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Much Baby on the Road

Posted by Heliocentrism on April 17, 2010

April 13, 2010

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Songkran Water Festival

Around Krabi Town

To be honest, there isn’t anything to do in Krabi Town. It is basically a halfway place to everywhere else. Our bus back to Bangkok didn’t leave until 17:30 so we wanted to see some of the sights around Krabi. We narrowed it down to just 2 things, the Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot) and the The Hot Springs.

It was the first day of the Songkran Water Festival and there were many kids standing on the side of the road waiting to throw water and colored stuff on people. They seemed to only wet people who wanted to be wet. Our driver didn’t want to be wet, so he kept the windows of his car rolled up.

The kids would flag down scooters which would slow down to be squirted with Super Soakers. Several children would stand in the road to wave down drivers. This caused our driver to worry a bit. “There are much baby on the road. They don’t look for car. Not safe.”

Emerald Pool / Sra Morakot

Solitary, but not on Holidays

The Emerald Pool, which is in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, was our first stop. It cost 20THB to get in. It’s usually not as crowded as you see it in this picture, but we happened to go on the first day of a national holiday that was also a water festival. The water is not very deep. If you’re taller than 5’4″ you’ll be fine. Watch out for the occasional rock in the water. Getting in and back out again out can be tricky. Use the wooden walkway if you need to.

Klong Tom Hot Spring

Should I just jump in like she did?

Next we went to Klong Thom to the hot spring. This one cost 100THB to enter. If you go, make sure to go to the top of the mini waterfall. Don’t swim in the river. It’s a death trap!

We saw kids jumping in and around in the water. So we thought it was safe to jump in too.

There was no obvious way to get into the water other than to jump. I stood on a platform looking for a way in, when the lady standing next to me jumped in. It looked like a high jump, but if she could do it…

Mark and I jumped in. Mark hit his shin on a rock. I slammed my heel on a concrete slab. Once in the water I kept stubbing my toes on sharp rocks. Every turn in this water was potential trip to the hospital. Plus the water was very cold (for Thailand).

We got out of the water and walked a little further up the path. There was a natural hot tub with a crowd of people sitting in it. Because the water is hot, people can’t stay in it for too long. We waited for about a minute for some folks to get out and then we took their places. It was great!

free wi-fi at the dock

Free Wi-fi!!

Once we were done soaking up some warmth, Mr. Deen drove us to the Krabi Sea Port. This was where we would get a ride to the bus station and then head on to Bangkok, with a short stop in Suratthani. I was surprised to find free wi-fi at the sea port in Krabi, but there you go. Free wi-fi in the middle of nowhere.

We also found a shower in the handicapped bathroom. I’m not sure if it was for anyone to use, but with the choice being between taking a long bus ride while being unwashed or quickly taking a shower and hoping that we don’t get caught, we took the shower. Mark stood watch while I showered. Then I stood watch for him. To our delight, there was hot water.

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Thailand
(ราชอาณาจักรไทย)
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
  • Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.

Mr. Deen

We found this guy through the Good Dream Guesthouse where we stayed. He charged us 1,600THB to drive us around for one day. He was very happy and loved listening to the Eagles and Country & Western music.

Phone:

  • 089 587 8120

e-mail: thawatchai_dee@hotmail.com

Cost:

  • Negotiable

Hours:

  • Negotiable

Notes:

  • We were introduced to Mr. Deen through the Dream Guesthouse

Emerald Pool
(Sra Morakot)

inside

Khao Pra – Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
(เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่าเขาประ – บางคราม)

How to get there:

  • 7°55’16.3″N 99°15’04.8″E Khai Pra
  • 7°55’24.2″N 99°15’35.4″E Emerald Pool

There isn’t any way to get there by public transportation that I know of. You will have to either take a taxi, rent a scooter, or join a tour group.

By car –

Take Highway No. 4 to Khlong Thom District and turn left to Route No. 4038 to Lam Hap Sub-district.

Address:

Kok Thai Sub-district.Sri Mahosot District
About 23 kms from city center Krabi Town
Thailand

Cost:

There is an park entrance fee of 20 Baht, but if you are with a tour group this fee would be included in the tour package.

Hours:

I think it closes at 17:00 or 18:00, but I’m not sure.

Notes:

  • Bring your own towel, swim suit, and sun block.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the park, but there are several restaurants at the gate.
  • Be careful. The pool has some rocks and dips in it that you cannot see.
  • If you exit you have to pay to re-enter, unless you are a smooth talker.

Klong Tom Hot Spring
Namtok Ron Khlong Thom
(น้ำตกร้อนคลองท่อม)

How to get there:

  • 7°56’01.6″N 99°12’12.5″E

By car –

Go to Ban Bang Khram. Go about 45 kilometres from town to Amphoe Khlong Thom, then take Sukhaphiban 2 Road for 12 kilometers.

Cost:

Hours:

  • I think this place closes at 17:00 or 18:00.

Notes:

Be careful when swimming in the river below the hot spring. You might think it looks safe because there are many children jumping in and out and around the river. But these children have very bad parents, who don’t care about their health. There are many sharp, jagged, and poky things that will cut you a leave you needing stitches.

Just stay out of the river.

Map:

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6 More People

Posted by Heliocentrism on April 17, 2010

April 12, 2010

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Railay Beach

It’s Amazing

Railay Beach is known more for rock climbing, like what the guy in the picture above is doing, than for its beaches. But this beach was featured in seasons 1 of The Amazing Race and The Amazing Race: Asia, so I had to see it.

We didn’t climb with King Climbers, the company used in The Amazing Race. Mark wanted to, but I’m afraid of heights and was only interested in swimming. Besides, by the time we got to Railay Beach everything was closing up.

Getting a boat

Big Cigarette Time

We walked to the dock that was a block away from our hostel. Before we even got a boat or asked about boat prices, I did something that would save us from a lot of pain later on. I took a picture of a sign that has the name of our dock in English and in Thai.

We were approached by one of the guys that were hanging out by the dock. He said that we could get a boat soon to Railay Beach, but we would have to wait for 6 more people. I thought that the 6 other people were on their way, but after waiting for half an hour, I realized that there were no such people. We where waiting for any 6 people and this could take forever.

The dock guy started making small talk with us. Most of what he said didn’t make much sense, but he seemed quite happy about whatever his topic of conversation was. In the middle of one of his nonsensical ramblings he took out some leaves and started to roll a cigarette.

“What are you doing?” Mark asked.

“Do you know BIG cigarette? I like BIG cigarettes. I like marijuana, but no money. BIG cigarettes and big marijuana is good time!” He then proceeded to roll a ciggy with way too much tobacco in it to be closed.

Just when I was beginning to worry that Mr. BIG cigarette was our driver to be, another guy told us that we could go now, if we paid 15,000THB. This was way too much. I told him that I would be willing to pay 700THB but nothing more.

“Oh no! You are trying to rob me. I will meet you halfway, 12,000THB.”

“That’s not half way,” I said. I began to think that maybe this guy also liked BIG cigarettes with marijuana and this was how he was able to afford them. Or maybe he said 12-thousand when he meant to say 12-hundred. Either way 7-hundred was all I planned to pay.

A lady overhearing our conversation, turned to me and said, “You know, you can take a bus to Railay beach.”

“Really? how?”

Suddenly Mr. Halfway said, “How about 700THB? Does that sound good?”

Railay Beach near sunset

More Monkeys, yeah… – said sarcastically

The boat dropped us off at Railay Beach East. Then we walked to Phra Nang beach. Along the way we past a group of monkeys doing their thing. Soon after Mark found a banana salesman and got a bunch of bananas for the monkeys. They appreciated it very much.

The rest of the afternoon was spent swimming and taking pictures. This beach was supposed to be a “secret”, but there were many people there. It wasn’t crowded, but it was no secret. It was a nice beach though; very nice.

We were looking at the romantic sunset, when we notice all the boats leaving. We were able to get into the very last boat which was heading to Ao Nang (Nang Beach). This ride cost us 80THB each and got us very wet.

We had dinner in Ao Nang and took a crazy motor bike ride back to our dock. I had a hard time explaining which dock we wanted. But then I remembered that I had taken a picture of it. I showed the driver the picture. Then he knew exactly where to take us.

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Thailand
(ราชอาณาจักรไทย)
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
  • Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.

Good Dream Guesthouse

How to get there:

  • 8°03’45.3″N 98°55’04.8″E

From the Krabi Sea Port –

  • Take a cab.
    • It will cost 200THB even though it’s a 20 minute ride.
    • It’s a  flat rate of 200THB to anywhere in Krabi Town.
  • Give the taxi driver the address below.

This is the Good Dream Guesthouse where we stayed. There is another one.

Address:

Krabi Good Dream Guesthouse
83 Uttarakit Road
Muang, Krabi, 81000, Thailand

Phone:

  • 075-622993
  • 075-629059

Website

e-mail: krabidream@gmail.com

Cost:

  • 520 – 650 THB per night depending on the type of accommodations and length of stay.

Notes:

  • There are 2 Good Dream Guesthouses. If one is full, just ask about the other one.

Map


East or West Railay Beach
(อ่าวไร่เลย์)

How to get there:

  • 8°00’19.5″N 98°50’21.0″E (West Railay Beach)
  • 8°00’27.0″N 98°50’28.0″E (East Railay Beach)

From the Krabi Sea Port –

  • Getting here will cost 200THB. Just ask any of the people standing behind any desk.

From Krabi Town –

  • Just walk down to any of the docks (there are many) and begin exercising your negotiating skills.
  • Normally it will cost you 150THB per person if you have about 6 people. If you have less, your skills will be put to the test.
  • Just remember what dock you left from so you know which one to return to.
  • There are also buses, but I don’t have information about them.
    • Just from looking at the map, the bus might take a long time depending on where you are.

Notes:

  • There will be many places to buy hot food and cold drinks.

Map


Phra Nang Beach

How to get there:

  • 8°00’44.8″N 98°50’12.3″E

From the Krabi Sea Port –

  • Getting here will cost 200THB. Just ask any of the people standing behind any desk.

From Krabi Town –

  • Just walk down to any of the dock (there are many) and begin exercising your negotiating skills.
  • Normally it will cost you 150THB per person if you have about 6 people. If you have less, your skills will be put to the test.

From Railay Beach (East or West) –

  • Find a path heading south and it will lead you right to Phra Nang Beach.
  • If you can’t find the path, just walk into some resort.
    • If you look like you don’t belong in any of the really expensive resorts in this area, someone will be sure to come along and “guide” you away from the premises while pointing you in the right direction.

Notes:

  • There is a really sketchy looking path that you can climb up to get a scenic view. If you continue on the path and head down you will see a lagoon, though I’m not sure if you are allowed to swim in it. From what I know about it, which isn’t much, the lagoon isn’t worth the tedious effort it takes to see it.
  • There are a lot of monkeys that are not too shy around humans. They will steal from you. Keep shiny and delicious things inside your closed backpack or purse.
  • If you are not staying on this island, make sure that you leave when all the boats do, or you will be stuck there.

Map:


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