But anyway we have just finished our 3 nights in Phuket, 3 days in Phi Phi our week in Lanta. We are definitely going back to Lanta. We only saw a little bit but the bits we did see have blown my mind and we have once again met some lovely people. Bow owns the Blue Bailey Bar on coast of Lanta and we have struck up a good friendship so much so that he and his wife Jeny picked us up early one morning and took us to have breakfast with them at one of there favourite places. The food was fantastic and we only paid 50 baht (£1.20 each) as it was Thai prices. They then took us to show us his some of his land and its beautiful.
But first we went to Phuket and the beaches where beautiful but it rained non stop the whole time we where there apart from the first day. So we didn't really see much during the day but we went out at night and one night ended up meeting a couple of Welsh guys playing pool with a Thai lady. We ended spending the night with the 3 of them and when the Welsh guys left the Thai lady bought us a drink each and we talked about her and how she owned 3 bars and this one she employed her daughter and nephew. She was a wise lovely business women and we got her card just in case...and a free beer :-). I tried my first real street food there and it was delicious and cheap, pork i think it was and Abi had chicken livers on a stick. I also got my first tattoo and i love it! Abi got her long time carp on her leg coloured in and again it looks very good and brings out her drawing really well. I left Phuket feeling that I hadn't really seen much of it but Patong Beach was too busy and crowded and full of the wrong sorts of places as far i could see. But Phuket is a big place and worthy of more investigation, I'm sure.
Then it was Phi Phi, this place was beautiful......gorgeous beaches and it had great bars and restaurants to hang out in. We spent most of the time either on the beach or hanging out in one of our favourite places called The Hippie Bar. Its location was perfect and the staff were friendly and it had everything you want in there. We also took a walk up to the view point in Phi Phi and the view was spectacular...we walked for 45 mins (the long way) and found out at the top there was an actual path for walkers that took only about 15 minutes!! We were drenched with sweat by the time we got there but at least we saw a bit more of Phi Phi :-).
Food was available 24 hours a day it seemed. You could smell the sweetness of pancakes and try a big slice of pizza for only 80 baht..great value as one was enough. But after two nights in Phi Phi we where back on a boat to transfer to Koh Lanta.
Well what can we say about Koh Lanta? It seemed to have the best of everything. It was much much more peaceful than Phi Phi and Phuket, yet still had bars and restaurants only seconds away. Difference was you couldn't hear Bass lines pumping at 3 AM like in Phi Phi and there was a fraction of the people. The beaches were beautiful and the water clear and warm. The sand in Phi Phi was white and finer but that's really just splitting hairs. We both love Lanta and cannot wait to go back. We stayed in the Moonwalk resort, the bungalows where amazing but the resort itself had a edgy atmosphere and me and Abi didn't like the vibe. If being ignored and made to feel your bothering them ordering something is your cup of tea then go there. We didn't mind as we met a lovely family who made us feel welcome instantly and it was the resort next door! Blue Bailey Bar its called and its built and owned by Bow. His wife Jeny and his mum and brothers and all his family an friends work there and it rubs of on you. Even though you cant understand them you hear the banter and laughing going on all day and its great. They all come and talk to you and by the 5th day we knew there names, their relationships with each other and Bow made us a very good offer.
One night after Bow made us an amazing White Snapper dinner (which i loved) we explained to him what we where doing, and that we where travelling to find a new home (possibly) and explore the wonderful place which is South East Asia. We had sold up everything and he seemed amazed. We asked him if he had many people come here doing the same and he said we where the first that he ha spoken too! He then offered to show us his land and if we wanted he would build us a home there. Not only that he would help with all the paperwork and give us both jobs at the Blue Bailey Bar! almost to good to be true. After talking for a few hours we all started to realise this might actually be real. We arranged to picked up at 10am and see the sight.
10.45 AM Bow and Jeny turned up, by now the feeling of excitement had gone and the feeling of doubt this was all a hoax started to creep in. Maybe they arent serious? maybe they do this to everyone?
They picked us up and took us to a little restaurant they use regularly and we didn't have a clue how it worked? it wasn't a buffet but it looked like one and there where no foreigners in there only Thai. Luckily Bow explained how it worked and for £1.20p odd we had an amazing lunch. He then went to pay his electricity bill (Which Jeny showed us) and it was very low considering the amount they use. We then went to his land-well some of it. It was in a great location and you could see the potential for having a home there. It was simply beautiful and quiet and surrounded by nature and the sea. He went on to explain that he would like us (if we wanted and when we were ready) to open a Bar this side of the Island as its only going to get bigger. One thing at a time i think. "Big home" he kept saying, "Big home i build for you if you want"
It was a bit surreal and hen we returned back to the Blue Bailey Bar he said "you guys think, talk about it, i know you go away for another month or so but if you want, you come back and talk to me" There was no pressure and the more we are thinking about it the more of a great idea it sounds. The rent is so low that we could afford it as a holiday home if we ever come back to England and if we cant afford it then we just leave, there is no commitment. He owns it and he pays for build we just rent. We are seriously thinking about it.
That night Abi was feeling tired so i went for one drink on my own at the Blue Bailey Bar. Bow saw i was on my own and after asking if Abi was ok he suggested i went out with him to his friends bar for a little party. I accepted and then spent a great night with 6 Thai guys drinking and constantly asking "what did he say?" "What did he say". It was such a good night and all of Bows friends where welcoming, funny and had good hearts. I started thinking to myself when in England would i of gone of with a load of random guys and spent the night with them, completely unable to understand what they are talking about but still joking and laughing with them through broken English and it all made sense. They where great blokes and 4 hours later i stumbled back to my bungalow so happy i accepted his offer-as i refused at first then came to my senses....this is a once in a life time thing. Drop your inhibitions and trust your instincts and you will be ok. If i didn't feel safe with Bow i wouldn't of gone and he was checking up on me all night. Great bloke! Great friends!
Apart from that adventure we took the week in Lanta to relax and just chill. We topped up our tans and even Abi is now getting colour! We made friends with the local dogs who walked Abi home and then sat with her all morning outside our porch bit....they were lovely and made us miss owning a dog :-(
We also spent a lot of time in hammocks chilling at a bar called The Mushroom Bar. That place was ok as long as you blocked the owners 15 year old son who was far to big for his boots (a cocky little shit is what i called him). I snorkelled in the sea and we both as i said generally just relaxed that week.
But that week had to end and after exchanging personal numbers with Bow and Jeny, We said our goodbyes, Gave them all a hug and got a family photo of them all. We will be back.
We are now in Krabi and ill be back soon....again WI-FI depending.
Love and miss you all and thanks for reading this.
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