When friends come to play…

by Poi on December 22, 2010

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Today is a day of rest, a much needed and deserved day of rest. The last ten days have been a very intense action packed holiday from our holiday. Two of our best friends from home booked a return flight to come and see us at short notice, such short notice they didn’t even bother to check we were still in Chiang Mai, lucky for them we are too cheap to have anything planned.

With around a week before they were due to arrive we began to start thinking about what they would want to get up to, this was going to be a holiday for them so money was not going to be an issue, like I’m sure most of you reading this will know, money is quite a big issue to backpackers. We made the decision to live very cheap until they arrived and then join in the fun.

When friends visit

Ready for Flight of the Gibbon

The last ten days have included cooking classes, bungee jumping, off road buggies, zorb balling, zip lining through the jungle, temples, Thai massages, fish spas, bathing with elephants and Thai boxing. If that isn’t enough every night has consisted of a LOT of drinking. Nights have included Kirsty providing us with a challenge of getting her home without walking or getting a taxi, partying with a Thai rock band and play fighting with a professional Thai boxer (his weak spot – tickles!) It was all so much fun and well worth it, the people you meet whilst travelling are amazing but nothing can quite compare to the time spent with true friends.

Drinking in Thailand

Far too much of this went on…

As much as we loved them being here it’s a good job they are not all the time, I think we could have lasted around another week at their pace before dying an early death. We like to spread stuff out; going to the supermarket is enough activity for one day! We enjoy resting and taking it easy. However as they were only here for a short time they wanted to ‘do stuff everyday all day’ then party all night. Any time in the hotel was wasted time! I definitely think we made the right choice early on to travel slowly, fast can be fun but I’m sure we would have both suffered from burn out within a month.

The cost of this holiday from our holiday has also been huge and our budget has been broken over and over again. A very popular treat for everyone here in Chiang Mai, is Miguel’s, a delicious Mexican restaurant that no-one dislikes. It’s pretty cheap and our average spend is around £5 but our friends still managed out do us spending £15 on one meal, this is the type of unthought-of extravagance we just can’t afford.

Our life style changed so drastically whilst they were here it’s going to take a while to get back to normal again, I’m calling quits on drinking too much beer for a while (although we are going to see thai boxing again tonight with Joel of Freedonia Post ) and we need to catch up on all the blog stuff again and try and enjoy Christmas, I’ve only just realised how close it is!

So Merry Christmas to you all – Well be enjoying it here in Thailand with TeamCM

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Turkey's For Life December 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Hope you two have a great Christmas and New Year in Thailand! We’ll be here in Turkey – and we have friends coming over for New Year. We’ve been saving up! Difficult isn’t it? We have the same problem every summer. You want to spend as much time as possible with your friends in such a short time but the money just disappears. Worth it though. 🙂
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Poi December 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

Thanks – Should be a great new years for you with friends visiting – Hope you have a great one in Turkey.

It is so worth it!

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Erica December 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Sounds like you had lots of fun getting into trouble! I’m sure your friends we appreciative that you were willing to go all out. While I understand the importance of budget, you also need to make sure to have fun (which obviously you did!). Love keeping up with you guys!
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Poi December 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

Yeah we didn’t hold back at all and I’m glad becuase we had a great time – Sometimes we have to remind ourselves we didn’t come away to see how little we could spend but to have an a amazing time!

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Harriet December 23, 2010 at 4:04 am

Sounds like you had a good time! Getting into trouble is always fun with you’re with friends 😉
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Poi December 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

We had a great time – miss them already!

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Heather December 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

I saved up big things too for when my best friend came to visit…and it showed on my next credit card bill!! Eep O:-) But it was also 2 of the best weeks I’ve had in Oz so far. Such a trade off 🙂

Very glad you had visitors!! I’d love to have more.
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Poi December 23, 2010 at 10:55 am

It was worth the saving up before they came and like you say they were some of the best times we’ve had too.

We’re lucky enough to have more firends coming in Feb and a few more people we know are hoping to meet us throughout 2011, can’t wait.

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Connie December 23, 2010 at 10:26 am

I too love it when friends meet me to travel, but it really does rack up your expenses!

Glad you all had a great time together!

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Poi December 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

Thanks – it is tough seeing all the money vanish but I wouldn’t change anything about the good times we had.

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Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World December 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

You guys are sooo funny — love the pic of Kirsty drinking! I got tired just reading about all the activities you did in such a short time. Oh, the joy of being young, I’d have been pretty close to dead by then if I were the one doing those things…lol.
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Poi December 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Haha we were really struggling by the end, we’ve got a month off to recover before we do it all again with more friends!

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Annie December 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Sounds like you guys had a seriously amazing ten days! I can definitely agree with the idea of slow travel for your health and your budget but I imagine this was a nice change of pace!

Enjoy Christmas and New Year in Thailand! I saw it’s your first one away, mine too (Although I’m cheating since I have a “family” here)!
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Poi December 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm

It was great to forget about everything (including the blog) for 10 days and just get stuck in but we couldn’t travel like that.

Thanks so much – We’ll see how it compares to a christmas at home – We hope you have a great Christmas and New Year as well!

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Andi December 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

Awww how sweet that your friends came for a visit! What a nice present for the Holidays!
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Poi December 24, 2010 at 11:20 am

It was very nice of them – hopefully they’ll come out again at some point!

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Jaime December 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm

1st off hope the both of you have a wonderful Christmas & Happy New Year. I am so excited for y’all and love that I have been able to watch everything play out for yall so well this year. Cheers to an amazing year and an even better 2011!!!!

Okay back to the blog post: this is very good to know. I do hope that friends or family come visit me while I am on the road!!!
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Poi December 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Jaime for following us for this long! Great having you here!

and I’m sure they’ll be people lining up to come and visit you….

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AudreyDez December 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Wow, friends coming to visit you, must be really nice! For you and them! Except for your budget of course! Must be great if you felt a bit home sick:)

Did you enjoy Flight of the Gibbon? Is it worth it?
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