Just arrive here - seems more upmarket!

Trip Start Feb 01, 2011
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Walker's Inn, Khao Lak

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

15th Feb - had a long bus journey - got here at 3.45 pm - the bus was packed with backpackers, rucksacks, a baby, pushchair - in fact, everything but the kitchen sink! Luckily, I was in the front with the driver so it was OK.  The scenery was very lush and quite beautiful along the way.  Khao Lak has lots of high-end hotels and restaurants here - a good indication of prices is to see what they charge for Thai massages - here they are about THB100+ more than Krabi.  Again, my room is very spacious - at the back of the hotel so will not get noise from road traffic at night.  I had a walk on the beach - not great - the sand is a dirty colour and not very wide - so 5/10 only - the water is also murky not clear blue like Koh Lanta.

Anyway - see what tomorrow brings.

16th onwards.....  I got up at about nine - during the night I was awoken by a lizard who decided to serenade me with his distinctive sound - when I turned on the light he was climbing up the wall in front of me - I had visions of him landing on the bed and keeping me company but fortunately he decided to hide behind the air-con unit - thank goodness!!

The couple who run this place are really nice - Andy and Joo - very helpful and kind.  Place completely full all the time I was there.  After breakfast, I went for a walk in the National Park - I did about 5 miles as it got too hot so I decided to come back to the beach and go in the sea - the sea was like a hot bath so not very refreshing - but it was still good.  I spent the rest of the day under a giant rubber tree out of the direct sunlight - 90 degrees is a bit more than I like and sunburn at this stage of my trip would not be a good idea.  I found a few nice coffee shops in the town and I also had a few tasty Thai dinners - namely Pad Thai and Massaman (a type of curry with cashew nuts, chicken and potatoes - this was a new one for me and worth trying.

The following day I spent at the pool - read my book and just relaxed under a sun umbrella.  The town of Khao Lak is mostly just one street with the side streets leading down to the beach resorts, of which there are many from 3 to 5* in quality.  They are almost completely full of German tourists - I only met one English couple during my stay here.

I have come to the conclusion that Thailand is the winter destination for northern Europeans, in particular Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and some Russian parts - they come for up to 3 months at a time and seem to come in groups.  Also, I noticed in the place where I stayed that there were no English paperbacks to swap - all German - and I have no command of that language and am now about to start learning it now!

My overall views of Khao Lak are:  not enough to do there - would not come back - beach not inviting enough - would get bored there quickly - too far from Khao Sok (the best National Park in this part of Thailand) - about 100 km.  I did have one interesting experience - one of the staff in my B&B took me on her motorbike to the market - it was really nice to see and I spent over an hour just wandering around and bought a few things.
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