I just made it back into Krabi from Ko Tarutao, a national marine park in the south of Thailand. The island was great! It was beautiful and mostly quite, except for several large groups of school children. The sand was the finest powdery whiteness I have ever seen and the water was nice and cool. The sea would have been perfect if it weren't for the stingy microorganisms. Pesky things!
Tom and I went for a cycle and a walk through the forest to a small waterfall with an inviting pool at the bottom. I had to do a little convincing to myself, but I eventually abandoned all reason and jumped in. I was worth it! The water was cool and clear and despite what the brochure at the visitor's center said it was very refreshing (the brochure had said it was a "defreshing pool").
There were fish and Tom is afraid of water anyway, but he jumped in after I bribed him with two large beers.
We walked back, claimed our bikes and cycled on the Ao San. This was a long and gorgeous beach with no people on it. We walked along until we found a shady spot to nap. Tom stole my napping rock, so I was forced to try to sleep on a rock in the water that was covered with barnacles and other sea creatures. It didn't work out so well so I woke Tom up and we headed back.
The last night we were on Tarutao we camped out on the beach. The was very breezy and would have been great, but I was a little uncomfortable sleeping on the ground with my backpack as a pillow so I didn't get much sleep. We went snorkeling one of the days, but I didn't see much of anything. The water was too cloudy and I was a little creeped out. I was hoping to see a whale or some turtles :-(
I managed to read two books and picked up another about the history of the banana. I'm really looking forward to reading it!
We head to Phucket tomorrow to do some last minute shopping before heading back to Indo. Tonight I will feast on the delicious curry in Krabi!