Worlds most beautiful lobster sanctuary
Trip Start May 26, 2004
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Seeing the Airport put a big smile on our faces and it made us look forward to our time on the Island. It's quite a small island. Something like 25 miles at its longest point. We found a nice place to stay and managed to stay in a resort style place for about 18 euro a night
One of the first things we did when we arrived was to go to the local aquarium/Bengal Tiger Sanctuary. They advertised a bird show and also Bengal tigers. Aquariums and animal parks would prove to be a recurring theme for our travels. We got to the aquarium and had a look around at the usual fish and sea life. There was a section where you were allowed feed the turtles. This was pretty cool and they went mad for the lettuce that we fed them. It was a good thing they have nice hard heads cos they gave themselves (and we gave them!!) a wallop off the tongs a couple of time but it didn't seem to bother them.
After the aquarium we went outside for the bird show. All the usual stuff. Flying displays. Birds riding bikes and counting and talking. There were a few good ones where big birds swooped and took stuff of peoples heads and from their hands. They also had a few otters running around. They had them cleaning up some rubbish by putting plastic bottles in the bin. It was hilarious watching them scurry around with the stuff in their hands. It finished off with some pictures taken with the birds and otters. I got a couple of good ones with parakeets on my shoulders and one on my head. If you paid a couple of bucks you got one with the eagle so off I went and they put this bird on my arm and the weight of the thing was something else!
Next up was the Bengal Tiger show. They had them walking on wires and jumping through hoops and up and down steps backwards and all with just a little man and couple of whips he slapped on the ground. Not even a chair!! It was really impressive how they controlled these HUGE tigers without really using anything. The show was amazing but what came after was awesome. It was picture time again!! They were feeding the tiger cubs and for a modest fee you could have a go and of course get a photo of the event. Of course up we went and got to feed a baby tiger cub with it SITTING ON OUR LAPS. It was ok I guess!! Amazing experience. But it got better.
There was a very large, apparently docile, female tiger chained up sitting on a pillar and again for the aforementioned modest fee you could go INTO the cage with the tiger for the customary photo. Nobody seemed up for it but we said what the hell. We're sure it's safe and so on. I was still repeating this in my mind when we sat down next to the tiger. One rub through its fur and you could feel the power. What was a bit nuts to see was this 10 foot long tiger sitting there calmly being bottle fed? It helped us to relax a bit
We had booked a day trip for the next morning. A boat ride to one of the islands and a few stops along the way for snorkelling. The weather was scorching and it was nice and relaxing to sail around in the sun. We stopped a couple of times for snorkelling
We then stopped on one of the islands for some lunch and a quick sunbathe and then back on the boat for a snorkel and then back to the resort.
We woke up the next morning in absolute agony. Water resistant sun cream my ass!! Actually that was probably the only part of my body that wasn't sunburned badly. We looked like a pair of giant lobsters!!. We even shuffled around like lobsters!! I was bad enough but poor Fi was covered in blisters. She looked like a sheet of bubble wrap. We covered ourself in aloe gel which helped, until we had to peel ourselves out of the bed that is. Never really thought ahead that when the aloe vera dried, the 'cool sheet' we were under would stick to the sunburn!!! Not nice at all!!
We had only planned on staying a couple of days but we where in jibbos so we "decided" to stay a bit longer. We were able to stay in the same room in the resort which uncomplicated things
We went to see some more Thai kickboxing and this time there were adults competing so it was quite good. It didn't have the atmosphere like Phuket but the fights were top class!!
We had had a great time in Thailand and in Chiang Mai and Koh Samui especially but it was time to leave for another country on our journey. Getting to Malaysia was an experience in itself. We booked a trip across land by ferry and bus and to say it was eventful would be putting it mildly. But that's another story for the next entry.
Thai beers - Chang (cheap and cheerful - Highly recommended though they do sponsor Everton!!) and Singha (slightly less cheap by Thai standards but overall not as nice)- Be warned of the WICKED hangovers! (Though I suppose quantity has something to do with it too!!)And for the record- since getting a job- Fi has not worn either suit ONCE so be warned when getting suit fittings post Chang and Singha sessions!!