04.02.2012 - 06.02.2012
I spent a couple of days in Penang, whilst doing my visa run. It was a nice place, with some really good food, but I needed to get back to Thailand because Justin and I had signed up for a month of Muay Thai training on Koh Yao Noi.
After a boring night in Krabi town, I got the boat to Koh Yao, nervous and excited. We had both vowed to abstain from drinking and smoking for the entire month.
Koh Yao Noi was beautiful, really chilled out. however, there was absolutely nothing to do, except cycle around the island.
At first, the training was hard. Training was 6 days a week, from 8am-10am and 5pm-7pm. It was hot, sweaty, and tiring. Even while we were just doing the stretches at the beginning, I was already sweating buckets! During the day time, Me, Justin, and our new friend Abu cycled around the island, testing out the local food places and eating very good food, for very cheap.
I wanted to do the training to get back in shape, learn a new martial art, and challenge myself. After the first few days, it got a lot easier - I was used to the exercise in the heat, and it was all just repetition. However, I didn't feel like it was a challenge - because it got easier. Also, I wasn't learning much new stuff, just practicing the same moves over and over again, to get faster and stronger. I soon got bored, because every lesson was exactly the same as the last.
I realised that I only had a few weeks of travelling around asia left, and I was extremely bored of the monotony of Koh Yao Noi and the Muay Thai. So on the third weekend, the three of us plus Abu's girlfriend went to Phuket. The others returned to Koh Yao, but I moved on.
Nikki, Abu's girlfriend, had lived in Phuket for 11 years, after her Mum married a Thai orchid farmer. They lived on the largest orchid farm in Thailand, which was beautiful, and Abu and Nikki showed us around the side of Phuket that wasn't all sex tourism and mass parties. It was really cool, and we had some amazing food. Goat massaman curry for breakfast was particularly good - we all had 2 bowls and could have polished off another 2!
After four months travelling together, I finally said goodbye to Justin and moved on to Koh Lanta