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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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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

If you know me at all. You’d know that Thailand is my absolute favourite place in the world.

2008 My First day in Thailand ever. One Night in Bangkok.

(After South Africa, obviously)

I’ve been there 3 times and even lived there for a stint, on Phuket Island (which is fun to say…and be on.) My name, Angel in Thai is Nang-Faah and I also know Muay Thai so don’t upset me unless you’d like my toe print on your cheek.

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Muay Thai

This random high-five goes to fighters.Not the opposite of ‘lovers’ type of fighters. No, no, I’m all about “make love not war… and if you can’t make love, then heavy petting is STILL better than war.” BUT – when it comes to sweat, muscles, the thud of shin bone hitting punching bags, the smell of tiger-balm mixed with sweat and adrenaline… THAT’S the kind of fighter that just gives me a lady-boner. Muay Thai.

There’s just something about the discipline, the focus, the rhythmic tapping of jump-rope, the rhythmic tapping of punching bags, the rhythmic thudding of roundhouse kicks…  and of course the bodies. Oh dear sweet Goddess Athena, the BODIES.

Signature Muay Thai kick.

Trust me, it’s cool. It’s SO cool. It’s like boxing, but much more interesting. In boxing they punch. Jab, Hook, upper cut – that’s about all the combinations you can hope to see. And it’s cool. I love it. But, imagine you allowed these slick, speedy boxers use of their elbows too. Oooh, you didn’t see THAT one coming, did you – (neither did the opponent… knockout! )

Muay means  “Art of Eight Limbs”. Fists are 1 and 2, elbows are 3 and 4. Then we get knees 5 and 6, and the ever powerful legs make up numbers 7 and 8 keeping things interesting with teep kicks and the signature muay-thai roundhouse kick. Take these basics, mix them up – throw in some flying elbows to the head and you have the skill and awesomeness that is Muay Thai.

Here is a badass video that I found, teaser trailer for the new MPL – Muay thai Premier league:

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and a lot of the Thai traditional signs of respect such as bows, and the Wai Kru (a spiritual blessing dance) is performed before the fight. They play Thai music over the fights and if movies have taught us anything it’s that Everything’s more interesting with a soundtrack!

If you’re in Cape Town and you want to see what I’m talking about, check out Quentin Chong’s gym Dragon Power (where I train) or come check a live fight. Trust me, it’s worth it.

The next fight night is this Saturday 30th July 2011. I have my tickets… gonna be an epic one.

Fight Night 30th July 2011

*roundhouse jumping high five to your face*

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