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We boarded our boat again at 7am and took of back to the main land. A mini can was waiting for us and we enjoyed watching Ratatouille whilst on our way to our next exciting stop! We arrived in Ao Nang, Krabi, just before the movie ended which we were all secretly a little upset about!
Ao Nang is a beach town very similar to Phuket and no more than 40 kms away from the famous island. Restaurants, bars, spas and tourist stores line the beach broad walk so there is always something to look at!
We had a day and a half of free time here. Our first afternoon we tried to soak up some sun on the beach but unfortunately it was just too hot. We spent most of the time we were there in the water as it was unbelievably warm but still a little cooler than being in the direct sun. It was also crystal clear – we saw a couple of fish and jellyfish (and managed to not get stung!) – and it is deep at all. We were still standing with the water up to our waists at about 50 meters from shore!!
That night we tried to find some night life – an attempt that failed miserably! There were so really cool bars all along one 'walking street' but there was no one there to chat to! We had an early night instead and we up again early for another attempt at some sunbathing!
Late morning we went back to the hotel where the funniest thing happened! We were standing outside our room ( literally only a meter away ) talking to a guy from our tour called Tom. As we were chatting and discussing the plans for the afternoon the door slammed shut thanks to the wind. We got the spare key.. It wouldn’t open the door. The cleaners key? Neither would that. The locksmiths attempts to open it? No luck. Try climbing in from the window above or below us? To bigger gap. Cleaners tying sheets together for a ladder? Hilarious, but a little too dodgy for our liking. Over an hour after this all began one of the receptionist girls who clearly eats well (put simply ; she resembled a sumo wrestler) came up to finally try to open the door by force. Now this girl would really be over 100 kg and was trying to quite literally kick the door in. After running at and kicking the door with full force for a few minutes, and just about putting us on the ground from laughter, she tried the key one last time and it just popped open ( with no damage which saved us a lot of money!!! ) Thanks Miss Sumo!
Once we had finally gotten inside we rushed to get changed, grab our belongings and a banana-Nutella pancake before our guide picked Kate, Tom and I up to go on an afternoon Elephant experience.
We arrived there and quite literally jumped on our elephant straight away ready for our two hour elephant trek through the jungle! We weren’t sure about the flimsy rope tied across our laps to keep us on the elephant but we didn’t fall (there were a few close calls…) and we enjoyed the trek and getting up close and personal with these amazing animals – we even had a mini bath on the way because our elephant was too hot and decided that it wasn’t just him who needed calling down and we watched how an elephant can be quite childish after he picked up a huge log which he wanted to play with and then threw it back disgruntled when his keeper told him off. They also enjoyed munching on any appetising looking bush along the way and Toms elephant seemed to have a problem with itching himself on every tree which seemed sturdy enough! The trek itself went by way too fast but we arrived back at the center and we were allowed to feed to elephants bananas who were surprisingly gentle even though they are huge. After all of the bananas were gone we were allowed to meet a baby elephant which was just 2 years old and about the same height as we were. It showed us some tricks like playing the harmonica for us, putting a hat on our heads and walking on just three legs which it had been learning. It was incredibly cute and extremely friendly towards us!
We left the elephants behind and went to a fish farm on the way back (strange I know but it came with our tour!) We got to see a few crocodiles and feed some horrendously ugly looking cat fish. At the park though they had a gorgeous little swimming hole which Tom got in (it was a little cold for me!!) and then we left for our very very late lunch which was also included in the tour. The lunch was delicious, we had rice with sweet and Sour chicken, chilli chicken, and stir fried veges which was freshly made for us in a dinky wee place on the side of a road in goodness knows where! The three of us demolished the lot and set off back to the hotel.