VW. VW. VW. Be prepared for an overload! We are going to the Siam VW Festival in Bangkok, invited by our new Thai VW friends. Our first taste of a Dub meet, and we are super excited. Every type of VW is ours to gaze at, Beetles, Golfs, Kalman's and just about every sort of van you can think of; shiny ones, rusty ones, old ones, new ones, low ones, and jacked up ones they are all here for our delectation!
South East Asia is bursting with VW enthusiasts, many clubs travelling from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for the festival - we didn't spot any other Brits though or Europeans for that matter - so we gave ourselves the furthest travelled badge!
We set up Tigger with the other Syncro guys, awning out, and Union Jack flying so that people can see where we are from and have a little patriotic moment. Tigger is a constant source of attention, and we have a steady stream of people wanting to talk to us over the two days. Everyone wants to know about him, and John is more than happy to give" the tour" including engine inspections -yawn! Ha! You get great pleasure discussing the curtains and cushions woman! We even got to meet a couple of Tigger followers from Facebook who sought us out, Tigger's fame is spreading far and wide.
Evening means time for the disco lights, flashing away along with the laser lights spiralling on the ground, Tigger is a party animal given half a chance. The little kids are mesmerised by the lights and lasers and love dancing and jumping up and down on the psychedelic patterns projected on the floor. We are even a photo opportunity for a honeymoon couple who we find posing for their photographer sitting in the laser and disco lights.
The guys from the Malaysian club are making a documentary, and we get interviewed by them for their film - so we must appear to be interesting! Suzanne quickly finds something immensely important and extremely urgent to take care of elsewhere when the mic is brought out, so I get the job celeb on my own. Thanks a bunch honey! :) (are you suggesting I'm not interesting?!) Being the centre of attention has always been my room 101. No. Really. It has!! But I'm never going to watch the film so who cares (that's what he thinks!) No! I'm not!
The Malaysian VW group, are called Negawsklov (Volkswagen backwards) and are really keen that we visit them in Kuala Lumpur; We haven't been planning to go to Malaysia, but hey, why not? We have got this far so what's a few more thousand kilometres.
We loved the festival experience, meeting lots of enthusiasts and seeing so many interesting vehicles. Little do we know, but the friends and contacts we have made here are going to lead to new adventures in Malaysia, which is what makes travel the exciting adventure it is - The VW love spreads far and wide.