Boats, Buses and Beaches
Krabi Travel Blog› entry 18 of 49 › view all entries
Well, one somewhat trying journey later I am in Krabi! Famous for beaches and popular with other tourists, not just backpackers, I can't wait to find myself a bamboo hut and spend hours with a good book. At the moment I'm in the town itself, staying at a delightfully cheap guesthouse for a quarter of the price of my room on Koh Tao. Ok, so it's little less luxurious and slightly more like a prison cell, but the mattress is comfortable and the sheets are clean so I'm happy enough. Yesterday's travels were slightly exhausting, it was the first time I've used organised (I use this term loosely....) tourist transport rather than the local buses and trains and I can't say it was the best experience.
We managed to ascertain, mainly from the fact they were throwing all our bags off the boat, that we had to change boats. This confusion ensues at every stop we make, some at which we get off, some at which we stay put, a little unsure of where we're going to end up.
Was a bit sad to leave Koh Tao, it was a nice place, or what I saw of it anyway. Once I finished my diving course I did a couple of extra dives to qualify to dive to 30m rather than the basic 18m so most of my time there was spent at the dive school/on a boat/underwater. I didn't even take many photo's but I do have a highly embarassing DVD of our final day of diving so I shall show you all that as proof I'm not making it all up! On our last night, me and some others from my course went over the the nicest beach, had dinner and watched the sunset.
Anyway, so I'm with Jesse now and we're probably just going to spend the next week on various beaches in the region, including a bit of mangrove-kayaking, before making our way to Malaysia. Not quite sure how to go about this yet as the guidebook says not alot of people do it overland because of violence in the southern provinces (Buddhists+Muslims apparently not a peaceful combination) but I haven't heard or read that its a bad idea so I shall probably take the train. Hopefully a sleeper train. I can't believe my time in Thailand is nearly up, its flown by. If I wasn't looking so forward to Malaysia I'd probably be rather upset.