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Whale Sharks, SuperStar DJ's and night visitors

Knight in shining armour for rent...

sunny 34 °C

Koh Phangan. It’s lovely. We’re staying at the same place that I stayed at in March (Shiralea), and have also done a couple of dives with the same dive resort that I dived with, again back in March (Reefers). The weather has been hot but the pool at this ‘Backpackers Resort’ is gorgeous! No need to go to the beach for us!

We went for two dives at a place called Sail Rock last Friday. At the end of the first dive a whale shark swam past! It was so amazing to see the biggest fish species (called a whale shark simply because they are as big as a whale!) although our one was only about two and a half meters long, but they can grow to over 12 meters. The shark was still about when we went for our second dive, so we got to see it again, just an arms length away. Awesome. Our dive master man (called Vic) had his camera with him on the second dive and there are some nice photos both of the shark AND Anita and I. In fact they are using one of the photos of us on their website now (click here and scroll down to the 24th October).

We were planning on doing a Silver Smith course while we are on the island. They give you 5 grams of silver and show you all the skills needed to make some jewellery. But we’ve sort of missed the boat on that one, so will have to look out for another opportunity to do that.

The other interesting event that has happened was our invite to Graham Gold’s housewarming party. He is an ex KISS FM DJ from the UK and has played at many famous locations around the world, and still does play occasionally. He’s built himself a new house (with Gold Records on the wall!) not too far from here and since he is good friends with both the Shiralea and Reefers people, we were included in the invite. It was a nice evening and a bit of a blow out for us, we both had ‘a few’ drinks, the first time all holiday (it’s not all fun you know!).

To make the night even more interesting, I woke up at about 3am (after going to sleep around 2am I think?) to find a long paint roller pole coming in through one of our windows and trying to hook Anita’s little day-pack!! In my sleepy stupor I managed to figure out that this was not a dream and also not normal and launched myself over Anita, grabbing the pole and shouting “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” For some reason this woke up Anita, and after I managed to get across what was happening, we made sure nothing was missing (there wasn’t) secured ourselves in our room again and went back to sleep. A lucky escape and a reminder that we always need to be vigilant!

It wasn’t just us that were targeted though, as it seems, after talking to the other guests, that everyone heard some noise outside their room at some stage, and there was a family that had five hundred US dollars stolen from inside a wallet! The thieves left everything else, including the laptop the wallet was sitting on. But then maybe they were the most unlucky, because they had left their room unlocked while they were sleeping…

Next we are off to Koh Tao, a little island a bit further north. Not sure if we are going tomorrow or the next day (what day is it now?), but we will stay there a couple of nights before heading up to Bangkok! Almost time for the island part of our trip to be over!!

Anyway, that’s all for now. I need more sleep…

G

Posted by Big.G 08:11 Archived in Thailand Tagged round_the_world

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cool photo on the dive website

by lisa jones

Big hellos to you! We've just enjoyed looking thru all of your photos to date...isabella esp impressed with the shark pics in Thailand. Your blog is great. I look forward to catching up--am a bit behind. Such fun to read as you've been to so many of the same places as I. Oh and glad the diary/journal has come in handy. :) No time to write pages and pages is there?--not when you're in such fabulously amazing places as you are now! Too much to see and do! Til later, Enjoy! Kimx P.S. Am in Kangaroos again once a fortnight. Mrs. A is so much fun--but we miss you! !

Dear Mrs. Elliot,
In the picters we saw I was wondring why you were not wering your glasses?
It looks like you are having lots of fun! How big was the shark you saw?
were you skerd?Where are you going next after Tieland? Love from Isabella xxxx

Hi guys, Kim I'm glad to see you have continued working with the kangaroos hope you will do so next year! Isabella - I only really wear my glasses at work and when driving so I don't really need them out here so much. The sharks were both between 2 and 3 meters long so much bigger than me but I wasn't scared just excited! We will be going to Laos next - I think it is your mum's favourite place! Take care xxx

by Kim & Isabella Kemp

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