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Published: February 17th 2008
After experiencing the party island for 8 days it was time to experience the Robinson Crusoe Feelng.
We boarded the 3 hour ferry Had Yao, from there we charted a longtail boat to Ko Kradan, this took almost an hour but fortunately the sea was flat so we arrived nice and dry. After a 5 minute trek along a dusty path we arrived at 'Paradise Lost' a collection of thatched huts set in a clearing in the jungle interior of the island. The owner, Wally, had about 8 dogs who formed a welcoming committee, well we had been warned by Sharon and Scott!
There was only one hut left for 500 baht available so Stan and I agreed to take the luxury one at 1200 baht but only after knocking the price down to 1000 baht. For the first time in over a week we actually had a flush toilet! Well worth the expense!
We dropped our bags and went in search of Sunset Beach, it was deserted and truly beautiful, white powder sand, pale blue ocean backed by palm tree backed cliffs, what more could anyone ask for?
The next two days were spent alternating between Sunset
Beach and snorkel beach, depending on tides and shade etc. All the beaches were just a few minutes walk away from each other. At high tide on Snorkel Beach it was easy to get in the sea and swim out to the edge of the reef. We saw masses of fish including 2 bat fish, which are pretty rare so close in, and a spotted Moray eel. There were several varieties of coral too along the drop off zone.
Evenings were spent socializing with other guests at Paradise Lost the only 'night life' on the island.
The island was beautiful but after 2 days we were glad to be moving on as the many dogs were becoming annoying especially when they began howling at 3am each day.
The journey from the island was somewhat arduous, the 9.30 boat arrived 20 minutes late and there were no life jackets to sit on to soften the wooden planks we had to sit on for the next hour. It turned out to be a bit longer as the sea was quite choppy and slowing us down. After a one and a half hour very bumpy mini bus ride we arrived in
Trang. We rushed a pizza down us and jumped on a tuk tuk to the bus station for the 1pm bus to Krabi. Made it by the skin of our teeth only to find the 1pm bus had left early and we had to wait until 2pm. We finally arrived at Krabi at 5pm and were accosted by a songathew driver, he was ready to set off but what we hadn't realized was that he would stop over and over again to pick up passengers, when the bus was crammed to bursting with 12 passengers plus 2 more squashed next to the driver he again stopped and picked up 6 schoolboys who all stood on the back step as we sped along at probably 40 miles an hour at times.
We eventually arrived at Ao Nang and dashed into a tourist info centre to try and get accommodation on Railay Beach. That done, we made our way to the Longtail boats to take us around the headland there. Unfortunately the sea was pretty wavy and as we struggled onto the boat with our backpacks we ended up pretty wet.
Ya Ya Bungalows where we were staying resembled a
house of cards, rooms constructed purely of wood with very rickety staircases! Luckily our room was on the ground floor, Sharon and Scott's was however on the 3rd floor. We were lucky to have found somewhere to stay arriving so late in the day.
As fast as possible we showered and went in search of a much needed beer, well deserved after a very trying day!
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