Gorgeous beaches and calm roads....
09.02.2020 - 17.02.2020 32 °C
Sunday, the four of us hopped on the bikes and headed into Khanom proper. The travel agent there, lovely young woman by the name of Fei (who studied for a year in Vancouver) did our flights from Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport to Bangkok where we will meet up with our friend Debbie and continue our travels to Siem Reap in Cambodia and then to northern Thailand. We are scheduled to then head to Hong Kong for a month, but that will have to be reviewed later to see what the Corona virus situation is. We may stay in Thailand or head to Laos or Burma. (See update further down the blog)
Catherine and Rainer have an inquisitive streak like us and after hearing some loud music, Catherine found a footpath that seemed to lead towards it. We cycled down the path and ended up at a community festival. There must have been over 100 people, dancing, some playing games, just having a great time. They hammed it up for us when they saw the cameras coming out and one young man, a tattoo artist, wanted to give us his Facebook information, we had lots of fun. After a few no-goes at trying to find a lunch spot that sold beer (quite a Muslim area and a holiday) we found a cute spot and had a delicious meal...with an icy cold beer, just what we needed after all that peddling. Below are some shots from our day out and some fishing boats in the river.
This last young man turned out to be a tattoo artist and spoke a bit of English, had his buddies take his picture with the four of us! We found out from our landlady afterwards that this small community is not Thai, but is made up of Burmese refuges...look at those smiles and that dancing!
We had a good laugh one night while relaxing on Catherine and Rainers porch. We had been hearing this very strange noise over the past few weeks that sounded like someone saying “oh oh”....kind of like the sound you might say to a toddler when something spilled or if they fell. Well, we heard it again, quite loudly that evening and Catherine mentioned that she was told it was a frog. About half an hour later we saw a frog hopping towards the raised flower bed...with a six inch high concrete mini-wall around it. He tried to jump over but couldn’t quite make it and he kept hitting his head about five inches up, tried again....and again...then Rainer piped up ...that’s why they keep saying “oh oh”! Maybe it was the beer...but we thought this extremely funny at the time....failed jump...bump on the head....oh oh!! (We have since found out that it is the Tokai gecko that makes this silly noise), see picture below...this fellow was about six to eight inches long
Another bike ride into Khanom, this time we found a real bakery, with multigrain bread (hard to find here), deli meats, condiments, European sausages, croissants and so much more...such a delight, we were like kids in a candy shop. Catherine and I headed back home while the boys continued on for a beer run, they came back with morning glory vegetable to have with our dinner. We have introduced Cat and Rainer to morning glory and gai lan greens and they both love them, two more converts as our kids and grandkids love gai lan.
The lady at the bakery insisted on taking a picture with the giant croissant for us, everyone here is so sweet!
Well, we had unfortunate news midweek that our friend Devbie’s flight with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong has been cancelled and after much heartbreaking thought she has decided to cancel her trip to the Far East. We feel for her as we know how excited she was to experience the area. So, that means we will probably stay put in southern Thailand and avoid going to Bangkok or Hong Kong until we fly home. Spent most of one morning trying to cancel what we could cancel and seeing if anything could be done about the rest. It’s unfortunate, but such is life, we never know what is around he corner and we have no control over it....go with the flow is my mantra.
A few shots below...mama cow and her baby, a Thai version of a “motorcycle seat” for kids, a lovely flower and the sweet street signs here...pink dolphins included as this is one of the few places in the world where you can see pink dolphins.
We had been looking at flights to get us from the Khanom area to Hong Kong via Bangkok when I thought...Koh Samui is a really popular holiday island, why not check it. Yippee, there is a direct, non-stop flight with Bangkok Airways from Koh Samui to Hong Kong, 3 hours and 20 minutes! It was cheap, with only 6 seats left on March 27th , so we booked it. It is only a 1/2 hour taxi ride to the ferry pier and a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride to get to Koh Samui...super easy and this means we can avoid Bangkok airport and go straight to Hong Kong.
On Wednesday mornings in Khanom there is a market with wet and dry goods , a few pictures taken along the way there and at the market...you can purchase just about anything here.
Last one is Andy and Rainer getting noodles from a mobile Chinese food truck!
Also, on the way back we found a dim sum restaurant so the boys picked up numerous items and we steamed them for our lunch...will be doing that again!
Morning and late afternoon beach walks have become our norm, usually you can walk the beach and only see one or two people in the morning, a handful in the afternoon....hope it stays this way. Below, our lovely beach, beach cows...so cute, some great statuary (can ship to Canada if you like) and a fantastic Bali style door.
Valentine’s Day is upon us and the four of us decided to head to a resort down the beach for a pizza dinner. However, shortly before we headed out Thanyanan, our landlady, knocked on the door and had the most beautiful plate of mango sticky rice for us, along with coconut fruit jellies ...all made by her and a beautiful card with seashells made by her daughter. It just proves our point that the people here in Thailand are truly special.
Isn’t this truly spectacular, what a sweet lady she is!!!
Our lovely dinner...
Another morning swim and beach walk....
Catherine and Rainers friends, Lucy and Terry, from Oakville arrived this week, to visit and check out the area with us before heading to Koh Samui and Au Nang (with Cat and Rainer). We will join them in Koh Samui but only for one night to extend our Thai visas.
Below is an officer that Lucy and I met at the Saturday market. He smiled so nicely at us then asked if he could have a picture with us .....of course we said yes, then asked if we could have one of him, his wife a sweet baby daughter!
I considered stopping the blog at this point as we aren’t going to be travelling around any more, but I have been persuaded to continue. From now on, posts may not be as picture heavy or as “exciting” as previous posts, but we will keep everyone updated.
From us ....to you, stay safe.