Khao Lak is beautiful. It is peaceful and serene. Unlike some Thai resorts it has strict rules about buildings, which has meant it has kept some charm. The town is some way back from the beach and on higher ground. This means there is no road noise. In the evening the main street is full of restaurants and quiet bars. There are very few English here. It is almost exclusively Germans. 2 world wars and 1 world cup doo da doo da.
Our hotel is right at one end of the beach so there is not even any passing foot traffic on the beach. The waves lap on the sand and the palm trees sway in the breeze.
Khao Lak was one of the worst affected areas of Thailand by the 2004 Tsunami. Some of the damage caused is still evident. Around 4000 people are known to have died here but it may be more than 10000 as the Burmese community are here illegally and not recorded accurately.
Our house is superb. Jill and I are pretty much tour and excursioned out, so it is great to sit on the private deck and watch the world goby......very slowly.
Of course I always knew we would have to visit a tailors for some new clothes !!! Today was the day. After some haggling Jill has ordered a new silk suit and a silk top to go with a skirt she bought in Cambodia. There was lots of laughing, and you must be joking I've got 5 kids to feed, but we agreed a price about half what the tailor first said.
I bought a lilo !!!!
Tonight we've been out for dinner and had one of those lovely language moments. Jill asked if the spring rolls were meat or vegetable. Yes, was the reply. Ok, try again. A look of panic from the waitress. I get someone and off she scuttled.
5 minutes later a chap appeared. Same question. Oh yes he said. They have wedgie balls. Now I'm not sure if a wedgie is a thai lizard or not so we took a chance. Phew veggie spring rolls arrived.
There isn't much else to say really as nothing much happens here. My liking for Long island ice tea continues.
Its about 30C here today and the Andaman sea is like bath water. Tonight we've sat on our deck with our feet in the pool quaffing red wine. I know what you're thinking....how are they coping. Trust me it's tough but we are British and we can do this.
See you all soon. La Gon