Fun in the sun
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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Jill (Sweden), Fernando (Venezuala), Frederick (Sweden)
Our minivan arrived into Krabi mid afternoon and a rush decision was made that we would head for Ao Nang beach. I had never really heard much about the different beaches in the region, but it seemed to offer the cheapest accomodation and this swung the deal. After catching another minivan with a couple of guys from Belgium, the 4 of us arrived and began to ask in each hotel how much the rooms were. For anywhere along the promenade, prices ranged from 800baht upwards and places a couple of streets further back from the beach came in at around 500baht.
After a quick shower and change, the 3 of us went to the local night market, but it was a bit more upmarket than the one in Hat Yai and there were thankfully no creepy crawlys on offer.
Wednesday was spent lounging at the beach and trying to get some colour into my milky white complexion. After spending so many months in sunny countries i often wonder how i am so white - but then again, when you aren't on a beach, its pretty hard to get a tan! That evening i got to sit on the beach with a cold chang and watch the sunset and it really was beautiful and worth the wait.
Thursday was a mini adventure as the 3 of us headed south along Ao Nang beach and then climbed over the large karst formation that dominated the bay and ended up in a beautiful little cove, which was extremely quiet in comparsion with the main beach. En route we passed a group of macaques who seemed very friendly, and i watched them swimming and playing in the water until Julia dragged me away, complaining that i already have a zillion photos of them from around Asia! Although the little beach that we had walked to had a resort set into the cliffs, there were still very few people there and i would say that less than a dozen were making use of the sandy beach and clear waters.
Having the taste for beaches, it was decided that on Friday we would catch a small boat that ferried people around the coast to 3 small beaches. We selected the furthest away called Phra Nang, although rather than reaching peace and solitude, everyone else seemed to have had the same idea and it was much busier than the beach we had walked to the previous day! At the end of the beach was an interesting cave that was full of phalluses and here the sailors come to wish for good luck, before venturing out to sea. Julia and Jill not been the shy type, were quick to make the most of the photo opportunity!
On the boat over to the beach, a couple of guys called Fernando and Frederick had introduced themselves and we spent the rest of the day chatting away on the beach with them.
In the evening we all went out for an evening meal at our favourite little restaurant and then got onto the important issue of drinking. It had been a little while since we had been in such a large group and its always interesting to watch the group dynamics unfold over a few beers. The night ended up outside McDonalds with the lads playing the fool, as Frederick blew up condoms whilst drinking his girlie bacardi breezers, much to everyone elses amusement.
Everyone was feeling a little under the weather on Saturday, so it was spent eating comfort food and seeking out the air conditioning of McDonalads and an internet cafe. In the evening Fernando met up with Julia, Jill and I and we went out for Pizza and some grilled fish. As there seemed little else to do, the 4 of us then headed to a nearby bar to shoot some pool and play some jenga. There was also the added bonus that we got entertained by watching the 'bar girls' dance, gyrate and generally try and get everyone in a good mood. The night was drawn to a close a little after midnight, as we had tickets for the boat to Koh Phi Phi, which was leaving early the next morning.