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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:08 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 contd

Our resort was at the cheaper end of the scale but we chose it for a few reasons. It was almost the final resort along the towpath so it would be quiet; it was elevated up the mountain side maybe 75 steps and they were individual thai style cabins set in the trees and a natural habitat….oh nearly forget it was cheap cheap at 650 per night.

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After the climb we checked in and continued a futher climb around the resort to our cabin.

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We were happy, very private, overlooking the sea though with a bit more tree pruning the guests could enjoy a fuller sea view.
The trees infront of us had a family of long tailed macaques. Ok at a distance and that’s where they need to be.

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:33 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 contd

Like everyone and their dog; you get to your hotel dump your bags and decide to explore and quite often come back an hour later thinking wtf are we going to find to do for 4 days here. :roll:

We walked all the way back to the pier then through the more expensive resorts to the most popular beach area where they bring tourists from Ao Nang the neighbouring town on a daily basis.

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By late afternoon the tide was quite a distance out but it wouldn’t be long before it was back.

Our plan was to have a half day trip the following day. I don’t enjoy trips any more, they are all the same as every other beach resort….island visits, snorkeling, fishing, rock climbing.

Wasu really enjoys snorkeling and she is good at it, it don’t like snorkeling because I am crap at it and find it difficult to relax underwater with claustrophobia.

However this trip is a bit of a last chance redeem myself and try to use it as a perfect excuse to be relaxed, with no daily stresses. I have to bite my tongue, smile so much it looks false and when it comes to spending money just clench my teeth and convince myself that my gold miners stock price is going to fly this week.

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it wasnt long before she was modelling and posing and then I spotted a humungus lass who was propping up a bamboo roof.

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"Ey up Wasu, have a look at the size of her," :lol: :lol:

"you cant say that"

"she looks like she is carrying the bamboo roof on her 'ead......

.......you know thats why they build 75 steps up to our resort, it keeps those posh people away."

"stop it now"

"come on lets see if I can get a better picture"

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:16 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 contd

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:26 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 Krabi trip

I was aware of my age today; and that’s not because I was dragged along to a moon party but something more mundane.

The common typical beach resort trip incorporates a trip to some same old same old islands….once you have seen one, you have seen them all. :roll:
Then they dump you on a beach for an hour with nothing to do except sunbathe or swim and then tootle off to another island where you can snorkel.

Yep, 50 people from one boat and 200 people from 4 other boats all get in the water and flail about because most cannot swim, and the rest have never been shown the basics of snorkeling. :lol:

Then they wonder why there are no fish to see…..well 250 bods with bright red and orange lifejackets all flapping and splashing....first rule of fishing; be discreet, and quiet or you will scare off the fish :wink:

I will say one thing though it’s the first time in 10 years I have seen such a large group of people and not one of them playing on their phones.

I make that comment, then remember, I was wrong.

But first things first; we had the morning to kill so it was wandering off again along the towpath looking for interesting views, some construction ideas and of course the obligatory Thai girl modeling, posing, whatever. I mean I know how to take photos but when she is directing me that’s not on!

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:57 pm

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:56 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 contd

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We had eaten out at a couple of places yesterday in which I did partake in a large Chang. One was quite a respectable restaurant and the other a small beach front café type place. In both places the Chang was 110bt and in a couple of other places the same price. :roll:

Ok 110bt stinks but there are few touristy bars and restaurant in Chiang Mai charging this price so imagine my shock when we parked up today and with the bottle already open I was charged 160bt.

My chilled out composure blew a gasket without realizing

“160bt”

“How much again please?” :shock:

“160bt”

“Wha….aaat!.....160bt?...are you sure…every bar and restaurant along here charge 110bt” :evil:

I had embarrassed Wasu for sure, she was telling me to calm down.
This restaurant was a bit strange really; it had 500 items on the menu and 200 drinks but not beers or spirits. :roll:

Their dining tables ventured in front of the adjacent bar so it looked like they had at one time given permission for them to use the bars frontage providing they don’t sell beer and spirits….but then every beer sold by the restaurant gets a 50bt commission.

The food was quite good though but I cant get used to the prices. We are spoilt in Chiang Mai but when you look at the starter food a typical fried rice the price was 80/90bt everywhere whereas Chiang Mai its 30/40bt and touching 90bt in the 5 star hotels and top riverside restaurants.
i am just as tight as a camels arse in a sandstorm :)
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:02 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 contd

More sightseeing before the afternoon trip

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 contd

Our pick up for the trip Wasu booked was at 2pm. It was a 4 island tour including snorkeling and swimming and a bbq on the beach followed by a trip to see plankton at night in the sea.

Wasu likes snorkeling, I don’t so I left her to book the trip. The brochures we collected looked like the trip was going to be 2500bt each so I was already feigning stomach ache…….. :lol:

But credit to her, she did her internet research and found a company doing the trip for 800bt for Thais and 1200bt for everyone else.
The excuse was that they have to charge 400bt extra because we are in a national park. :roll:

We went for the cheaper trip in a longtail boat, the big boat was an extra 400bt each but we liked the idea of saving mon….an exciting bouncy ride. :lol:

We were the only couple at the meeting point and after completing the payment and the paperwork we were walked to the end of the pier to get on a longtail boat.

There were several infact but it seemed no one knew which one we would be going in. so there was time for more posing and modeling.

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Finally we were ushered onto a boat and literally 20 seconds later told to get off and get on a different vessel.

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Finally we were off….and time to relax.

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:36 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 cont

:lol: :lol: …we were relaxed for as long as it took for the boat the spin around and move 30 m. behind us was the 50m Island Hopper with 45 people already aboard wondering why their trip was diverted from Ao Nang.

Well sorry folks you are here to pick up the whinging old bastard and his beautiful wife.

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Now we were off……and I was already thinking we have saved a bit of cash here; ordering the longtail boat but because there was not enough people we got on the comfort liner…ok so that’s a positive. :)

First stop was a beach…on an island. Like every other beach I suppose, lots of sand then lots of water. Am I entertained?...nope

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Wasu was….I was instructed to get the camera out for her modeling again

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well I suppose she was the best entertainment there as there was nowt else to do except look at the water :roll:

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 contd

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Next stop…well not a stop it was just another 30 minute cruise to chicken island.

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There is a rock formation at the back that some drunken sailor though t looked like a chicken head but I came up with three things it looked more akin to.

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A tortoises head coming out of a shell; a clenched fist from the elbow or a giant phallic cock, but no matter how we looked the closest it came to a chicken was a Turkey. :roll:

I was bored already by this stage and with the prospect of another island drop off, the snorkeling and a bbq on the beach I was trying to keep smiling. :)

Fun this was not and I was always told life is for having fun and when its not fun then don’t do it. :?

Next stop was two small islands just 50m apart separated by a beach. The gimmick here is that you get on the beach and you literally have half an hour before the tide rises and completely separates the two islands.

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:29 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 contd

By this stage there were two large ships trying to park up but the tide around the islands was such that they couldn’t get really close and the water was deep. :(

Now the fun part…or should I say dangerous part. The crew swam to the island with a rope maybe a 25m and tied it to a rock. Now everyone has to get in the water and walk along holding onto the rope! :shock: :shock:

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I already decided this was too much, bags and cameras and literally everything you are wearing upto waist height will be soaked. For smaller people that soaking will be higher.

Everyone got in, looking scared shitless. Most people had a bag or a camera or even a small child, some elderly people and a lot of non swimmers. Everyone was asked to put on their lifejackets…I wonder why!!

I really didnt like this; it was a tour trip catastrophe waiting to be written.

The crew, maybe 4 lads, and one 12 year old were literally escorting the weak, the frightened whilst carrying peoples belongings at arms length in the air...It beggers belief but it happened. :shock:

I suggested to Wasu that I would stay as its not fun to get soaked late afternoon for a 15 minute walk on yet another island.

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The people first away from the boat were swinging on the rope, terrified and then as they approached the island their route looked very precarious over barnacle clad rocks. It was the right decision not to go

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I wasn’t alone, there were maybe 15 people staying on board…I would say the sensible ones looking at them :wink:

I really enjoyed keeping dry. :)

I referred to camera phones earlier. Well the first guy to return, a middle aged Indian man I think came back first to get himself filmed trying to get back on board. The Darwin awards come to mind, they could be filming his death here but really how vain are people to want a crew boy to record them struggling in the water.

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I was happy to see Wasu get back on board. She was almost the last back on and was carried/dragged by a crew member as a lifeguard would on her back.

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The first question I wanted to ask was “how was it?” but decided I should just not even ask one question about it because the reply would be “you should have gone to find out?”
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:44 pm

Chapter 13 day 28 contd

Another short burst away from the tides and anchors dropped again for the snorkeling, this is another one I will watch. :)

Wasu was doing well though I was a bit concerned that she was drifting in completely the wrong direction oblivious to her surroundings.

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Everyone else was just treading water, clueless splashing about, frightening the fish off. :lol:

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The sun was going down now and we were heading for the bbq. No one knew where we were going or what to expect. We were guessing that someone had already started a bbq party on a beach somewhere and it was going to be a seafood platter. My favourite…not!

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Strangely enough we headed right back to the point where we first got on and the whole line of people from two boats marched down the pier and along the towpath.

We assumed by this stage we were going to visit the limestone caves as it was on an intinery of one tour but not sure if it was ours.

On the towpath we walked getting closer and closer to our resort. We went right past the entrance to the cave so we then predicted the bbq would be at the restaurant we ate at last night!! :?

We ended up at the Last Bar which was 5m from the steps to our resort. :lol: Your typical beach sports bar, with football on a giant screen, music playing and lots of sea soaked wood, ripped barstools, broken light bulbs and a well worn muay thai boxing ring…generally a tatty shithole. :lol:

We were taken upstairs where they offered the best buffet I have ever had. :D :D About 10 big trays of foods, fish; grilled chicken fried rice, panang gai, massaman, fried pineapples. It was a greedy pigs dream come true. :D :D

The only downside was the plates were purposely smallish but most buffet users had already mastered the skills of pile em high, one in the hand and one on the wrist :roll:

It was low season so I guess our group was light on numbers and that meant even better news; the greedy pigs were up for seconds! And I was in there like a shot. as were 30 other pigs.

I pigged out for sure and didn’t want to go anywhere else.

“shall we just go home now as we are already here?

"We still have to see the plankton at night"

"Do you really want to walk all that way to get back on the boat to come back again" :(

"Well yes, I prefer to finish the trip"

It was suggested I could go home but she wanted to do the trip.
If I went home she would sulk for the rest of the trip plus I didn’t want her walking back along the towpath 600m alone so reluctantly I thought the best thing was to grin and bear it.

We all got on the boat yet again and waited another 15 minutes for 3 people to arrive. No one really was in charge, it wasn’t well organized at all as no one knew where to go at any time. :?

The boat moved away from the pier a few metres and we were ushered downstairs to the hull of the ship. The windows were open so It looked like we had to look out the window but we were wrong.

It was explained that when all the lights were off we could see glowing plankton…am I really bothered about this??

But no one could see anything so they had us all look at the floor. In the walkway was a black painted board over which they threw some buckets of seawater. :lol: :lol:

Yes it really was as shite as it sounds….they threw the bucket of water at we could see glowing plankton. And what?.....not even a “woohwooh” was heard. After a long tiring afternoon and a gorge full of food my guess is everyone was just too knackered and bored to be even bothered and wanted to go home.

So 20 minutes after we got on board we were taken back to the pier and sent on on out way. Just us two again, everyone else was heading back to Ao Nang another 30 minutes away.

And Ao Nang is our next destination tomorrow. We have one night booked there so we have the morning to kill and then try to get a boat.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:35 pm

Chapter 13 day 29 Krabi trip

Our plan today is to get to Ao Nang around midday, rent a motorbike for 24 hours and then do some exploring and some beer drinking.
But first trip was to the limestone caves just 5 minutes walk away.
It wasn’t my bag at all. Caves are like boat trips we have all done them a dozen times and every one is the same as the last one no matter where in the world you are. :roll:

After last nights plankton trip, tensions and sulks were still evident so the fact that I was going to decline the entrance into the caves was going to compound that.

40bt for Thais 100bt for everyone else, it was an unnecessary expense so I let her go in alone.

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She was back out again 11 minutes later, I didn’t miss anything for sure. I saw some macaques, she didn’t.

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We checked out and lugged the bags from Railay East to Railay West in search of the man with the blue shirt. He was the longboat organizer.

We were already aware that the boat captains would not leave without 8 people or 800baht and that it was unlikely in low season and at midday that there would be a queue for a return to Ao nang so we would have to wait.

There were 6 boats waiting, 6 strutting boat crew and us two the only two waiting.

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We could see the whole length of the bay from our position, maybe 500m and not one person walking our way.

Well the sun is out so time for more posing. :wink:

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:51 pm

Chapter 13 day 29 contd

In the distance the sky looked ominous. The islands were disappearing fast under rain clouds and the water on the shore was making more of a ripple.

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Literally within 15 minutes we were diving for cover in a nearby resort. Hurricane force winds and driving rain was breaking the longboats loose. The boat crews were all hands on to secure their boats.

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Two girls in a plastic kayak had been driven in and were unable to stop themselves crashing into the longboats.

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Out from the bay there were two more kayaks at the mercy of the sea; two of the occupants already in the water.

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There was a rescue bid by two of the longboats. In the severe weather they still ventured out to rescue the two kayaks. :shock:

Thankfully they were successful and all 6 girls were back on the beach no doubt very shaken by their experience. :)

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After a wait of almost an hour with no one else arriving we decided to eat and return but even contemplated spending another night here.
Of course if we wanted to go we could pay the 800bt but we would not do that. The hotel room isn’t even that much including breakfast!

On our trek back down the beach it looked busier. :) The sun was back out, the rain had stopped and there appeared to be several people sitting on the wall where we were. :)

Don’t say we are going to miss another boat.

There was one couple waiting so we needed two more couples. The offer made by mr blue shirt of 400bt each couple was refused by both of us as we could wait a bit a longer.

After half an hour no one arrived and we decided between us to bite the bullet for 200bt per person.its nothing really is it!!

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That 30 minute boat ride back to Ao Nang left us all piss wet through. That boat was up and down like a prossies knickers but the two girls thought it would be fun to sit at the front…. :lol: :lol:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:24 pm

Chapter 13 day 29 contd

Our hotel was within walking distance from the longboat harbour but when Wasu said it should be just around this corner I was in for a shock!!!

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Granted it had air con already fitted but not much else. :(

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We rented a motorbike for 200bt the same as the boat ride and we went to explore. I last came here in 2008/9 when I can remember there being about 3 bars and a few shops and the road from the main boat harbour was undeveloped and mainly just fields or sand dunes.

What a difference now; its sprawling everywhere and looks like a good place to stay though I think Railay beach area is good for two nights.

We found the beach and some rocks and it was photographing modeling again.

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Even I got in on the act with no one around. :wink: :)
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