ok so we arrive in Koh Lanta on the boat and it looks beautiful but first we have to try and get off the boat with luggage. Some Thai bright spark had obviously thought the best idea would be to stack all the luggage in the centre of the boat and when we arrived it was kinda an every man for himself trying to find their bags with snorkels, flip flops and hats going this way and that. Once we had manage to disembark it was then a matter of finding some accommodation which we thought would be a difficult task, oh how wrong we were. As you got off the boat people started shoving leaflets in your face trying to attract you to their resort, as soon as we showed interest in one of them, a swarm seem to attack us and no matter how much we tried to find a place to talk it was just impossible. We eventually settled for the Blue Andaman resort which turned out to be nice, and although we got a lttle done over in terms of price and me and louise have had to share a double bed for the past 2 nights it has been right on a gorgeous beach and great food.
So after settling in we had a bit of a wander. The next day the fun began. We had been lugging aload of stuff around with us for days that we needed to send home so we rented a moped, get us, and headed in search for the local post office around the other side of the island and eventually found it. 2 hours later we left the post office what a task that was i never thought it would end. The rest of the day we cruised round the rest of the island and up into the new town area and had a bit of a mouch around and then headed back.
today has been a day for chilling on the beach and reading books really seen as this is it for beaches now, the rest will be mainly cities. Bangkok which we head out to tomorrow will also be a little caotic i can imagine and so in preparation for that its time to chill.
So thats it for Thailand (apart from Bangkok), can't say I have been overwhealmed by the place. its got some stunning beauty and it was good yesterday on the moped to see where normal life is happening still and hasn't been affected by tourism.
P.S. Louise's Tale Continues
So Wednesday morning arrives. The policeman who assured us he would be at the hotel at 8am is no where to be seen. So yet again me and Heather turn up at the police station. The said policeman greets us at the door, in clothes that look mysteriously like pjs and is rubbing his eyes and having a good old stretch. (We got the point). So the English interpretor that Heather negotiated was no where to be seen either. So we sit down and he gets a few other men round so we can make an attempt at communication. After half and hour of getting no where and confused looks on everyones faces, someone suddenly comes up with the idea of Tourist Police! I beg your pardon? I turns out we need to go there. So for the past day we had been talking to the wrong people! Close to a breakdown of wills me and Heather head off in search of a result. We find ourselves stood outside a hut next to the beach. Needless to say no one is there, however the word police hung over the door so that would do for us. We waited ten minutes or so and admired the bag of empty beer cans that hung around the door handle and the photos of a guy in police uniform stood next to various American cars. As we waited, we discussed the lack of a doughnut box and the ferry we intended on catching that morning to Koh Lanta and finally the decision is made that these people couldn't catch a cold nevermind criminals. So we admit defeat and go off to book our ferry, promising that the hotel review on the website would make for interesting reading!