Day1 Kao Shan Stay
Although the imperial city is located in the north, snow is indeed very rare. In the early morning of departure, the sky was auspicious and heavy snow fell from the sky, opening the chapter of the journey to release the soul. Shivering, I can’t wait to imagine sweating in the south.
Thailand is a tourist resort with extremely high cost performance, a long culture, a vast territory, and the Chinese people’s favorite cheap souvenirs. The Chinese people’s “Taobao” feelings can be greatly satisfied here. Therefore, in airports, it is common for tour groups to pile up suitcases on hills. In my humble opinion, this way of traveling to places where the living standard is lower than that of our country to experience the life of the rich is better than to tighten your belt and eat a bowl of noodles in Europe! It will be the development direction of overseas travel in the future. Nationals of third world countries, do you want to stand out? Do you want spring? Go to Thailand!
Of course, although the destinations are the same, the tourism style varies from person to person. The mainstream of Chinese tourism is: “Distance produces beauty and makes care feel deeper”; Also: “Gratitude brings gifts from foreign countries to friends”. For example, my companion went abroad for the first time, so he had to wait in long lines at the Thai airport to buy phone cards to report his family’s safety. However, I am more casual. I am the kind of traveler who evaporates after going out and then suddenly flashes back to the imperial city. I think this way of entering the country is necessary in order to purify my mind and appreciate my life.
Take a cheap subway and then take a taxi to get to the “Kaoshan Road” that the Chinese are crazy about. This is a street with a strong commercial atmosphere, just like Beijing’s campaign, which is a gluttonous meal for “poor” shopaholics and is limited to them. Under the night, the wolf smoke was everywhere, the lights were everywhere, and the stalls all over the ground made us backpackers who were new here disappear like ants before the rain. My companions admired the name of “Kaoshan Road” and decided to stay here. Can ask all the peddlers on the road, the result is always shaking their heads. In London, Beijing and here, the sequelae of immigration in big cities are quite common. Immigrants live in their own small circle, immersed in their immediate goals and ignoring everything around them. Crowded through the crowd, passed the disco, and finally found a small hotel sign in despair. Ha-you can stay! I bought two bags of fruit cones, watermelons and mangoes downstairs and hurried upstairs to take a shower.
After returning from the shower, the Agency opened by the Indian and Pakistani people at the end of the road booked a bus and boat ticket to Tao tomorrow. There are many Indian and Pakistani businessmen here, and there are also many Indian restaurants. I found a regular and clean one and ordered a spiced rice with a real crayfish on it and coconut sand ice, which is quite tropical.
Day2 Holy Wood and the Grand Palace
Wake up early, finish the breakfast delivered by the store in a hurry, leave the backpack in Agency, and prepare to take a bus to Tao at night. And his companions set out along the map to the Grand Palace. Thailand is a country full of gods and Buddhas, with a shrine at a few steps and a temple at a stop. The open space around the road is decorated with white elephants and goddesses, and wreaths and tributes are presented around it. Tributes are so strange that there are Coca-Cola. Of course, sincerity is the spirit, and articles are only forms.
There is no denying that people have thousands of faces. In Thailand, where tourism culture is mature, the majority of people are outstanding, but tourism sequelae are also very common. Shops are tied up, buying and selling are forced, and black cars are common in tourist areas. As an independent backpacker, your tough appearance and firm will can help you go through five hurdles and cut six generals! International backpackers are trained as follows: seeing “warm-hearted people” pretends to be deaf and dumb; Hands should be held tightly to prevent things from being stuffed. He was grabbed and did not need to be shy. He broke through the blockade with the strength of squeezing the car. Of course, there are exceptions. This time I was tired of feeding pigeons according to his wishes, but I didn’t give any money! This is more dangerous. Once it happens, it must be full of momentum and have the determination to kill the fish and catch the net. Remember, we must objectively evaluate the strength of both sides before making moves. No matter time or space, strikingly similar techniques are constantly performed in tourist sites: Paris, Egypt, Kenya before, Thailand after and other hardest hit areas in the Third World to be visited. Fortunately, the compatriots have already developed a pair of steel bars and iron bones when traveling in China, which is dwarfed. Proud, Chinese!
Bangkok City Pillar Shrine
Because there are very few signs to visit, the Shengmu Temple was originally a white temple for me, with few people and strong incense. It was a “living” temple. During the trip, I cherished the places where the local people gathered. Being personally present, listening to strange languages and watching their every move, even if there is no positive contact, one can easily feel the unique vitality of this nation.
This white marble-topped temple honors Bangkok’s sacred wood and has protected the city and its people for more than 300 years. In 1782 AD, King Rama I made this place a holy place and built this shrine in “Krung Rattanakosin-intra-ayothaya” (later called Bangkok) as the new capital. Sacred wood is 79 inches high and gilded all over, standing in the main hall in the middle of the temple. The temple also honors five patrons of Bangkok, covering the fields of national security, joy, wealth, death and nature. Therefore, both the people and the army will come here to worship.
The exquisite and quiet temple, with complicated carvings and tight patterns, repeats back and forth, like chanting sutras over and over again, takes you away from everything and meditates. Every time you enter a palace, you need slippers. Barefoot on the floor, the body in a relaxed state completely integrated into nature, into air, only consciousness exists in the air. Gold wires extend from the top of the golden sacred wood, connecting with the great gods of other halls, implying that all things are related. There are doors around the main hall, which makes the hall transparent and bright, with gusty overflow. Citizens decorate temples with various flowers, jasmine strings and yellow wreaths are the most common, and slightly high-profile lotus pods and sesame oil candles are arranged neatly. The temple’s sales office sells tribute packages of 300 to 500 Thai baht. In addition to the above items, the gold tray also includes gold foil and ribbons to decorate the Buddha. At present, gold foil is added as a selling point in cosmetics, which seems luxurious. However, people have treated Buddha like this for a long time.
Each temple has a dance band performing for the gods for believers to sing praises to the gods. Although the performers here are all aunts and uncles, they are quite authentic. Even if no one asked, they performed there and praised the Buddhists themselves. We tourists are not stiff either. We listen and watch blatantly. Some of us still click and click. People are calm when they arrive. After resting there for half an hour and adding tips to the donation box nearby, we can’t push our luck too far, can we?
The Grand Palace is a must for tourists. The “warm-hearted people” outside the wall use various lies to guide tourists, who are often fooled. Thanks to my companion Zhu Zhu, I was able to control it and return to the right path.
The Imperial Palace was built in 1782 and was still the king. For various reasons, he decided to give up the old capital and build a new capital Bangkok on the other side of the Chao Phraya River. He also built the Grand Imperial Palace, which integrates the Imperial Palace, government agencies and royal temples and covers an area of 218,000 square meters. The scenic spot was crowded with people. Even so, it cannot hide the imposing manner of the royal family. The gold was so powerful that everyone could not open their eyes in the strong sunshine. I remember the scene of master and pupil arriving in Buddhism in the old version of Journey to the West. It was golden in all directions and always thought it was a trick played by the photographer. It was only when you were personally present that you suddenly realized. The glazed tiles in the Forbidden City have been burned yellow, which is simply turned into gold by stone. What’s more, it is open as a scenic spot and educates friends all over the world with facts every day. The highest level of showing off one’s wealth is this! In addition to gold plating, the carved beams and painted buildings in the palace are decorated with stained glass mosaic inlay and porcelain relief. They are decorated with jewels and are very beautiful.
The first thing that came into view was the Jade Buddha Temple area, with a total of 12 buildings surrounded by white walls and red roofs, including the famous Jade Buddha Temple, Golden Top and Angkor Wat Mini Edition. In winter, the Jade Buddha is not tall in the huge palace, wrapped in fine clothes and wearing a golden crown. There were many people who came to admire the name, and the marble floor was full. As a royal temple, members of the royal family will come here to pay their respects on major festivals. The Jade Buddha itself has three statues. Clothes are different in spring and autumn, winter and summer. Every season, the emperor will personally change the jade Buddha, as if to put on different clothes for him. I was lucky enough to see several other statues in the Jade Buddha Museum, and I had to count the most “emerald” in summer, because my body was almost bare and only decorated with some jewelry. Legends and stories and Buddha’s deeds are painted on the inner wall of the white wall cloister around the temple. The characters in the painting are lifelike, and the key plots are also outlined in gold paint, which shines brightly even in the shadows.
After visiting the Jade Buddha Temple, you will enter the royal and government office areas. The main body of the building is white marble, decorated with golden spire. Although many areas are not open, the building itself is still amazing. For example, the king’s pavilion, whose foundation is as high as one floor, must be cool to sit on. Most of the open buildings display some historic weapons, documents and so on in the form of museums.
Like China’s tourism strategy, tickets to the Grand Palace are also in the form of package tickets, including the Grand Palace, the Coin Medal Museum, the Textile Museum and a museum far away. In fact, they are all very interesting. For example, the Textile Museum set up by the Queen today aims to carry forward the essence of Thai traditional fabrics. It shows more than 10 sets of visiting garments by the King and Queen, all of which are traditional styles and traditional Thai fabrics. The display also includes handbags, bags and other accessories, as well as special souvenirs for sale. The exhibition hall itself is on the second floor of the auditorium. It needs to go up the spiral ladder in the hall. It is a classic hall with red carpet and white railings.
The medals in the coin museum are huge and covered with pearls and precious stones. Thailand’s precious stones are well-known in the world and are very expensive. There is also a Chinese explanation touch screen in the exhibition hall, which is very convenient. It should be noted that the Grand Palace area was closed earlier and closed at about 4:30. After closing the door, the huge square immediately became cold and cheerless. After a day of “cooking”, the tourists felt like ripe steamed buns, came to a large cup of lime water on the street, lay on the lawn opposite the square, listened to the Walkman, and looked at the clouds walking in the air. It was a great joy. On the lawn, teenagers are playing football, young girls are carrying schoolbags, old people slip away dogs, and children are flying kites and riding bicycles. As evening approached, the little squirrels in the trees jumped up and down and boldly took the bread from the tourists.
After accumulating energy, I went back to Kaoshan Road, had a simple meal and had a massage. Thai massage shops took advantage of the night to move their territory to the streets, and tourists were thickly dotted with reclining chairs. Half-hour foot massage makes me step on the ground as easily as stepping on cotton.
At 9: 30 p.m., I got on the bus to Tao. Take out my three treasures of sleep: blindfold, earplug and pillow, take a sleeping pill, take the bumpy journey as a cradle, and fall asleep.
Day3 “Tao” and “Deep Blue”
In a daze, the car changed ships and was yelled at by the boatman in a daze. He jabbered and dragged my big backpack on the dock bench to take a nap. This night I was very sleepy, but Zhu Zhu stayed up almost all night and vomited by boat. I didn’t even know. The dock at 7 o’clock was not prosperous. Zhu Zhu grabbed me and took a private car to the destination Big Blue. There is no Taxi here. They are all small private pickup trucks, and they will not charge exorbitant prices. Sitting in an open carriage, blowing the sea breeze and passing through countless slopes (because I was still asleep), we were thrown on a path in Sairee village. Walking inside, I saw the cool Logo of “Deep Blue” and was relieved.
“Tao” is a paradise island, which means “Turtle Island” in English. “Tao” is 35 years old, slightly older than me, with abundant seabed resources and diving schools all over the island. Its neighbor “Paan” ranks among the Top10 beach parties in the world for hosting the world-famous “Full Moon Party” and is a paradise for party animals. Another neighbor, “Su Mei”, has become a must for Thailand to visit with beautiful beaches, waterfalls and temples and has its own airport. In contrast, Tao is much more restrained. “Tao” (including “Nanyuan”) is only 19.2 square kilometers, 3.4 kilometers wide and 7.6 kilometers long, with 11 bays and 10 capes. Since the coast is mostly cliffs, there are corals stretching for 8 kilometers in the sea. In the 1840s, Tao was once chosen as a place for exile of political prisoners because of its isolation and sharks near the coast. Until the 1970s, an explorer who visited by fishing boat discovered the rich resources of the “Tao” seabed, and then gradually developed into a diving holy place, ranking second in the world in terms of cost-effective diving. Sairee Beach, where we live, is a famous western beach with fine sand, gentle coast, complete materials and convenient life. As there are many Britons here, the natural bar culture and coffee culture are also scattered all over the small villages. The beaches at night are brightly lit and have different customs.
Back to the moment when I first arrived at “Deep Blue”, I waited for the reception room to open in the “Deep Blue” beach bar. Lying on the wooden floor, leaning against the Thai-style triangular cushion, facing the calm sea like a mirror in the morning, watching one or two long-tailed boats scattered among them, it was very pleasant. Under the coconut tree, the “deep blue” sign with yellow background and blue logo is full of rock and roll style. It was this cool dolphin logo that attracted me to this school. Next to the tree with similar acacia but huge pink flowers, from time to time fell to hit my head, is also “Tao” to give me the first gift! Our “Deep Blue” No.1 has complete facilities and convenient location, within 100 meters of the center of the town. The diving suit rental office, office, bulletin board and bar are all in this old camp. The school has a 50% discount on students’ accommodation. A standard room only costs 70 yuan RMB, which is an impossible task in China. I took a bath, checked the strategy at home, went to the village, and waited in fear and trembling for the afternoon diving class.
I didn’t expect the sun to be so bitter in the evening at the seaside. It took me a lot of time to walk along the coast to “Deep Blue” 2 and I got lost. For the next two days, I have been lost. I think the bar style on the beach is too unified. After the class meeting, I met many young beauties and handsome men, all of whom were Europeans, including a German five-member team. It’s a pity that I insisted on taking the PADI test and finally started the class independently, which was out of my chance with them. The coaches are all British and speak faster, but after watching videos to learn, they are relatively relaxed. Only mosquitoes were rampant in the attic and gave me more than ten large bags before I took precautions. A commemorative lesson, after which I smeared a lot of mosquitoes every day without biting.
I didn’t expect foreigners to go to class so late that they didn’t finish class until 7: 30, starving me to death. In the dark, he hurried back to his residence to find Zhu Zhu Zhu for dinner. Next, do your homework and review your lessons. As the course involved examinations, the next few days were like training concentration camps, and I immediately returned to my busy student days.
Day4, my coach, Tim
Ken (Instructor) officially handed me over to Tim (Instructor) in the morning. Padi is more difficult, so teachers should be more patient and experienced. Tim is a typical English style. British character: stiff and introverted, meticulous, patient and polite, just like the scenery in England; Of course, the bar is a different scenery. In fact, the behavior patterns of Westerners and Easterners are surprisingly complementary: they are usually restrained and crazy and unruly in bars; We usually speak loudly, and when we arrive at the bar, we will immediately petrify. No wonder bar culture prevails in the West, but it is not real in China. Returning to Tim, he has a pair of big eyes, a thin and three-dimensional face, short light gold hair, and a slender figure. What do you think reminds me of TinTin?
After watching the video in the morning, Tim hinted that I would just look at it. All the diving coaches here disdain the theoretical examination, which is the same as our view on examination-oriented education. Real knowledge comes from practice, and technology comes from practice! After that, I will explain my homework and prepare for tomorrow’s exam. Fortunately, the Chinese have developed the ability of examination-oriented education since childhood, and even if the language is poor, they are not afraid.
The course was very tight, with only one hour’s lunch break. As a result, I was still half an hour late. Tim’s on fire. I am also very depressed, who expected Thailand’s pace to be so slow, it is normal to cook for 20 minutes! Respect for other people’s time is the basic etiquette. I was wrong and never spoke. The evil consequence of arriving late was that there was no diving suit, and we waited for a period of time before going into the water to practice. Although the atmosphere was tense, Tim explained and supervised with due diligence. Padi’s difficulty lies in that if he cannot learn one movement, he cannot continue to do the next movement, so Tim is very tight in time. And I also understand that I will repeat every movement with my heart and boldly, making full use of the animator’s observation and imitation ability. Fortunately, my reflex nerve is not bad, and my movements pass one by one. Tim relaxed, smiled and sometimes joked. Although our verbal communication is not completely effective, the atmosphere has reached a lot of tacit understanding.
I finished work on time in the afternoon, and I was hungry for pearls to eat a big meal. After the tide ebbed, large areas of the beach were exposed and covered with earthworm lines. Tourists took advantage of the sun’s lack of work and took out sunscreen and sun baths. Most of the tourists here are Westerners and like to sun themselves in wheat, chocolate and bronze. We met a very strong Western woman, lean and carbon black, with the same color as the local people, which seems to have taken a lot of effort. The air here is pure and the skin is quite shiny. If you are lucky, you can sun out gold! I have always felt that the Chinese people’s dislike of black is related to the sunshine there. Coupled with air pollution, the skin is tanned black and has no luster. In order not to waste resources, I also did as the Romans did in the next few days, wearing hot pants and bikini, trying to get a healthy color. It’s a pity that the course is too tight to spare time for special sun bath, and the skin color is not uniform.
In the evening, I asked for a “special offer today” in the restaurant, bought some necessities at 711, and then hurried back to my room to review. Island restaurants are not as rich as Bangkok’s, basic Thai fried rice, noodles, Western sandwiches and hamburgers. Although coffee is common, hamburgers are made now and are very delicious. The price is OK. During the meal, I met two Canadian tourists from the north. They said that the price there was extremely cheap, half of that here! Different geographical locations cannot be compared. There are many waterfalls, temples and simple folk customs in the north, and the international diving island here are two concepts. The vacation time is limited, so we have to “take advantage” next time.
Day5 Deep Submergence in Open Waters
Get up early in the morning and prepare the morning test content at the “Deep Blue” beach bar. There were not many people. A young man sat down opposite the square table, smoking a cigarette. When I saw my back, I stopped the cigarette automatically. You know! Fortunately, you are not Chinese, otherwise you will definitely be smoked away by second-hand smoke. Later, I learned that this guy is a German student, working as an exchange student in Tsinghua (not far from my home), majoring in automobile manufacturing, and his Chinese is not bad. At the beginning, I met a Spaniard who bought tickets at the Grand Palace and chatted with me in fluent Beijing accent. In the past two years, the world has become more and more China, with both advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, Chinese is no longer our “secret weapon” and we should stop talking when we go out to play.
The morning exam was not difficult. Tim invigilated the exam and almost passed. Fortunately, it is a multiple choice question. If you ask and answer questions, it is estimated that my English grammar will deduct many points! Looking forward to my first voyage in the afternoon.
Take the equipment bag and board the diving boat in the long tail boat. The first floor of the diving boat is equipped with air tanks on both sides, and the middle basket contains respirators and lead blocks. However, each person’s equipment bag has a sign letter and is piled together. The second floor is a rest area, providing drinks, fruits and biscuits. Generally speaking, more than 30 people on a ship will hold meetings and rest in groups on the second floor, waiting for the ship to reach the diving area. After that, everyone will go downstairs and change into diving suits, carry gas tanks on their backs, check the equipment, and then go into the water. Believe me, the process was more chaotic than catching a train at the railway station. Fortunately, Tim is my one-on-one coach and takes good care of me, making me take my time.
First dive, Japanese Garden, depth 10.7 meters, 36 minutes. As it was the first dive, all the students carefully dived along the cable in the bow, during which Tim checked my ear pressure from time to time to pay attention to my physical adaptation. The water surface is calm and sunny, so the visibility under the water is very high and there is no turbulence. At first, I felt the flow of wave light and shadow under the water, just like at the bottom of the swimming pool, shuttling between your fingers for a while and jumping away mischievously for a while. The light and shadow gradually disappeared, the world was quiet, only clear breathing sounds were heard in my ears, and only a string of bubbles were rising around me. Summon up courage and walk side by side with Tim in the water. The world in the water is completely different from the land. There is no reference. Just like in the universe, the upper, lower, left, right, front and back are all the same empty and boundless, so illusory. The truth is that the body is wrapped and supported by soft water, and the spine can straighten or swing from side to side as easily as a fish. Abandon abstract language, like fish, spread out your palm and gesticulate communication. I remember that the little mermaid in fairy tales cannot speak, which is one of the characteristics of this world. Having lived on land for more than 30 years, I have explored this unknown world and understood more and more that the difference between “Sea people” and “Land people” in “Sea Pianist” is not the difference in regions, but the difference in thinking and behavior patterns caused by living in different worlds. Side by side with Tim, I continued to dive, and the world at the bottom of the sea showed up in front of my eyes. High and low coral and mollusk float lazily in the water, clumps are dense. The fish played among them, light and elegant. There are pairing in groups and fighting alone. Different from the books, the mollusks of all colors are not large in size, and only when they are close can they see the details and bright colors. We swam leisurely over them. The big fish watched curiously in the distance, but the small fish would still be scared into coral or sea urchin to seek shelter. After understanding, Tim stopped in an empty sand and reviewed all the movements in the swimming pool with me, which was the first lesson in the teaching. Then we returned to the ship, enjoying the sunshine and preparing for the second dive.
On board, everyone took off the upper half of the short-sleeved conjoined diving suit to dry their skin and retain their physical strength. This appearance is actually quite handsome and professional. Watermelon is everyone’s favorite and the best food to supplement water for diving. It is robbed every time it comes up. The concentration of seawater here is very high and the water is very bitter. Soaking in water, coupled with the use of respirators, will cause a large loss of water in our bodies. Therefore, it is necessary to supplement water and nutrition in time to prevent dehydration. Drinking water is the simplest method, but it will increase our buoyancy and is not conducive to diving. By contrast, watermelons are the best!
The second dive, Twin Peaks, depth 11.6 meters, 35 minutes. The landform here is a strait composed of two hills, and the species in the area are more luxuriant and abundant. The more stones there are, the more undulating the surface is, the more creatures there will be, resulting in more marine animals and the stronger the atmosphere of life. Under Tim’s guidance and sign language, I saw all kinds of strange fish. The most common fairy fish float in groups of delicate and weak fish, while the clown fish is relatively inconspicuous and almost missed by me. My favorite is the rainbow fish (parrotfish), which is covered with color, like a rainbow. Some tend to be blue-green, others are red-purple. It is 50 centimeters in size in the water and is often ambiguous in front of your eyes in pairs. Tim has an old wound on his leg, which always attracts small cleaning fish to flock to “clean”. Personally, I suggested that he rest for a period of time before going into the water, otherwise the wound would not heal. But he had to earn money to eat. Well, the diving coach also had a helpless side. The essentials of this diving are basically mastered, but my problem with buoyancy control is still not small. Buoyancy is very important in diving. Buoyancy control will be used when you want to break through narrow passages, when you look closely at tiny creatures and remain motionless, and when you want to change the depth. Because I couldn’t master it, I had to touch the ground with my hand to support it, and finally I was stung by a small creature in the sand. In fact, I am not good enough to disturb or even kill others. Deep guilt.
On the return trip, spread out dripping long hair and let it fly in the wind. With black tea in his hand, he sat on a diving boat swaying with the waves and watched the wonderful sea. The four o’clock sun sprinkled on the sea and plated her with a golden veil. If it weren’t for what I saw with my own eyes, who would have imagined that there was a wonderful and colorful world in how?
The first time I went out to sea, I became a soft-footed shrimp. Zhu Zhu dragged me to a small restaurant by the side of the road for dinner. The table was covered with straw curtains and tablecloths, with ribbons on the edges. Small candles flickered in the glass statue, and the atmosphere was good. Each person ordered a cup of freshly squeezed watermelon juice, pure pulp. Zhu Zhu ordered noodles, and I ordered the special price of the day-a salad similar to tortillas and vegetables. Su is a little bit vegetarian, but it is very safe, you know, tomorrow is my exam day.
Day6 My First Buddy
Buddy’s partner, scuba diving requires two people to travel in deep diving. Two people in the water should always keep a distance within one arm so as to help their companions at any time. The yellow respirator on the diving equipment is specially prepared for your “partner”. Therefore, to some extent, “partners” are peers that divers can rely on, trust and entrust to life safety in water. Because of this, the risk of diving is also greatly reduced. In the depths of the ocean, you meet new partners, carry out team cooperation, and explore and discover a new world together. What an exciting experience! Today, Dutch people in their 50s joined us and became my companions. The Dutch already have a diving license, but they have not dived for many years.
Today is still calm. I just got up too early and my head was groggy. Tim saw that I was limping and asked me about it. The sun rises from the horizon, the chaotic air on the sea surface disperses, and the gentle sea water reflects a little golden light.
First dive, White Rock White Rock, depth 17.1 meters, 37 minutes. Baishi is a large spire on the west side of Tao, with an average depth of 16 meters and a maximum depth of 28 meters. It is suitable for divers at all stages. This is the gathering place of giant trigger fish, a kind of aggressive carnivorous fish. Under water, Tim will use the gesture of shooting to signal the fish. They always act alone, with white MengMeng’s eyes embedded in their dark blue and light green mottled skin, stupefied and full of ancient biological style. The rock cross section here is very rich, covered with soft corals, mixed with spherical and porous corals, and colorful Christmas tree soft insects, so all kinds of clown fish (sea anemone fish), spiny black sea urchin and honeycomb groups like to gather here. There is no doubt that it provides rich biological and geomorphological resources for underwater photography lovers. Tim was the leader, followed by the Dutch and I, practicing basic movements on a piece of sand. The Dutch have long blond hair floating in the water, just like jellyfish. It’s really casual. I’m not afraid to paste it into my eyes. It looks good. There is still a problem with my own buoyancy control, so I am very nervous when passing through the sea urchin area, for fear of being stuck. It was planted on this black and hard sea urchin in the Red Sea.
The second dive, Twin Peaks, depth 16.2 meters, 38 minutes. Returning to the area on the west side of Nanyuan Island, there are three underwater spire areas full of sea cucumbers, worms and sponges. Different from what you see in the supermarket, the sea cucumber on the bottom of the sea is huge, half a meter long after being enlarged in the water, and its black body is wearing white skin peeling, which is a little disgusting. The dying ones turn dark gray. On the way to Twin Peaks, we passed through the artificial “buoyancy world”. There are empty sand and huge sculptures such as iron squid, which are good places for students to take exams in class. Tim tested my ability to distinguish roads with compasses here and conducted buoyancy tests again. I gradually mastered the essentials. Although I still couldn’t hold it under the water, I passed the exam at least. The four-day course was successfully completed.
At noon, he returned under the scorching sun. Standing on the second floor bridge, looking at the direction of progress. The sea was stormy and the boat jolted. Still dragging black tea in his hand, he experienced the world in the hearts of explorers during the great voyage. The sea level is arched and empty. In contrast, human beings are getting smaller and smaller, and the troubles in life are even more trivial. I have been trapped by teaching all the time. Now I am suddenly enlightened. I can’t help laughing and passing away when I re-appreciate the students’ mentality and the teachers’ stand. The ocean can broaden my mind and let me melt into it and become a fish. A few days later, Tim and I got to know each other, and we really didn’t give up at the end of the course. However, my physical strength is limited and I cannot be invited to continue to attend his intermediate class. I sincerely hope that his leg injury will heal earlier.
In order to celebrate graduation, Zhu Zhu and I chose a Thai restaurant with good atmosphere for dinner in the evening. The restaurant has a pure wooden floor with Thai tables and Western tables and chairs. Indoor lighting is mainly candlelight, flickering. The gurgling water passed through the door and passed through it. There was a small stone bridge on it. Tropical green flowers are arranged around to create a natural atmosphere. I sat on the floor beside the collapse of the water’s table, leaning against the Thai triangular pillow, exchanging my daily income with each other. My hamburger is burnt outside and tender inside, and there are French fries. It is full of weight and a real energy meal. The fresh and delicious roasted fish with chopped peppers ordered by Zhu Zhu provoked Xiao Mao to come and beg for food. The wild cats and dogs here are clean and docile. Cats in tropical areas all have slim bones, large ears for heat dissipation, and delicate little faces with glass-like eyes dripping brightly, which is quite in line with the criteria for Chinese men to choose beautiful women. Dogs are also easy-going, or too easy-going, lying on the beach from morning till night and sleeping in various postures. Some are too lazy to eat meat and have been sleeping. It seems that it is also quite in line with China’s theory that “life lies in stillness” and has a Taoist style. In a word, the overall style of the island is laziness and recuperation.
After dinner, I tried Thai massage for the second time. An aromatherapy massage shop with small bridges and flowing water. The store has air conditioning and WiFi, modern facilities and simple and comfortable decoration. After entering the store, they have to change into his pure cotton and thin cloth massage clothes. Personally, I think the difference between Thai massage and Chinese massage is that Thai massage allows the massager to press his different muscles and acupuncture points in different postures, while Chinese massage is moderate to lie prone or sit. As the muscle tendons are stretched to different degrees in different postures, the auxiliary massage effect can be achieved better. At the end of an hour, I really relaxed a lot, but at last I turned my spine and the sound of Ka Ba Ka Ba was a little scary. This night’s sleep was especially sweet.
Day 7 Sabbath
God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. After intense training, today I can finally relax my tired body and mind. Zhu Zhu had been exploring the island alone a few days ago and had to admit that she was a hiker with great potential. Under her guidance, we took a walk along the resort path by the sea to enjoy the scenery of the island.
The path winds up with green trees and flowers on both sides. The resort passed by has different styles, including village-style square cabins, hotel-style buildings, Indian-style courtyards and local hostels. During this period, there were many diving schools, poking signs of sailing destinations on the roadside. We walked slowly and were often overtaken by some joggers. They wore running shoelaces and headphones, and looked even more energetic against the background of triangle plum. Who said that island vacation is beach swimming, seaside running and seabed diving are all good choices? Smart people will say: Where is running not running? However, the scenery is different, and the mood of running out is definitely different.
There is a small town in the port. Things are cheaper than ours. I picked out some postcards casually. There is a huge turtle statue in the sea, which is charmingly naive and is regarded as a sign of “Tao”. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any live turtles this time. There is a Chinese diving school near the port, where Zhu Zhu signed up to experience diving tomorrow. And I will continue my licensed dive in Deep Blue tomorrow. Over the past few days, I have forgotten all the days and have a tendency to rot here. On the way back, I passed the police station and the primary school and ate the high-quality mangosteen sold in the small shop-full of juice and delicious.
There is a free diving school on the resort road-free diving. The receptionist is a middle-aged French woman and is friendly and enthusiastic. As an extreme sport, free diving has developed for many years. Even the videos of international flights publicize the performances of their ancestors and the spirit of the sport. The ancestor was also very young, about 50 years old, Nordic. This person can make his pulse drop from 90 beats per minute to 20 beats, resulting in a sharp drop in oxygen consumption. The development and application of the theory of “breathing in vivo” is also one of the topics of free diving. But the most important thing is the mental control of the body-reducing the body’s energy consumption through relaxation, such as meditation. Returning to the Chinese attitude towards extreme sports, most people think that it is the behavior of opportunists who are looking for death. In fact, every extreme sports has strong spiritual support. Through that form of sports, these athletes will be closer to the essence of life, recognize themselves more clearly and love life more. I remember an article by a polar expedition member in National Geographic. He said: I like this sport not because it brings me closer to death, but because I will love my life more after facing death. Let’s look at the many diaosi otaku after the 90s. Is it a phenomenon that they are over-protected under the great material abundance? Therefore, although I will not try extreme sports at present, I am happy to understand how they make lovers’ hearts strong and their horizons broad. French women are just such a traveler who loves life. She and I lamented the cultural differences in different places and praised the wonder of the island-people from all over the world live here at the same time, adapt to and understand each other, and appreciate the customs in every corner of the world through each other, just like the big ship of “Sea Pianist”. Amazing! You will unconsciously be infected by her heartfelt praise.
In the evening, we rented a canoe for two and swung our paddles in the large sunset glow, shuttling between coral reefs not far from the coast. In the clear sea water, groups of unknown small fish shuttled between giant cauliflower-like green corals, tearing the moss on them. The underwater landform is deep and shallow, giving us a sense of weightlessness. In the distance, familiar diving boats returned to Hong Kong, and the sound of lonely motors reverberated in the bay. Suddenly, a group of small flying fish jumped out of the water and bounced forward on the water like dragonflies. The black silhouette was very light. Looking back at the dusk, there were another group of ripples on the disturbed water. It seems that flying fish like to travel in the evening and in groups.
The wind is gradually rising, and our boat is swaying in the waves, so we have to stop it. After all, we are not professional rowers, so it is good not to have an accident. The party on the beach has already begun. The bars covered the ebbing beach with small tables and straw mats, lit torches and candles, and turned the flash balls of disco in the 1980s. What’s more, they dug small holes in the beach and put candles in them to avoid the sea breeze. The fire dancers in front of the “Deep Blue” bar tricked the two fireballs into different patterns, drawing applause. The flickering candlelight and colorful angel lights weave a bright late-night beach. Coupled with the reflection of the water surface and the huge stars in the air, it is really like a well-cut black diamond that reflects all kinds of beauties of nature and makes me lost in the brilliance.
Day8 Fun Diving Group
The weather has changed, the weather has changed. From today on, the sea is no longer calm, and the next few days will be very stormy. Zhu Zhu left early in the morning for her experience diving. Under the arrangement of Kevin (dive master), I joined David (dive master) ‘s 5-member diving team and went diving at noon. If I sketch, I will definitely draw David with circles. Yes, he is a big fat man. Although he did not reach the sumo level, the tattoos all over his body revealed his tough strength in his bones, “I have muscles all over my body.” The team members have a Dutch mother and son. The son is only 13 years old but has a battle-hardened posture. His diving suit and electronic pressure gauge are more advanced than David’s. My Buddy is a German boy, in his twenties, with excellent skills. As a rookie who has just obtained a diving license, some Yali Alexander!
First dive, No Name Unknown Island, depth 18 meters, 31 minutes. This is my pain and the motivation to move forward. Before diving, the wind and waves were very strong and the water surface was turbid. Without Tim’s protection, all the programs became flustered and disorderly. To make matters worse, due to extremely low visibility, we had to swim from the stern to the bow against the wind and descend along the cable. It took me a lot of physical strength and oxygen to swim on this water surface, and my heart beat to 130. . . . . Oxygen consumption can be imagined. However, the diving goggles in advance were not fully wiped and the eyes were full of fog. At last David couldn’t wait and pulled me to the bow. Otherwise, I should have been washed away by the waves. Dive master and Instructor have different roles. They are basically navigators. Everything else depends on themselves and your Buddy. However, I did not have any tacit understanding with the German young man, and the difference in physical fitness alone was quite obvious. Under the water, he is like a fish, running around, often out of my sight, it is difficult to keep up. And David always uses gestures to complain that we want to be “right” together. I am very tangled. Of course, the fog in the water mirror also made me very nervous because I couldn’t see anything clearly. Unknown Island is a small island next to Gemini. Due to the small number of people going there, it is quite rich in resources. But the water mirror is white, and I only feel that everyone is very excited. It’s hard. . . . . . The only experience was the rapid breathing sound and the sharp beating of my heart in the respirator, nothing else.
Physical exhaustion and mental tension make my physical strength consume extremely fast, my body temperature is already losing, and there is little oxygen left. In the end, the whole group had to dive because of me, while most of the other groups stayed underwater for 40 minutes. I was very depressed. On board, the crew comforted me, gave me encouragement and advice. It is strongly recommended that I use breathing tubes to save oxygen. Dutch children also taught me how to use it and encouraged me to say “very simple”. Although this team has just been established, the spirit of teamwork has already been reflected. I decided not to drag my feet next time.
Second dive, White Rock White Rock, depth 17.1 meters, 37 minutes. The waves on the sea are getting bigger. We cancelled our plan to explore the sunken ships of World War II underwater and went to Baishi instead. This reassured me a little, because I had to go back and forth 100 meters underwater to get to the sunken ship. I was not sure whether my physical strength could keep up. Determined to go home and exercise hard.
In order to reduce the water surface time, David suggested that we enter the water from the side of the ship, which can be half a position shorter. He also repeatedly instructed the German boys to “advance and retreat together” and help me. Although I was not trained to lean into the water afterwards, I jumped down as soon as my teeth bit my heart. The waves came head-on. As the big waves rose and fell, I felt the surging sea in Gorky’s Haiyan and the deterrence of nature. Despite the fierce wind and waves, Buddy of Germany has been wandering around me, guiding me to use respirator, just like a deputy coach. After fighting with the sea, everyone gathered on the cable in front of the ship and waited patiently for my heart to return to normal before starting to dive. This time it was very smooth. The symmetrical and slow breathing made me enjoy everything in the water at ease. Visibility is very low, impurities in the water are swirled by turbulence, and we rely on David and Dutch children’s yellow flippers to point the way. David swam in the front, with Dutch mother and son in the middle, and German boys and I in the back. Buddy asked me from time to time if I was OK. Everyone was close to avoid getting lost.
The world at the bottom of the sea is always calm and colorful. This time with Buddy’s company, I am happy to explore. Buddy points out to me from time to time what he thinks is worth sharing, and I gladly accept the guidance of this talent with more than 20 diving experiences. Although this dive is not very deep, it is different from training dive in that there are no tasks and no restrictions. You and your companions are free to explore the places you are interested in. The line of sight no longer follows any instructions, looking around idle, the fish schools in the water are of different sizes, scattered in different heights and directions in turn, and we are also like a group of 5-person fish, shuttling back and forth among the ups and downs of rocks. Sometimes I have to cross a canyon with a width of one person, which makes me almost rub against coral again. I can only say sorry to disturb. Looking up, the bright water surface looks like a distant wellhead, illuminating the world below the sea surface in a circle, sprinkling a little flowing light column, mapped on the ring-shaped fish school more than ten meters away overhead, shining with sparkling dim light. Only then did I feel that I had dived very deep. This kind of feeling is very wonderful and soft, just like the baby is surrounded by water in the mother’s belly, and it is like floating in a dream without direction.
Everyone checked each other’s oxygen consumption. This time mine was the same as that of other experts. David applauded with satisfaction. A line of people sometimes form a line and sometimes gather in a circle to plan the next swimming direction and cooperate with each other. By chance, I found that the Dutch mother’s gas cylinder was not fixed, separated from her chest band and swaying in the water. I immediately motioned to my Buddy. He also found that a super handsome dive caught up with his mother and helped her fix it. I also swam to my mother in time and motioned her to stop waiting. In the end, she understood, folded her hands with us and gave us a Thai thank-you. Well, helping others is the foundation of happiness, and my vanity suddenly swelled! At last, the Dutch child’s respirator leaked a little. David decided to dive, successfully ending my last deep dive on this trip. After landing, Buddy praised my care and David looked at me with special respect. Although women are not as physically strong as men in diving, the degree of care they think can help solve many underwater conditions. Nature is fair, only depending on how you use your abilities.
On the return trip, I dried myself on the deck on the second floor, chatted with my teammates and shared their exploration. Buddy said that he had had many problems, but it did not affect his love of the sea. He had been diving at sea for 20 days in a fishing boat. Once he got stuck in the cave and his breathing tube ruptured. Looking at the only glimmer of light in the deep sea cave, he instinctively dived extremely and tried to escape from the cave. He was finally pulled by the leader and saved by his emergency respirator. It was a spiritual battle, and the courage to face fear and loneliness cultivated in extreme environment was also the reason why these explorers became outstanding in life. Even a 13-year-old Dutch child has experienced the baptism of life. During a dive, the respirator was kicked off by another child (his Buddy) and stuck on the cylinder, causing difficulty breathing. In insistence, another team of divers helped him get his respirator back. That lesson taught him persistence and not to mess up in the face of danger. Every dive is a valuable life lesson, which enables us to recognize ourselves more clearly, understand life, explore potential, enhance willpower and have more positive energy. This is also its charm.
Day9 Snorkeling China Tour
The continuous windy weather caused the waves to wreak havoc. Two of the five bays snorkeling in one day were in the windward part of the island, and the big waves were monstrous, which was cancelled. Most of the Chinese tourists on board took advantage of the Spring Festival to travel, taking families as units. I sat on the second floor, and the turbulence of the sea made everyone afraid to walk on the board. The hull swung from left to right, and even the mineral water bottles rolled around on the ground. Sitting on the floor on the side of the boat, watching the waves splashing and Westerners rowing canoes in the distance of the ink sea, not only admiring their physical strength and willpower. One of the mothers on the same boat got seasick and vomited a boat, directly from the second floor into the water. Always complaining.
“Tao” Island has many jagged bays, providing rich growth environment and bunkers for marine organisms, and is the favorite habitat for fish schools. The first two bays were affected by sea breeze and visibility at the bottom was not high. But we still saw some fish schools. Compared with deep diving, snorkeling is easier, and fish are quite used to coexisting with people. If you don’t move, they will curiously post to “visit” these outsiders. If some food falls from the ship, they will swarm in. The speed and quantity have really changed my definition of their “gentleness” and are a bit partial to the end of piranha. Of course, artificial feeding will destroy their nature and encourage their aggressiveness, so it is not advocated. Coral is not as vigorous as deep sea, but it still has some colors. It is said that the resources in the Philippines are very good, so we must spend more money to visit there next time. I taught a Chinese girl snorkeling. She was very excited to share her findings with me underwater. Travel is like this. Strong strangers generously share the joy of discovery with him. I’m glad she can feel it!
As the wind and waves grew stronger, our ship passed through the famous Shark Bay and Mango Bay and stopped at Kon Nang Yuan Nanyuan Island. As the sub-island of “Tao”, it is far away from the noise and lies quietly in the northwest, with green trees and white beaches. It is said that it has the laudatory name of one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is formed by connecting three small islands and is suitable for snorkeling. The nearby Japanese Garden Japanese Garden is a famous deep diving holy place. Facing the raging sea breeze and the midday sun, I went to the island in a bath towel. The sea climate is unpredictable. Before going to the island, there were heavy rains that wet my bath towel, but now the sun is scorching. They climbed the wooden ladder on the island helplessly, just to get a panoramic view of Nanyuan at the highest point. The last section was rather rugged, leaving only boulders in power. The men carried forward their gentlemanly demeanor and dragged the women to the highest point. Looking at the whole picture, the sea water ranges from transparent light blue to blue, dark, with distinct levels, which is very spectacular. After that, I left my clothes on the beach and went snorkeling. The big fish in the water clicked and bit the moss with vigor, and the mini sardines with sharp beaks passed through. It was very unhappy. The wind is still a little strong, standing in the sea is cold and lying on the beach is hot. Several times in the water, finally exhausted himself.
The return trip was full of parting. Everyone left emails to each other and parted ways. The German boy once said that he never deliberately missed it. If he loved diving and nature, he would eventually meet at another time in another corner of the world. He had this experience of meeting again a few years later, and I am also convinced that fate is like this, especially on the first day of the new year in China.
In the evening, I stayed in a hotel with wooden floors. The room was comfortable and I slept quite soundly. I was ready to return to Bangkok the next day.
Day 10 is on the way
In the morning, they were left at the dock, bustling with backpackers everywhere. I changed it to 100 US dollars, and the changer looked left and right. It is estimated that there are not many such large bills. During the long waiting period, I met today’s traveling companion Dorothy. Dorothy, with the same name as the heroine of the Wizard of Oz, wears two golden pigtails and comes from Sweden. With a headset, the leather bag was full and could not be zipped. It looks like a magician’s hat, full of strange things: diary, business Japanese (used books Taobao on Tao), a thick mother tongue book, snorkeling breathing tube, stationery bag.
Dorothy is a freshman and takes a year off from school to wander around the world. In addition to the money from their own work, their parents also sponsored some of it. I have been separated from my boyfriend for 2 weeks to “Tao” to enjoy beach life. At present, I will go to Bangkok with him. Zhu Zhu also went to Bangkok first, similar to the situation. Dorothy said their next stop should be Tokyo, where they are expected to learn Japanese for a month. She thinks that play cannot be foolish, especially with parents’ money, at least to show their “sense of responsibility” and get something. Therefore, I really started the Japanese test questions on the long-distance bus, in her “ultra-cheap” second-hand Japanese book. I quite admire the child’s self-study ability. Many Western children will travel around the world during their college years, experience life, find their own direction in life, and guide themselves in later studies. However, our education system and family protectionism have virtually deprived young people of the opportunity to stand on their own feet, resulting in many times when everyone is immersed in moving forward but does not know where the target is.
Along the hard journey, we talked about the world, looked at Thailand, experienced life and experienced the feeling on the road. When I was a child, I was in poor health. The father of the driver of the big car often tied me to the co-pilot seat and drove with him. Therefore, from an early age, I like to watch the flowing scenery outside the window and the various things in the world. This is still the case.
At 9 o’clock in the evening, I finally arrived in Bangkok. I’ll take Dorothy away first and then take a taxi by myself. However, it was very difficult to taxi. I dragged my mountaineering bag and wandered around for a long time before I found a reliable and good driver and arrived at the International Youth Hostel near Victoria Monument. Many people in the hotel are quite good. Star treatment is the most luxurious youth tour I have ever encountered. Leather pillows, wooden bedside tables and garment hangings, bed curtains and independent desk lamps. There is air conditioning and ceiling fan in the room. The bathroom is also made of dark solid wood, decorated with bright orchids, hand sanitizer and so on, as well as hand wiping paper and hand warmers. The stairwell has sofa and iron decoration, and is equipped with a hair dryer under the dim spotlight. After meeting Zhu Zhu, I went to 711 not far away to buy a bottle of large mineral spring and washed and slept.
Day11 Encountered an Old Know in a Foreign Country, Bangkok Exploring the Secret
Get up early in the morning and enjoy the free morning of the youth tour: milk cereal and fruit. The first floor of the hotel is an open function hall with TV sofa and a half-floor study in the lobby. In the study, there are travel strategies from all over the world and route leaflets from local travel agencies. Sitting on the floor, reading on a triangular pillow, is leisurely and carefree. There are many DVD’s in the comfortable lobby, as well as small solid wood seats and leather sofas. Luxury Thai puppets are hung on the walls, and the sequins on them sparkle like precious stones.
First of all, go to the underground post office of the shopping mall and send the postcard written on “Tao”. Finally, I got what I wanted: the days in Tao were too sufficient and too hasty to even find a post office. Fortunately, that mood was recorded in time and sent back to Beijing all the way with the salty taste of the sea and the laziness of Thailand. After that, I took the subway to look for the “four-sided Buddha” who was widely spread in “Thailand Raiders”. After physical communication with hands and feet, I came to a clean Buddha according to the instructions of the ticket inspector and prepared flowers and incense. Only then did I find that it was a local Buddha. No wonder I didn’t see tourists. I almost lost it. At the next intersection, the incense was heavy, the crowd was crowded, and the Chinese shouting was incessant. It seemed that it was here. The “Four Sides Buddha” is not big and restrained. There are many Chinese tourists and there is a tendency to burn incense during the New Year. Fireworks have made me cry. Hold on. Bye-bye. Hope for good luck. Meanwhile, Zhu Zhu welcomed Jason.
Jason is a ground crew member who temporarily supports Thai Spring Festival tourists. Helpless in the reverse work and rest time, he just got up and took us to the large SHOPINGMALL diagonally opposite the “four-sided Buddha” to purchase. The reason why shopping is used instead of shopping here is that Chinese people will buy a lot of things for their relatives and friends when going abroad. Who calls domestic inflation so serious? As soon as he arrived at the store, Jason turned out 3 lists and became a dedicated buyer, choosing baskets of goods in the shortest possible time. Zhu Zhu and I spent a long time but only bought a few. Thai salespeople treat each other equally and are very enthusiastic. Their self-taught Chinese is also quite standard. Their professional words “wrinkles, lifting and moisturizing” are used. . . . “The same is true of younger siblings when they go to South Korea. The day when they want to unify the world with Chinese is not far away. With such strong purchasing power, why have they been obsessed with English since childhood?
Farewell to the supermarkets and buy them, go to the “Sleeping Buddha Temple” alone to visit and enjoy Meinan’s elegant demeanour by the way. Although the Sleeping Buddha Temple is not large in scale, it is still a model of Chinese style. The sculptures in the garden have wide robes and large sleeves, with different postures, hidden under the shade of trees or among flowers, and are lifelike. There is also the animal sign of the animal head, which is pasted with gold foil by believers. It is very rich. Even pagodas are made of colored porcelain tiles. Of course, the most shocking thing is the reclining Buddha curled up in the temple. Entering the main hall, I peeked at every part of the golden reclining Buddha through the thick beams and columns. His huge size is in sharp contrast to the narrowness of the room, which makes one cannot help looking up at him ideologically. The soft light of 24-karat gold enveloped the hall in peace. On one side of the temple was a long row of alms bowls. Put the coins in your hand into each alms bowl one by one, and let your body and mind merge into one through repeated actions for a meditation. Walking barefoot on the hard marble, listening to the crisp impact of coins, I experienced the state of “emptiness”. As Thailand welcomed its last sunset, monks watching the evening class chatted and chatted, and vendors bought and sold handmade paintings and fabrics, the surroundings gradually slowed down.
Most ancient civilizations originated from rivers, and Bangkok was no exception. Many famous temples and municipal organizations are located on both sides of the Chao Phraya River, with more than 10 docks and four ferry lines along the river. On the return trip, I caught up with the rush hour after work, crowded into a boat with Bangkok workers, and “stuck my chest to my back” in a foreign country. Despite the crowding, the smell of life is still everywhere. The two girls in the middle of the boat have just returned from the flower wholesale market downstream, holding several ties of roses and lotus flowers, preparing to do business on the roadside at night. Valentine’s Day is coming! Some villagers are carrying special products and preparing to go home to cook. The students chirped incessantly and shared the joy of the class. Asking the students the way on board, he responsibly handed me over to a workmate who was in the same direction as me. The workmates are very honest, black and thin, and there is a female colleague who does not understand English. At least I am an honest man. Just follow me. I don’t want to deal with slick taxi drivers. Therefore, under the leadership of others, I experienced the great public in Bangkok: full air conditioning and low price, and the Beijing public transportation team urgently needed to come here to study. It really saves a lot of money to go back and forth by local people: 30 Thai ferries and 70 Thai tickets. Back in Victoria Square, I had a sumptuous Japanese meal in a shopping mall like Xidan, which was also a cheap local price. As there are not many tourists in this area, the foreman still regards me as a Japanese. He came up with a Japanese speech without taking any drugs, but it made me very embarrassed.
Returning to the Youth Travel Service, I booked a reliable airport pick-up at the front desk and consulted about the traffic conditions. Thailand is a slow-paced country, but on the road to “international”, it still sometimes bursts and has to get up early and leave. It seems that one of the major features of “internationalization” is to speed up the pace of life. Considering Beijing’s 30 years, this is indeed the case. From politeness to sesame trifles, one should lambaste and beat them. I don’t know how much one’s temper has soared.
Day 12 Home
Dark and Zhu Zhu came to the airport, haggle over every ounce and try to spend all the rest of the Thai plants. Since there are no English signs for the goods in the local shops, many interesting things have been missed. At the airport, I bought several cooling oil products with the heads of overseas Chinese on them and went home to honor the old people. Hong Kong changed planes and bought big-name skin care products that were usually reluctant to buy. As soon as this came out, people’s consumption level was “internationalized”.
Because Bangkok is very hot, I came out wearing a long short-sleeved skirt, which is a bit shocking when I arrived in Beijing. Hastily grabbed a plane blanket to keep out the cold, ran to the luggage claim area, and vacated the down jacket. Fortunately, there is no cold. What a miracle! The mix-and-match style of down jacket and summer dress plus the 55-litre mountaineering bag behind it made my head-turning rate a lifetime high. Zhu Zhu clicked one in time as a memorial to the end of our trip to Thailand.
Some people say that traveling is to relax one’s body and mind, while others say that traveling is to broaden one’s horizon. I even agree with a famous person that traveling is to know oneself and change oneself. This trip to Thailand enabled me to discover the world of the ocean and enjoy an experience that I had never had a concept in my life and could not imagine. Naturally, it also caused me to think further about a series of phenomena such as life, species, space, etc. To conclude, quote the classic slogan of National Geographic Channel: Everything comes from curiosity.