Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Christmas and New Year’s

We had a unique Christmas. We spent December 24th trying to fix our head (toilet) which decided to pack it in first thing in the morning. After trying all day to repair it, we realized we were fighting a losing battle and would have to buy replacement parts. Luckily the Thais are Buddhists and don’t celebrate Christmas so we were able to buy the parts we needed on Christmas Day. We counted ourselves lucky that this didn’t happen 2 weeks later when we would be in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

On Christmas Eve, we took a break from our toilet repair and went out for dinner with some cruising friends at a small little Thai place. It’s funny that most of the restaurants in Au Chalong have signs that say “Thai Food”. What did they think we would think they were serving?

On New Year’s Eve, we went to the same friend’s boat with another couple for a fabulous feast of Indian Food and then went to shore before midnight with a bottle of champagne for the fireworks displays that were set off at several locations around the bay.

A couple days later, we headed off to Patong on the West coast of Phuket. Patong is CRAZY! It is known as “Sin City” and you can find anything you want there in terms of entertainment (and a lot of things I didn’t know existed). In our travel guide book it warns people that the prettiest looking girls are really “Lady Boys”. We went into town early evening to have a peek. There were thousands of people like ourselves walking down the street looking into the bars just to see if we could tell the difference between the “Lady Boys” and the “ladies”. It was really difficult to tell which was which.

We had our fill of neon lights and other weird sights and were heading back down the beach to our dinghy when we spotted a woman lighting candles inside tissue paper parachutes. When the air inside the parachute became hot enough from the candle, they would float up into the sky. These candles are usually an offering to the dead and set off on New Year’s eve and religious holidays (but she was selling them for a “special price just for us”.) We decided we had to have one. It was really a sight to see. As we watched it float up and away, we thought it was a fitting end to our stay in Thailand since we will head off on the next leg of our journey across the Indian Ocean tomorrow.


Blogger Anthony Wong said...

Hi Steve and Nancy,

The last time I was in Thailand was in 2000. Definitely a unique place but sad to see the human rights that some classes of people were in.

Hope you have a great journey across the Indian Ocean. How long does it take?

Anthony Wong

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