Feb 072010

Pak Bara (February 4, 2010)

My morning leisure time was consumed with a small project for work, so I had no time for sunscreen as we rushed our bags into the van and headed down to the pier. Breakfast was a small plate of pad thai noodles with shrimp, supplemented with a ripe tangerine and a delicious coconut custard on sticky rice. Before boarding our boat, we shopped the local boutiques for shirts.

In Transit (February 4, 2010)

[Boat Ride / Island Lunch / Snorkel — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

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Famous Rock Arch, Koh Khai, Tarutao Park

Kasma Capturing a Great Shot, Koh Khai, Tarutao Park

Tourists with Great Tees, Koh Khai, Tarutao Park

Dangerous Spiny Urchins, Tarutao Park

Shy Pufferfish, Tarutao Park

Stonefish, Tarutao Park

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Koh Lipe (February 4, 2010)

[Island Arrival / Accommodations / Dinner — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

Squid with Basil, Lipe Resort

Fancy but Petite Fried Fish, Lipe Resort

Mixed Vegetables, Lipe Resort

Curry Shrimp, Lipe Resort

Crystal Noodle Salad, Lipe Resort

Koh Lipe (February 5, 2010)

[Breakfast / Snorkeling / Island Lunch / Snorkeling / Dinner — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

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Koh Lipe (February 6, 2010)

[Breakfast / Snorkeling / Island Lunch / Snorkeling / Rock Island / Dinner / Peace & Love Bar — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

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Koh Lipe (February 7, 2010)

[Breakfast / Boat Ride — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

Pak Bara (February 7, 2010)

[Noodle Lunch — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

Trang (February 7, 2010)

[Cake Factory — Notes lost in hard drive crash]

Krabi (February 7, 2010)

After driving furiously from Trang to Krabi — along winding roads that upset more than one stomach — we arrived at Varich Krabi Batik shortly after 5:00 to pick up custom orders and consider new purchases. We hustled over to the Maritime where we checked back into a wing with a more ordinary view and set to work separating our bags, keeping only essentials with us and sending everything else in the back to Bangkok in the vans.

For dinner, of course, we returned to Ruen Mai. A light salad of shredded green mango and cashews with a tangy lime dressing provided instant refreshment. This was in contrast to a rich choo chee curry over tender poached fish; a curry of large, flat rainforest beans and shrimp; slices of pork belly flavored with fermented tofu and laced with tiny but potent green Thai chillies; and a rich “fish innards” curry (a bit salty, but otherwise unobjectionable — and extremely hot). We got our greens in a stir fry of leafy pak miang and egg. Kasma delivered some Trang cakes as a gift to the staff at the restaurant, and we ate a few ourselves.

Green Mango and Cashew Salad at Ruen Mai, Krabi

Fish Innards Curry at Ruen Mai, Krabi

Choo Chee Curry Fish at Ruen Mai, Krabi

Fatty Pork Belly at Ruen Mai, Krabi

Shrimp with Rainforest Beans at Ruen Mai, Krabi

Pak Miang and Eggs at Ruen Mai, Krabi

Back at the Maritime, we bid our drivers farewell for a day and a half. Most of us agreed to meet in the morning for an early visit to the market for breakfast, so we could assist one another in finding good edibles and have a solid start to our “free day” here in Krabi.

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