This morning you’ll enjoy an included half day Sea Kayaking trip to the mangrove forest of Ao Thalane
- Krabi - Sea Kayaking
I woke up when the sun was up sometime before 7 am
When Tai came down, she helped with breakfast. She pointed out the very sweet offerings: some black sticky rice wrapped in banana leave tents, balls of sticky rice filled with a small ball of sugar, brown sugar cake, some tapioca with a sugar topping in squares that looked like lemon tarts, some fried donuts, and some sugary fried sticks (not sure what else they were made of besides sugar). There was also some Southern Thai fried chicken and white sticky rice. I think there were some other black sticky rice balls covered in powered sugar. I guess Thais like a sweet breakfast, or at least the Southern Thai people. Initially our group balked at the sugar overload but I think most of us tried at least half of the tidbits. I had some nescafe to stave off caffeine withdrawal.
Several times during our visit to South Thailand, Tai pointed out that people from Northern Thailand, like Tai's mother, think that the South Thais are very different from them. She would warn Tai to be careful when she came to South Thailand. I think Tai said that the South Thai could be equally suspicious of the Northern Thais
At 8:30 am we piled back into the van for the short ride to our next hotel: Ben's House in Ao Nang in Krabi. We are a 15 minute walk from the beach. We have about 2 1/2 hours to our sea kayaking excursion. Then we get to decide what to do as optional excursions for tomorrow. I would definitely like to go to Phi Phi Island....I hope that I won't get seasick. I may end up taking dramamine as a precaution. I showered and dropped off some laundry since we have 2 nights here and my clothes feel very sticky.
At this point - which is the next evening - I can't seem to remember the order of the day's activities. We must have eaten lunch. Maybe we drove to the place where we would go kayaking and ate there. I think so. Then it was maybe around 2 pm when we got ready for the kayaking. We got our vests and our paddles. There were 2 \people per kayak and Tai put me with our guide Mr. June. That was good since he did the steering and I could stop and take photoso when I wanted to. Mostly, it worked out, but once or twice, I had to rush my photos because I felt I was being remiss.
The sea kayaking was perhaps the highlight of the trip so far for me
We went out to dinner at a restaurant that Tai picked out. Alex and I shared two appetizers - chicken satay and spring rolls and we shared the fried banana and chocolate dessert. I had a big Leo beer that I couldn't finish by myself and a fresh coconut drink with a beautiful flower and umbrella. The others had exceptionally nice flowers carved out of watermelon and cucumbers maybe.
We put the a/c on to sleep. I can't remember much else except that I stayed up until almost 11 pm I think but still didn't get to finish this blog entry.