We started our Year of the Tiger with a trip to Thailand, escaping a week of deserted streets and closed everything as Saigon virtually shut down for Tet (Vietnamese New Year week). We stayed 6 nights at a resort on Pakweb Beach – a long stretch of undeveloped beach just north of Khao Lak in southern Thailand. It was a very different Thai beach experience to my others – no beach bars, no (evil) buckets and no backpackers. Instead – the fairly empty beach was backed by jungle with one resort in the middle and not a dreadlocked firetwirler in sight! Luckily (as otherwise it would have been a bit TOO undeveloped for my liking) there were a few Thai beach shack restaurants tucked away at each end. We fell in love with the delicious food at a little family run hut called RimLay Seafood and ended up eating there most nights. Coconuts and larb gai – mmm….! Now – it’s back to sunny Saigon and wondering what the Year of the Tiger will hold for us!
Fire twirlers – can’t stand them. That goes for jugglers in general.
It’s 2010 none of that stuff is still impressive. While we’re at it – magicians at events who bother you at your table when you’re just trying to have a conversation – they bug me too.
I hate having to pretend I am impressed just because I am embarrassed for them.
I was at Koh Libong. Also beautifully backpacker free and not a fire twirler in sight.
i’m with you on the juggler, dreadlock thing, which is kind of weird given my name and stuff
hula hoopers are way more cool and casual
what a refreshing taste of thailand – sounds like fun liz
Sounds lovely! I’ve been an Expat in Africa for 13 years and would love to travel Asia! For now, I’ll have to do it vicariously through you! I’m your newest follower.
Holli in Ghana
Steve – will have to Google Koh Libong(!) but sounds great!
Charlie – it was refreshing! Hope the restaurant’s going well!
Holli – thanks for following and I’ll check your blog out!!
Yay – always good to hear about people still loving Thailand. It is so much more than cheap silk on Khao San Road. Happy New Year!
You’re back! I am JEALOUS. My husband and I will live vicariously thru your blog posts this week 🙂