Baan Thale for a week of relaxation after busy Bangkok
04.01.2020 - 11.01.2020 32 °C
After a short and uneventful flight on Thai Lion Air from Bangkok to Krabi we hopped in a cab and headed to our Airbnb apartment for the week. The house is just outside the town klong Muang in the province of Krabi and as we were driving up the hill to the house we noticed dump trucks and construction vehicles.Turns out, the owners have been asking for the small dirt road to be paved for months as there is issues with wash outs when it rains. Much to their surprise the road crew showed up unannounced and started the work....coming back Monday to pour the concrete...we’ll head to the beach to avoid that !
The owners are lovely people Nick (from England) and Fisho (from Thailand). They invited us to go with them to a great beach bar and then later on for a lovely dinner on the beach. We had a scrumptious Thai meal along with a cold Singha, of course!
A few shots below of he gorgeous sunset and our wander into town and back the next morning. The water is lovely and warm, crystal clear.
view from our balcony
this little fellow was chasing fish....too cute
We have been spending our days relaxing , looking out over the Andaman sea and doing some research (me that is)!
Our walk into town only takes us about 15 minutes on a not too busy road or on the beach. We have tried a great Indian restaurant and last night we had super delicious Thai food. Preparations are under way on the road leading up to the Airbnb for the concrete to be poured...that should be an interesting process to see! We plan to take a ferry on Saturday to the island of Koh Lanta, spend a week there, then another ferry to the even smaller island of koh Jum for a stay of four days. We heard from friends Catherine and Reiner (friends from Mexico who live in New Brunswick) that they will be staying in the Khanom area for three months as of January 15th so we have arranged a one week stay in the same complex for later on in February to visit with them. We are considering a trip to Koh Tao, a small island with the best snorkeling and diving in all of Thailand...it happens to be in their direction, so it may happen!
our Airbnb, we are top left
OTT resident cat
Passion fruit snack
A yummy dessert of fried bananas, complete with ice cream and sprinkles!
We have seen some unusual sights in our travels, but never this. While walking down the road into town we saw two young boys on a small motorbike, the older of the two can’t have been more than twelve. His buddy, seated behind him, held a kite in his hand which soared high above him...one way to fly a kite when there isn’t any wind!
Andy at a funky beach bar!
With our welcoming hosts Nick and Fisho
A Thai stop sign!
The “ animals”
lovely bunch of bananas
Tha new road that is being prepared for concrete outside our Airbnb
Right by our home for the week, the trees are being tapped for rubber
During a shopping trip into town for breakfast and lunch supplies (we eat dinner out) we popped into a travel agents to book our pick-up and ferry transport to Koh Lanta. The ferry ride is approximately 2 hours and we will be on the island for one week before heading to Koh Jum, an even smaller island. The lovely woman, who spoke darn good English (our Thai is still abysmal) was also able to book our bus/ferry combo ticket from Krabi town (where we come back to after Koh Jum) to Koh Tao in the gulf of Thailand. I was really pleased to hear that she could do it as it can become quite complicated doing it all yourself! We ended our mid-week day by visiting Pine Bungalows Resort, just down the road from us. I had read on line that the food in their restaurant was very good and quite reasonable....no kidding. The menu was extensive, but the two or three ladies cooking in the open kitchen were geniuses...so delicious we want to go back! Again, of course, the sunset pictures from a different beach...
Andys squid noodles
my pad Thai
A few beach shots...
On our walk into town, we were accompanied by the “resident” dogs...they don’t actually live at the house, they live over the mountain,. However, they like it here so they hang out most days. We tried to get them to go back, but no such luck. We lost Pluto, the male just before town but his sister, Venus, stayed with us and waltzed herself right into the travel agents office! Pretty cheeky seeing as people take their shoes off before going in a store or office! She finally got tired of waiting for us and last we saw, she was trotting down the side of the road...she’ll probably be back at the house in the morning...kind of reminds me of Pasquale and Ruffo in Mexico!
There are lots of chickens, roosters and even a goat on our little road as well as some lovely cows, this one looked like it wanted to come with us as well!
A gorgeous sunny morning late in the week so we wandered down to the beach to swim and relax.
You can see what a crowded beach it is....not! A lot of people stay in the Krabi Town and Ao Nang area and that’s just fine by us. There are some lovely high end resorts scattered along the beach as well as a few spots with old fashioned beach huts, but you can still have lots of beach to yourself.
The road construction continues, we watched the workers laying down he metal gridwork...barefoot or in flip flops. They then they produced rubber wellies for the pouring of the concrete. The road is about half done on one side and so far we have estimated there have been six cement trucks.
This area of Thailand seems to be about half Muslim. One day walking past the Muslim school we saw an interesting game being played. Everyone had on long pants and long sleeves even in 33 degree heat, and the girls all had headscarves. The game seemed to be a combination of volleyball and basket ball....when walking into town the boys were on the field with a girl standing on a chair at each end of the small “court/field” each holding what looked like a small, round laundry basket. Apparently the idea was to try and catch the ball in the basket. On the way out of town, the girls were having their turn and two boys were up on the chairs...what to do when you don’t have a basketball stand/net...you make a human one!
Sitting in the open air kitchen one night with Nick, Fisho and Nicks dad Paul (who I was visiting from England), a fairly large tree frog jumped up on Paul’s leg...then proceeded to jump way over his head and off into the bushes....quite a high jump for a wee fellow.
Also a large toad found by the front step one day, cutie pie!
It’s the end of the week and we are off on the ferry for a two hour ride to Koh Lanta....a few shots of Railay Beach and the limestone karsts on the way.