After doing a circuit of the stalls and buying a cool woven hippy style top and a few bracelets, we settled into one of the café/restaurants overlooking the action. With Chang beers in hand and yummy spring rolls, we relaxed enjoying watching the world go by. One thing that caught my attention was a little bar. It was different in the way the drinks were served. Not in a glass, or plastic container. Not a milkshake cup. No. In bamboo – like in the hollow cane/stick part. They had a huge selection of cocktails - all for 180 Thai bhat, or around $7 Aussie dollar - bargain. Though I tried, J wouldn’t buy me one…
For no good reason, we were up before 6am the next morning. Sure, we had an early night the night before, stopping for some more beers on the way back to the guesthouse due to the market closing up at around 9:30pm, but getting up that early on holiday is not right! Ceasing the opportunity for a good walk in the cool of the morning, we headed out for a walk along the river to Khao Khanap Nam. It, or should I say they, are a couple of rocky outcrops up along the river. About 100 metres high, they sort of frame the river and Krabi town, like a gate. You can see them from Krabi town, anywhere along the river.
A few hundred metres was Nok Awk. The sign explains that Nok Awk, or white-breasted sea eagle is the white bellied eagle, a day hunter, living in trees and breeding in cold season. This Nok Awk sculpture was created by Krabi Municipality to symbolise comprehensive knowledge, self-sufficiency, responsibility and consideration for others. With a quote, “Fly High, Look Far and Reach out Goal”, I wondered if someone forgot to check the spelling i.e. reach our goal…
We also passed the famous crab sculpture, which was being climbed on and enjoyed by a few local families, as well as these cute little ‘Nemo’ figures, that I think were seats or something, that were dotted along the footpath.
We walked as far up to Khao Khanap Nam as we could, but you really need a boat to get right up close. There are supposedly some caves with stalactites and it sounded worth a visit. But we were happy with our walk and the opportunity to explore Krabi town.
The trip was actually OK, with good roads and a pit stop to stretch and grab a bite or toilet break. At each of the two car ferries, we had to wait in a long queue of traffic for more than half and hour each, which was the longest part of the journey.
On Koh Lanta, or just Lanta, we were dropped at the side of the road. Pointing down a side road, the driver indicated our hotel was down ‘there’. Wow, I thought, we have to do the last part on foot with all our bags… nice. But alas, a motorbike, sidecar, tuk-tuk arrived that scooped us up and delivered us to our hotel, Lanta Sand. It really was only a few hundred metres from where we were dropped.
We loved the villa we had booked and quickly set about finding the beach, and then a beach bar to sit, grab a bite and then watch the sun set, which was quite a few beers away.