Sun, Sea and Sand

Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The resort we stayed at last time was fully booked, but we found a little beach bungalow near to where Rob's cousin (Ben) and his girlfriend (Tracey) were staying and we found them on the beach that afternoon! Had dinner and a catch up with them that evening and an early night as it was Tracey’s birthday the next day so they had to get up early. We spent the day lazing by the beach on very comfortable chairs being bought our food and drinks so not having to move a muscle! Ben arrived in the afternoon to tell us that their boat trip had been a disaster thanks to the Thai people saying yes when they mean no or don’t understand, so he moved them into a posh resort down the beach instead!

Nick joined us the next day as he was going round the world on a yacht (working but lots of holidays included when the boss stayed on the boat) and was coincidentally in Phuket at this time. We joined the three of them on their part of the beach in the day and then met up in the evening for a fish bbq and then went onto Bambies bar which is where the Friday night party was! Obviously this ended up with my dancing on the (rickety) table to 'Staying Alive’!

The next week was spent in similar fashion; lying on the beach all day (we found a nice little restaurant with free loungers, great lemon shakes and good food), going in the sea to cool off, watching the sunset, eating fresh fish/seafood from the bbq, drinking happy hour drinks, and getting under our mozzie net at night! Ben and Tracey left the sun, sea and sand for the cold mountains of Nepal so it was just us two again.

After a week, we thought we should probably see the island so we hired a moped and drove to the southern end of the island, stopping at each of the beaches on the way. At Kantiang Bay there was a resort that has rooms for 2000 a night – it’s on the beach and you get a private butler, 3 bedrooms, private swimming pool, outside bath, dining room, etc! Next holiday anyone?!! We tried to go into the National Park but the roads were too sandy and windy that we turned around. We found an abandoned car park where I tried out my moped skills, which turned out to be very poor, and although I didn’t fall off I’m not sure how I didn’t as I was going so slowly!

The next day we went on a snorkeling trip to some islands south of Lanta. Koh Hai had great visibility so we were able to see all kinds of fish, including angel fish and cuttlefish. We then went to Koh Mook and explored the emerald cave. Here you follow the guide through a pitch black cave to come out at a little enclosed beach. Lunch was then served on the gorgeous island of Koh Krendan which had white sand and crystal clear waters.

Our last day before moving on started with a walk to the book shop which turned into a hike! We had to climb up the headland with the help of a rope and then walk round the rocky coastline which was full of crabs. The afternoon was then spent in usual fashion, on the beach but the evening (and early morning!) was spent watching Spurs v Leeds, and I was glad we stayed up for that one, although Rob wasn’t!

The next two days were spent in Ao Nang on the mainland, but as it was too hot and the sea was green and smelly we decided to spend most of our time watching the Australian Open!

We then flew to Kuala Lumpar where we spent 3 days in the lovely 4 star we stayed in last time before flying to Borneo.
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Stephanie on

I can hardly believe that in only a week and a half you will be back here after a true trip of a lifetime. Thank you for the chatty, detailed blog and above all for taking the time to write it !!!!

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