Paradise Found

Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
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Trip End May 20, 2005


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Saturday, February 12, 2005

As it turns out we were escorted from Malaysia by Mark, Kathryn, Ali and Simon, who wanted to experience a little of Thailand with us. Were not too sure how much they actually saw, as their return ferry left 3 hours after arrival, but hopefully enough for some authentic pad thai for lunch.

We arrived in Satun, a small port on the south west tip, and took a car up to Trang. Here we explored the sites of the town, the most memorable of which was the night market, selling a mouth-watering array of take-away Thai food. If India is designed for veggies, Thailand is a meat-eater's heaven. We were directed on our culinary tour by an ultra-friendly local, Ood. Ood had a 25 year history in the tourist market, so besides the run-down of what to eat and how, he told us the best places in Thailand to visit (none of which are on the itinery, this time!). He also gave us an invaluable crash course in Thai, so "Khawp khun khrap, Ood!".

The following day we caught a long tail boat out to the island of Hai (sometimes called Ko Ngai). Its 18 Km off the west coast, and from a distance it looked like a small forest covered rock with a strip of beach. On closer inspection, that's all it was. This of course does it no justice, as it was way beyond our expectations as the castaway desert island paradise, right down to the bamboo huts. Ours was right on the (powder white) beach, overlooking the (crystal clear, tourquoise blue) sea. There were perhaps another 2 or 3 collections of beach huts but not much else. After three minutes we'd decided to extend our stay. The island is ringed by a coral reef, as the tide went out we could float a few feet above the riot of fish-life inhabiting the reef.

We rounded off our stay with a Thai body massage on the beach. Now with our appetite for island-hopping whetted, we're booked on a boat to Ko Lanta.

Caroline and Mark
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