So I finally got some diving in, and what a day we had. I saw the new wreck here, the HTMS Koot, scuttled by the Thai navy a few months ago. It's so new that few fish have moved in yet and there's not a lot of build up on the hull or superstructure. There's a gap under the keel and the sea bed which I squeezed under. I wrote my name on the underside of the hull there, given that current is unlikely to disturb there, it should stay there for years. I'll check it when I'm here next.
We also saw what I think was an albino stonefish. I thought it was a sick puffer fish and almost grabbed it. Good thing I didn't, as stonefish venom is amongst the most toxic in the world. I also spotted a baby white eyed moral eel, which was a good find. I've always liked the morays, despite the damage they can do to a diver if disturbed. The highlight of the day was riding a tutle. I know you're not supposed to mess with them, but I just slowly swum up behind it and held onto the back tip of its shell while it wandered the coral gardens looking for food. It didn't seem too alarmed by my presence.
I'm hoping to get one more day of diving in tomorrow. I'm planning to get back here in April if that's possible to go on one of the Similan live aboard cruises. Out of PJs and into wetsuit sounds like the kind of life I could get used to! That's about all from this update in the life of Naz, so until next time, peace out peeps.
So we've been going out to bars listening to music and generally taking in the sights and sounds until the early hours. Things close at about 2am here so we usually head to a pool bar or 24 hour restaurant to just hang out and chat. Then we sleep until about 4pm, get up, do some shopping or generally wander about. Wash, rinse and repeat. So yes, it's been quite uneventful, but also quite relaxing. We've been to a few of the gyms here, some of them are quite nice. There's one that has a rock climbing section as well as Muay Thai instructors. I did a one hour session with a Muay Thai instructor who taught me a few things and also thwacked me in the back of the head because I kept dropping my guard. I didn't do it again after that. I think I'm going to take up a martial art when I get back, not sure which one though.
So I think I'm going to be heading back home around the 20th. Rap and Mozza area leaving on the night of the 19th so I'll probably head out about the same time. Get ready Australia, Mr Naz will be back soon!
Anyway things here haven't really changed, I took a walk up to the pool bar we usually play pool at when we're bored at 4am only to find that they have revamped it. The pool tables have been resurfaced and the place has been made a little more upmarket. Nice. Tomorrow, if I can get up in time (which I doubt) I'm going to head to Seafari and see if I can barter the new web site I did for them in exchange for lots and lots of free dive time. I'll keep you all posted. Until tomorrow morning peeps, take care.
So its presently 1950 here, and my flight leaves at 2040. Boarding starts at 2010 so I better get my stuff together and get moving. I'll write again when I get to the hotel in Pattaya. I hope I can sleep tonight, although I doubt it. I want to be up by 6am so I can get to the dive shop early and hopefully get some diving in tomorrow. Here's to hoping! Naz out.
Presently it is 0915. I fly out at 2040. I have to be at the airport at about 1830. That gives me until about 1600 to sleep, leaving me 2 hours to shower, shave and get downstairs to the shuttle desk by 1745. Shuttles leave here every hour on the hour to the airport, free of charge. Anyway the king sized bed here is looking very enticing right about now, so I'm going to crash for a bit because I desperately need to get some sle...