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March 15th 2012
Published: March 24th 2012
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15th March ’12 Bye bye Vietnam, hello Krabi

We set off very early for our flight to Bangkok and when we arrived we ended up in a massive queue for immigration, with time ticking down for our next flight on to Krabi.

There were 2 queues and somehow we managed to pick the slowest. Then this Russian woman suddenly walked up the middle of the queues, got sent back and promptly pushed in the other queue and then got her mate up to join her. Then to my annoyance they both pushed in higher up our queue (and I thought Russians were used to queuing!), by now it’s obvious she has had a good few nips of the old vodka and she was kind of staggered a bit, glaring at everyone. Funny they picked the slowest queue though. Eventually the big queue got to the subsidiary queues for the individual immigration booths and first her mate went up and got into a tug of war with the woman immigration officer over the customs card. The immigration officer then summoned assistance to deal with her and she got sent back. Then our red headed voddy swiller went up to her immigration officer and got sent back (there is some justice after all lol). The friend tried again, got knocked back again and was trying to grab a pen off anyone she could find (it became obvious they didn’t know how to fill the rom in – well it was only in Thai or English I suppose), tried again and made it through. She then came back through again to show the red head how to fill the form in! Luckily for them the male immigration officer was just laughing at them and eventually they both got through – well it did keep the rest of us in the queue entertained!

We made the next flight ok and when we arrived at Krabi airport we caught the shuttle bus into the town and even got a lift to our hotel so it was all good.

The town is quite large and obviously a very local place, so there wasn’t much in the way of touristy things, but the setting was lovely, on the bank of a river with very large limestone karsts.

16th March ’12 Krabi

Today we caught the local song ke thaw down to Au Nang – the beach resort. On the way we saw the aftermath of a scooter accident and passed an ambulance – not good.

Au Nang beach was lovely, with lots of limestone islands out to sea. The place itself was packed with bars, shops and restaurants and I saw a fab vest top with Slash on it, but it would have been a maxi dress on me, so I resisted.

We caught a long tailed boat over to Railay beach and then on round to Phra Nang beach, it was all white sand and tropical looking but the only problem was the sea – it was full of algae, not what you expect in paradise! And rather off putting but as it was so hot we went in anyway and it felt very slimey – yuk.

We reversed the route to get back with a bit an unscheduled detour as the song ke thaw driver obviously had to go and collect something in totally the wrong direction first!

That evening the night market was on, literally outside our hotel door. Howard totally pigged out on bbq chicken and pork skewers followed by deep fried ice cream. The big stage was set up under our window, so lots of entertainment! But what I want to know is it singing in Thai that makes it sound out of tune or are they just crap? Howard reckons it’s the latter!

17th March ’12 Krabi to Ko Lanta

We did the journey by minibus via 2 ferry crossings. Our hotel was right on the beach and the rooms were all bungalows – ours is standard, so no sea/pool view but lovely anyway. The pool is great and you can see the sea when you are in it! Same old sunbed/mattress problem and the bed hoggers who are absent! The sea is ok but there are rocks everywhere, really sharp looking rocks too.

We walked down the road that night to see what was about and the answer was very little, with not many people about either, but plenty of tsunami evacuation route signs!. It started thundering and lightening while we were out so we quickly legged it back to the hotel to try and beat the storm, in the end though it passed us by.

So we ended up eating at our hotel at a table
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Setting up the night market
on the beach by candlelight which was very nice. The best bit though was the fire show on the beach! It started to the Scorpions – Holiday, Pink Floyd in the middle and ended with the Offspring – Gonna go far kid! It was excellent one guy was amazing, it was like watching ballet with fire, really impressive. Towards the end 2 young boys (perhaps 7 and 10) joined in and where whirling the fire sticks around like they were born to it and they probably were!

The music that night on the whole was pretty good, lots of 60s rock, Bowie, Deep Purple, bit of rock and roll and the odd dodgy track. The biggest surprise was when they played Frank Zappa’s Bobby Brown!! Followed by Grease ha ha ha.

18th March ’12 Ko Lanta

Didn’t do much, had a walk along the beach and went swimming. Saw the fire show again and then when we got back to the bungalow the heavens opened, there was a massive thunderstorm and we had to put the bin out to catch the rain coming through the roof.

19th March ’12 Ko Lanta

Today we hired a scooter to have a tootle around the island. Howard had to be reined in and reminded that it was only a scooter and that you don’t have to lean to go round corners on them and that if he pushed it to hard we would be the ones footing the repair bill! That aside it was a nice way to see the island and it only took a couple of hours to get right round - not just because Howard was driving, visit the sleepy laid back Old Town, go to see the Sea Gypsies – who disappointingly seemed to live in holiday apartments!!, drove through the mangrove area and up to the port, have some lunch and a look round and then get back to the pool to cool down.

The fire show is now starting to wear a bit thin.


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