From our resort in Ko Samui our journey to Krabi consisted of getting a mini bus, coach, ferry, coach, another mini bus and then another coach and stopping every so often for what appeared to be no reason at all! We are beginning to realise that the Thai people are in no rush to get you anywhere, but coming to think of it…. neither are we! So after yet another shattering journey we finally arrived in Krabi!
We where staying in a place called Ao Nang and what is becoming customary to our routine, our arrival in a new place means we go straight out on the ‘Beano’! There seemed to be more of a backpacking environment in Ao Nang so it didn’t take us long to be mixing with westerners in different bars. The night ended with us all having a sing song and Ginge in the DJ box! He says he was mixing the tunes but we all know he was just passing the CD’s to the DJ. I don’t think he will be the next Pete Tong though, as he selected tunes by Arrested Development and Shakira!
We booked a day trip to tour the Phi Phi Islands where we would do some sightseeing and snorkelling. The snorkelling was amazing as we got to see all different types, colours and sizes of marine life, but not before we all swallowed a litre of sea water trying to get the hang of it. We got to explore Maya Bay, which is the beach where the film ‘The Beach’ was filmed, it was very busy with tourists but it is a beautiful site. We stopped for lunch on the island of Phi Phi Don and it became apparent that this island was heavily affected by the tsunami. It was quite a surreal feeling knowing we where standing in the very place which suffered heavily in the disaster, but building work is ongoing and tourism is increasing so it is looking good for the Thai community that live here. Another site that came to our attention is that some of the trees have big ribbons tied around its trunk which symbolises where people ‘hung on’ during the tsunami!
One evening when we went out for our meal there was a bit of commotion in the street and it became apparent that the Princess of Thailand had been visiting the resort and was making a brief public appearance. Moulder, being the culture vulture asked, and I quote, “is that the daughter of the geezer who lives in the big house in Bangkok?” Ginge had to point out he actually meant the King and his palace!
Weather has been indifferent here in Ao Nang with scorching temperatures and then heavy downpours but we’re not complaining as that is what is expected in tropical climates. I wonder what the weather is like back in Brum?
We enjoyed the Phi Phi Islands that much that we have decided to go back for a few days so no doubt you will here a little more on them in the next journal.
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