As I write this post I’m sitting on the most gorgeous beach, enjoying the heat, humidity, crabs wandering by met feet and….rain! OK, I didn’t count on it to be raining but who cares. It will pass.
As promised this is the continuation of my journey to this remote isle. After getting off the bus at the station, there was some confusion to where I was actually going. Despite me showing the island on Google Maps, a lot of people had no clue. The more confused people got, the more determined I was to find this paradise!
After almost being led to the train station on a motorcycle taxi (to an island?) a helpful Thai man booked me a severely overpriced private taxi ride to the pier. Once there, I hopped on a longboat and arrived in Koh Sukorn. A quick tuk tuk ride later and I had arrived.
I was famished, so had some fried rice, a Chang and turned on relaxation mode. Unlike the past week, the next few days are all about R&R.
Christmas Eve was uneventful, just how I wanted it. I had big plans for Christmas Day. Had a good chat with a few couples from Wales, then headed to bed on my brick of a mattress in a room with a fan. No complaints here, I slept like a baby!
Today, Christmas 2014 I finally rode a motorbike! I figured why not learn on a quiet island. Let me tell you how glad I was to take the chance. I had a permanent grin on my face as I zipped around the island past beaches, rubber plantations, water buffalo, lizards and through the jungle to explore.
It was so freeing, perfect and I am hooked. Lesson learned: Turn fear into excitement.
After doing a loop of the island, I popped into a bar I heard was owned by a Canadian man and his Thai wife. Best decision ever….I have never been greeted so warmly in my life!
They grabbed me a beer, helped me top up my phone data, and invited me to Christmas Dinner. Wow! They also have a guest house they offered me super cheap, just because I’m Canadian and nice. Their young daughter was so excited too. Needless to say after tonight I’ll be headed there to stay for who knows how long. I just need to be in Krabi by Dec. 30. Best day ever!