Koh Mook

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Never had three taxi drivers before
In theory, I've got to find out how to get from Trang to Kuantong Pier, then bag a space on a longtail to Ko Muuk, then find my way across the island to Had Farang bungalows on the West side. But this is Thailand, so cough up £7, and it's minibus, boat and moped taxi, straight to your bunglow door - easy life...

Next to me on the minibus was another brit, Cheryl, fresh from two overnight trains and oh so looking forward to seeing a shower. Slick transfer onto the longtail at the pier, then settle down for the short journey along the mangrove swamps and out into the sea.

Dumped on the wrong side of the island, we waded ashore to disover mopeds had been sent over from our destination.
Beer time
I had some concerns for the back axle of mine - me plus my bag does not equal featherweight, but made it OK. Had Faranag bungalows were exactly what they advertised - cheap and cheerful 500 baht options a hundred metres from the beach. Sleeping within sight of the high tide mark would mean spending 1500 baht more per night, not gonna happen - the big bucks are staying in reserve for super crap value Phi Phi. So, on Ko Mook a tenner a night gets you a bamboo-walled fan bungalow with electricity for 12 hours a day, cold water shower and a 6am alarm call from the macaques banging on the tin roof.

Ko Mook is your typical Andaman Island - an uneasy combination of bikini clad tourists, muslim chao ley locals, and Thai businessmen trying to develop the hell out of the place. The interior is still used for working rubber plantations and every tree has cuts and collection cups. After an average dinner at Mook Rubbertree Restaurant (too cose to Charlie Beach resort, so they assumed that bland and non-spicy was what I wanted), it was down to Mookies for a swift few Singhas to end the day. Mookies is Lonely Planet famous for its cold beer and Australian owner, Brian. If you ever find yourself in one of the upmarket resorts on Ko Mook, go to the exit, ask for a moped taxi and get to Mookies - you'll have a fine night.
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Never had three taxi drivers before
Never had three taxi drivers before
Beer time
Beer time
Worse places in the world to be
Worse places in the world to be
Our carriage awaits
Our carriage awaits
Full house
Full house
On the road
On the road
Me arriving
Me arriving
Where next...
Where next...
Not quite a Harley
Not quite a Harley
Home sweet home
Home sweet home
Not exactly luxury
Not exactly luxury
Local nightlife
Local nightlife
Taxi fuel stop
Taxi fuel stop
Andaman sunset
Andaman sunset
Early morning
Early morning
Trang
photo by: Vivi-vivi