Penang to Thailand

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We didn't get to see much of the famed beauty of Penang as I seemed to leave KL with a unpleasant stomach bug. The bug as they do in this area killed any appetite I had left for Asian food and left me with a terrible stomach and headache. Ofcourse we were expecting that one of us would sooner or later pickup a undesirable travel bug and were medically prepared treat the symptoms. As always the best medicine is often rest so we slept in the day after we arrived and later ventured out to the closest air-conditioned mall for a movie and some shopping. It's amazing how the cool, clean and bright environment of a mall can make you feel better and lift the spirits. After a movie and some safe western food I was starting to feel much better. Now we were just holding thumbs that Inge-Marie wouldn't catch the same bug.
From the island of Penang we made our way to Thai border at a town called Hat Yai in a troubled area of Thailand know as the Deep South. Previously this are was a hotbead for sporadic terrorist bombings and travellers are warned to stay away from crowded spaces and demonstrations, so we had not planned too much time in town. Once we'd arrived at the minibus stop or rather the drivers preferred tour agent we started investigation the next few night accommodation.
With the help of the Thai speaking lady at the minibus office we were able to find accommodation at last on a little island called Ko Lipe for three nights but before we could get there we had to make our way down to the coast to a place called Pak Bara where we could only catch a ferry the next day. There was no special reason we decided to visit the island except that it was small and not as developed as some of the more well known Thai islands. We were in need of a serious recharge of the travel batteries and thought this might be the perfect place.
Nothing much happens in Pak Bara but since it is the closest pier to the Ko Tarutao Marine and Ko Lipe it seems to get a lot on tourists stopping in only for a few hours.
We booked a room for one night at a place called the Best House Resort which also had a restaurant called the Best Restaurant ofourse. They sounded very confident so we were sure we were getting the best in town. The accommodation was adequate and the non English speaking staff were very friendly the room however did have the styling of a 70's beach house. Finally I was felling like I could once again stomach some Asian food and ordered my favourite Thai dish Tom Yam Kung (spicy prawn soup), I wasn't disappointed, I even had Inge-Marie sneaking in a few bites.
The speed boat to the island was leaving at 11:30 so we had another opportunity for a sleep in! Yah!
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