Bangkok > Krabi Town
08.16.2015 - 08.16.2015
After a ridiculous amount of travel, we were able to grab some rest at a quaint back-alley hotel by 4:30am. Sleep, you're so good to me.
Around 7:30am I woke to the sound of drums, chimes and women singing. Confused, I went to check it out....
Nothing so far... Although I did immediately notice the thick, sticky humid air. But once I turned the corner...
.... I found out we booked the one place that was having a full on Thai wedding!
Still groggy from the travel, we grabbed some food and holed up in our room until it was time to fly.
Bangkok to Krabi is a relatively short (2 hr) flight that drops you into more of a jungle location than Bangkok. Krabi is full of partially maintained asphalt roads winding around huge limestone cliffs jutting out of the ground. Random shops on the side of the road, some selling tables enshrined with Angry Birds decals. Way too many close calls with our shuttle driver and bikers, some even driving in the opposite direction of traffic on the actual wrong side of the road.
Krabi is obese with "stuff." There is construction next to run down shops next to local establishments, next to brand new corporate complexes. The opposing forces of wealth and poverty have met, here, in an explosion that no one seems to really give a shit about. Everyone is happy with what they have, what they've been given and generally enjoy life. The balance is intriguing and disturbing.
After driving around for a while, we were shuttled to Krabi Town, and straight to our shuttle driver's family business. Some people were pissed off about the deception, others took it in stride, still others stayed in their seats, clearly oblivious as to what was going on.
We decided this was the perfect time to grab a beer and reset.
I walked down the street and found a good deal on a room. We set our packs down, cranked the AC and went to get food. Krabi Town is a vibrant city with bars, street cars, restaurants, family owned shops, stray dogs and smells - some good, some bad. But the people are friendly. Cars and motorbikes fly by on the opposite side of the road as the U.S. The reality that I'm in Thailand finally starts to settle in.
We ended the night at a friendly local bar talking to locals, drinking Chang beer, eating exotic fruit (which, I apologize I didn't photograph) and playing connect four.
Tomorrow, Koh Phi Phi island. Where "The Beach" was made, so I'm told. Still haven't seen the damn movie...