02.01.2013 - 02.01.2013 30 °C
Today has been a day of traveling and waiting. The ferry to Satun, Thailand leaves Langkawi at 9am but our alarm didn't go off and the usual cockerel that has been waking us up regardless was nowhere to be found. We didn't wake up till 8am. After frantically getting dressed, packing the last bits of our things, checking out, settling our bill and leaving a note for our neighbours who lent us some books we had a speed walk to the taxi rank and arrived at 8.30am. We didn't get to the ferry terminal until 8.55 and there was a huge queue for the ferry. When we got to the front of the queue they were still selling tickets for the ferry that departs at 9am even though it was around 9.15 but the lady assured us we would have time to catch it.
We speed walked through the terminal and through Malaysian immigration and the ferry was still waiting. By some miracle we had managed to wake up and catch the ferry within an hour. To get to the ferry terminal from Pantai Cenang you have to use a taxi as there are no busses and it cost 24 ringitt. The ferry to Satun costs 30 ringitt and leaves at 9am, 1pm and 4.30pm. The ferry is comfortable and plays a movie, today it was Mr Poppers Penguins which Chelsea was enjoying. When you arrive at Satun you fill out an arrival form whilst in the immigration queue and pass through Thai immigration. You then have two options for moving on. You can grab a share taxi to the main bus station and get a local bus onward from there or pay a little more and get a tour company to take you to your destination straight from the ferry terminal. We decided to do the later and got a minivan straight through to Krabi town centre for 500 baht. We had to wait around for a few hours (after being told it would arrive at 11:00, 11:30 and 11:45, it finally turned up at 13:00) for the van to turn up but it took us right into town.
We then set about finding somewhere to stay. Both the guest houses we liked the best were full so we went with our third choice, P Guesthouse. The rooms are 300 baaht (£6) and have there own bathrooms with hot water. There is a tv which is a first for us and wifi (the wifi is useless though) and it is clean even though it looks a little like a basement prison cell. It also has a resident street dog called Man. Is is super maingey but really friendly and we feel really sorry for him. He sits on the front step and wags his tail when people walk back but he is in really bad condition with bald spots and crusty furr. We wish we could take him with us and make him less maingey.
It was late when we arrived so we showered and went out for tea and drinks. We found the night market which is really close to us and had a walk around. The food in the market is amazing. People sell all sorts of things on there stalls. We tried some barbecued pork on a stick, a fresh orange slushy and some spicy rice and roast chicken which the vendor puts in a polystyrene box for you, puts it in a bag and throws some salad in the bag as garnish. It cost us 40 baaht (80p). People were selling desserts, fried bugs like locusts and grubs, drinks and everything you could imagine barbecued on a stick. We will definatey be going back to sample some new things. We had a walk around town and found a bar to sit and play cards for an hour.
On first impressions we like Krabi, we are going to spend tomorrow exploring the town.