The calm of Krabi
Trip Start Sep 22, 2011
83Trip End Aug 11, 2012
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To get of the island of Ko Lanta we were picked up at 7:30 by a minibus driver that must have had the failed ambition of an F1 driver. Needless to say, we reached Krabi in record time and we soon checked in to Pak Up hostel, which is a great example of how a hostel should be.
For the rest of the morning we hid from the rain showers before going wandering around the simple little town. We visited a very grand temple that we could see from the top floor of our hostel and as the rains had stopped we decided to get out to Tiger Cave temple and do something with the day. We caught the local bus, which took us a few miles out of town to the base of one of the many limestone mountains that rose from the flat lands around the sea and river. At the base of the hill are an array of different temples and caves, all full of Buddhist statues and designs. In one such temple we got given a pot with about 30 numbered sticks in. The idea was to shake it until one dropped out and then the female monk would give us a corresponding fortune. I managed to get mine and then sat back as Alex proceeded to throw sticks everywhere in a vain attempt to release just one. She did however persevere and eventually got her fortune. Both foretold good times ahead, so we were happy. The caves got there name from the local tigers that used to live in them. There haven't been any tigers here since 1975 though and now they are solely used as religious grounds. After walking around for a while and being distracted by very cute little kittens, it was time to tackle the main event. At the top of the limestone cliff was a sacred area with shines, a big Buddha and great views over the surround lands. Unfortunately though, these views sat at the top of 1237 very steep steps. By the time we reache the top we were a very sweaty mess and very glad of the cloud cover and drizzle. The views worth definitely worth it and we spent quite a while taking photos and cooling down. The climb back down was much easier, but still strenuous in the heat. At the bottom we were rewarded with a family of monkeys all sat up in a tree watching us pass.
After our early start and conquering the 1237 steps, we weren't really up for much in the evening. We had a simple Thai dinner in the restaurant across the road and called it a night.
Tuesday morning we got breakfast at Relax Cafe across the road again, they do really good ciabatta bread and proper fried eggs. Still not up for rice or noodles soups for breakfast yet. We then got the bus along the coast to the beach town of Ao Nang. This is definitely a more touristy place with shops and bars all along the front. What we hadn't been expecting though was Mr Sunshine. We had a beautiful walk along the beach in the sun, but we're annoyed that we hadn't brought any swim wear. We were so used to it just raining that we didn't think this beach would be any different. Still, the walk was good and the huge black clouds in the horizon reminded us that it was never far away. It was these clouds that put us off going to Railay Beach and so instead we did a bit of shopping and treated ourselves to a massage. The place was doing half price massages and so we got an hour for about £4. Unfortunately the place was very open, so no real privacy, but when we closed our eyes we could hear the waves crashing and you just forget there are others around. This was our first profession massage and after an hour I was well and truly relaxed. I only fell asleep twice.
That night we again chilled out and just went next door for some more good local Thai food. Alex's stir-fry was particularly good.
Today is Wednesday and this afternoon we're starting our journey north, which includes an over-night bus to Bangkok. This morning we stocked ourselves up with a big breakfast before going for a walk along the river. In the mud we saw some awesome little mud-skippers, which were like fish with front legs. It was like seeing the first evolutionary steps from water to land. Very funny. We're now chilled back at the hostel awaiting our pickup.
Krabi has been a nice little stop over and the Tiger Cave Temple was especially good. Worth the stop, but there's not a massive amount to do for more than a couple of days.
Next stop, Bangkok.