12.01.2013 - 12.01.2013 33 °C
We had one simple task set for today, our last full day on Ko Phayam. Buy new sunglasses.
Last night once we were back at the hut we thought it strange that we could only find the one cockroach roaming around. Chelsea plucked up the courage to go to the toilet, only for the largest cockroach to be sat in the toilet once she lifted the seat. As if she wasn't scared enough this really tipped her over the edge.
We had another restless night partly due to animal noises but it was also incrediby hot. There is no fan or air flow through the hut so it was stifling. We were slow to leave the hut as we were so tired but we set off into the little village around the corner to find us some sunglasses. There is a little hut on the way in that sells clothes and accessories and after a look around we decided to buy some there. We now each own a pair of genuine fake Ray-bans for £3 each. We went to a cafe that we have visited before for breakfast called 'Forget me not' that is ran by a very nice Thai lady. We both had boiled rice soup with pork, washed down with a mango shake as the day was already getting hot.
Whilst we were waiting for our breakfast we heard some commotion on the street and there was a local man holding a snake by the neck. The nice Thai lady thought he was playng a trick on her as she diidn't like snakes but it was real, he had grabbed the snake and was walking it away from the path. He didn't seem too phased but both locals and tourists (in between taking pictures) were running away.
For the afternoon of our last day we decided to get the last bit of beach time as we do not know when we will next see one. Only one minor problem with this as there usually is with us two, we are running extremely low on sun cream. The only place we have seen selling it here is ridiculously expensive so we scraped every last drop we could out of the factor 50 and walked down onto the beach.
We sat on the beach for a long time, reading in the sun, until we were too hot. We then retreated to the bar and had a drink in the shade to cool off. Chelsea, working her way through the variety of shakes on offer, had pineapple. We then made our way to a slightly shaded section of the beach and we sat there until the sun started to go down. It has been a very lazy afternoon, and we appreciate it does not make for good reading, but it has been the relaxing day we need before moving on tomorrow.
Tonight we tried a new place to eat. We walked further up the beach than we have any night before and settled on a tiny place that was decorated with lights and candle light tables. We shared, fried shrimp in chilli and basil and fried chicken in chilli sauce with some rice. Both were delicious and we got a selection of nuts with out beer. Cashew nuts are grown on the island so they are always yummy. We walked back down the beach in the dark. We have not noticed before but there are so many stars in the sky at night. We assume it is to do with the little light on the ground, We have never seen so many stars. We ended our night in the bar of our resort sharing a beer and writing this.
We have loved our week on Ko Phayam, it has been really peacful and a little too eventful at times but it has been fun. We both feel like we are going home after a holiday and think we are in for a shock come Monday. Our plan is to get the afternoon ferry tomorrow at 2pm off the island back to Ranong and then the overnight bus to Bangkok. This leaves at 7.30pm and takes about 10 hours. On the plus side it saves us money for a nights accomadation, Bring on Bangkok.