Tropical beaches and crazy people on scooters
27.01.2010 - 30.01.2010
We left Krabi on Wednesday 27th January at 9.30am, thinking we were getting a big bus all the way to the ferry terminal....wrong! We ended up getting 3 minivans, 1 coach and a ferry spread out over 8 hours. It was awful, we felt like we were never getting there. There was a lot of stopping and starting and waiting in the middle of nowhere for hours. Not fun but we got there in the end.
We had booked a beach hut type of accommodation...it wasn’t right on the beach they were a lot more expensive but they were nice we hut style buildings looking onto a garden just a stone’s throw from the beach. The resort was lovely outside, our room was very basic and could have done with a lick of paint but it was ok and we never really spend that much time in our room anyway. There was a restaurant and small pool looking out over the beach. It was really pretty and the beach had that tropical feel.
The day after we arrived we just had a chill out day by the pool and then went to get a traditional Thai massage in the afternoon. That was brilliant, quite sore at times but we felt great afterwards. They were quite rough and would stretch you in all sorts of ways, I nearly had my leg up round my neck at one point! I think they found it quite amusing to see us flinch and squeal, they kept giggling at us. We felt totally relaxed afterwards and not as stiff as before.
On Friday we decided to rent a scooter. Everyone rides scooters in Thailand, even children. We saw one wee boy on one and he could barely touch the ground! You don’t need any licence or knowledge, just rent one, pay the money and go. Most people don’t even wear helmets...we weren’t so daft! Kev drove the scooter, I was too scared. They are crazy drivers, almost as mental as Egypt. They come out of nowhere and don’t even look, they come at you on the wrong side of the road and they even drive on the pavement, so you aren’t safe anywhere! Kev did well though, he managed to get us around the island in one piece! I was terrified, I’ve never been on a scooter or motorbike before. I hung on for dear life and probably deafened kev a few times. The island wasn’t that big, we got round it in about 4 hours and that was us stopping for lunch and to take photos. We drove to the top of one of the hills and managed to get a glimpse of the sea and islands in the distance. We also drove to a big Buddha statue and saw lots of monks chanting. That was pretty cool.
We spent our last day on the island chilling by the pool again. It was good getting a chance just to do nothing. We have been feeling pretty tired and burnt out lately. Looking forward to going home for a break!