Its just a bit of a walk up the hill.....

Trip Start Mar 17, 2009
Trip End Mar 31, 2009

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Last night a large rain storm came in late, and it was wonderful to sleep by, it rained so much that even though my bungalow has a tin roof, I woke up to some of my things that were left too close to the wall a little wet....oh well, just part of staying in the jungle. The rains that come into Thailand usually don't make it here until late April or early May, but I'm afraid to say to my friend Diane from England , that she heard right, the rains are here early this year...( sorry Diane!) But they usually only come in at night, and its wonderful to sleep by and it shuts down those all night parties and keep things really quiet!
So today was my adventure to discover some of the beaches here. The owner of my bungalows in her nice Aussie Accent told me that it was just a bit of a walk over the hill, about a half an hour or so...well that so really was an hour and a half, and even in the morning, I was pretty drenched in sweat by the time I got to my beach, but no worries, I was just going in the water anyways! The walk was really in the jungle, not a sole in sight, only the monkeys watching me wondering what in the heck I was doing taking this long hike instead of a boat around. There are no cars in Krabi, in fact the only way you can reach here is by long-tail boat, which only comes close enough to the shore for you to jump out in the water and walk to the beach. That is where the back-pack really comes in handy, and I don't know how people do it with suitcases, and there was a few of those travelers  in my boat on my way over with their suitcases. Maybe they thought that the bell-hop will wade to the boat and carry their luggage for them....Yeah, good luck with that!
I found a great beach with beautiful sand and tall limestone cliffs surrounding it, the cliffs that are famous for rock-climbing are truly amazing, I have never seen anything like it . I had lunch at one of the "fancy" restaurants by the beach and paid the most I have had so far for some spicy noodles, almost $4 ! Thats outrageous! Its so silly how you get so spoiled on how cheap things are here when at home you wouldn't bat an eye at paying over $4 for a latte.
After lunch I ventured out to find the really secluded beach, it was a great walk around some jagged limestone cliffs and came around the corner to find that there was alot of other people who had found that secluded beach as well. Its amazing how so many people just end up staying where everyone else is staying...they just figure that this must be the spot and they set their stuff down around everyone else. I not wanting to be like everyone else ventured down the beach just a little bit further, ahhhh, there it is. The secluded beach I was looking for, it was a great day.
I went into "town" tonite  to have dinner, which consists of a small dirt road and a few bar and restaurants, I think it was happy hour as I was passing thru, in fact I think I got a little high just walking by a couple of the happening little reggae bars.
I decided to head to Phi Phi island a day earlier, and will head over there by boat in the morning. Phi Phi island is famous for being the place where they filmed that famous movie " The Beach" several years ago. It truly is beautiful , but the movie really brought the tourists in wanting their own private paradise. The Tsunami that hit here in 2005 wiped so much of Phi Phi away, and they have really come a long way in re-building, and its almost back to the way it was, unfortunately some of the original low-key bungalows have been rebuilt by fancier versions, so its lots some its charm. But there are still amazing places to be found, you just have to go a little further away from where the ferry brings you in to find them.
My friend Sara and her friend Eve are coming in on Monday to stay with me for the week , we are staying at one of the those off the beat places, away from it all.:-)
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