Hat Yai / Ao Nang (Krabi)
From langkawi on I took the ferry back to kualah kedah! Regarding to a lack of time I had to take a taxi to the alor setar train station, but it was better then expected, 20 ringgit seem to be okay! And I’m sure I wouldn’t have found the way, really hidden!
Arriving there it turned out that the Thai-train is much more expensive, so it took three times the price to get to hat yai compared to the price to the Thai-border.
In the train it turned furthermore out to be a mix of sleeper and seat-train. Means you can only use your bed when no one is sitting there… But a Thai train is of course not empty, so I ended up paying 4 times the price for a sleeper train but got only a seat! And as if that wouldn’t be enough the Thai train had to stop several times, because Thailand has only a one-way railway! So we needed for a track that is usually done in 3 hours 6! Big down from me for the Thai train!
Apart from that I met an older british guy living in thaila, seems like he found a young Thai-lady over here and enjoys his retirement here! From what he said it sounds nice, in Britain his retirement wouldn’t last long, but in thaila he’s a really rich man! The Thailand-law just says that he has to leave every 3 month the country to get his visa… So he left for Malaysia and came back on the same train as me. He thought me a lot about Thailand, really interesting! (Ich erwähne lieber nicht was genau bevor ich hier noch exekutiert werde :D..)
Arriving late in hat yai I got myself a single room and went out for dinner, enjoying thailands more than nice food! But unfortunately I had to go to bed really early, just passing out instead of seeing that interesting town – sleep is rare in Asia ;D…
The next morning I went to a travel agency I found on tripadvisor and got myself a ticket to Krabi! 350 baht (around 10AU$) are amazing for traveling 5 hours up! Always ask directly at the bus agency, otherwise they charge you like otherones I met for the same trip the doubled amount!
The way to Krabi was interesting, Thai traffic is just insane!
In Ao nang I checked into my hostel and walked around the town enjoying an amazing view whilst eating curry!
The next day I rented myself a scooter and went to the nearest nationalpark, what wasn’t quite easy! Remember how I said the signs in Singapore were bad? Ha! At least they have signs! Don’t ask me how Thais navigate, but there is nothing! And with nothing I mean nothing! Not even barely something like a sign, or if, it has been on Thai (see pictures 😉 ).
But the road there has been amazing, through little slum-areas seeing the other side and not touristic-Thailand! It was quite hard to survive the traffic too! Everywhere scooters driving through little holes in the car-line and everyone just cares for himself. The fact that I got a 150km/h scooter without any protection then a helmet consisting out of 1mm plastic didn’t make it better… I was quite lucky to have experience with a scooter in Germany, otherwise I would be surely dead now!:D but after some time you got used to it and you were one of these scooter drivers driving full throttle!
Back to the trip, I went into the rainforest enjoying a really nice, but more than exhausting way up the top of a mountain! After that I could refresh in a waterfall , so nice! After that I drove to Krabi and enjoyed a nice dinner at the marina-market! I tried some chinese pancakes, tasting like coconut with fish! sound weird but was nice! After that I had some more beers back in my hostel with some other guys and went to bed;)