Brian, Benny, Maggie and Moby
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The most notable thing about Krabi Town was the Good Dream hostel, which I can highly recommend. It's owned by an American guy named Brian, a former dive instructor who's a thoroughly good bloke. The place is cheap, clean and very welcoming. They have a bar/restaurant downstairs which is a great place to chill, chat and watch films.
I watched the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it was, as promised, pretty dark. I'm a big fan of Maggie Gyllenhaal (who plays the character Katie Holmes did in Batman Begins), although I've not been able to look at her in the same way since seeing the rather naughty indie flick Secretary...
Heath Ledger has been praised to the rafters for his final role and I'm not going to argue; his sinister schizomutt take on The Joker improves on Jack Nicholson's performance in Tim Burton's Batman, which is saying something.
Oh and I'm claiming kudos for answering a few literary trivia questions that were floating around in the bar one night. See how you do (Answers are at the bottom of the page)...
Who wrote Moby Dick?
Who is the most famous author of the last 200 years?
I know the second one is pretty vague and very subjective. I said Dickens first off. The question was later clarified somewhat with the points that he had a connection to Cuba (I then said Graham Greene) and was, vitally, American.
Apparently Good Dream is already completely booked up for the high season in December and I can see why. It's just a shame that there's little to keep you in Krabi Town for anything longer than a few nights. My personal highlight was a visit to a local shopping centre where I had the dubious honour of hearing a dance remix of the Benny Hill theme tune piping through the centre's speakers - surreal.
Anyway, after a bit of a wander around the town and down by the river to see the local limestone, I was ready to catch a ferry to my next island, the much vaunted Koh Phi Phi...
Herman Melville. I only knew this as I tried to read it last year and failed as it's denser than Jordan, Peter Andre, Jade Goody, Paris Hilton and Dubya answering a Heat celebrity quiz in a lead-encased diving bell somewhere in the depths of the Mariana sea trench.
2. Ernest “Both Barrels” Hemingway. Not saying I agree - that's just what was given as an answer on the night.