Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Kamala beach (left)

Kamala beach (right)

Sarah with Leah & Barry (Ben was asleep)

Leah, Barry and Ben's house

The view from their veranda

Bang Tao beach - as we said nearly deserted

Sarah and Denis head out to sea

Dulwich International College (where Leah & Barry teach - Ben is unemployed)

Olympic-sized swimming pool

The primary school block

Christmas Day morning

Leah, Barry and Ben (Ben's first Christmas)

Christmas Day lunch with Leah, Barry, Gary and Sue.

Kamala beach on Christmas Day

Christmas Day sunset

Santa had been kind to Denis...

...he had been after some ars mat for ages

Tai Son waterfall in Hao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve

Rainforest !

Wet feet on the nature trail

Lovely !

We are trying to learn a bit of Thai

Thai for crab is "poo"

This island is called crab island or in Thai - Ko Poo...

This island (although it looks similar) is not Poo Island

Sunset point on Boxing Day

Apparantly it is. To investigate Denis measured the water temperature - which was 30 degrees celsius. We shall be monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

It is gorgeous here and more so because we are staying with Leah, Barry and Ben (friend's of Sarah) at Kamala Beach on the edge of a forest overlooking or rather looking up to the central mountain range. We went to a nearly deserted beach 8 km long on the first day called Bang Tao with golden sand, fringed by palm trees. I think this is how everyone should spend the winter. Sorry if it is freezing back home - well sort of !

We had been led to believe (when we came to Thailand 5 years ago) that Phuket is like Blackpool. This is not true as we have not yet met any Glaswegians. The scenery is stunning and we also found a nice little wine shop to ease our travelling worries.

We had a really nice Christmas day - champagne and smoked salmon for breakfast, drinks by/in the pool, turkey and all the timmings at a local restauarant and sunset at the beach. Boxing day we went on a nature trail in a rainforest and then to another beach (water temperature 29 degrees celsius) and then to sunset point for guess what ?

Hope you all had a great Christmas. We leave for another island, Ko Lanta, tommorrow to learn to dive. We are getting there by boat and have to change boats at Ko Phi Phi where The Beach was filmed. Still solid.

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