We had a bonus extra day in Krabi today. After leaving Dayang Bunting last week we got a ferry and bus to Krabi where a chance encounter with a Mancunian led us to Koh Jum, a quintessential tropical island paradise with miles of golden coconut palm-fringed sands two steps down from our bungalow, warm sea, blue skies and about five other people. We did very little apart from a couple of strolls through the jungle under chattering monkeys to the local one-taxi town, dip in the ocean to cool down and wander along to the local restaurants for dinner. Oh, and admire the stunning sunsets.
We came back to Krabi planning to travel north but our plans have changed (again!) this time due to the weather. It’s in the mid thirties and we’ve discovered that we’re no good for anything in these temperatures apart from sea, swimming pools and air-conditioning. So we’re going to Bangkok! We’ve rented a cottage in a traditional garden with a pool so we can recover between forays into the city. And this has given us an extra day in Krabi so we decided to take a boat trip to Railay today.
Railay was an unexpected delight. We knew there were some amazing rock formations there, but didn’t know what else. We found a pleasant beachside walk that eventually led through Lord of the Rings type caverns to the most amazing beach. There was a craggy cliff on one side providing much needed shade to half the beach and lots of people were climbing it. A cave, believed by locals to be home to a goddess of good luck, was full of carved and decorated lingum (penises) in all sizes. There were quite a few people of all ages, nationalities, shapes and sizes giving it a lovely atmosphere. After a swim and a lie down we strolled along to some boats selling fantastic food and had lunch. The perfect weather, unexpected beauty of the place and lovely atmosphere made this a great day.
Yes, that is me in a bikini!
When we got back to Krabi we went to the night market for some amazing food. This is the third time we’ve been here and tonight we had mussels, prawns, clam soup, rice, stir-fried vegetables and beer for less than £12.
Krabi has really grown on me. It’s not a pretty town but the setting beside the river (which is really part of the sea) is beautiful and we found a stunning Buddhist temple. There are lots of young backpackers here and some lively bars with good music but the youngsters seem to be interested in climbing and water sports so there’s not a huge party scene.
Tomorrow we’re catching an overnight bus to Bangkok but not before Sean has posted his cowboy boots back to England (they’re getting rather heavy!) and we’ve both had a Thai massage.