14.02.2006 30 °C
well we headed off from Langkawi in Malaysia over to Thailand in what should have been a simple boat trip but ended up being a bit of a palaver.
First they cancelled the express boat to thailand so we had to take ferry to the malaysian coastal town of kuala perlis. From there we could get another ferry to satun in thailand. Well the first part went well but after eventually finding the port to satun in perlis we came accross a few immigration issues. Basically a scam by one official who made up some crap story about our entry via singapore wasn't valid and it,cost loads of ringitts to sort out. Luckily the other guy there was a footie fan so after 20 mins talking about how crap liverpool were and how unlucky Saints were last year and a few cigarettes offered he stamped our passports and we were off. The ferry was actually a longtail boat (think pedalo sized with a spinning wheel on a stick at the back) and we were crammed on with a load of crates of fish and 2 old malay women. Anyway was a bumpy wet journey but was only about 10 mins to satun in thailand.
We'd missed the bus to krabi so ended up getting a bus to hat yai (2 hours on a rammed bus playing real loud karaoke with a Thai schoolgirl sat on my knee (I felt a right Gary Glitter perv but they just dump the next person to get on onto the nearest person's lap!)) then a connecting one to krabi (6 hours) so eventually got to krabi late at night and crashed out ina hotel there. Next morning we got a boat across to one od the beaches near krabi at railay. Wes t railay beach was stunning, limestone karst structures sticking out of the sea with perfect blue warm waters.
We spent a week or so there sunning and kayaking in the day and drinking and eating at nights. The food was amazing especially the spicy salads and prawns the size of small dogs. Place was full of europeans, mostly scandinavians and canadians. The thais were such a friendly bunch always happy. Thailand isn't known as the land of smiles for nothing.
After railey we headed to ao nang 10 mins down the coast and it was pretty similar great beach, bars and food. The rest of thailand over the next 2 weeks was pretty much that all over again.
After a week in ao nang we headed to koh phi phi (where they filmed the beach) and pretty much did the same swimming eating and drinking. We got to see our first muay thai boxing here as well and tried our first and last whisky bucket (had a hangover for 2 days after that one).
Then onto Bangkok which was far nicer than I remembered but I guess they've cleaned it up a lot in 10 years. Relatively clean and not too polluted. Not nearly as bad as India.
Stayed in khao san rd for a few days and saw the sights (temples,palaces'boat trips etc) and the bars in the evening lively and full of backpackers and not too many hookers.
We then stayed for a few days in siam square on the other side of town and saw the sights there. Far more girly bars there. Was hard to find a normal one to watch the footie but found an irish one and sat and watched the rugby and footie without hassle. Wandered through one of the girly bar districts and far more less hassle than last time I was here and no shows on open display with ping pong ball shows much to Chris' dismay lol. just loads of fat old mustachoied blokes with stunning young thqi girls. So we managed the whole of thailand without going to a go go bar and not getting too much grief from hookers.
Didn't get to full moon party in phang an but connecting back through thailand on way back to singapore so maybe then but month visa had run out so onto cambodia where we are now.
Stay tuned for cambodia report soon.