Like a bat out of hell...and a cat in heaven
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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Vikki jumped on to have a little go and noticed that the bike was 'highly responsive' and saw a worried look flash over the Thai man's face - health and safety not being a priority in Thailand this was quite a significant thing. He suggested we might want to hire two scooters but we confidently declined, Paula swung her legs over the rear of the bike and off we rode - like Easy Riders in a cloud of red dust! Or more like two fat birds crammed onto a hair dryer...
All was going well as we headed to the southern most point of the island and then, without notice, Vikki went all unconventional after leaving a T-junction and we had a stint of unwelcomed off-roading with Paula screeching like a girl as we went up a grass embankment, over pot-hole, narrowly missing chickens and somehow made it back onto the road with only a sore arse and some squeezed love handles to show for it.
Our journey continued at a much more leisurely pace after that until we found ourselves at the southern point of the island but on the completely wrong side to see the lighthouse and nature reserve - somehow we had taken the wrong road. Not letting this distract us, we took the opportunity to visit Koh Lanta Old Town and the Sea Gypsy village and then pointed our nose back towards the beach.
The island being relatively small, it didn't take long for us to locate the missing turn-off and follow the east coast road to the other side of the southern tip where we refused to pay te extortionate fee to get into the nature reserve - after all that!! We bought another litre of fuel, poured from a whisky bottle through a funnel into our gas tank, and found a wonderful beach side bar to refuel ourselves (no booze though...!)
Travelling a little further up the coast we discovered a secluded beach and pulled of the road to catch the last rays of the day and have a swim with only a couple of other people before heading back to our resort. Having the scooter for 24 hours we decided that we would come back again in the morning to make the most of the tranquility and maybe have the chance to tan some of white bits...!
By the time we got back to our resort it was dark so we parked up the scooter and went to our chalet where we were greeted with a big white bushy cat on our doorstep who had obviously heard about Vikki's open house policy...no sooner did we open the door than he strutted in like he owned the place and spent the next half an hour winding his big fluffy tail around Vikki's face.
We warmed to him after a while, he was so brazen that you kind of had to love his cheek and so we poured him some milk on one of the lovely saucers we got from the floating market and he lapped it up hungrily. Three saucerfuls later he lay stretched out across the threshhold like a 'guard cat' and feeling safe and secure with him keeping watch we settled in for the night...