Krabi, Phi Phi and bye bye Thailand

Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 22, 2011

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

After a 40 minute flight, we landed in Krabi for our last few days in Thailand and made the bus journey to Ao Nang beach. We had heard that this was the most popular beach in Krabi so were hoping that it was popular but not built up too much like Ko Samui, thankfully that was just what we got.  Yes, there were the tailor shops as always, and restaurants serving all types of food from pizza to pad Thai but the beach was beautiful, the water was blue and the sun was shining.  We would only be in Krabi for a couple of days so needed to make the most of it before a busy 10 days to come taking us from Krabi to Singapore.  Our first day we spent exploring around Ao Nang, getting our bearings and a feel for the place, we then spent time on the beautiful sandy beach and watched the sun come down losing yourself in our own thoughts and watching the beautiful picture that nature was painting in front of our eyes.  The most beautiful sunset I'd ever seen, the clouds being painted yellow and purple by the sun and a storm brewing in the background…the calm and the storm together a great combination. After the sun had gone down and the bugs started biting we wandered down the beach hearing 'the girl from Ipanema’ being sung by a Thai singer in a seaside restaurant….it sounds cheesy but it was great!

The next day we up bright and early ready for a day trip by speed boat to the Phi Phi Islands, we walked through the clear waters onto the boat and took the 40 minute trip to Monkey Bay where we snorkeled in the clear blue warm water seeing beautiful exotic fish of rainbow colours.  After that we then made our way past the Batu caves where they collect the ingredients for the famous bird nests soup we then made our way to a beautiful lagoon that in the morning is deep enough for everyone to dive off the front of the boat into (everyone accept for me – chicken that is!) – we swam in the crystal clear waters, a welcome cool down after being on the boat with the hot sun burning our skin.  We then stopped at the breathtaking Maya bay, white sands and the clearest water, mostly untouched by any type of development and left to nature to run its course, if only we could have stayed there for a week (or a year!), I’m sure all the other people visiting felt the same - I think this was partly where the film the beach was made, which I don’t think is ‘so cool’ but thought I would just let you know!  After that we made our way to Phi Phi Don island for a quick lunch, another beautiful island, a lot bigger than the other islands so far with plenty of restaurants, shops and places to stay but the feeling of a paradise getaway had still been retained and not ruined by the addition of tat and fast food – the last time I mention that I promise!  Our last stop after lunch was Khai Nok Island, if you are looking for paradise than this must be it, the island takes 40 minutes to walk around (not that we did) the sand; golden, warm and clean, the water the clearest that I’d ever seen. We had about an hour and a half here, I spent most of the time swimming out to the sea snorkeling, seeing fish of technicolour large and small, sea cucumbers, coral, so much amazement for the eyes, I didn’t even realise when an hour had gone by and was only woken up from my daze by the sound of a boat a little too close for comfort – we were really sad to leave! We got back to Krabi about 4 in the afternoon, the excitement and noise that had accompanied the ride out had now replaced by contemplation and a few yawns.  A perfect day.

That was our last day in Thailand, a really nice day to end the last five weeks.  The next morning we woke up bright and early for a 9 hour minivan journey over the border to Malaysia, travelling over ground meant that there was lots to see and plenty of time to daydream and think about all the wonderful things we had seen so far.  We arrived here about 6pm yesterday, got settled into our hotel room and took a trip out to the Little India area of George Town for dinner.  The smells of the spices wafting down the street, the colourful saris, the Indian music blaring down the street, an attack on all senses all at the same time, if there was any drowsiness from the long journey, it had all disappeared!  We found a cafeteria type Indian restaurant called Kapitan to have our dinner in, plastic tables and chairs full of Malaysian and Indian people chatting and enjoying the food.  We had Mango Lassis, Tandoori chicken, onion parata’s, chicken tikka masala, garlic naan and enjoyed every mouthful, the food tasted fresh, the spices were balanced so you could taste each one and it only cost GBP 7 for both of us! With full bellies we made our way back to the hotel for a much needed sleep. 

Today has been our last day in Penang before we move on to the Cameron Highlands tomorrow, we tried to make the most of the day and followed the map of George town looking at all the sights along the way, a Chinese temple built in 1820, the marina where we watched all the container ships with ‘made in Malaysia’ products making their way to their destinations,  Fort Cornwallis which was built when Penang was part of the British commonwealth, the town hall, the park, China town and even the shopping plaza.  We have really enjoyed our time in Penang, it doesn’t seem to cater for tourists but that is what we have loved, the mixture of Chinese buildings and Indian influences, the sounds, the smells, the fact that you have to be careful that you don’t fall down the open drains that line the streets, the shop houses which look like buildings built in the 50’s, the most delicious mango lassis that we had at Edelweiss café today where they make their yoghurt themselves (we were lucky enough to be given the recipe) but probably most of all the fact that unlike Thailand, things aren’t as easy here for a tourist and you have to make the effort….because really life’s nothing without a bit of effort…..
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tony horspool on

The pics are lovely, see wot you mean by the sunset.

Take care: Love Dad & Smokey xxx

Angela G on

Hi Can and Rob,

I am loving all the blogs, and the pictures are amazing. You both sound as though you are really enjoying all your experiences, that is wonderful and just what it is all about. The sunset in the last entry was amazing, I was drifting there myself, sat at my desk at work. We are all Ok here, just getting ready for Christmas I still have shopping to do, which is not like me at all I have to say you should not be missing the weather it is soooooo cold. Safe Journey to your next adventure. Love to you both. Ang xxx

Dad on

I'm sure like me, lots of people turn on their computers each day looking for the next blog, it's the only way that us back in Blighty get some glimpse of good weather. When you get to Singapore, make sure you have a 'Singapore sling' in the 'Long bar' at the Raffles Hotel and see if Boogit Street still has its nightime procession of 'ladyboys.' There are food stalls there too. Keep safe, I'm looking forward to your next missive.

debbie on

looks like you are having a great have found paradise ...ENJOY xx

Mom Teresa on

Amaaaaaaaaaazing! Beautiful sunset but i think sunset in Manila Bay might just beat it a smidgen! You areboth looking so relax- must be getting aclimatised now. Well, you are going to miss a white Christmas (NOT!). Keep enjoying yourselves and take care. Love you xxxxxx

Mom Teresa on

Hi Can

Could you let me know your ETA to Davao. Your Auntie Ging is asking so she could arrange with her practice partner Jeanette a pick up for you from the airport. Love you mom xxx

canandrob on

Hi Mum we should get there about 6.50 - Nonoy sent me a message to say that he would be at the airport from 6.30 am xxxx in Singapore now xxx

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