Colour me krabied!
Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
8Trip End Feb 14, 2009
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We arrived in to Thailand with huge smiles on our faces. It IS The Land of Smiles and by golly we fit in very well!! We were just really happy to be back in Thailand, the weather, the people, the scenery, and more veggie options to eat!!!!
We vaguely picked a spot to get out of the cab, much to the consternation of the cabbie who kept asking exactly what the name of the place was that we were going (we didn't have anything booked or planned). We saw a sign for Geckos, which we remembered dropping someone off at in a truck last time we came holidaying - so we said there. As we got close a sign called Cashew Nut bungalows came into view and we asked to get out there. We wandered in and promptly found exactly what we wanted. Our own bungalow with our own bathroom, just a fan (no air con for a few days as trying to keep costs low...don't start about the taxi as we didn't realise there was a shuttle bus and we WILL use it leaving) and its just gorgeous here. Our smiles persisted!
The area we are in now is the other end of a long beach road - the quieter end! It actually ends in a national park that is the quietest part of all but lets not get into specifics.
Lots of little islands dot the horizon and there are fir pine tree types that give it a different feel to other parts of beachy Thailand.
I haven't washed my hair for about 5 days - days of sun cream, sweat, storm deluge, sea breezes, smog, pollution and humidity. I had run out of shampoo and conditioner (probably because I only bought with me a sachet of each that I found at home while packing) and I hadn't got round to buying more yet. No time no time! So I have been pinning back my hair and smiling my biggest smile to encourage people to focus on my face instead of my cappelli. Today while I bought shampoo and conditioner, I've also become quite lazy and have opted for a big headband. Shane wont kiss me for some reason....I've assured him the weeds and cockroaches clamouring around atop my noggin have always been there and that I'm saddened he hasn't noticed them before in the 3 years we have been going out but he's somehow not convinced. Blerg.
Ahem. Back to the story.
We wandered around along the beach and found a couple of very cool bars, Shane got a motorbike and has been popping around and about and giving me a ride from time to time! We stayed most of the evening at the Underground bar - which is probably only a step down, and not really under any ground at all. The guy there was called Cookie - I'm sure that's not how its spelt but that's definitely how its said. He had his 2-year-old boy running around who was adorable - we found out his name is First. Not sure again if that would be how it is written but at least that is the English translation and he insisted it was said First. As in first boy. Very cute! We played pool there and drank, as the only people there for hours we felt we should help him with his livelihood - and if it involves beer then so be it! Cheaper than Malaysia so everybody's happy!
There were a few little scrappy fluffy dogs there and a baby puppy that was later sold to a girl, which was a bit sad but planned before us, and the world does NOT revolve around us so can it. I digress.
We spoke a lot to Cookie and his wife Rung (pronounced Roong), and he told us about the Thai lotto that happens fortnightly - 86 million Baht!
He and his wife have other jobs at hotels also, though Cookie works as a chef and may have to stop this as he has had eye operations for a condition we weren't sure of, and he will lose sight in a few years he has been told. Really sad. He was helping us with the spelling of some Thai, and we gave his boy a Koala and Kangaroo key rings which he loved. Had a great seafood meal in a deserted restaurant further down, not sure if its normally quiet but I'm sure Thai political issues have something to do with it which is a shame.
Today just lazing. Its tough.
Saturday. Back in Thailand and it feels freaking great. I love this place. So much. Like more than most things. Including my love for being both cynical and sassy. Like if I had to choose between Milli and Thailand as the sole object of my love, then there's a chance (especially with that unwashed hair) that I'll be going home with a black eye. And it's unlikely that a country can beat a person up, if you see what I'm saying.
I really like the Krabi area. This time instead of staying in the blue rinse belt of Ao Nang, we decided to stay in Nopparat Thara, Just down the road. This sleepy (in comparison) village has a National Park that boarders o the beach, a few bungalow operations, a couple of restaurants and bars. It's perfect. One of the bars was particularly awesome (for us as we were the only people in the bar. Not so awesome for the proprietor) - Underground Bar was run by 'cookie' his wife & son, 'first' (long story) and a few dogs. Cookie explained that he also works at one of the best hotels in Thailand, and they have had everyone from Saudi Arabian princes to rock stars staying at that hotel. His wife works at another hotel. They were really cool people, Cookie told us about his eye - he has to have constant operations on it and will most likely be blind by the time he is 50, which is why I guess he works two jobs as they seemed relatively well off. Cookie has single handedly made up my mind about wanting to teach English here for at least a few months before I return to Melbourne.
Ko Lanta tomorrow.