03.01.2013 - 03.01.2013 31 °C
Today we got up late and dawdled to get some breakfast. We went to a cheap place and had eggs and toast, juice and coffee/tea. It has been raining today and has rained since we wandered out of our basement room till late afternoon but has being extremely hot and humid. We walked around some of the streets with our umbrella and walked towards Kaew Grovaram Temple, getting lost a few times and a little muddy and wet. When we arrived the temple was empty as it was raining and was really nice. It had steps up to a big white temple and the steps were decorated with big golden dragons on either side snaking up the steps. The whole temple is pure white and is beautifully engraved and carved. The detailing in the pillars and the roof is really intricate. At the top you can go inside (taking off your shoes on the steps) and it is free to wander around the complex. It is on a pedestal with four smaller building's around it. It was lovely and peaceful as no one was around.
We then wandered a little further on, not knowing where we were going into another complex of some sort with smaller religious buildings that were being worked on to renovate. We are not sure what it was as it wasn't on our map and all the signs were in Thai but there was what looked like a grave yard of important people. The rain was then getting a lot worse so we walked down to one of the main streets and headed inside a cafe for a long coffee until the rain had eased up a bit. Krabi is very much a working town that has be become popular with tourists. It is not picturesque or quaint and the streets are wide, full of shops and restaurants where local people as well as tourists live and eat. There are lots of markets and lots of street vendors especially at night.
We walked around the fruit market looking at all the exotic fruits we have never seen before and then walked towards the Chinese temple that was bold on our map. Contrary to what our map says it is quite far away and took us and long time to get there, we seemed to just be getting further and further away from town and when we got there the temple was disapointing. It was run down and not very pleasing to the eye so we decided to walk towards the river and see all the mangroves.
Liam led us through what must have been the most remote part of town where everybody stared at us from there houses as we walked past. The riverfront is more wild than we thought. There is a path down the river which you can walk for miles. The river is lined with mangroves and has big limestone islands jutting out. On the outskirts we only saw a few men using there longboats for fishing but when we came closer to town every man with a boat offered us a longboat tour of the river. There is a jetty in town on the river where you can catch boats to the beaches that are only accessible by boat so as long as its not raining we plan to visit one of those tomorrow as the scenery is meant to be beautiful. We walked for miles right down the river until our feet and legs hurt and then we had the long walk back to the guesthouse where we sat with a beer to recover.
The wifi here is beyond terrible so it took us a long time to research our hopefully next destination Koh Lanta, a Thai island not far from here. By the time we realised it was after 6pm so and we were hungry. We walked down to the group of street food vendors that set up and night and picked one that was busy. The food is amazing here. We both picked something and shared them with rice. Chelsea had pork in a basil and chilli sauce and Liam had chicken in a garlic and black pepper sauce and they were both delicious and cost less than £3 with the drinks. We meant to take a photo of them but we were too excited and had eaten most of it before we remembered. we shared a large beer and walked up to some of the bars. We went into a bar and treated ourselves to a happy hour cocktail (£1.40 each).
Liam found a T-Shirt earlier that he liked to replace the one he shrunk in the dryer in Melaka but didn't want to pay the £4 the lady said it was so we went in and bartered her down to £3, a small victory Liam thought. Haha.
We are enjoying Karbi, the food and drink is cheap as is the accommodation and there is loads you can do using it as a base. We are planning on visiting the beach tomorrow by boat and if we like it maybe staying there a few nights too.
Now we are just sat researching our next move with Man the resident loveable street dog at the guesthouse.