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Published: January 31st 2019
At last, a proper whole night in a proper bed, aided by one of my last zopiclone from Vietnam. Feeling much better after it. I can really recommend this hotel (The Quay Hotel, 57 South Bridge Road, Boat Quay). It in a great location, easy to walk to the river and harbour but with a traditional flavour too. It was super quiet last night, despite being on a busy street with a bus stop taking up half the entrance. Sorry not to be coming back here at the end of Feb rather than our usual choice (already paid for), twice the price and twice the distance from the MRT. Perfect if you don’t need a lot of room. It has a safe and a smartphone to take out with you, which seems to be quite standard for Singapore. Or at least the Holiday Inn Express also has this. Breakfast was excellent, served in what is a ThaI restaurant next door to the hotel in the evening, 10% discount to guests. It starts at 8am, bummer if you have an early start. Eggs, bacon, noodles, hash browns, fried chicken, steamed Chinese buns, fruit, very acceptable tea. Cereals and all that.
I was very happy with the breakfast choices.
wasn’t looking forward to the trip to Terminal 4, which is harder to get to than the others if, like me, you are insistent on using public transport. A Grab is 18S$, and if I wasn’t travelling alone I’d get one. The harder version consists of 2 changes on the MRT to T2, then the shuttle bus to T4. Hopefully waiting until 10 will mean less of a crowd. All good in theory, although getting on the MRT in the wrong direction before thinking the stops didn’t sound right, 5 stops later, took an extra 30 mins. It was easy to spot the bus. Nothing is left to chance here, sign-wise! They didn’t check my power pack at security. I was worried as it’s 16,750 doodahs, and the info I read said nothing above 16,000. I’ve taken it to Thailand twice before with no problems, none this time either, although I was super relieved to see my tray sail straight down and not be diverted to the side where Bad Things Go! Lots of time to chill and there was my favourite coffee place, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, soooooo happy about that!
Uneventful flight, after a flurry
of activity when they announced the carry on allowance was 7kg and you could have 2 items but the weight is combined! Horrified passengers (western ones) redistributed stuff, put extra clothes on and stuffed pockets. An American guy had a neat little electronic weighing thing. My 2 items were 6.9kg, way to go, otherwise I’d have had to eat all my snacks. Worth knowing for another time, although the Asian passengers were completely unconcerned and had cases they could barely heave into the overhead lockers. No sign of anyone official weighing anything. At immig a lady was working the queue and checking our forms. And did she need to or what! WHERE YOU STAY? WHAT YOUR NAME? I was shocked to see the exchange rate on offer at Krabi airport, 40.32b to the pound, the lowest I’ve ever got. It was even slightly lower in the town. Bought a 150b bus ticket and it was the big bus this time, which dropped people off at the office in Krabi town (for there and on to Ko Lanta), which is in Walking Street. The vendors were already setting up for the evening so it was quite a squeeze for the bus.
Some of the passengers were nervous as the driver guy had rather shonly pronunciation and so they weren’t sure if he was saying their hotel or not. 2 of them nearly got out of the bus when the driver and his sidekick both did, but they were only going into a shop and came out soon after. It took ages, over an hour.
So I finally arrived at the J Hotel a day late, the same ladies are here. Breakfast for now is a thing of the past, which was very disappointing to hear. But I was happy to get a room at the front with balcony and huge window, on the first (called the second here) floor. The WiFi didn’t work. Apparently sometimes it cuts out for an hour or so. They have another line but it only works downstairs. It was back on when I came back after dinner. I unpacked and walked down to the beach to say hi to Nai, my Facebook friend who looks after hut 15. It was a bit late and I thought she’d have gone, but she was sitting there chatting. Big smiles and a hug, which I don’t think is
usual for Thais. Maybe she has adapted to suit her western customers. Her English isn’t the best but she is so nice and asked where my friends from last year were. I walked back to the Last Fisherman along the beach and got a table right at the front. The waitress was all smiles that I remembered her from last year. I had a big Tiger and watched the beautiful sunset.
Back into town for stir fried vegetables with seafood at the little halal place up the steps above a travel agent, very tasty for 100b but you have to time your visit carefully as there is no loo! I was super disappointed to see that my little breakfast place (also no loo!) has been replaced by a swanky glass fronted 2 storey monstrosity, which according to Tripadvisor charges 17% on top of your bill. Pah! Tomorrow I’ll have to comb the streets for an alternative fried egg venue. Bought water and snacks in 7-11. Beach bag ready for the morning.
Travelling on my own has been great so far. I pay more attention to looking after my stuff than I do when I’m with someone. So far
I haven’t been anywhere I haven’t been before, and although I feel a bit unadventurous it’s completely stress free. And it’s warm, lovely folks struggling with the cold at home!
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