Why the hell haven't we come to Thailand before?!
Trip Start Oct 13, 2010
71Trip End Oct 12, 2011
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We got a ferry to Satun where a very helpful lady told us we needed to take a taxi to a jetty to get a boat to Koh Ngai. An hour later we arrived to find this was not the jetty we needed. The jetty we needed was another hour and a half away and was the one we could have in fact got a cheap bus to from Satun! Finally arriving at the correct jetty (at the same time as the cheap bus) we were told that the one ferry had left for the day and it was too windy to take a longtail. After much begging and explaining it was Christmas Eve, we finally found someone to take us. Bizarrely the water was absolutely smooth and we're still not sure if the "too windy" comment was purely to get us to stay somewhere local rather than heading to the islands.
Finally arriving in the early evening, we were delighted to find that Anton was there and there was news that Jamie and Kirsty would be joining us in a few days so all was not lost.
Our accommodation was a little bamboo hut on the sand with the obligatory cold water shower and bucket loo. Basic but all we needed.
We said our hellos to Anton before swiftly changing into our cossies and running into the crystal clear turquoise water. Only two minutes of floating in the water and looking at the white sandy beach, I turned to Mark and simply said "why the hell haven't we come to Thailand before?". We realised that everything our friends had told us was true, no exaggerations, it really was this beautiful.
More in keeping with European mainland traditions, the big Christmas celebrations were on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day so we joined in, essentially doing a pub crawl up and down our stretch of beach.
We woke up on Christmas Day to a cloudless sky and spent the day sunbathing, swimming and drinking. Christmas lunch was a club sandwhich, chips and a bottle of Chang – lovely!
A few days later, we did a day trip out to Emerald Cave where you have to swim through a pitch black tunnel before emerging into a hong with a beatiful tiny little beach. We met a lovely Swedish couple and a young couple from South Africa who we went for happy hour drinks with in the evening at the hotel next door.
The main highlight for me (Helen) was sat at that hotel for happy hour drinks when Anton wandered out from the back with a puppy in his arms. He had discovered 3 or 4 puppies about a month old out the back. Needless to say we visited them quite a few times over the next few days!
In Koh Ngai we were also introduced to the traditional Thai art of fire dancing. Our hotel's bar was run by a Frenchman and his wife who come every season and their son (only about 12 years old) put on an amazing show every night at 7pm to the dulcet tones of Shaggy's Mr Boombastic. For those of you not familiar with it, it basically is a cross between a martial art and drum majorette twirling except that the ends of the sticks are on fire! Not a hobby for the faint-hearted.
Overall we had a lovely time on this stunning island.