This week we have been continuing our holiday near Krabi, but today (Saturday) we leave to go back to Bangkok. The theme of the week was “just for the experience”.
After a very lazy day strolling on the beach & swimming, we went kayaking. Fifteen minutes into the trip, Dad nearly capsized the kayak when he leapt off, trying to catch his sunglasses as they fell into the water (any questions – please leave a comment below). As he was at the back, neither I or Mum had any idea what had happened. (Mum later told me all about when she & Nikki capsized on Kath’s hen weekend – if either Nikki or Kath are reading, please let me know your side of the story).
We walked to a Nature Park near our hotel, which had a 3.7km trail through it. We walked up & up in our flip-flops, through the rain forest & managed to make it half way before turning back when the steps got too steep.
We went to a New Year’s Eve party on a pretend cruise ship, which started with us getting passports & boarding passes (we had boarding passes 001, 002 & 003). We then had cocktails & entertainment from a fire show & other dancers. We then “boarded” the cruise ship. There was a buffet dinner & Dad broke the chocolate fountain. He dropped a strawberry into the chocolate reservoir, then he tried to get the strawberry out & knocked over the fountain so the pump had no pipe to pump the chocolate up (Oh, Daaaaaad!). There was singing & dancing, there were games, a countdown 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! …………. Tuesday ………….. champagne & fireworks, then a bit more champagne.
After a lazy lie-in, we went to Ao Nang & tried out a “fish massage” – very tickly! & then tried an open-backed taxi (Songthaw) home.
An early start – we were picked up by the Smart Cook Thai cookery school & were taken to the Krabi market. Ivy (our teacher) showed us around & we saw things like turmeric as a root! We sniffed at lots of herbs & saw lots of different sized chillies (but no bhult jololikas). Dad bought peppercorns & palm sugar so was very happy. Then we went to school. We cooked soup, curry, salad, spring rolls & desert. It was all just very delicious. I learnt that the 3 main ingredients of Thai cooking are fish sauce, oyster sauce & sugar. My favourite food that I cooked were banana spring rolls & sticky rice with really fresh mango. Mum’s happy because I still have all my fingers intact! Dad has learnt lots of new tips for making curry.
Off to Ao Nang again for a late lunch by the sea & then took a tuk tuk to the night market. Dad bought more peppercorns & palm sugar & fish paste. I tried slices of palm sugar – which are like discs of loveliness.
Mr Bew took us to the Krabi market for breakfast. We had khanom krok (small coconut milk pancakes), mango slices, chicken rice, chicken satay & fresh orange juice – yum. Then we set off for the tiger cave temple. We climbed 1,237 stairs up a limestone karst to see amazing views – definitely worth the effort – & a massive Buddha at the top. Coming down was much easier than going up. I have really got into trip advisor, so I rated all our activities & our hotel. Then as Friday night is curry night – we went to a local Nepalese & India restaurant (rated highly by trip advisor) & came home in a tuk tuk.
We checked into our hotel in Bangkok & whizzed off to see Jim Thompson’s house. Our taxi driver had no clue how to get there, so we arrived late, however I looked so sad that a very kind lady agreed to give us a private tour. Jim Thompson joined 6 Thai houses together & collected some very old Buddhas before he disappeared in 1967. We had dinner in a restaurant in his garden which was fantastic.
We got back to Shanghai just in time to open our Xmas presents & then take down the Xmas decorations. There really is no place like home!
Wierd sights and strange happenings
P.S. any questions? – just ask!