not all that bad
14.12.2010 27 °C
We spent 4 days in Krabi planning on doing some snorkelling and climbing and stuff, but it was raining when we arrived. We stayed at Baifern Mansion which was good enough 350b for a pretty big room with a window and bathroom. They were a bit pushy with tours but not that much, and they were decent tours and well priced anyway.
First afternoon we just dossed about town really, I looked for a fishing rod to go fishing but couldnt find one can you believe it. Plenty of people offering me boat rides for an hour though, even at 6PM when its almost dark. We got dinner at the night market (the small better one, not next to the river) 35b for 2 curries and rice from a big fat guy who was pretty cool, told us what everything was and how spicy. Only downside is the curry is cold. But Massman curry, christ. Green curry is good I can see why its taken on all round the world. Why have I never eaten massman curry before, thats a work of art. Loads of nice snacks and sweets around there too.
We went kayaking first incas the weather didnt clear up much, unfortunatley that was the hottest day we were there. IT was a good trip, we saw monkeys up close. Close enough that the fat american woman could give it a packet of peanuts. We got chance ot go for a swim and the guide was pretty good. Even took us to see some elephants after lunch (sweet & sour fish, chicken and nuts curry and some veg soup/curry to share pretty tasty and enough food, but if we'd been a big group I might have gone ghungry) because he had to drop a couple off there, so we got to spend ten minutes feeding the elephants which was pretty cool. They even gave us the bananas for nothing. Not sure why but we took a full day package that included lunch and a visit to a fish & crocodile farm for an extra 200b. Not worth the extra, I think my maths was "we can get lunch for about 80b so its only 120 for a better lunch and the crocodiles." Obviously thats wrong because it was 200b extra, each. Anyway not the end of the world. We got lunch at the market again some pad thai for 30b each. Bargain again. And some fried chicken that was amazing, off the old lady a bit outside of the market square, she was always sold out so we figured it must be good. And it was.
For the record, if your planning on on going to Halong bay and Krabi at some point, skip on Halong bay (infact skip on Hanoi altogether), andgo Kayaking at Krabi. Landscape is the same, and you get to spend about 3 hours cruising round and swimming and seeing monkeys, instead of `15 minutes cruising round in dirty rubbish filled water and the rest of 2 days bored on a boat or bus.
4-Island snorkelling tour was next day, weather was OK at first but the clouds semmed to follow us everywhere so it was never really really hot, except when we stopped for lunch (typical). the tour guide was great, he was interested in Japan so spent a lot of time talking to us about best places to visit and food and alsorts. We had a good time but the snorkelling just wasnt what I expected. first beach had loads of fish, but they were all the same kind. The next place we stopped wasnt a beach and I dont like open water much but there were more different fish there. Im not like a fish geek or anything, Just I expected smething like the great barier reef, where theres thousands of fish and water clear as tap water. Anyway we had a good time and it cost 400b each so it was alright. Lunch was fucking great green curry and omelette and rice, in a takeaway tub on the beach, all in little packets. Not sure where he picked it up but it was still hot. All the tours included drinking water too which was a bonus. So dont do what we did and bbuy a big gallon-bottle of water to pour into smaller bottles everyday.
Dinner that day was curry and rice again from a different stall. This time the lady didnt tell us what was what just "fish" or "chicken" we ended up with a bit of massman, and 3 really spicy dishes. The 2 thai women next to us found it hilarious how we struggled to eat it. But it was nice, cold again though.
and I'll catch up later. Bored of writing
almost forgot about this beast