Anniversary Isle

Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi Province,
Monday, February 25, 2013

If anyone has been to Krabi or Ao Nang, the chances are you have been to Koh Poda, it is a tiny little lsland with a beautiful beach and a huge rock out in the bay making it a picture postcard location for a day trip. Which is why Koh Poda is filled to bursting point from 9-4 and then it is a deserted island for the rest of the night.  There is a 'hotel' as they like to call it on Koh Poda, so we decided where better to spend our third wedding anniversary than here.

Getting to Koh Poda, seemed simple enough.  We knew we needed to get to Krabi and then Ao Nang and we could then get a longtail boat over to Poda.  On our ferry to Krabi the man convinced us that we could buy a ticket from him and we could get a longtail from Krabi, simple.  It would have been simple if this man had stuck around when the man that we selling sandwiches on the ferry ushered us onto a longtail.  The longtail set off and a few minutes later we were in Railay Bay, the posh beach in Krabi and the actual destination of the longtail.  The driver looked as confused as we did when we told him that we had bought a ticket to Koh Poda.  Eventually after some phone calls back and forth we were back on the high seas in the pouring rain over to Koh Poda.  It cost us an extra £4 in tipping the driver, but as least we made it!

Being the cheap skates that we are, we booked the cheapest bamboo huts that Koh Poda had to offer so were pleasantly surprised when we were seemingly upgraded to a concrete bungalow.  The problem here was that the hotel was as basic as they come, the most basic we have stayed in so far.  The electric is only turned on from 6pm to midnight, the water is desalinated, so after a day in the sea you end up having a nice salty shower to wash off the salt.  The hotel did have a restaurant which was a bit like faulty towers, you got handed the menu that was like a phonebook with promises of all sorts of breakfasts, western food, Thai food and desserts.  However no matter what time of day you arrived to eat, they would wait for you to order and tell you ‘Thai food only’.  Don’t get me wrong, we really like Thai food, but vegetable fried noodles for breakfast, er no thanks.  Luckily with the influx of all the day trippers came the food vendors and longtail café boats so there was no danger of us going hungry.  We were pretty much the only people mad enough to choose to stay here, there was just one other French couple who have moved to the island for the season, they have built ‘mama and papa’s house’ on the beach, but they actually live in one of the bamboo bungalows.  Heaven help you if on your walk along the beach you enter their lair, you will be chased up the beach by a mad French woman, I saw more than a few Russians sent packing.  We seemingly got lucky and played camera club in their lair on a rainy day when they were nowhere to be seen.  Seemingly you don’t need to be mad to stay on Poda, but it certainly helps.

The sun was still not shining on us in Poda, so we did plenty of beach walking and exploring and sunbathed for as long as the rain would allow.  The good thing about the rain was that it sent the day trippers packing, although sadly with them went the food vendors!  Sadly our evening walks on the beach were not full of fresh air and relaxation, this is when the rubbish is burnt and we were smoked off of the beach back to our room.

I expected Poda to be full of wildlife, monkeys on the beach, lizards in the coconut gardens, but seemingly the wildlife was all a bit subdued, there were a few monkeys on the beach terrorising the tourists but not a big lizard in sight.  I was however delighted to find the hornbills just chilling out in the trees, magnificent birds with huge beaks, a bit like toucans.  The other natural phenomenon we stumbled across was one night at sunset when I looked in the sky as the sun was vanishing and the sky was full of huge bats coming out of their caves and crevices for the night.  These bats were so big that even high in the sky I could see the batman logo. So cool!

There was however no shortage of insect life on Poda, we had one rather enormous spider who moved into our bathroom and he was so huge that when I took a photo his eyes got flash eye! This is where the lack of electricity and a dark bathroom from midnight to 6pm really sucked.  However it was the ants that really took a liking to me, one day when walking to the beach, Tim and I both jumped and grabbed our feet with pain.  I am still not sure what bit us but it felt like I was stabbed with an acid coated knife, within about 20 minutes of this incident, I noticed that my foot looked a bit swollen, then it gradually swelled more and more and more, awesome a big fat right foot, just what I need!

So where better place to spend our third wedding anniversary than on a stunning bit of rock in the middle of the sea with 500 day trippers?!  Actually it was perfect, the sun came out (momentarily) so we sunned ourselves on the beach and treated ourselves to an overpriced and fast melting Magnum (the ice cream not the champagne, unfortunately).  Our friends Tony and Roo made us an amazing video to wish us a happy anniversary and we generally just had a lovely day, even if we did have a salty shower, a fat foot, fried vegetable rice for dinner for the third night running and a night of spider hunting by torchlight every time we needed the bathroom.  Perhaps the word I am looking for is memorable!

So our time on Poda was up and typically after 3 gloomy days the sun was out in force and Poda had never looked so pretty.  I however did not care, we were off to Ao Nang to a real hotel, with water, electric, a pool, breakfast and civilisation.  Bring it on!!
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