12.03.2016 - 12.03.2016
We arrived in Krabi in the late afternoon and walked to the taxi rank. We soon negotiated a price and followed our driver to his car. We then were surprised to be throwing our bags into the back of his jeep and sitting against his speakers for seats. It turns out anyone can be a taxi driver over here!
We shortly arrived at our hotel and were greeted by some quite rude staff. After travelling all day this is the last thing you want to put up with. We finally managed to get a room through the other conversations the receptionist was having with her friends. Our room was very basic and so yet again we were glad of our sleeping bag liners.
We went out for a stroll and to get some dinner only to find that there is literally nothing in Krabi. The islands are lovely but the town is lacking anything of interest. It is definitely just a stop off place for many tourists. We made the most of our evening by playing pool doubles with another couple. We then decided to go on a scavenger hunt around all the shops to find some bananas for breakfast. We literally couldn't find any anywhere so we asked at a fruit shake stand whether we could buy the bananas and not a shake. The guy behind the counter thought this was hilarious and really did not want to let go of his bananas without blending them first.. so we headed to the market! After finally purchasing some treasured yellow beauties, we went off to bed.
We woke up early to get a minibus to a big bus! When we arrived at the big bus we had to 'check in' first. This consisted of telling the lady where you were staying and what ferry you were intending to get on, pretty straight forward I know. Only Ben and I would completely confuse the lady by saying we want to go to Koh Samui and then showing her a hotel for a different island (which we didn't know at the time). She then explained to us that our hotel was infact on Koh Phangan. We soon asked for the wifi code and went off to do some investigating. It turns out, the STA app is a bit poo as when you search for a hotel on an island, it decides to show you hotels on other bloody islands!!! We researched Koh Phangan and decided it looked pretty cool, better than Koh Samui. We didn't want to lose out on our payment to stay in the bungalows for 4 nights and so we decided to change our ferry plans. Luckily this didn't cost much and was easy to do.
We then arrived at the port and had to wait in the burning sunshine for 30 mins and I'm not really sure why as the boat was there waiting. We had more disgusting toilet trips but I won't go into any more detail. We got on the ferry which was more of a speedboat, we were starving as the bananas didn't do much, and so headed straight for the bar to fill up on snacks.
An hour and a bit later we arrived on the island which we didn't intend to be on but were soon glad to be. We then proceeded to the taxi rank and got completely ripped off for our ride. There were no other options apart from hitch hiking or walking and so in a mood we sat in our 'private jeep taxi'. Half way through our journey of jungle/rainforest our taxi driver just got out and walked off. We were just left there nervously waiting as we had already given the driver our money. Luckily they were just changing drivers and we arrived at our hotel safe.
We checked into our bungalow and felt like we were in Africa. We had a mosquito net with holes in, creaky wooden floors, and a bathroom open to the wild.
We explored the resort and found it to be so peaceful and tranquil. It's so beautiful we were really glad to be here instead of Koh Samui.. it was a happy accident unlike the time we booked the wrong flight!!! But we won't talk about that.
We spent the afternoon on the beach where we were guarded by the hotel dogs from any passers by. It was so lovely to have a bar and restaurant right on the beach, we didn't have to move an inch!
After dinner we retired for the night. There was no air con in the rooms and so we left the fan on all night. Anna soon woke up a few hours later rummaging around the room in the dark looking for her fleece (little did she know she could of had her hand down a snakes neck). A few hours later we were woken by a massive bang! It was so scary we didn't know what was going on as it was pitch black. Ben soon plucked up the courage to go and explore. He opened the bathroom door and discovered that a coconut had infact fallen through our bathroom roof!! It left a big mess and a gaping hole but tired and confused we fell back to sleep.
The following morning we pleasantly paid just 3 pounds each for a huge breakfast. We had sausage and eggs, hot chocolates, orange juice and seasonal fruits.
We were soo full and could barely move and so we decided to rent a motorbike! And what a bargain this was, £4 for 24 hours. We then set off to explore the local waterfalls. We really enjoyed it here as there were barley any tourists and there were no fees to get in.
After an hour or two of pretending to be Jane and Tarzan, we drove to the other end of the island as Anna hunted down some gluten free food. She ordered a sandwhich and it was the best meal she has had the whole trip because boy does she miss bread!
After lunch, we went to a little cove where we found a quaint little beach. We found a spot in the shade for Ben and a swing in a tree for Anna to play on. We went for a swim (squat paddle as the sea doesn't seem to get deep for miles) and a sunbathe.
We then rode back to our hotel but stopped off at some other waterfalls on the way. These were actually closed but the guard turned a blind eye as we crept past. We were sweating in the heat trying to climb to the viewpoint before sunset as the waterfall (more like a stream, if you can even call it that) was a dissapointment. We never made it to the top as the path just seemed to come to an end. This was devastating considering the effort that was put in. We then proceeded back to the hotel in the dark and Ben finally let Anna have a go at driving!
When we got back to the bungalow, Anna went to go and see if the cleaner had cleaned up the mess off the coconut. She was casually looking around inspecting the quality of the clean and AAAASRRRRRGHHJJHHHH there's an effing snake on the sink!!!!!!!!! She ran out screaming to reception to get someone to remove it as it was touching her toothbrush. Ben was left with our new roommate where he proceeded to take selfies... No he was that scared all he got was a blurry picture of this beast! He stood watching it from the bathroom door and it managed to reach all the way across with its head. Ben tried to close the door but the snake put its head around to stop him doing so. Luckily it quickly jerked backwards resulting in Ben closing the bathroom door and quickly abandoning the bungalow to find Anna and some help.
After Anna ran all the way to reception she shouted up to the staff that there was a huge snake in their bathroom. She expected them to be as surprised and panicked as she was but they all just looked at each other like urgh who is going to go this time. The man soon lit his fag and followed Anna up to where Ben was waiting in the path. All 3 bodies entered the bungalow ready to fight the shake which had now disappeared! Anna insisted on a thorough check of the room including bags and bins but still no snake to be found. The man then told us that if it comes back we need to hit it with a stick and passed over a broom. We laughed as we knew if it came back he would be the first person to know and who would infact be the one hitting it with a stick.
We originally intended to get showers and changed and then go for dinner. But the snakes appearance soon changed our plans and so we went for dinner hot and dirty and stressed! At dinner the man continued to make jokes at us and served us 'snake spring rolls' and 'pad Thai with snake'.
At 9pm we were kicked out of the restaurant and we hesitantly walked back to our bungalow. We decided to team it on our shower duties which involved Anna showering and Ben holding the broom at the door way and visa versa.
That night as you can imagine, we didn't sleep very well at all. We both woke up at 3am, we think the coconut ruined our sleeping pattern.
The next morning we got up early to explore the island before we had to return the bike. Anna opened the bike seat to retrieve our helmets only to be faced with a massive ugly ninja spider!! Ben tried to bat it away with a stick but it ran into the engine. We didn't want to get on the bike at all incase whilst riding the spider came back out! The first thing we did after was go to the gluten free cafe for breakfast. Anna had American pancakes and mmmmm best breakfast ever! She also had toast and homemade jam, she basically ate anything she could fit in.
She then ordered a sandwhich and a brownie to take away for lunch time! We then went down the road where we passed a bakery which sold GF bread and so we stocked up on that too!
Over here fuel is just sold on the side of the road in glass bottles, after 6 weeks of seeing these and thinking its alcohol or something, we finally bought a few to put in our bike! We must have driven past loads of these in Vietnam when we were desperate for fuel.
On our way back to the bungalow we stopped to feed the elephants. These elephants were so much bigger than the ones in Laos! Anna noticed the skin on the elephants had lost its pigment. She asked the man if he spoke English and he said yes. She then asked if he could tell her what the pink colour was on the elephants skin. The man said yes. She soon realised she wasn't going to get an answer this way and so later googled it (it's a genetic thing and older elephants get it - it's freckles).
When we got back we booked our boat to Koh Samui and our flight from there to Kuala Lumpur. We decided to fly as we didn't fancy the 18 hour bus ride.
We returned the bike and had a beach day. Anna ate her soggy sandwhich, we read our books and had a swim.
Back at the bungalow we found yet another huge spider. We didn't hang around and went for dinner. Ben ordered a bacon cheese burger and it was so funny when it arrived as it didn't actually have a burger in it, it was just bacon and cheese on a bun with salad. We are looking forward to our city break, no snakes no spiders and real burgers!