Krabi, Thailand

Trip Start Oct 16, 2008
Trip End Oct 15, 2009

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

15th of November we hit Krabi in southern Thailand. The original plan had been to head straight on to Ko PhaNgan from Krabi but luckily I had checked the weather report the night before we left KL and found that they had torrential rain forecast for the next couple of weeks as well as a tropical storm approaching. Discretion being the better part of valour and all we opted for staying in Krabi town for a few days to monitor the weather and plot our next move.

First night there we stumbled upon a large ceremony for the cremation of the Kings sister who had died a year ago that day. A local guy took us under his wing to explain what was going on and how to pay our respects by taking a flower and placing it in a bowl at the base of her effigy. Crazy Buddhist timing to arrive in Thailand the day before this.

The days rolled by, with no improvement in the weather on any of the southern islands so we stayed put and got stuck into Krabi's bars and cafes. Fell in with Nong nong and his covers band in Bolero. Nice guys. Soon as you mention you're from Ireland nearly everybody goes "ROY KEANE!" Big into their football. Lucky Number Slevin may be the worst film ever excreted by hollywood. Watched it while we ate in Good Dream.

Stayed in a quite nice place for 8 quid a night, first hot shower in over a month. All the dogs here are knackered; they sleep in big groups on the pavement where elephants have also been known to shelter from the rain. Like the other places we visited after afew days we got into the rhythm of the place and the people. The, "is that chick a guy" game has also begun and will no doubt reach a crescendo when we reach Bankok.

With no sign of the island weather abating and eager to continue our journey we decided to do some rearranging of our already rather fluid itinerary. It now stands as, head to bangkok for a few days; onto Chang Mai and Pai for acouple of weeks. Cross over into northern Laos for a couple of weeks in Louang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientienne. Beyond that, everything is "subject to change" as the man says.

So on the 22nd we sawngthaewed to the slightly delapidated Krabi bus Terminal and caught our bus to Bangkok. 12 hours folks but it actually wasn't horrendous. Loads of room, toilet, great reclining seats. Free drinks and food service on board as well a stop off with free dinner. Played some dvds on the journey, lots of cheesy thai pop with teenagers looking longingly at their mobile phone desperately wishing Nong Nong would call or text. Ridiculous, high budget Thai horror/comedy with sped up Benny Hill chases Wouldn't like to do it every day but grand enough job.

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