Feb 28, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
Our hotel was nice but had limited guests and gave me a suspect vibe
. The view from our room was of karst mountains and the pool. We walked around 2 different areas of town, a strip of restaurants and ice cream parlors. After dinner we went back to our room and forgot to lock the door. At three in the morning I woke up unexpectedly to a person rifling through my purse, I started yelling 'hey' and jumped out of bed and they had scurried out of sight. Amazingly, Greg slept through the whole thing, good to know I have a protector! ha!
We booked ourselves on a 4 island hopping & snorkeling tour with lunch $12 on a longtail boat. There was not a cloud in sight and the sun proved to be a bit brutal, shade was a necessity. Our stop, Poda Island was great for swimming, ok for snorkel, and cheeky monkeys on the beach. The monkeys had some fun and stole a guys wallet. For the entire time they cleverly threw sticks and rocks at the monkeys to get it back - didnt work. We then went to Tup Island, a very small island and snorkeled around the perimeter of the island which had very good reefs. Our last island stop was at Pranang Cave which we followed our guide through and spent the rest of the time swimming in the calm blue waters. They fed us fried rice on the beach and pineapple and had water available for us all day.
Travel day from Samui to Krabi took 9 hrs. We got a shuttle to the ferry terminal, waited an hour, then onto the ferry. Its always interesting to see how you board and unboard the ferrys here, usually a rusted bridge is involved, jumping or just walking along a chain of several different boats is also the norm. We made it to our transfer bus - cush double decker w/A/C & played the movie 'Burn After Reading' however before the movie was over we were unexpectedly told to get off and change buses - huh? 'Conveniently' dropped us off at a taxi station where all of us tourists were confused but we didn't confer with each other. So either we were the only clueless ones (I doubt that) or they just wanted to act like they knew what to ask. So they force you to pay for a transfer on a mini-bus, aka - hot as hell small van, w/no opening windows. Then 20 minutes before destination we were again told to switch taxis. It was very confusing and didn't help that we last ate over 9 hours ago. Well we finally made it to Aonang Beach, known to be a family spot.