The Ramblings Of A Pessimistic Arsenal Fan

Koh Lipe Luxury

I’m sure you’ll all be relieved to know that I didn’t miss the Liverpool game, having managed to pick up the good old BBC World Service on the train to Hat Yai.

And what a bizarre experience it was – cocooned in my sleeper compartment in an old, noisy train dragging it’s way south towards Malaysia whilst listening to Alan Green and Jan Molby talk me through a superb away win, I found myself punching the air in silence as Arshavin scored the winner.

Annika was, of course, extremely happy when she discovered that I’d been awake til 1am listening to football. The previous statement is not true.

It was hard to get any sleep at all, even after the radio had been turned off and despite the relative comfort of the bed, as the train constantly lurched from one side to the other and made some fascinating crunching and grinding noises. Still, £15 each for a night’s accommodation and a 10 hour train ride was not bad.

A bus journey to Pak Bara followed, where we spent a night in a cheap place whose bathroom sink emptied directly onto the floor due to the lack of appropriate pipework, which was amusing.

Next day, a 2 hour boat ride took us to Koh Lipe and what could quite legitimately be described as paradise. We are staying in Castaway Beach Resort in a wooden hut near the sea – which is an incredible deep turquoise blue and laps gently against the shore (the sea, not the wooden hut). There are a few traditional Thai long tail boats anchored nearby and our resort has some lovely areas to relax in the shade as well as some characteristically fantastic food and lovely people.

If we go anywhere in the next 6 months that is as nice as this, I will be amazed – it is simply superb.

Tomorrow is our first dive day of the trip – I am a little apprehensive about this as I always am with diving but I’m sure it will be excellent. A scuba refresher course followed by two dives, split by some lunch.

We have booked in here for an extra day, despite the cost, as we like it so much – it gives us one less day to get to Koh Tao for Christmas but that’s fine by us.

This. Is. Paradise.

  1. Hi, you would leave a lovely blog like this on a day that it has been snowing. Sounds really good. You really are your fathers’ son , he too got up at 5.00 in the morning in the Cook Islands to listen to the footy on the radio. Think of me rushing around to buy all the Christmas food. Although I guess you will miss the turkey dinner. Love to you both Mum

  2. Hi Simon, I was feeling depressed about the build (ah, it’s not the same without you ! ;-)) so I thought I’d check out your adventures !… And now I am jealous !… Have fun !!

  3. It’s below freezing here and we have had snow today and are promised more tomorrow so I’m delighted to hear you have found paradise!!!!
    A reasonable draw at Burnley but after taking the lead we should have scored another couple of goals instead of thinking the game was already won but you’ve seen it all before.Fabregas is now injured and misses Saturday’s game.I guess you’re quite envious os us watching a match against Hull with a 5.30 kick off in sub zero temperatures!!!
    I am writing this on Thursday and tomorrow I retire from work-it all seems a bit unreal at the moment

  4. Well I feel I should update you on my week as well as I know you are interested. I went to the Dentist and he charged me £56 for a checkup!!! Still reeling from shock. As you know I lost my keys last week – yesterday my crap (are you allowed to swear on this thing?) spare keys broke and I spent and hour trying to get in, before going to flatmate’s work place for her keys. 5 hours of a day off wasted. And James lost his wallet. And it’s blimin freezing – some snow! but, on the plus side, Joe won X Factor. Gazza got arrested again for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

    This. Is. Not. Paradise

  5. I have decided not to read this blog. Too depressingly joyful. Here is rubbish, snow everywhere across the East except for the Bermudian triangle that is London. Our poor car is dead, we must buy a new one, Adele wants a Daimler. And what Adele wants, Adele gets. I, however, will be purchasing something sensible to last until March and then trade in for another car with a temporary lid.

    Notts County v Forest Green. 4th manager of the season installed, 5th on the way. Class. Two definites for the trip, hoping to get 4+ for a poker fest.

    Gah. Aside from that, Gooners were lucky.

  6. Finally finished series 1 of The Wire. What can I say…

  7. Bo. You two are using your time well. The Essi approves.

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