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The Lost World

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Ao Nang- Did an elephant trek here today. Went for a ride atop the local megafauna Elephas maximus. These beasts of burden now take tourists around instead of logging. The other day one of their cousins, a 22 year old female up north in Lampang Province stepped on a land mine along the Burmese border and it gave me a little perspective on these gals down south who don’t have it so bad I rationalized.

Drinky, drinky. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

And we're off! Follow your nose. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

Eyeing up the farang in her midst. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

Don't bother me, I'm eating. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

Our guide takes a well deserved smoke break with a coconut leaf cigarette. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

My beast of burden works up an appetite and wrestles palm fronds. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

End game. Time to wallow in their mud. ©2010 Derek Henry Flood

Reporting for duty! She is already gearing up for the next group of tourists.©2010 Derek Henry Flood

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August 12th, 2010 at 5:47 am

Tropic Thunder

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Ao Nang beach before. Happy days are here again. ©2010 DHF

After. It's go time! ©2010 DHF

Ao Nang- I had planned to head out to the island Ko Phi Phi Don today when a nearly 6ft tall Nordic girl interrupted my conversation with the woman about to vend me a ferry ticket yesterday warning of particularly rough seas from a monsoon bank that would make landfall sometime today. I was doubtful of the severity of her warning until the whipping reality came to fruition exactly as she’d said. Unusually for the past week, it was all blue skies when I woke up today and I was psyched to continue work on my nascent tan, a tan which has been dormant since my last recent summer of glory, 2005. From blue to black, the Euro sun worshippers packed up and scurried off and I was the last man off the beach. I actually like being on the beach when it rains. OK it wasn’t exactly the Saigon embassy evacuation in ’75 but still…

My flight from Ao Nang beach wasn't quite this dramatic but I'm nonetheless proud to say I was the last man off the beach.

Dude looks like a ladyboy

Thailand has some funny contrasts that are probably healthier than a lot of other countries in terms of societal harmony. I rocked up to a street curry stall after buying my ferry ticket to Phi Phi and it was run by a Malay gal in hijab with a ladyboy waiter/waitress and they made a mean team. Not really knowing what it was I ordered the “Indian” curry thinking it might be milder than the ubër hot Thai curries I’ve been sweating out the past few weeks. Wrong. The Indian curry was not some south asian dish whatsoever, but apparently the hottest of all the curries sold there. Needless to say the hijabi girl and ladyboy were having a few laughs at my expense as I broke into a full sweat with Scandanavian tourists looking at me as if a sidewalk spectacle. I had to sprint to the store for a large, cold Chang® immediately afterwards.

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August 3rd, 2010 at 6:55 am