Ko phayam- my own little slice of Paradise
Trip Start Jan 25, 2011
14Trip End Feb 21, 2011
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There was about 10 of us making the journey, a couple of men travelers on the boat reminded me a lot of a younger Ozzy Osborne, and Lynyrd Skynyrd ( I took a picture, pretending to be taking one of the boat) there are quite a few interesting folk that make the journey to these parts.
Other than that one day of rain on the bus ride up, the days have been sunny and beautiful with very little humidity and very few misquotes
So this island is a little bit smaller than Ko Chang, but just a tad more developed. They have motorcycles. The road thru the island is just a small path paved for motorcycles. It’s nice to think they built that path with no means to develop much, which seems great. My bungalow was recommended by word of mouth by some travelers, and I had my last bungalow call ahead for me,,, I’m learning it’s a must this time of year for the “cool” spots. I’m staying at Mr. Goa. I got the last bungalow they had for 400 baht ($13) a night
Internet has been tough to use on these last couple islands,,, it’s not free, and costs about 2 baht per minute, and if you all are wondering why I’m not writing emails too much. So basically in 3 hours I can spend the cost of what my bungalow is costing me a night,,, you get my point.
These small islands are great for exploring with a motorbike,,, and since I have never driven one in my life, learning for the first time in a foreign country is not such a great idea. . So for now, I will just flag down a motorbike taxi and hitch a ride to where I want to go driven by a professional. My mom will be thrilled to know I won’t be renting one on my own. But in case you do want to come here and rent one, it will only cost you 150 baht a day ($4) and you don’t need a driver’s license or a deposit.
The lights still only work from sunset to 10 pm; they give you a little flash before they’re getting ready to shut down the generator for the night so you can scramble for your flashlight and candles. The water in the showers is cold, which feels great after a long, hot day. So you usually take your showers in the afternoon or at night since the water tank has all day to warm up in the sun. if you do have to take one in the morning, it will be a quick one, I guarantee you that ! It doesn’t take long to settle into the island life and to see how it all works and how it will be impossible to think of going back to ever spending more than $100 a night for a hotel, when you can stay on the beach in paradise for at least 7 days ( or more!) for $100.
So my first full day here, I walked up to the road and flagged down a taxi bike and asked him for a ride to the other beach Aow Yai. The beaches are even prettier over here, but I think the bungalows are better on my beach Aow Khao-Kwai. The bungalows on Aow Yai, are a lot newer, more expensive, and concrete,,, I like the more natural wood bungalows better, and there so much more quaint. So I would recommend coming to this beach instead
Tonight at dinner, there was a group of travelers that came off their yacht that was parked in the harbor to have dinner at the restaurant as well. They came in on Dingies and parked them on the shore, and not one of them had a pair of shoes on. I wonder if they even own any. And I thought I had a good life.
I head out tomorrow to take the ferry back to Land, and then a long bus ride to reach Krabi where I will spend the night, and venture to an island I’ve visited before, one of the more popular, but by far, one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. The reason I’m going back is because I have a unique excursion I’m planning to take from there. I will save it and tell you all about it when I arrive. I promise it will make a few of you Jealous.
Costs for today...
Boat ride over $4
Bungalow at Mr Goa $ 14
Motorbike ride to Bungalow $1.50
Meals including a large Chang Beer $10
Total for the day...$33.50