she carried this backpack that could store anything when all I had was a little sling bag and when we couldn’t find decent booze at the hotel, she coerced me into drinking Gordon’s Gin (no comment- it got the job done). She cheered me to dive from the speedboat into the ocean (which was UNBELIEVABLE) and she told us not to talk to strangers (and we did get approached by some shoddy Nigerian characters at one of the malls in Bangkok). After diving and spending hours out in the sun, we were so sunburnt and raw it was sad. I kept calling her my little Lupita..She was bad for me in that, all we did was eat. We got hungry at the same time and we would just pig out. As I write this we are both on an intense no carb, high protein diet.
So many and wonderful memories were created on this trip. I would genuinely advise my friends to travel more and to definitely do Phuket. The locals are friendly and there are so many fun activities to partake in and many places to explore. I enjoyed being able to walk the street without fear of being robbed as there is almost zero crime there. The food interestingly enough was beyond edible. My only let down was how the concept of breakfast and lunch is just not respected! Rice and noodles for breakfast? I spent most of days skipping breakfast. Lunch was always different. The seafood equally fresh (we dined on prawns, crab, lobster, mussel. Seafood royalty).The cocktails were like little fairies gliding down your throat. I couldn’t have enough. We went to these magnificent islands (Phi-Phi, Bamboo) and we swam with the fishes and scuba dived till we touched the coral… We rode elephants into the jungle, which was insanely scary. It was spectacular how these massive animals were so tame (under the right conditions obviously). The baby elephants danced and sang for us and also did tricks with hoola hoops. We also did an educational tour on how rubber is made, which opened my eyes to the plight of these people in 3rd world countries who work so hard for things we take for granted. I had not even once considered how rubber was made nor did I care. It was interesting none the less.
The entire trip was such a great blessing and it ignited my adventure spirit and I definitely will be travelling more. I did however miss my son terribly, and well travelling makes you realize how much you love your own country. Despite the eTolls, Nkandla, Oscar saga, the daily heartbreaking stories we read about every day, we generally have an awesome country. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When we touched down at OR and existed the plane, even the air felt different, in a good way.
PS: Although SA has a thing or two to learn about that free wi-fi they have everywhere in Asia. THEN we would be 100% awesome!