The free breakfast was basic but just what was needed. Tea and coffee on demand, toast, boiled eggs, cakes, cereal, yoghurt, and bananas! I was stuffed after making sure I got my money's worth.
We were getting on a mini bus today for Ranong. The journey is 2 and a half hours, however we met people in the hostel last night who had just come from Ranong and it took them 9 hours! The heavy rains had bought down trees and flooded the roads.
The journey took us 3 hours. The water levels had lowered but we could see the damage that had been caused. Houses were still under water in areas and trees were down everywhere you looked!
Ranong is the jumping off point for many nearby islands but it also has a number of hot springs. Because we had missed the last boat to Koh Paygam we stayed and checked out some on the springs.
We walked up into the national park to the site of the hot springs. We payed our dollar and lounged around in the different temperature pools for a few hours. The sun made a brief appearance and so the ice creams came out!
Very relaxed, we didn't want to move but we had yet to find a bed for the night.
We were dropped at the pier by the taxi and found a bungalow. It was basic and wasn't the best but we had little choice, in fact we had no choice, it was the only place we found!
Bags dumped we headed for food. A small street side shack looked adequate, selling Thai tapas. We ordered a handful of bits, some good some not so good. Beer again was consumed as we chatted into the night.
The room wasn't the best place to lay our heads, cockroaches had to killed before we could relax but luckily we were pretty tired and we soon fell asleep.