Although we're actually in Ao Nang at the moment, I'm just going to go back a few days to Bangkok seeing as I havent had much of a chance to get to the internet to do anymore posts.
By the time we left Bangkok we had really warmed to it and felt like locals. We even knew the sky train routes off by heart. For those not familiar with the sky train we'll explain to you why we took such an interest and why it's easy for an english person to remember! Here are a few examples of the stops - On Nut, Thong Lo, Chit Lom (pronounced s*** Lom), Mo Chit (Mo s***) and my personal favourite Phloen Chit (Full On s***). How fantastic??!!
We didnt get a chance to do everything we wanted to do in Bangkok before we left for Ao Nang, so we are going back a few days earlier than anticipated to do more. Hopefully we're going to go to Khao Yai National Park for a bit of a safari. But what we're both looking forward the most is the most plushest of cinema ever which costs about 2 quid. After that, its a 9 hour overnight flight to Sydney on January 30th.
Back to Ao Nang. After an hour flight to Krabi with Thai Airways we arrived at the airport and was met by the brother of the owner of our next 'hotel' who led us to his vehicle. Well, you should have seen our faces!! I'm sure most of you are imagining a tuk tuk, or some sort of bamboo made, donkey drawn contrapment but no, we were met by a white Toyota, pimped out beyond belief. This thing had a base in the boot, LED lights everywhere, bucket racing seats, the lot! We get in the back after many giggles with the driver about his 'ride' to find the seat belts had been removed, possibly for 'coolness' and a gap between the back seats and the boot all lit up! We asked how long the journey would be to which he replied "20 minutes. 40 during the day but 20 at night" (it was 9 o'clock at night). What he really meant was 40 minutes for normal people, 20 minutes when you drive like Lewis Hamilton! The funniest part was the fact that after all this he turns the stereo on and out blasts Westlife, Ronan Keating and Richard Marx which I sang along to!
Anyway, so we arrive at our next new abode, Lakeside Bungalows, which is not as amazing as it sounds. It did have a double bed and a single bed for our bags and a seperate 'bathroom' with a loo, a basin and a shower head just about clinging to the wall. We did however have CNN!
The first night we took a walk down to the main road in Ao Nang, which unlike last year didm't really apeal to me. It's either me being a year older or the place has lost a bit of it's charm and isn't the same. The next night was good as Lakeside Bungalows was just next to the big Kick Boxing arena which has events every Friday and Monday night. So we had fun watching a few KOs!
Yesterday we moved accomodation to a nicer but cheaper hotel and much closer to the main town, and it has a pool so today and yesterday have been spent horizontal on a sun lounger with the occasional dip in the pool to cool off. Last night we had dinner at Hippies, just down the road with an awesome fire show. The highlight being the German woman next to us got burnt. Oh come on...don't pretend that you're not happy (for all those Samaritans - she wasn't actually hurt).
Tomorrow we're getting a longtail boat to see a few islands and also heading to see Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi over the next few days.
Anyway, that's all for now, we're going to get ready and watch Utd stuff Chelsea!