Chumphon, Thailand

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Just a quick little update.

Anna-Maria and I are now about 15 km north of Chumphon and have started our final bit of walking along the coast to Hua Hin. We are counting on it taking around two weeks to get there and hope to be able to spend at least a little bit of of time on the beaches along the way.

It ended up taking us nine days to cross Thailand from Krabi to Surat Thani and it was at times hot, sticky work. Especially Anna-Maria deserved a break after that and we spent 3 days out on Ko Tao, enjoying the scenery, eating well and trying to rest.

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My feet getting a deserved soak in the salt wayer at Ko tao!

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When we arrived at Ko Tao, we were immediately attacked by the taxi and taxi boat drivers, as were all the newly arrived tourists. Our explanation that we were walking was difficult to accept!

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There was even a lady waiting for Captain Nemo. She was looking a bit bored, spending most of her time playing with her smartphone. Wonder if he ever arrived…

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All in all, we had a great time on Ko Tao and Anna-Maria even got to try some snorkeling. We stayed at a great little “resort” with bamboo huts spaced out on the coast line and clinging precariously to the cliffs. The toilet and showers were outdoors and that would have been very quaint if not for the fact that the neighbouring huts balcony had a great view of our shower..

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We just tried to make sure the neighbours were out when we cleaned up. Luckily the toilet was a little bit more secluded.

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But it was a great place. Good, cheap food and nice and secluded. Friendly staff and excellent views out over the ocean.

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One morning, just before breakfast, I met Frank there. He has a map of the world tattooed on his back. When I asked him about it, he said that he had been working on a boat that was supposed to sail around the world. Unfortunately it was sold before the trip started, and not just once but twice..

But he had now got a new job on another boat due to sail around the world, so his map is going to get some use after all!

 

We are now well rested and it feels great to be back on the road. I’m starting to wonder how I am going to be able to cope with the two months work in Stockholm that are ahead of me. Two months in the one place when all I really want to be doing is walking….

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