05.01.2012 30 °C
We arrived last night in the dark so we had no idea what to expect when we woke up this morning. Although the hotel staff was great when we arrived, it didn't look like much of a spot. We went to breakfast to find that our backyard was a tropical garden with some amazing huge rocks hundreds of meters high, things were looking up. We enjoyed a buffet of fruits, cereals and pancakes with honey (don't worry, there was plenty of fried noodles and stuff too!)
Nat had suffered a bikini mishap in our last laundry fiasco, so our first mission today was to find her a new one. We figured it would be easy so we set off for a walk around town. The shopping here is rated as quantity not quality as we struggled to find something that would work, but by early afternoon we had managed to find one and some lunch. The beach was a short walk from our hotel as well, but this area has so many beaches with water taxi access that we thought we would go and explore. Two tickets to the next beach cost a couple of bucks each and we were off to Railay Beach. It wasn't a long trip, but it was fun and the water was super flat making it very easy. The rock formations along the coast are really amazing, I can only imagine what it looked like before the beaches were packed with people.
We weren't in the mood to sit in the sand so we went for a wander to see what we could find. I can only imagine what this place looked like back when the tsunami swept through here, it must have been a mess. There were plenty of high end hotels on and around the beach that all seemed to be pretty busy, so I guess business is back to usual. We skipped the rock climbing lessons and the beached boats selling fried noodles and went for a swim.
Another day or two here and we are going to start ferry hoping south to try and see some more of the coastline.