21.10.2013 - 18.11.2013
Seeing as we have a whole lot of time on our hands (sometimes methinks too much, we have started googling some whack stuff like... what was the name of that 80's programme presented by Dr Miriam Stoppard with the Jean Michel Jarre theme tune?), we decided to pose each other random questions about Thailand, as an affectionate look back on our time travelling together... this could be a continued theme as we leave each country.
Annie's questions to Ant...
What's been the most fun?
A complete lack of routine and the only days that matter are today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
Did anything about Thailand surprise you?
Yes, Bangkok. It's more intense than anywhere I've ever been. Sometimes good (vibrant and busy), sometimes bad (seedy and smelly).
Khao pad gai... or chicken fried rice as we know it.
The day we certified as open water divers.
Most impressive thing you've seen in the sea (apart from Annie)?
The wall of Giant Barracuda at Chumphon Pinnacle, Koh Tao.
Overall, Thai food. I had high expectations but I'd say it's no better than the Thai food at home.
If we could have had one more place on the itinerary where would you have liked to go?
The Similian Islands, off the coast north of Krabi, for diving.
Bar at Castaway Resort, Koh Lipe. Really chilled even if they did like their Gregorian chanting a bit too much.
Being in charge of a scooter with me and Annie on, something I said I wouldn't do.
Anything you would have liked to have done but didn't?
I wish we had gone to see Muay Thai (kick boxing).
Ant's questions to Annie...
Whilst learning to dive I had to take my weight belt off, but lost my balance and started to giggle as I was all over the place! Then realised it's pretty hard to laugh underwater.
Favourite item/article you've bought?
A ring I bought in a great little arts and craft shop in Lanta Old Town.
Time for Lime on Koh Lanta I think.
If you could have squeezed one more thing into your rucksack, what would it have been?
Paper guidebooks. Nothing beats thumbing through a book (we've got e-reader versions) and I love putting stickers all over them.
And what would you have sacrificed for it?
Some clothes, because you can buy them as you go.
One piece of advice for others travelling to Thailand?
The best food is quite often the cheapest, so don't be afraid to try the simple looking street restaurants.
Has your everyday outlook been changed by any of your experiences?
Usually when we go anywhere I plan and research everything to death, this trip is already changing that. Quite often we are researching the next place the day before we travel there.
Where would you go back to/avoid?
I'm not in the habit of going back to the same place twice, but I'd go back to Koh Lanta just because we didn't have that long there. Hopefully I'll never need to go to Bangkok again! Surat Thani was also just a means to an end and offers nothing for the tourist.
On a scale of 1-10, overall how likely is it that you would recommend Thailand to a friend or family member?
Which makes the NPS for Thailand...?
+100. I see what you did there.