Finally, I am in Thailand
We are 3 girls going to the land of smiles, Anne Gro, Dagny and me Turid.
Thai Airways is accurate and 11 hours to Bangkok is a breeze. Refreshments, food and drinks are free included dinner and breakfast. I have very restless legs, forgotten my compression stockings so I have to move about a lot.
It says in the brochure that it will take about 3 hours by bus from Bangkok to Hua Hin. It's not something to look forward to exactly. We can try to sleep, but then we learned that Dagny`s aunt has ordered us a taxi. So then this trip also is a breeze. For a while
We're going to Soi Moo baan, Tangrodfaifangtawantok in Prachuabkhirikhan Province, pooh that was easy.
The driver does not speak English and it turns out he can’t find the address. We're going to a slum area and he turns. We show him the address we are going to but he only speaks about silliland and Master Tom, he cannot read what's on our paper. Silliland, we have not heard about, but he drives us there. It turns out to be the place where Dagny`s uncle lives, it is actually named Sirin Land. Well then, we greeted them, but it was not where we should be at this time. We say to the the driver he has to ask someone, another taxi or something, find out where we are going we are using all we have of fingers toes and body language to make him understand. So in the end he calls Master Tom and Dagny speak with him. So now it gets done, Master Tom is meeting up whit us and led the way to Soi Moo baan, Tangrodfaifangtawantok in Prachuabkhirikhan Province called Ban Norway. We were nearly there, you just have to pass the slum and you come to Ban Norway. In Thailand the slum and the rich are side by side, odd but kind of nice too.
So then they carry our suitcases into the apartment and everything a breeze again, for a while.
We are wearied and tired. It is nearly twenty hours sins I got up this morning. It’s now the day after.
But there is a lot to do in the apartment. The flat has not been used before and it’s a bit dusty too.
Everything is cowered in plastic that has to come off. Madras’s, pillows and furniture, it’s all new. We have some nuts and bear and go to work, we rap of the plastic of the madras’s and pillows but we are so wearied. We are hungry too; it’s difficult to priorities’. Should we really do this work now?
We decided to go to the pool to have a powernap. We are heading for dreamland when we are awakened by the phone.
There are neighbors who want to clean the apartment for us, as it is dusty, as we did not know. No one has previously lived here as we have noticed. He had misunderstood and thought we came a week later. His little Thai wife arrives with a vacuum cleaner, buckets and cleaning cloths.
Yeah, so it was a bit of luxury for the ladies anyway. Harry our good neighbor offers to drive us to the nearest store so that we can do some shopping, necessary goods like water, bread and snacks.
Harry recommends Yellow House a small local café for dinner, its Norwegian people there and good food. It is lovely and when we come back the apartment is nice and clean.
Good neighbors an all smiles. We have been awake for more than 24 hours now so it will be great to go to bed.
The next day we went to the beach. It is delightful with sand between our toes and lovely hot water.
I buy myself a dress, Baileys dress; we are not talking about any cocktail dress, no, this is used for breakfast when we have our holiday baileys morning coffee.
We get our self pedicure, Anne Gro and I for the first time. We get lots of tan and have a great time. We met a couple of nice guys who stop by and talk, they are Geir and Arild, 2 gay gays, we don’t really know at the time. Later they told us they are not “boyfriends” just ordinary friends. They gave us good advice for our stay. Arild lives in northern Thailand, but as he says: I too have to have a holiday.
Then we call our thailady so she can bring us “home” to rest and get ready for a city tour. It is a bit difficult to find the place where we live so we are so glad we find this lady that understand must of what we say and we are able to understand what she says. She helps us with a lot of things, later she will even fix our laundry.
We call here our tuktuklady obviously because she drives a tuktuk.
We have been visiting Dagnys uncle and aunt and greeted some of the family. They served a delicious Thai chicken casserole. A couple of days later they come for a ride on their scooters and visited us. They got fruit and wine at the terrace and then a trip to the Yellow house to have dinner. Very nice and joyful people to be with.
Monday, it’s my Birthday. Dagny and Anne Gro are going to give me dinner that evening and I will also get a Thai massage. That is so nice and I am looking forward to a really nice day.
I get dinner at this nice restaurant by the sea. Delicious food and wine.
Then we're going to a drag show; they have nice suits and the show is ok, maybe a little boring, but they are very nice, lots of costumes. Because of my birthday I receive congratulations on stage, I enjoyed that, Fun.
It's probably nice to be a drag artist in Thailand; Katoy they are called.
At the street again we meet the guys from the beach and have a fun evening. I get a lot of roses.
The next day I'll have the rest of the gift, massage.
We call our Thai lady who takes us by Tuktuk to the city. First we had a little food. We eat at a health restaurant by the beach. Then it starts to blow very strong, the soup on Dagny spoon blows off all over her dress.
There is a little rain in the air, but we are ready for the massage. 2 hours of Thai massage by the blind. It is hard and painful; Anne Gro and I are oiiing and screaming, Dagny have selected 1 hour oil massage so there are only good sounds from here. Afterwards we walked a little city tour.
The next day we take a day in the garden here at the pool; we read and get a lot of tan.
In the evening we have our Thailady to take us to town. Again we met Arild og Geir and we all have a very nice evening. We had pork and dip in the Norwegian bar, Geir had two portions and then a double ice. He is a big fellow.
So we are going to a safari. Lovely day, it rains a bit but just for avail. Our Thailady is coming to drive us up there: and she has brought lunch for us, which are something, he. First there is the elephant show, so the snakes show and then eventually the crocodiles. Afterwards we will go out and have a ride at the elephants. Anne Gro and Dagny have got them self an elephant driver that seems to have trouble with steering the elephant; it will into the woods and do other things. They scream and cry and think they are falling off. We take lots of pictures and have a fantastic day. I hold and kiss a crocodile and a snake; Anne Gro is holding too. Dagny is very brave and patted a snake; she has really panicked, so it's well done.
Dagny has fallen in love with a dress in a tailor’s window. So in we go; must take some measurements.
It ends up with Dress for Anne Gro also and a skirt for me. I have looked for a tulip skirt, but not found. So now I'm trying to draw one and hope it will be correct. After several trying and adjustments we are all satisfied. It was not exactly a tulip skirt but it's pretty nice.
We get our Thailady to find a nice beach for us. She drives us to Sai Noi Beach it is located behind the big Buddha. Dagny and Anne Gro has become a little red skinned, so they must be careful with the sun today. It really is a nice beach and we enjoy being here. I do a lot of beach walking. I'm not so much on the sun bed; I don’t have a body that likes to lie down.
On the way home we go visit the Great Buddha. That is way up in the top so it’s a fatiguing stair climbing trip in the heat, but then we are very pleased that we did. We saw a monkey on our way up and the shelter of the monks living here to praise the Buddha. The Buddha is really great and there are a lot of statues on the way up, gold and glitter. And a fantastic view at the top.
So we are attending uncle Richards 80 est. birthday. There are going to be a party in the street outside the house. They have ordered music and to lady’s that are singing all night. The street is decorated with flowers and the table is set. We are a lot of people gathered from different part of the world; there are neighbors’ relatives and friends. It is also ordered lots of good Thai food, but a little too strong for most of us.
Later there is a katoy (men dressed in drag) presenting a traditional Thai dance, it was very beautiful and nice.
The young old man danced and danced, it's amazing so agile he is. No reason to dread of being 80 years. There will be cakes and flowers and greetings, he is very happy with guests from Norway and Denmark. It's quite an experience for us too, and it seems like there is a common way to celebrate, move it out into the street so everyone can participate. Later comes another drag artist to entertain
Then there are more beach life, lovely warm water, it's good for both body and soul. It’s very nice to have our own Thai lady with Tuktuk taking us around. There is clearly the land of smiles, everyone is helpful, but with poor English, it is good to have found someone you can communicate with, she is very helpful to us. If she cannot drive her husband can. He has been instructed to take care of us, but he does not speak English as well as her, but he has received instructions from his wife so it’s ok. He is driving when we are looking for some Harley effects. After a lot of back and forth, we find three Harley Davidson shops, but only the latter have T-shirts and little extras like that. I bought two shirts and a helmet; I have obtained the belts with Harley logo on the market earlier.
Dagny is also having her birthday while we are here. Anne Gro and I are giving here manicure, and pedicure and in the evening we take here to Hilton Hotel for a night out. At the top floor at Hilton we have a fantastic evening and a stunning view. It’s great to be here. Dagny is holding up well and her smile is just sheer charisma and she has a positive attitude.
One day that we have a little rain we go for shopping at a large mall. It is nice to shop; the price is very pleasant, next to nothing. We have dinner at a nice restaurant there. Food, food, but you know food is good and so are wine and beer and coffee and baileys, and ... We eat Peking and, and it is very nice.
We have nice oil massage on the beach too, this is luxury life.
One day when Dagny is visiting her uncle Anne Gro and I take a city tour.
Coffee and cake and vibrant life. We would like to have more massage. So there we are. We are in the same booth, the ladies talk nice with each other and it's nice. But then says Anne Gro; bad massage, this here is not okay massage, this is tourist massage. Outside we meet up whit Dagny and go for a beer. Anne Gro goes for another massage, a real one.
The day after comes the messenger from the tailor with dresses to Dagny and Anne Gro. Dagny is very happy and tries it on and give us a happy dance: she is very satisfied. Anne Gro's dress is also very nice but she is not showing up as much, that’s not her style. I got my skirt a few days ago. It was not quite how I had thought at first, but fair enough.
Well we take the last hours in the pool in the garden, it’s very nice here.
Everything has an end and so has this holiday.
I nearly forgot to tell, our Thailady gave each of us a jewelry box when we were leaving.
Thanks for a great trip.
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