Bye bye Krabi - hello Koh Tao!
Yesterday my time in Krabi came to an end. I had a nice Sunday started by having a relaxing breakfast at May`s and Mark`. And then I drove out with a girl I met at the hostel to climb the stairs to the actual Tiger Cave Temple. (Yesterday Google Maps did send me to the right place, but I did not realise the temple would be situated on a mountain)
The steps to the Tiger Cave Temple are steep, narrow and count 1260. It took me around and hour to get up there in the blistering heat that surrounds Krabi. Along the way we met many people in different stages of tiredness, some turning their white shirt into see through clothing. (Because of the sweating ;-))
Reaching the top was quite the achievement, but well worth the pain, because the views were absolutely amazing. The mountain that sports the gigantic Buddha statue has an overview of the whole valley. Palm tree plantations strech as far as the eye can see. At the back of the statue you can view the mountains and on the frontside you see the outline of the coastline. In the midst of that all is a golden, glimmering Buddha about 15m high. Due to the heat, there was virtually no-one to be seen at the top. I guess not everyone makes the top. After 20 minutes of pure awe, it was time to head down again. That only took about 15 minutes and we treated ourselves to a well-deserved ice cream after.
A tour on the bike dried our clothes, but it was definitely time to shower. Lauren had just returned from a trip to PhiPhi, so after a shower the girls headed out to the night market. A papaya salad, some pad Thai and a lime juice. What more does a girl need?
The next morning I headed out to Koh Tao, translated as turtle beach, for some diving (hopefully). I have a constant toss-up in my mind. Yes - No - Yes - No - Yes - No. Scary
The island has a really cool vibe, but is overwhelmed by the tourist divers that are visiting it. Once again as I leave the pier I hear the all so familiar `Taxi?` `Miss, where are you going?` `Scuba?` `Have hotel?` I flee to my hostel a little further up the hill. After I checked in, I hurry back down for some dinner as I have eaten nothing all day apart from now breakfast. A hungry Evy you would not want to encounter. I had a cheat meal and ordered a chicken burger, which was on its own already an adventure:
ME: I would like the chicken hamburger and a water please
THAI WAITRESS: No ham
ME: Yes Yes, no ham, just a chicken hamburger please
THAI WAITRESS: We have no ham miss
ME: Yes, of course, a chicken burger please. No ham :)
After that I booked a snorkling trip and went to bed, 8 hours on bus and boat makes one tired.
Sleep tight sweets,