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Pak Bara: The main street in town.

Pak Bara is know as a place you go to to get to the Tarutau Islands and not much more.  I found that the town of Pak Bara is not so bad of a place.  It is a small town for sure but it had a little more character than I was told to expect.

I get woken up at about 5 AM by a Muslim chanting over a loudspeaker.  This one needs to practice his melodic chanting a little.  There's a few chickens crowing this early too but not too bad.  They are just far away enough to not be a nuisance.  So I am able to fall back to sleep and wake up at a more normal hour.

I wake up at a more normal time and head out to town to search for a breakfast.

Pak Bara: A store on the main street in town.
  I go to a place near the end of the road and the pier and get some noodle soup for breakfast.  That seems to be the trend here.  Noodle soup does indeed make a good breakfast.  I get yellow noodles and I guess they didn't have enough in stock at the restaurant so they had to send a women out on a bicycle to get some more.  After my breakfast I head back to the Guest House exploring as I go.  I get there and meet my guide and we get our things together to head out to the islands for my sea kayak trip on the ferry.  We jump in the guest house owners pickup and he drives our gear to the pier.  We drop our gear off at the pier and I am told I have a while to explore around town a little more before the boat leaves.

I have seen most of the main street of town so I figure it is time to see what the back streets have to offer.

Pak Bara: Exploring a side street.
  I have seen a lot of local people going off the main street onto the side streets on their motor bikes.  I head down one of the side streets and see what there is to see.  There are mothers and their children outside in their front yards doing errands and the children are very friendly and they say "Hello" in English.  It is probably the only English words they know but they say it cheerfully and it lets you know that you are welcome to be walking these back streets of the town.  I get to see more of the home life on these side streets than you do on the main street which is dominated by stores and restaurants.  There is even a small mosque on the side street too and a place that has lots of fish drying on tables out in the sun.  I am glad I saw this part of town because the main street did not show how the people in this town lived.
Pak Bara: The ferry pier.

Back by the pier we start to load onto the ferry.  It seems to be the custom in Thailand to only have one pier for all the ferries and boats in town and to stack them up off the pier and make everyone walk across all the boats to get to the outer boat.  Eventually we head out into the bay and out to sea.  It is about a 3 hour boat ride on the ferry which makes one stop at the Ko Tarutau to drop off and pick up passengers.  My guide (here name is Moo) has gotten us some lunch to eat along the way.  She got a good stir fry with chicken and some soup which is a little spicy and fishy tasting for my taste.  It is in a plastic bag which makes matters worse.  The locals might be good at eating soup out of plastic bags but I guess I haven't mastered that skill yet.  Beyond that you feel like you are out in the open sea for a while and then you come apon the islands around Ko Lipe.  I alternate between the upper deck to sightsee and socialise with some of the other passengers and the lower deck where it is a little cooler and less sunny.  It is nice being out on the sea though.  I like boat rides.

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Pak Bara:  The main street in town.
Pak Bara: The main street in town.
Pak Bara:  A store on the main str…
Pak Bara: A store on the main st…
Pak Bara:  Exploring a side street.
Pak Bara: Exploring a side street.
Pak Bara:  The ferry pier.
Pak Bara: The ferry pier.
Pak Bara:  Boats at the pier.
Pak Bara: Boats at the pier.
Pak Bara:  Boats at the pier.
Pak Bara: Boats at the pier.
Pak Bara:  A fish drying operation.
Pak Bara: A fish drying operation.
Pak Bara:  Exploring the side stre…
Pak Bara: Exploring the side str…
Andaman Sea:  Heading out to Koh L…
Andaman Sea: Heading out to Koh …
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