Ferry Boat to the islands.
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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.
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.
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.