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Help Me to Think Thai…

As you may or may not know… Simply Asia have awarded me a trip to Thailand (as a result of a ‘banquet-off‘ against 3 other blogger types.)

This is amazing news. And I thank all of you for your support throughout this. Of course, no one is happier than Boeta the Buddha as he finally gets to visit his home.

I will also be taking my roommate, Siv Ngesi.

Family Photo - Angel, Siv and Boeta

Now comes the fun part: PLANNING!

Simply Asia have been Simply Awesome, and instructed me to give them a ‘wish list’ of things that we want to do, and they are going to try and make all of that happen!

Now, I’ve lived in Phuket. I’ve visited Thailand as a tourist 3 times, but there is still PLENTY that I have not seen, and do not know about this glittering palace of a country.

This is where you come in.

I’d love for people to give me advice as to where they’d go if they could, what they’d do, or where you’ve gone and what you’ve done.

Koh Phi Phi... Phi-fection

So far, we’ve decided to go over the New Year’s period as that’s a good time to take a break from our comedy/acting carreers. So I’ve kind of thought that it’d be awesome to have New Years on Koh Phi Phi, as it’s my favourite place in Thailand, and Siv hasn’t been there yet. It’s also less manic than Koh Phangnang would be – I can’t fathom that beach party, and I’m 10 years too old to even consider it.

Bangkok river

We will be ending the trip with a few days in Bangkok – to visit temples, and the river rides as well as shopping (Hence it being the last destination, as we need to carry our loot home).

I’d like to visit Chiang Mai, as I never visited that area, however I’m not sure what’s good in that area – so any advice would be appreciated in this regard. (I’ve heard something about canopy tours aka ‘The flight of the gibbon’ in the jungle near Chiang Mai, I found them on google, but I don’t trust the marketing hype… anyone know about these?)

Flight of the Gibbon

Lonely Planet says this of Chiang Mai (which makes me very excited)

If Chiang Mai were a person, it would be Bob Dylan. With a history dating back further than anyone can remember, its influence remains enormous. And despite its great age, there’s still a bohemian chic that makes it as relevant and hip as ever. Culture capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai was once the heart of the Lanna kingdom. Today those wanting to flee the bustle of Bangkok visit to lounge in coffee shops and drink in the city’s artisanal atmosphere. With a friendly, cosmopolitan feel, this is one easy, safe and pleasant place to explore. There are dozens of well-preserved temples here, too. Many new ecotours and adventure trips are appearing, and with a choice of river rafting, elephant rides, trekking and off-road cycling, even the biggest adrenaline junkie will be sated. Read more

I like Bob Dylan. Enough Said.

I’ve also found the amazing Khao Sok National Park… with huge lakes, rivers, tree house accomodation OR floating luxury tents…. SAY WHAAAT!?

Khao Sok ... AMAZING.

Any Info about the above would be great.

Now it’s over to you, dear internet. Hit me with your wisdom.

 

*thai five*

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Fun Facts you may or may not know about Thailand.

At the end of a long day, after battling with traffic, getting jostled about by people in the street – when you finally get into your own apartment, lean against the wall clutching your filo-fax to your chest and exhale as you slide down the wall to the floor. Silence. Relax. Home. Safe.

That’s the feeling Thailand used to give me when I was living all over Asia. Every time I would arrive in Thailand, an overwhelming sense of calm and ‘safe’ would prevail over the confusion, chaos and panic that was the rest of Asia.

Thai Airlines welcoming you 'home'

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Boeta the Buddha

Meet Boeta. He’s an African Thai Buddah.

Boeta the Buddah

Much like (no fairy tales ever) Boeta began his life in Woolworths and upon being rescued from sure death by humiliation on the sale rack, was placed in a tower with a lovely fair princess in a faraway land.  By “Faraway land” I mean Cape Town, By ‘tower’ I mean the 16th floor of a building, which was sure the highest Boeta had ever been, even including that one time that the kids had hot-boxed the Woolworth’s storeroom. By “lovely, fair princess” – i mean just that… in other words, Angel, who acted like a princess… well, if princesses stayed in their pyjamas all day, slopped around the house, ate biscuits in bed, swore a lot and passed out with their make-up on. Then sure. Kate Middleton eat your heart out.

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THINK THAI – The Hunger Games

If you’ve followed my “Team Gale” vs “Team Peeta” tweets you’d have noticed that I was recently pretty obessesed with the Hunger Games book trilogy – Little did I realise that i’d be ‘living it’ to an extent.

Happy Hunger games – and may the odds be EVER in your favour.

4 people, all friends BUT – there can be only one. *duh duh duuun*

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29 by 29 and Thai High Fives.

This is a random high five all round. For innovation, dreams and creative people being rad (to me).

I made a list of 29 things I wanted to do before I was 29.

One of them was to test drive a luxury sports car.

Due to a host of reasons, illness, deadlines, work and laziness not being the least of which – I didn’t manage to finish them all before the big day.

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