The Poons in Koh Pu!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2013
Trip End Mar 31, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Andy - I have to admit that Phuket was mainly chosen for Kitesurfing reasons, rather than to experience the "Real Thailand". As an antidote to the bright lights and noise of a major seaside resort we have moved into Koh Pu (a part of an island called Koh Jum), which is a small island off the coast of Krabi / Koh Lanta.

To get here we took the ferry to Koh Phi Phi, pronounced Pee Pee. The girls were very amused that we took a boat to Pee Pee in order to get to Poo!!!!!

The first leg of the trip was on a conventional ferry boat, which was very nice and civilized. When we got to Phi Phi we transferred to a traditional long boat which is about 5-6 metres long. This trip was a lot more "exhilarating" and we all got totally soaked as we bumped and wallowed out way across the sea to our next destination.

Koh Pu has about 1,400 inhabitants and is about 5 miles long, no tarmac roads, no telephone lines and very little in terms of a commercial centre.

That's all for now and the girls will be along shortly to add their thoughts........

Koh Jum - by Ruby & Zara

After catching a large boat from Phuket we were met and taken in a long tail boat to the island of Koh Jum. The journey started off quite calm but then as it became more rough, we were sprayed with salty sea water. We got soaking wet! We stayed in a place called Banyan Bay Villas, most of the room were built of wood and were on stilts. We overlooked the bay which had yellowish sand. We could borrow kayaks to explore around. One day we saw loads of starfish.

Zara - The restaurant had really ice food. For breakfast I had fruit and yogurt every morning because it was really nice. One time we had a Korean BBQ but Gangnam style wasn't even on the play list! We also had a seafood BBQ which was lovely, mum and dad loved the crab!
Ruby - The staff were very friendly. Nai , the chief coed us delicious meals whilst Jacky was at the bar serving drinks.Whilst we were there we hired mopeds and toured round the island. We stopped off at a place called long beach. Zara and dad went for a little walk and there they found loads of pretty shells! ( some of which had to be discarded before travelling on! - mum) I was pleased there were chips on the menu at the restaurant there and Zara had a coconut smoothie! On the way back we ventured off the main track and found that it was very steep in places ( dad thought it was the main road, it didn't look like it to us!) Mum was a bit scared but persevered and was very pleased with herself!

Rubber Making
Zara - One day the owner of our accommodation, Kitima took us on a trip to show us how natural rubber is made.
1. Each rubber tree has a pot attached to it. People cut away to make a pathway for the rubber sap in the tree to drizzle down the trail into the pot
2. They collect all the pots when they are full
3. They tip them out into a big tub made up of 50 of the pots. They mix it with water and vinegar until it forms a liquid.
4. They pour this into a big tin. It takes 20 minutes for the substance to harden. Next they tip it out onto a mat and they trample on it. ( they even let us have a go at this, it feel like a foot massage, we liked it!)
5. It is now 3x bigger than it was. They put it in a flat mangle(roller) after this it goes through a second mangle which has grooves in it to create ones in the rubber.
6. Finally they hang it out to dry on a washing line. Then it's ready to sell. At the moment it is selling for £1.50 kilogram. The price increases when there are more people buying it.

Ruby - One day we took a long tail boat out to an island. Near there we did some snorkelling. We saw some amazing fish, all different colours. We saw jellyfish, rainbow fish and Zara saw a massive pipefish about a meter long!We relaxed on a beach and ate lovely fried rice. Zara made a sand city with a church in the middle. We both climbed on rocks before snorkelling again. It was a lovely day out.

Zara - On our last day we walked about half an hour to a beach. It was really nice and hot that day. We had a little swim and Ruby and I made sand bath bombs, they were really good because they dissolved in the water just like bath bombs! Dad and Ruby went to find a cafe. On the way we saw some really weird houses/ tree houses. One was like the size of a garden shed and it was held up by 4 pieces of rope holding it at each corner. I wonder if it can stay up like that? The one next to it was a really tall proper tree house, it was cool!Later on Ruby and I made a meal for a mermaid using shells, stones, sand, mud, seaweed and little bottles. Mine was especially for my Eliza and Ruby made hers for Florence (our cousins).

Belìnda - we had such a lovely time in Koh Jum. It was well off the beaten track and not spoilt at all. I wonder when the Russians will move in on this great place! Our hosts were so so friendly and did all they could to make our stay a good one. We even met the chief of the village who stopped by for a few drinks one evening (The population are mainly Muslim as he was but he seemed to enjoy this privilege!)
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Gemma P on

Hey the Poons I have just caught up with your blog again and really enjoyed it. great to hear all your news! Sam and I stayed in Koh Phi Phi 28 Nov to 3 Dec 1990!!! Just found the diary I wrote then and looked it up!! We stayed in a bamboo hut on stilts at a place called Viking Village - a cove near Long Beach. A favourite place - is it still there? I love the photos and comments: keep blogging! Love to you all from all the Barns xxxxxx

Lauren Lucy and Esmay on

hi were all missing you lots its boring in class without you

Gran at Rufford on

My computer will not let me see the Video!
Snow gone
Loving your blog
Barns here for tea today!

Lucy on

wow zara your pictures are really cool i am missing you lots i cant wait to see you in march. it has been very cold and snowy here but it has gone now.
i like looking at your pictures especially the elephants. i wish i could ride on a elephant. love Lucy xxxx

Ant and Jo on

Hi Guys. Have loved reading your blog and seeing all the wonderful photos. You look to be having a great time. Keep writing girls you are very good at describing where you are and what you are doing. Much love from us all xxxxxx

Julia on

Those beaches look amazing. You all look to be getting some fabulous tans!

Al, Tim, Ewan and Phoebe on

How wonderful to get off the beaten track - you are so adventurous. (its cold and rainy here boo hoo!)

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