11.03.2014 - 15.03.2014 36 °C
We are now at Krabi or to be more exact Ao Nang which is a short distance from Krabi. The weather is as hot as we have experienced this holiday and we are currently poolside in the shade!
We have posted some more photos of recent days and we will probably close our Blog with this update as there will be be little to say about chilling out time! We handed the motorhome back last Tuesday. It served us well and they do have their good points! Your stuff is always with you and lunch on the road is easy but climbing up into the over cabin bunk was a bit of a haul (literally!) and getting down again in the morning could be a bit dicey too. Added to that the downsides of camp site life and the fact that they are a bit of a tank to drive and well, we don't think we would buy one!
Anyway there are some things to relate about Bangkok and our plans here, so here goes....
Our flight to Sydney and then on to Bangkok was fairly uneventful, only long and tiresome, but we wish we could say the same of our flight from Bangkok to Krabi! It was intended to be a short internal flight of 1hr 5mins and all seemed well, we were on the plane in good time and ready to go but time dragged on and the captain and crew said nothing about delays, but over an hour later we were still there and the only information provided by cabin crew was that there had been a miscounting of baggage and we could not take off until it had been unloaded recounted and reloaded. Well that was frustrating but we were stoic travellers after all.... We took off eventually, but we had only been in the air 10 minutes and did not seem to be making any height when cabin crew announced there was a technical problem and we would be returning to Bangkok. The next 15 minutes were quite scary, we were travelling by the little known, at least to us, Bangkok Airways! When we finally touched down, in complete silence as far as the passengers were concerned, we still had not heard from the captain. He finally came on to apologise for a technical fault that would need to be checked out and about 30mins later we took off in the same plane again, with no further comment or explanation. We continued to be concerned of course until we landed at Krabi at about 10pm and 3hrs late. We had a transfer first by minibus to the harbour for Ao Nang and then a boat ride in darkness to our Hotel which is only accessible by boat or the Monkey Path!
Well here we are safe and sound and finally beginning to relax. Would you believe it, whilst preparing this blog post, the sun has gone in and big black clouds are developing. We could be in for some rain!
Whilst here at Krabi we are doing some interesting things. You just can't lie on your back for 8 days....at least we can't. We have booked a sailing trip on a large sailing boat to Phi Phi, which is the group of Islands where they filmed "The Beach". We are also taking a tour of 4 more local islands by Long Tail Boat. These little narrow boats are actually a bit of a pest. They make a lot of noise and are continually whizzing across the bay. We counted up to 15 of them criss crossing the bay at one point yesterday. It's a shame because it shatters the peace of this otherwise lovely spot. We are on the edge of a National Park and immediately behind the hotel there are limestone cliffs that rise vertically several hundred feet. Gibbons and macaque monkeys apparently live around the hotel site but apart from hearing them calling on our first morning we have not seen them yet.
Finally our other big treat, thanks to Andy and Sarah who bought this as a Christmas present for us, is a trip to a Thai Cookery School in Krabi which we are doing next Tuesday. We are both looking forward to that!
That's all for now, there were a few raindrops for about a minute but now the sun is out again and it's business as usual.