Chapter 28: "Get Thai'd, talking to a tourist..."
Trip Start Oct 01, 2003
56Trip End Nov 2004
Pulau Perhentian Kecil is yet another small, beautiful, idyllic, tropical island with plenty of swaying palm trees, soft white sand, and backpackers
Wednesday we played in the blue waves, swam, snorkelled, ate a lot, and generally had a fun, relaxing day. I found a better room at Matahari with two single beds, a hammock, and a fan, so we moved in together and crashed early (it must have been all the hard work that exhausted us). There are a few inconvenient things about budget beach bungalows that only become apparent at night. Mosquitos are near the top of the list; there's always a few that manage to get you regardless of the precautions you take. Geckos, while cute as buttons, are scary-loud at 1am, especially for such tiny things. The 50 year old mattresses and pillows might look moldy and grotty during the day, but they're utterly uncomfortable at night. Mosquito netting ranks up there too, because A) it feels like spiderwebs, and B) it makes getting up to use the toilet a huge chore
I went diving on Thursday, and Cody had to get back to the mainland, which bummed me out. The first dive was pretty awesome because I finally saw a sea snake up close (a yellow-lipped sea krait, to be specific)! It was stunningly pretty, and it swam very gracefully right under me. Oh yeah, we also saw lionfish, scorpionfish, squid, and tiny bamboo sharks. Nice! The second dive was murkier and less exciting in terms of wildlife, but we swam through a few caves, which was fun.
On Friday I made the all-day journey from Pulau Perhentian to Hat Yai in Thailand, via a combination of local bus, minivan, ferry, and hoofing it across the rather sleazy border
I went shopping again in Hat Yai, because there's not much else to do there and it's cheap. I bought a snake field guide, the language stuff, lots of ibuprofen, and new headphones, and got myself a much-needed haircut that included 3 shampooings and a great head massage. Now my hair isn't parting down the middle and feathering like a 70's porn star's anymore! Two nights in Hat Yai was plenty, so I took a minivan to Krabi yesterday. I expended a lot of energy last night trying to find a way to watch the Academy Awards live this morning, but the cable channel that carried them wasn't available anywhere nearby. Thus I spent all of this morning glued to Channel News Asia and Fox News for updates. Yay for Peter Jackson & "Return of the King" - 100% deserved, on every count!
I'm not sure where to go from Krabi. There are too many options, and I have some random time restraints due to my 30-day visa and the fact that I'd like to meet my aunt when she's in Bangkok early next month. As usual, I'm making things more complicated for myself than necessary, but still... Ao Lang? Ko Lanta? Ko Pha-Ngan for the infamous full moon party on the 7th? Ko Phi Phi or Ko Tao or Phuket for diving? Myanmar for a few weeks? Decisions, decisions... any suggestions?