A white sandy Xmas

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Friday, December 24, 2010

An overnight train, a short tuk-tuk ride, a mini-van journey by a driver with a death wish, a gorgeous ferry ride among tiny islands in the sea and a long-tail boat whizz to Thanya Resort finally brought us to Kho Ngai or what Paul's dad we would later christen as 'Heaven'. 

Kho Ngai is a tiny island in the Trang area that is blessed with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. These are the kind of beaches they use in postcards and holiday brochures, topped with views of the jungle when facing inland and gorgeous limestone peaks when facing out to sea. The cherry on the cake was the resort we were staying in. We'd decided to treat ourselves to a little luxury over Xmas and booked 2 nights in a wonderful place. We'd also managed to nab the best 2 bungalows of the resort (112 and 113 if you're ever staying there!) and had great views of green lawns, palm trees and of course the wonderful beach. 

We spent the afternoon making the most of the beach of course. Every time I tried to get out of the warm sea I looked around me at the sparkling water that was practically deserted and couldn't bring myself to leave, wrinkled fingers or not! This was by far the most beautiful beach I've ever been on and even writing about it now makes me sigh. 

In the evening, as it was Christmas eve we had a special buffet dinner and show put on for us. The entertainment was ahem, let's say interesting. The aim was to mix different types of shows found in Southern Thailand. This was mainly Thailand's famous Ladyboys miming (very badly) to songs such as 'I will survive' (we actually had that song twice, a clear favourite!) and a group of Thai dancers doing traditional Thai dances. The grand finale was mixing the two together which was comical even though I'm not sure it was intended to be. My favourite part was when a plump ladyboy was singing in his mike, clearly making up the words as he went along, started to lose his costume. A silver sequinned strapless top he wore (thankfully) on another white top was quickly becoming a belt and then a skirt. At one point he gave up the whole miming into the mike thing, gave his mike away pulled up his top and gave us a few more moves instead. 

The whole shambles was sometimes interrupted by the manager who came on stage to ask us all if we were having a good time. Of course the microphone she was speaking on only worked intermittently so the speeches were marked by frequent stops and banging on the mike. It was great seeing the looks on the faces of the other guests who all didn't know how to react! 

At the end of the show the dancers came into the crowd to bring the guests dancing on stage, as you do. Paul and his parents all got dragged on while I clicked happily away feeling like a paparazzo who'd just caught a star in an embarrassing situation.

Ah well, the night will certainly be a memorable one. 

As was the next day. Spending Christmas Day on the beach is brilliant. We woke up to the most amazing view from our bungalow. We quickly got dressed and ran around to my Parents bungalow and swapped presents. We all loved what we received. We spent all day on the beach or should I say in the sea. As Karen said the water was amazing and it was even better today. According to the manager of the resort we were really lucky as a few days before we arrived they had rainy and cloudy days. We did not just lounge about though, we actually rented out some kayak's. Watching my Mom & Dad on theirs was hilarious although Kaz & I were not much better! We also snorkelled and saw quite a few fish, Karen even saw a sea snake! 

  It was such a wonderful day and it was great to see my Parents act like children, especially when they first saw the resort. I thought that they might have missed the traditional Christmas but they liked it so much they are thinking about going away next Christmas too! We only wished that Karen's family were here too with us. Next time you will be!!!

The sea, the sea, the sea. We can't stop talking about that coastline. The water was so inviting that we would spend hours in it, come out, look back at it and want to go back in. The beach itself was very big and very quiet. It just shows you that you can still come to Thailand in high season and find quiet spots. 

We did not want to leave this island paradise but unfortunately our money would not allow us to stay any longer. Our next port of call was back on the mainland at a place called Klong Muang in Krabi. We had our own longtail boat to take us from Ko Ngai to the mainland which was lovely. Karen & I fell asleep at the front of the boat with the spray of the waves hitting us. I love the ocean! 

See you back on the mainland!

Love as always,

Karen & Paul xxx 


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Tukkie on

I've finally caught up with all your escapades, yay! Thailand looks superb, that water is just immaculate!! I think I would find it very hard to leave. Fantastic blog and pics again guys, all our very best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. Looking forward to your next post....... XXX

mom on

we had such a wonderful time xxxxxxxxxx

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