Leaving Koh Tao for Krabi I was told there was a night boat – with beds. I certainly thought that would be interesting, and it was. The boat was similar to our big car ferries. There was one large room with about 50 sets of bunk beds. No privacy here, but we all slept well. I was constantly surprised at the cleanliness of the public washrooms, and the ones on the boat were spotless. We arrived at Surat Thani early in the morning and had time for breakfast before the bus trip to Krabi. I had booked a bungalow at a rather remote resort and was thrilled to see how cute it was. Pine Bungalows was all little bungalows with lovely seating areas on the front patios. The resort was on a decent beach and seemed to cater to families with young children. You could only swim at high tide as the water receded far out at low tide, and there was a lot of old dead coral making walking difficult. The resort had an excellent cafe so I was fine just staying there. The gal I met going to Koa Tao was coming in a couple of days. I spent my time catching up on email as there was decent internet access. The resort was built on the side of a hill going down to the water. The landscaping was beautiful and a huge variety of tropical plants. I had to change some money one day and the manager told me I would have to walk about 20 minutes to an exchange place near the 7/11. I walked past a housing area of local
fishermen. Housing was pretty poor – mostly just tin shacks. I changed my money and decided to stop at 7/11 to buy a bottle of wine to share with my friend. They would not sell me wine as Thailand has rules as to the hours alcohol can be sold – and 9 am is not one of those times – oh well. After she arrived we stayed a couple more days then moved to a hostel in town. Krabi is all about seafood with some excellent cafes. One night we went for a nice dinner and our male waiter had on a lot of great makeup – false eyelashes, eyeliner, blush etc. Neither of us were wearing any at all, so we felt pretty plain. Lots of action on the river – longboats take tourists for sightseeing trips. The water was not nice so we did not go. The local buses here were interesting. Each colour bus had a different route. We wanted to go to a big shopping centre, so had to flag a blue bus. The bus was actually a little truck with bench seating in the back. 25 minute ride cost 15 cents. Local transportation in Asia is always an adventure.