Quite a good day today, despite having to leave the beach this morning. We woke up in a rainstorm. Before leaving our place, we stopped at our favourite restaurant and the owner actually shared the recipe for the Hat Sak Hiew Prawns. He even gave up a package of tempura mix, just to be sure we’d have what we needed. What a great guy. If you go to Had Sakhiew beach, you must eat at Joe’s.
Instead of walking to the pier, where we catch our boat to the mainland, we took a taxi to attempt to keep out of the rain as much as possible. It cost us 100 Bhat ($2.50 CAD), and we’ve been laughing all day that the ride was only about 5 blocks in distance! (For comparison our 4 hour bus from Bangkok to the beach was only 125 Bhat each) Oh well, it’s just part of the adventure. On the boat, I gave up my dry seat to a Thai lady. We started chatting with her and her British husband and they offered us a ride back to Bangkok. We took them up on their offer and it was a great ride indeed and saved us busfare. Much more than busfare, we did gain a good relationship with a very nice couple. On the way back we stoped at a “service centre.” It’s a strip mall built right off the freeway in a pit-stop style. We grabbed some steamed buns, bbq’d meats on sticks, and some thai sweets. It was a coconut paste wrapped in sugar cane leaves and roasted, which is apparently a very tipical thai sweet. Having knowledgable company also allowed us to know what plants and farms we were driving by. Coconut, banana, pineapple, sugar cane, and rice farms dot the countryside. It reminds us of wheat fields, but with the exotic flair of palm trees.
Back at Khao San Road, we started walking around a bit and wandered into an art gallery. They had a photo exhibit with extraordinary pictures of Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. Drool…
We’re looking forward to a big day at the Grand Place and then some shopping in the markets tomorrow. Our adventure may be coming to a close, but we’re determined to make every bit count.