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Updated: 2020-06-16

Sawadee kha, Sawadee khrap

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Home - Journeys - Thailand and Laos 2020 - Thursday, February 20, 2020


The fishing pier.

The fishing pier.

Paknam Chanthaburi.

Paknam Chanthaburi.

Monkey with prawn crackers.

Monkey with prawn crackers.

Ao Krathing.

Ao Krathing.

We spent the night in the Hadsaithong Resort in Haad Chao Lao. The university teacher group was back drinking in the evening, and arguing again during the evening. But like last night, it was quiet at ten o'clock. We slept reasonably well.

When we get up it's already a quarter to eight. Tom takes a quick shower and then we have breakfast. After breakfast Pia takes a shower.
On the beach we see a few groups of school children marching by, more or less neatly in line, all with broomsticks on their shoulders. Most are very shy, but some dare to wave.

The plans for today are simple, a visit to the fishing pier and then we'll see. The pier is quickly found, it is very small, Haad Chao Lao is not a big fishing port. Being a fisherman is also hard work, all evening, perhaps all night, alone on a boat at sea, unloading the catch in the morning, selling it and preparing the boat for the next night.

We drive along the coast towards Chanthaburi and see a sign Paknam Chanthaburi. Paknam is a harbor, which is usually nice to see. Not so in Chanthaburi, it is mainly a large bridge over the mouth of the Chanthaburi river.

On the way we also saw a signpost to a fort, the Phairi Phinat Fort, and we drive there. When we stop there another car stops. The driver takes large bags of prawn crackers or something from his car and feeds the monkeys. We wonder if this is good for the monkeys, but they do eat it.
On top of the fort is also a pagoda, the Itsaparp Pagoda, from where we have a beautiful view over the mouth of the Chanthaburi river.
We go back a bit and then to the Khao Laem Sing Forest Park. There starts a path, quite a bit down, to a deserted and very beautiful beach, Ao Krathing. Too bad there are a few heaps of waste, but otherwise it is beautiful and deserted. There are warnings for venomous snakes. The climb back up is not too bad.

We drive back to Haad Chao Lao and eat something at ครัว เจ้า หลาว วิว ทะเล on the way; reasonable food.
Back at the hotel we rest, and at the end of the afternoon we take a beach walk. The rest of the evening we sit on our terrace, in an almost empty hotel, the students and the teachers have left.

Written on: 2020-02-21


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