Trip Start Sep 28, 2005
177Trip End Dec 24, 2007
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Where I stayed
Surin Restaurant & Guesthose
The initial plan was to spend 3 days on this island as Lyd had to meet up with Stuart & Tash on Phi Phi as they had been waiting for us for about 8 days!! The 1st day was spent getting to know the place. We stayed at Surin Restaurant & Guesthose which was owned by A couple Abraham (from Iran and I cant remember the Ladys name but she was Japanese.
This was great and we stayed in a house with three rooms rented out. Ours which was cheap because it only had a fan and the other 2 were a fair bit more but they had air con.
On the 1st night we stayed in and sat with the couple who owned the place
The following day we had people staying in the rooms next to us. 4 people arrived but only 2 stayed.
Maggie & Karen. It was a little awkward at 1st sharing a house with them but we soon got to be really good friends with them. Also the other couple which left came back (Liam & Fin). As well as these 4 Jo turned up (from the Highlands)with a girl called Shannon from Canada which was fantastic so all of us stayed and had a big meal - Kebabs MmmMMmmm.
For the following day we hired a little car and got around the Island. Me & Lyd took it in turns and we were driving one of the smallest cars i have ever seen. You could get 4 people in it but is wasn't comfortable. I managed to get a top speed of 85 Km an hour which is pretty poor (it was only a 750cc!).
We took the car to the foot of a cable car and as Liam & Fin had a car so 8 of us managed to go
From here we had a bit of a look around the island.........Saw a black beach and a few other bits and pieces like an art gallery and the capital but without a shadow of a doubt the best thing was driving again - i didn't realise how much i had missed it!
The following day was due to be the departure day but after a lot of drink the night before i was having my doubts wether or not to go as it would involve being up at 7.30 in the morning. In the end i actually awoke at 6 and had a bit of a think and i made a pretty big decision to stay and let Lyd and Joe go on ahead of me. The big factor in my decision was a conversation i had with Liam and Maggie the night before about traveling by myself and 'my big opportunity'. I went over to see Lyd and she was very good about the whole thing so we said our goodbye's and off she went to Thailand.
That day we went on a boat trip all around the surrounding area of Lankawi which was really good seeing all kinds of fish while snorkeling and generally seeing a lot of things. Do you remember the small car which was hard to get 4 people in? We managed to get 6
Once again a night of drunkenness ensued and as Shanon was left without Joe and i was without Lyd we shared a room to save on money. The whole of the following day was a bit of a waste - recovering and enjoying the beach.
I had to move rooms as our room was prommised to someone else - it turned out the couple to take my room were also English Tony and Clare. They were a great couple and so it actually got to the point where i knew everyone at the place! Also Abraham pulled me to one side and asked me to chose all the coulours of the huts as they all needed updating - im not sure if he thought i was a designer but he would have soon realised i wasnt when i started chosing the colours. To be fair to him he said he would do exactly as i asked - later on that day i did indeed watch him start paining the 1st bungalow - just as i had said!
This was to be the only night i have spent by myself and was a little strange - i didnt sleep well.
I was getting quite excited though because Thailand was our next destination.