Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Geckos, Puppies and Grasshoppers

We have now left the islands and traveled to Trang which is the capital city of one of the southern Thai provinces.  If you look at this map Trang is towards the bottom of the map (click the small icon on the map to enlarge it).   Off the coast to the west you can see a few small islands and those are pretty much the islands that we just left–Koh Ngai and Koh Muk.   Now we will be going to meet Francie’s friend Jen in Krabi and we will have a few days at the beach in Railay before flying up to Chiang Rai at the very north of Thailand (also on the map).  Exciting–back to the land of elephants, rivers and good panang curry.

Now about this Gecko that you have all heard soooo much about.  Here are two pictures of the little beast.  I believe this may be what they call a leopard gecko.  Now tonight YOU imagine if this foot long gecko was hanging out in your bedroom running around on the walls.  Actually the pictures are pretty cool and you can see the red spots on its body and the rings around its tail (If these pics aren’t big enough you can look at the new pics posted on Francie’s Flickr site to the right).

very naughty little gecko


Now here are two pictures from Koh Ngai.  This is a grove of coconut trees we hiked through.

mmmmmm coconuts

This is the tidal area of the marine national park on Koh Ngai.  There were lots of green tidal crabs that were pretty cool and would scuttle away when Francie came near because, yes, we are all very afraid of Francie.


Francie is also a tough customer in the scrabble games so maybe I need to lay off the alcohol while we play–of course, it doesn’t help when her first play of a game is ‘Friends’ across a double word score + 50 points for using all of her letters.

how do i spell that corn word that has a M and a Z in it?

Why does Francie always want to play scrabble after I have a bottle of 50 cent whiskey?

did you know that if you tie a game of scrabble whoever had more points before counting unplayed letters wins?

After Koh Ngai we went to Koh Muk where there were a bunch of lazy, good for nothing puppies lying around.  Somebody needs to do something about that.

dirty, lazy, good for nuthin puppies

I liked Koh Muk a lot because there was a fishing village that we could walk through.  Here is a video to give you an idea of the area including the fishing boats at low tide.  Here is also a picture of the fishing boats under a full moon.

I didn’t really understand the concept of tides before this trip

Now we are in Trang which I like very much, despite a touch of the flu, because our room has hot water, AC and this crazy thing called a television.  We have a weird selection to choose from but we continually gravitate to the fashion channel.  Last night we walked through a street market where they had lots of different types of bugs to eat including these grasshoppers!  They look very crunchy in their sweet and sour sauce.

crunch crunch crunch

We are coming up on one month!  That is just crazy.  All is going well and you should really check out the new posted photos!


February 5, 2007 - Posted by | Misc, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized


  1. So were the grasshoppers ACTUALLY crunchy, or did they just look crunchy? I think I would opt for crunchy grasshoppers over bucket o’ eels if given the choice.

    Oh yes, geckos are a sign of good luck! I ran across many when I was in ‘Nam (yes, I’m staring blankly out the window right now). Feel blessed that they have chosen you to get cozy with. Maybe it left babies in your backpack??

    Comment by Weezie | February 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. Greg, you big baby, don’t you know that Geckos kick ass? They eat mosquitos and they tell you their name over and over repeatedly all night. How cool is that?

    Also, I love puppies as much as the next guy, but those stray dogs reek. They may get a pet or two, but no way am I putting that thing on my lap.

    Comment by Seth | February 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. although the puppies were very dirty, they weren’t strays. they were pets of our guest house and got fed everyday, lucky for them.

    Comment by francie | February 5, 2007 | Reply

  4. Mmm, grasshoppers! At the Flower Festival in Chiang Mai, I saw a stall with 5 or 6 different bugs for sale. They looked tasty, but I was more in the mood for grubs so I skipped them. Ah well.

    Cambodia was awesome – we’ll post pictures when we get home, about 24 hours from now. Mmmmm, breathable air!

    Comment by Simon | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. That’s a big gecko! Francie, why don’t you hide some of those grasshopper crunchies in Greg’s hair after he goes to sleep. Then see if “Greg and the Gecko” (that sounds like a good movie title) build a new bond. There’s nothing like a critter running around in your hair…

    Comment by Roger M | February 9, 2007 | Reply

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