Tiger Hut and onward to Koh Maak

When I returned from my failed visa run, I arrived at Tiger Hut to find Barbs chilling hard in our hut. She moved all our bags from Baan Rim Nam with Ian’s help to our hut for one night. The hut was pretty basic and budget, but it was 20m from the beach and had a spot to hang our hammock.

First order of the day was to get in the sea, was not feeling super energetic, so I just managed 1 km swim. The sun was setting as I swam out, so by the time I got back to the beach The was a gorgeous sunset happening right in front of our hut.

Barbs and I poured ourselves some stiff G&Ts, she decided to do a mini sunset photo shoot. Amazing, beautiful, speechless! We continued to chill in front of the hut watch the color disappear. When it was dark we missioned into town for some dinner.

I tried to get Lief the Danish guy from the Visa run to join us but he was not feeling so great, so we were having dinner just the two of us. We walked along Khlong Prao and saw Kati’s where we did our cooking course. We knew the food would be awesome so we stopped in there.

Such a lovely restaurant, friendly staff, decor was pretty, very inviting. We order starters, spring rolls and prawn tempura with a Chang beer to wash it down. It was funny, a cockroach was crawling around and the Europeans are so squeamish they were freaking, then one of the staff accidentally squashed the cockroach, kak funny!

Our mains were Garlic and Pepper prawns with rice & Sweet and sour prawns with rice. We ordered another Chang to wash it down. The good life! We paid for the food and rolled out of the restaurant back home.

We decided to get to bed when we got home because we had an early start in the morning. The bed however sucked balls, springs stuck into our backs and it was generally pretty uncomfortable. Thats budget accommodation for you. We feel asleep pretty quickly, but woke up at some ungodly hour feel the death bed’s wrath. Barbs made a plan to soften her side and I went to sleep in the hammock, which was pretty comfortable.

We got up at about 7:30am and packed our bags for the taxi down to the Bang Bao ferry pier. The taxi driver fetched us around 8:30am and we headed off. We eventually got down to the pier at around 9:30 and the boat headed off just before 10am.

The boat made 1 stop before we arrived at our final destination, we stopped at Koh Wai a teensy little island. We dropped some people off and picked up Helena the French woman from our cooking class. It was cool reconnecting, catching up with what she did and what we did since our last meeting. Gotto love being on holiday in a tropical foreign destination.

We arrived at our final destination Koh Maak and thought we knew where we were, but we didn’t. We headed off to what we thought was the right place, but we were on the wrong side of the island. Luckily we met a friendly local Thai guy who called the owner of Holiday Koh Mak Resort. We got fetch and taken to our new home, which looked like paradise!

Helena could not stay where we were as there was no space, but the owner of the resort made a plan to sort her out with a place to stay. She headed off to check out her prospective room while we sat down to lunch. Good times.

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Kayaking, sun burn and gin

At Baan Rim Nam there are kayaks available for all of the guests, this was one of the things that Ian the owner of the guest house had commented during our email chats. I was looking forward to missioning up the river and into the open sea.

The first day we arrived I was feeling extremely hungover from my last Lonely Beach party with Braam and Zuzka, Barbs didn’t join us that night. I had drunk SangSom which is a Thai Whiskey, actually rum. Anyways, point is I didn’t hit the kayak ride until the sun was setting. We went for a kayak mission up the river to see what the area looked like. Beautiful!

The second day at Baan Rim Nam was the 22nd December and we got up fairly early to go grab breakfast before our kayak adventure. One of my objectives was to book my Visa run for the 23rd December. Due to the fact that I was staying 37 days I needed to extend my visa for an extra 7 days. Sorted, so we headed back to guest house.

We set off around 11am. The first island didn’t look too far, but actually it was hard work getting to the island. We used the islands as markers and aimed for them. There was a small island just near Lonely beach that we saw had a beach, it was small enough to look deserted. We finally got to the island after over 1 hour of kayaking. So when we arrived we broke out the snacks and laid down our towels. Food and chill was in order. We relaxed in the sun and shade for about 30min.

We got on our way and aimed for the coast this time, our goal was to find a spot with decent food. We pulled into some random beach and found a nice looking resort with a restaurant. After a satisfying lunch we realized that we still had a fairly long kayak paddle to get home to Baan Rim Nam, so off we headed.

On our way we absorbed a little too much sun without thinking, we have put plenty of sun block on our upper body and faces. BUT nothing on our legs! Not sure what we were thinking. Barbs wanted her legs to get a bit of sun, but they were white so they turned bright pink. My legs were pretty tanned, but still burned somewhat on my shins.

Once back at the guest house we decided to chill hard and wait for the temperature to cool down a bit. Relaxing on our bed we realized that our legs needed after sun, so I put on my running shoes and headed into town.

I wrote down a number of odds and ends that I needed to buy. First stop was Kati’s cooking school, I needed to buy a gift for my mom. Next step was to get some Thai for for an early dinner. Last stop was 7eleven for the most important ingredients = tonic & ice for our gin, after sun and some more bottled water.

When I arrived back Barbs was in agony, her legs were glowing a brighter pink than before. After sun and ice was the first thing she wanted. We moved to the deck overlooking the river and ate our delicious Thai take aways.

We had to plan our next few days because my visa run threw a spanner in the works. We were due to head off to the next island on the 23rd Dec, but my visa run meant I only got back around 4 or 5 pm which was too late to catch a boat to our next destination. Logistics were a pain in the arse.

Ian the owner of Baan Rim Nam could not host us for another night, so I had to find another place to stay for the 23rd. He made some suggestions as to where we could stay near by. I put my running shoes back on and went to investigate. I run all the way up Klong Prao beach and then back. I faint a cool hut on the beach at Tiger Hut Resort for 600 Baht a night. Sold! I had to come back later and pay the deposit.

Barbs came along with me to pay the deposit, seeing she had to do the move in the morning it made most sense. We were set and headed back home for some more gin and tonic. Good times chilling next to the river.