The long awaited sunshine

Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Blue Sky Bungalows

Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After having spent the night on the train with drunken ex-pats we arrived to Surat Thani At 7.30am a little worse for wear. Jumping on a bus bound for Krabi where we would then ferry to the Islands, we soon learnt what people mean when they talk of things running on 'Thai Time!' What was supposed to take a few hours, took closer to an entire day and a journey that didn’t feel like it was ever going to end. But finally, it did and as I approached that beach, with all that sunshine and blue water it was like I’d hit heaven.

We managed to find accommodation at one of the main parts of the beach after having a few places try to charge us ridiculous amounts of money because it was ‘high season’, but as the week went on we realised the impact that the recession was really having, as the Island was very quiet for that time of year.

Our bungalow was situated a little back from the beach, surrounded by palm trees. From here leading down to the beach and along, there were open restaurants, bars and massage places. The atmosphere was calm and relaxed.

Our days here were spent sunbaking, reading, eating & getting Thai massages. I managed to return to my natural colour (and no I'm not talking about the hair) and Owen managed to get in a few days of diving. For one of those days I decided to defy the microscopic jellyfish that bite like small shocks of electrotherapy and accompany the boat for a spot of snorkelling. This is where we found all those ‘non existent’ tourists, flapping and flailing around in the water learning to dive.

We didn’t explore the Island too much, just venturing into town one day via tuk tuk to stock up on sunscreen (which in Thailand seems to be a luxury item and will cost you almost double what it does in the UK.) It was pretty easy not to do a lot here and getting to know the locals was great fun. The food was amazing and the seafood was caught fresh everyday right in front of your eyes. Some of the menus with their Thai-English were pretty amusing, I mean how could you pass up a Frish Sandwicshes with France Fried and a bloody mare to wash it all down?

Time passed rather quickly here but by the end of what was almost 10 days it was time to move on.
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