11.02.2017 34 °C
We arrived in Krabi, a large town in Southern Thailand on the Andaman Coast well known for its limestone karsts and mangroves. It is situated on an estuary and the nearest beach is situated a half an hour trip in a longboat. After two flights south we were all herded onto a 'bus' with the luggage piled up down the middle and taken off, we hoped, to Krabi town, a few stopping points during which a Thai man embarked, counted everyone, some shouting in Thai and then he got off. Sometime later we were all dumped in the middle of Krabi town with our luggage wondering if we had a narrow escape from the 'transport mafia'! However after a while we realised, especially in the touristy areas that this is how it works.
Krabi itself is fantastic, usually a stop off point for island hoppers, it does have lots to offer. Fantastic day and night markets including the Friday walking street which is just manic but lots of fun. The beautiful white temple, Wat Kaesong Ko Wararam overlooks the city and provides peace and solitude from the bustle below. The temperature is about 34 degrees but the humidity is double that of the north so pretty uncomfortable at times.
We have had a couple of days beach action this week at Railay beach, reached by longboat from Krabi. Fabulous trip, however you do need to wear shorts and be fairly agile to clamber in and out of the boats! Railay is busy this time of year but probably the most beautiful beach we have ever seen, just how you imagine a Thai beach to look. The beach cannot be reached by road, only boat and then a five minute walk. Crab-eating macaques line the route ready to pinch any food from unsuspecting tourists, a water monitor lizard about two and half feet long also made an appearance, so exciting to see these creatures in the wild. The macaques are chased off the beach by a man with a catapult, he doesn't have to fire it they seem to run as soon as they see him!
The beach has powder white sand and translucent sea, longboats line the shoreline and dramatic limestone karsts form the backdrop. There are lots of caves to explore including the Phranang cave containing a shrine dedicated to the spirit of a drowned princess who gave the beach her name. The cave is full of carved penis's donated by fisherman seeking her favour - see photos!!!
Well we only have a few mores days left in Thailand and we couldn't leave without having a Thai massage! We plucked up the courage, went inside and studied the menu. Si decided on a shoulder, neck and back massage with Nina, he disappeared into a little curtained room and was last seen taking his shorts off...
I decided on a full body scrub and massage with coconut oil which lasted two hours! Both us came out deciding the whole experience was more pain than pleasure, feeling bruised and kneaded, however my skin glowed and I felt amazing afterwards with the added bonus of smelling like a macaroon. Si had to have a lie down.
Expecting a big thunderstorm this afternoon, when it rains here it is like nothing else, you just have to stand and wonder at the amount of rain that falls out of the sky, flash flooding and torrents of water everywhere. It then dries up so fast, you would never know it had rained.
One more day in this beautiful country and then we fly to Singapore for three nights. Onwards then to Perth, Australia.
Lots of love
Steph & Si xxxx