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A Brief Intermission

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Things you think would not exist in Thailand, but do:

- School cancellations because of rain
- Icees! So, technically they are Slurpees, or whatever the 7-eleven version is but... coke Icees!
- Pinkie promises
- Nutella, on occasion.
- Scouts, both boys and girls
- Christmas lights
- An equivalent to "Punch Buggy!" except VW bugs prompt pinching instead

You may now return to your program "Daddy's Trip." Part IV will be arriving soon.

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Part III: Down South

The Beaches!


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We boarded plane mid-afternoon headed for Phuket. The lady next to me hogged the window seat, but made up for it by giving me some pearl earrings and laughing at my face as I looked down on the area.

But just look at the place:

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Whereas I have seen a grand total of zero mosques in Isaan, they were everywhere in the south. Rubber trees, and giant mountains jutting up out of nowhere, next to the sea. One of the most odd and delightful combinations of scenery that I have ever experienced.

Our time in the South was Split between Krabi and Phuket. There was a bunch of general confusion about where things were and what was and was not open during the rainy season, but overall, things worked out. And I took so. many. pictures. This entry will probably be more like a photo album with commentary. To start, we went sea kayaking!

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STARFISH!

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Mangrove trees.

Then on to a beach that evening when we attempted to take a long boat ride but were thwarted in a number of ways.

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I'M ON A BEACH. WITH A BEER. IN THAILAND.

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We left Krabi for somewhere actually ON a beach... Patong Beach on Phuket island, to be specific.

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More skidoos than anyone could ever want.

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Our new hotel was awesome. They even left us a fruit plate.

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The next major adventure was island hopping on a speedboat. This was SUPERB.

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But it was very hard to take photos from a bouncy speedboat.

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NO MATTER--LOOK AT THAT WATER. I mean, if you can even see it. You know, because it is the clearest water I have ever seen.

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Daddy, wishing he owned another boat.

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SNORKEL.

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That's right! no stopping at this island.

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Monkey being cliché.

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Monkey being a litterer

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How they collect the spittle-nests of a certain bird to make bird's nest soup.

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The way down that we did not take.

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The beach out of the movie The Beach. I've never seen it.

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We did not drink these drinks.

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The south was stunningly beautiful. We were lucky to go during the low season when there were much fewer people than normal. I don't think I could have stood those beaches if they were packed. We also managed to avoid the rain except for the occasional afternoon shower. Even with all of that, though, it was hard to find what I have come to know as "Thailand" to share with Daddy. That would have to wait till we met the Northeast.

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Daddy, studying up on the plane.

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Part II: The big city.

Bangkok

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The train ride to Bangkok was long. I had only ever done the train in the sleeper car, but figured that I had some time to burn and that it would be a nice way to get a different view of the countryside that I live in the middle of. Not only did I have twelve hours of scenery to gaze at through my window, but it turns out that the train in Thailand is practically a buffet on wheels. (on rails?) Fried chicken, rice, eggs, sweets, drinks (alcoholic and non), pillows—everything was available on this train. And it all came to you! Hawkers would board the train at one stop, walk the length of the cars, and get off at the next. As independent hawkers, they couldn't raise their prices to a ridiculous level or people would just wait till the next town over. So all of the food that I ate that day came to and was cheap. Granted, I think it might have also been the root cause of some stomach troubles, but at the time it was both delicious and convenient.

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I rolled into the city around 9:30 pm. On the 14th of August, which also happens to be the birthday of a fantastic aunt that I forgot to all (I blame my Dad.) I metro-ed it to the hotel, dropped my bags, washed the grime off of me in a delightful hot shower and grabbed a cab to the airport. As I was getting in, the driver wondered aloud why I didn't have any bags. I surprised him by actually responding and (of course) turns out he was from Ubon. So we began a string of "Do you know this place/ this food/ this word in Isaan?" questions. The conversation ended only when we reached the airport with well-wishes for a good trip ahead.

Then came the delays. I hung out in Suvarnabhumi, waiting for the 11:30 flight to actually arrive and realizing that I hadn't set a meeting point. Two hours of fidgeting finally gave way to Daddy coming out in his Ragin Cajun shirt and me flagging him down (probably frantically).

The DeCuir duo only had about 1.5 days in Bangkok, so that first day was a whirlwind of temples. Grandpalacewatprakaewwatphomassagewatarun.

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The day ended with dinner on a boat in the middle of the Chao Phraya River with the lovely P'Ngae, a Fulbright Alum who helped us arrange this trip in a number of ways.

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The delicious dinner (combined with the ridiculous amount of travel the day before) practically put us to sleep.

Monday morning was all for showing random bits of Bangkok. Lumphini Park, some of the damaged shopping centers, and TUSEF's office. P'tip was then generous enough to invite us to lunch (on her birthday, it turns out!) and we ate with TUSEF, Chinese food, and a view of the city.

Then we hopped on a plane.

To sum up: Train. Taxi. Daddy! Taxi. Sleep. Taxi. Palace. Temple. Temple. Massage. Boat Ferry. Temple. Food. Hotel. Taxi. Boat! Dinner. Exhaustion. Sleep. Destruction. Shopping Center. TUSEF! Lunch. Plane flight.

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