16.12.2010 27 °C
Our next day in Krabi we didnt do anything. because Kyoko was sick in bed all day. We went to a noodle shop for dinner tried to get one fried noodle and one noodle soup, but we both ended up with noodle soup, which was tasty anyway. And I went back to the fat guy at the night market for some curry and rice again for dinner. Massman curry and ginger chicken, which was nice, but the massman curry kicked the shit out of it.
Our last day we went on the speedboat trip to Phi Phi island. Which was to be honest disappointing. Mostly due to the weather and sea conditions. The "coral" you can see is not what I expected, again probably because I'm comparing to the great barrier reef. Its just a few dull corals on rocks, and theres a few different fish here. I felt pretty sick on the boat so I didnt do that much snorkelling. We spent a lot of time going to places to take a photo too which I really wasnt too interested in. Anyway lunch was good a buffet of the usual thai food - chicken and nuts curry, fish curry, rice, noodles etc. Enough that I didnt go hungry anyway. They dropped us off at another pier, not at Ao Nang beach, because the waves were too big to unload the boat there or something, but they had transport waiting for us at the beach they did drop us at. So no messing around it was well organised if a bit rushed day. For dinner we went to ther other night market, and I think I had a really spicy red curry and Kyoko had fried rice. And some snacks and stuff from around there, joined the backpacker cliche's and ate some pancakes which are nice and overpriced. Stick to the seasme balls or those little pastries filled with some kind of cream and corn or taro.
We jumped on a bus to Penang the next day which was a bit shit. It was a shitty MPV to Hat Yai, Kyoko's seat didnt have a headrest or seatbelt. Then another shitty MPV though not as packed and with headrests for everyone, to the border and across to Penang dropped us at the middle of Georgetown Chuila street infront of their hotel I guess, but we found a nicer one across the road. Names gone already, they have a cafe out the front and its a big yellow building. The room was ok, small and had a shower but no toilet for 35RM.
Its not a bad place, but theres nothing outstanding about it. Infact I can honetsly its fucking boring. You could go fishing I guess, if it wasnt raining. We went to the museum, mostly to get out of the rain. Thats about all its good for. Maybe on hot days its good to get out of the sun into some AC. The bets thing to do by far in Georgetown is eat. We got some wan tan soup at chuila street. Spot on, except for prawns in the wan tan (I dont like fish) but I couldnt taste them anyway.
Day 2 we got breakfast at a restaurant some clay pot noodles for me and I think Kyoko had spicy fish noodle soup or something. Anyway mine was nice. Kyokos was too fishy for me, but she really liked it. I had curry and rice in a banana leaf for lunch at a food court sort of between Fort Cornwallis and Little India, I think it cost RM1.50. Turned out it was fish curry so I just ate the sauce and rice but it was still well worth it. Bargain, and we got some massive onion bhajis and veggue samosa for 50sen. They were so good I even went back and got some for tomorrow breakfast. Dinner was 1 mutton and 1 chicken curry with the bets nan bread or chapatti whatever it was it was good and cheap. Tea with condensed milk - more like a desert its so sweet.
So basically if you go to Penang the food is great, and theres nothing really to do, other than eat. So I liked it. Just be careful of head-height air-con units.... Blood everywhere, didnt wanna miss the bus so I had to walk around literally dripping blood which got some funny looks. Kfortunatley my mrs is Japanese so obviously she had some tissues, some stuff to clean the cut and some antibiotic cream to put on it. I was a bit disappointed it turned out to be only a small 1cm scratch. From all the blood I thought it was gunna be a hospital job
Oh looking for a photo to upload, the bridge from Butterworth to Penang is massive - 13.5km, one of the longest in the world, Thats something worth seeing, make sure your awake for the last leg of the bus ride. Beats any dirty old temple hands down.