Published: April 10th 2010
April 10th 2010
We arrived early evening and headed to somewhere recomended in the lonely planet book. We didn't find it though and saw somewhere else on Ao Noi beach, called Ao Noi seaview. Man was it a sea view. It was right on the beach front and to one side of the beach was fishing boats, to the other was a temple and at either end was big rockfaces plummeting into the crystal clear blue ocean. wow.
The rooms were lovely too, really pretty with a sea view and the breakfast room looked out to sea too. We all went straight into the sea with some inner tubes that were free to use ( insides of lorry tyres) and were suprised at how warm the sea was. After about 10 minutes of splashing around I felt a sting on my theigh, then Jakki and Tony did too and then I felt a few more, I ran out of the sea shrieking thinking it was jelly fish. The lady and the guest house said they left about 2 months ago and the same was said by an enlgish local we met, but I think it must have been a stray one or something.
had lunch in a little cafe ran by a guy from london and his thai wife and he told us the area we were in had a fair amount of crime so he recommened somewhere in town which we booked into for the next night.
That day we got scooters from town and drove down to Ao ma nao, which is at the southern end of town and is an airbase. You have to sign in and there's guards around and stuff, but its like a little fully functioning paradise village in there. They have a bespectacled langur reserve, picturesque streets, house and gardens and these tropical flowers all around. Hospitals, schools, excercise parks, everything. We stopped to see the monkeys, really funny and cute little things and then went for a swim, no jellys this time and it was lovely, lovely lovly.
We ate several meals in the english guys place, enjoying his wifes wonderful cooking, of both Thai and english classics, we all really enjoyed the taste of home with egg chips and beans, carbonara, pies and english breakfasts! He recommended another beach for us to go to so we went the next day on our scooters. Before
that we checked into our new hotel, this was even better than the one before. Our rooms were massive and clean and nicely decorated with massive windows looking over a fishing river, mangroves and the beach, lucky us.
The beach was north of Ao Noi and was in a tiny little fishing village, with only a few fisherman napping in the shade in sight. We had a little swim and collected some shells and enjoyed having a beach to our selves. Later that evening we all went to the internet to call home and Jakki and Tony headed home sharpish as Tony had a bit of a funny tummy, uh oh.
The next morning we planned to get a bus to Chumpong which is a half way down the coast mark to getting to the southern islands off of Krabi. Tony was all better the next morning but Jakki didn't manage breakfast and slept most of the day as wasn't feeling good at all. We got our bus at 7.30pm and Jakki had a temperature and stomach pains so slept the whole way again. Chumphong isn't really a great place, it's not got anything much to do and is more
just newish buildings without much personality or history, so our hotel was pretty bland too, but the best around apparently.
We planned to leave the next morning but when we got up and checked out, Jakki wasn't in any state to be going anywhere and hadn't managed to eat much for a few days either so we checked straight back in.
Jakki is not to bad now and has managed to eat some food so don't worry anyone she's being nursed by all three of us. It's the lead up to the Thai new year tomorrow and it's basically a national water fight where the whole country decides to soak each other for 2 days, great!
Should be heading towards the Krabi tomorrow and will hopefully make it too the islands if all goes well, fingers crossed, can't wait!
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