CHRIS AND GABS WORLD CYCLING TOUR: MAY UPDATE

Author: Gabriella Gratrix - June 17, 2020

Life on Phi Phi Island… continued!

Cycling for… 720 days

Pedalling over… 21,239 km

Through… 27 countries

Currently… in Thailand!

Raised so far… £11,702

 

Lockdown Update:

No surprise! but we are still locked down on Phi Phi Island, the island is still closed and there are still no ferry boats leaving the island. There have been no updates from the Thailand authorities regarding further extension to foreigners visas. It is also very difficult in finding out information regarding our visas, the British Embassy here in Bangkok has no answers at all. It is just a waiting game as we are still waiting for land borders to open but that is not going to happen any time soon.

We have a few ideas of where we will head to next for each different scenario that we may face on the 31st July, that’s when our Amnestying Visa ends. We are hoping that Thailand will extend these visas till 31st August like their neighbouring country Malaysia which they have just announced.

Good news this month!

We have finally made it across to Bamboo Island, and then across to Mosquito Island after a few failed attempts in our kayak that we often borrow from our neighbours the Sea Gypsies. It was a challenging 20km paddling. On the way back the wind picked up and started blowing us in the wrong direction so it made paddling more difficult and hard work. It was lovely to be back on Bamboo Island after four years, so we revisited the exact spot that Chris proposed to me. Here is a quote from Chris “We are still not married, but still together”.

We did how ever have to leave Bamboo Island sharpish as there was police on the island as it is a national park and is closed to tourists. The police couldn’t understand how we had got to the island with no tourist boats running, kayaking to the island is not something people normally do. So we were told to get back in our kayak and leave. We then headed over to Mosquito Island but we got wildly attacked by thousands of mosquitoes, hence the name of the island. I ran straight into the sea to get them off me and away from me, I stayed there until Chris had finished his filming he wanted to do, which didn’t take long as he was getting eaten alive. We got back on the kayak and headed safely back to Phi Phi Island.

The Jungle….

In the ten weeks we have been here, we have done numerous walks across the jungle to the other side of the island. On one occasion a family of monkeys just came from nowhere and continued to follow us through the trees all the way, it was lovely to see as the mothers were carrying their young; it was unusual for us to see so many monkeys come out of the jungle at one time. We think they thought we had food and that’s why they followed us. Luckily they didn’t try to take our backpacks.

Our time on the island has taught us new life skills, Chris is good at fishing now and we have spent lots of time with the local lady’s that find their food in the forest. Thailand has thousands of useful and edible plants traditionally collected by rural people for their meals or to sell at markets. We have enjoyed learning which foliage is edible. Below are a few plants we can recognise and pick that we now know are safe to eat.

Water Spinach (Pak Boong in Thai) is generally cooked with oyster sauce which we don’t have or soy sauce and is also eaten raw.

Bitter Leaf (Chapoo in Thai) is eaten raw or used in soup or salads.

Chive Flowers (Dok Gui Chai) are the flowering tips of chives and are used in our stirfries.

 

Thoughts and feelings

As we are not cycling or on the move visiting different locations every day, we don’t have as much to report.  So… this month in our newsletter we have decided to do a quiz for you all!

We thought it would be fun to base the quiz on our time on Phi Phi Island and test your knowledge, if you get stuck you can find all the answers in our blogs and films on our website: chrisandgabsworldcyclingtour.com

 

Chris And Gabs World Cycling Tour… Mays Big Quiz

 

ANSWERS WILL BE IN NEXT MONTH’S NEWSLETTER ……..GOOD LUCK

QUIZ QUESTIONS …..

  1. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN OUR TWENTY SEVENTH COUNTRY, NAME THE COUNTRY ?

  2. WE ARE NOW LIVING ON WHICH ISLAND ?

  3. WHO ARE OUR NEIGHBOURS ON OUR ISLAND TAKE US OUT ON THEIR BOATS FISHING?

  4. WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE TWO ISLANDS WE KAYAK TO FROM OUR ISLAND ?

  5. WHAT DID CHRIS DO FOUR YEARS AGO ON BAMBOO ISLAND?

  6. WHAT ANIMALS DO WE COME INTO CONTACT WITH IN THE JUNGLE ?

  7. GIVE ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW WE COLLECT OUR WATER?

  8. WHAT TWO FOODS DO WE MOSTLY EAT ON THE ISLAND?

  9. WE OFTEN CLEAN THE BEACH, WHAT ITEMS DO WE FIND THE MOST WASHED UP ON THE BEACH?

  10. WHAT DO OUR NEIGHBOURS USE THE PLASTIC BOTTLES FOR THAT WE COLLECT AND GIVE THEM?

  11. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE BIG 20KG FISH CHRIS CAUGHT AND WE SHARED WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS ?

  12. DUE TO THE STORMS, WHAT ANIMALS GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT?