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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Johnny got up at 6 to chase down the world’s biggest flower. Despite the early bedtime, Rachel was still too tired from yesterday’s hike to rouse from bed. So Johnny scrambled up the mountain on his own and first found a coffee brown giant cabbage with a fleshy inside, the bud of Rafflesia. The flower in full bloom is incredibly prehistoric, no leaves or branch or stem, just a giant peachy, flesh-colored bloom coming right out of the ground. Curiosity satisfied, he headed back to his favorite flower, Rachel, who had actually gotten up, had breakfast and packed – lets go! Our destination was pre-determined by the Thai government, which only gives visitors entering the country by land 14 days in country – then you have to do a border run to exit and re-enter the country for 14 more days. A new policy courtesy of the new government, and not one travelers are appreciating. So, it was off to Ranong at the border of Myanmar for us. We arrived by bus, rented a scooter, and headed to the immigration office. After a harrowing boat ride to Myanmar, dealing with hustlers on both sides, our passports were stamped and we were good to go. Ranong isn’t much of a town, but it does have hot springs, Thai style – which means you don’t actually get into the hot spring, but sit on the edge and splash the healing water onto yourself. There’s also a heated floor, outdoors but rather like a gymnasium, that one can lie on after the hot springs to get even more… hot. Interesting. Then its back to our hotel room where we were able to catch up on email via wireless Internet and movies via satellite TV. Ah, technology.

Posted by ladierae 06:33 Archived in Thailand

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