The Thai south islands and tying to get to kuala lumpa!
Over the last few weeks we have been seeing the South of Thailand which consists of many beaches! Hannah has been in her element soaking up all the rays and I have been hating it because I have the skin of an albino! Here are the places and the antics, happy reading!
Prachaup Kiri Kahn
1. The beach - After a pleasant 5 hour train (delayed 1 hour) we arrived in PKK and were picked up from the station by a lovely lady called Lilly, who turned out to be our personal (late for everything) slave for our 3 days at the hotel. Within an hour she took us to the beach which was very nice and hot. Han chose to lie down and soak up rays leaving me playing football by myself covering her in sand ooops. There weren't many tourists and everyone was pretty friendly, even some of the Thai guys played a bit of football with us and our deflated ball later on! Later Lilly finally picked us up 30 mins late, living upto the name, however we did get asked by the lady at the football store if we wanted a lift about 8 times so all was good.
2. Night market - We had dinner and realised that all meals were free (bonus!), then we walked to the night market. Here we ate some deserts, Han munched a few things that looked like bananas and bought a few fake things (good old casio watches) and we both had a go at shooting some toys off a shelf!! Han was shocked when I won one and gave it to a little girl and not her haha!
3. Activity day - Probably the most radom day ever. Firstly it took about 3 hours for everyone to be in the same room to leave for our trip! Martin (tour guide) was too hungover to make any decisions and Lilly kept taking the jeep that we were meant to be going in. We went safarying round a natural park which was the home of tigers, leopards and other things that can kill you. Han stood in the back of the jeep (in the sun) and after persuasion I also got up and joined her. Martin was a keen naturist and was getting very excited about animals footprints, to which we pretended to be interested in too, and was loving it when we tried to ambush an elephant. Unfortunately the elephant hid behind a piece of grass so we lost it! We saw some elephants in a water hole and a jungle c*** but no other nature!
4. Coffee shop - The last piece of action in Prachaup was the famous coffee shop...not really famous! We hadnt done a great deal during the day so Han suggested that we went to find a coffee shop that did nice iced chocolate. I thought it was only going to be a little way so I didnt bother with sun tan lotion.....error, it was a mission that we stubbernly persued. The walk took us past rabied dogs with wierd things happening to their bottoms and attack monkeys, the iced chocolate was good though!
Ko Phi Phi
The journey to Ko Phi Phi took us on a sleeper train to Surat Thani, a nice a/c bus to Krabi, and a nervously late ferry (which was really late, no need to stress) to Phi Phi. The whole journey took ages. We arrived to Phi Phi fresh from a heavy rainfall so it was a bit overcast, but even so it still looked great. As we walked through the street it was clear that this was the most touristy island as there were more English people than Thais! Plenty of English dishes for me! In the eve we cungered up the energy to have a few drinks at a Thai boxing ring. They kept trying to get me and Han up for some reason, we must just naturally look like street fighters! We had a bucket which consisted of some ridiculously strong Thai whisky concotion, randomly bumped into Alan from trip 1, and met a few nice Australians who offered to put us up for a night in Brisbane!
1. Boat trip - We had booked a boat trip to see the islands where the beach was filmed so had to be up for 9 o clock. Han's stomach fell out with her again and she needed to poo every 5 mins :S not looking good for a day long boat trip! Fortunately mmodium saved the day again and she managed not too poo her pants on the boat! After a few moans from me (probs because of hangover) we got on the boat. We had good seats at the front of the boat in the sun, and it was noticed how English I looked with a towel over my legs. We went to Maya bay ('the beach' film), monkey island + others. We did snorkelling around corral reefs, where we saw some good tropical fish (I thought I saw a puffa fish, definitely poisonous). At one place there were millions of little fish that woud all fight for food when some was thrown in, and when Han jumped in, the tour guide through rice on her head so she got mauled!! haha We met some guys from Notts whose gf works as a dance teacher at Ashfield and Freisland and he goes for drinks in the Bred and Bitter...small world.
2. Bucket action - That eve we met up with everyone we had met and Hannah introduced them all to the drinking game tink! We were drinking the plastic bucket cocktails again but they seemed stronger....must have been the Irish pub we were in! I was wasted and had to be escorted home by Han.....bad times!
3. Phi Phi Viewpoint - On the morning that we left we decided to check out the viewpoint that we coud see on all the postcards! It was a 186m vertical walk including over 350 steps, just what you need before you embark on travelling to Ko Lanta! The views were amazing and it was worth the sweaty boat trip later on!
1. Day 1 - Our experience of Ko Lanta was a bit of a shambles. We arrived at a stressfull port where people were stalking us for custom, only to discover our transfer was not there! After a phone call it arrived, but once at the hotel we ended up getting shifted to the resort next door because it was overbooked (despite us already making a reservation). The hotel owner's (who turned out to be a dick) excuse was that some people wanted to stay longer so he said ok....to which Han said he should have said NO, and the hotel owner looked shocked! Eventually we aggreed to move back to our original resort the following day. What an idiot! In our room for night one we broke the flush on the toilet and we had ants in the bathroom and rats in the roof! Apart from the dodgy acom it was a relaxing afternoon on the beach where Han won 3-0 at 'co-operative' bat and ball, good win!
2. Day 2 - The realxation continued as we were chilling by the pool, reading a book, till about 1 o clock in the afternoon when the s*** hit the fan! Han noticed that our train ticket had been printed for the wrong day! Mark (travel agent) confessed after calling that he had cocked up and said he would pay for another ticket....but they were fully booked! ooops! The little scumbag hotel owner pretended he had sorted it out at the station so all we had to do was take our ticket down and it would be ok.....we later realised this was a load of crap! Anyway for the moment we enjoyed ourselves, had baracuda at a restaurant, shopped around and got a good deal on some transport to the train station and played some more bat and ball on the beach. In the eve we went to a night market where I eventually bought a chang teeshirt....seen enough of the bloody things!
3. Hannah's breakdown - The next day the VIP bus that was suposed to pick us up and take us to Surat Thani was actually nothing more than a minibus haha o well it did the trick! Once in Surat Thani we realised the old tickets were never going to be changed so we bought some new ones and I did my best to console an unconsolable Hannah Carey! The highlight of the 9 hour wait in Surat Thani (a town that even the guidebook says has nothing of any interest and to avoid spending the night there) was rolling Hannah around in a wagon to watch the football and making numerous trips to 7 11! Our 'sleeper' train/chicken wagon finally arrived at 1am....it defintely wasn't the best train ride of our lives, but It was all good in the end and we are now safely on our way to Kuala Lumpa in a VIP bus that is actually pretty snazzy!
Thanks for following our travels!