I only went to Trang for a couple of nights. My plans were indefinite and I was hoping to access more information from there as to my next destinations. Leaving Koh Lanta I rode in a van with a local woman and her cute little gal. They were obviously going to a party as the little gal had on a fancy dress and sparkly gold shoes. She was so shy and moved so her mother was sitting next to me. I got out my Ipad and showed her some photos of our dog. Once I did that we were friends and she sat beside me for the entire trip. Once again only hug taxis were available at the bus terminal. Again, I stood my ground and got a tuktuk. Here they were very small and I had to sit hunched over in the back, and as usual, hit my head often. I had booked a guesthouse in Trang and my room had a balcony. I expected to sit on my balcony, have my coffee and write my notes. Well, my room did have a balcony – and I have posted a couple of photos – certainly no view!
The Chinese New Year celebrations were taking part only a block from my hotel. Chinese people were setting off firecrackers all day and there were long lineups to buy lottery tickets. Along the street leading to the celebrations there were a series of large paintings of the former King. People were lined up to have their photo taken with each of the paintings. The party was a fun time with lots of food and entertainment. Many children were dressed in traditional outfits. My guesthouse was booked for the following night so I had to move – only a couple of blocks. Before I left I was speaking to the owner and asking his recommendations for places to see. He said he was sure I would enjoy Koh Tarulao an unspoiled island. My new place was near the train station, and the night market. There was a large building across the street that appeared to be under deconstruction. I learned it had been damaged by a terrorist’s bomb. Fortunately, the bomb detonated during the night, so no injuries or death.