Saturday, November 24, 2007

Khao Lak, Andaman Sea

This is our first trip to Khao Lak, 85Km north of Phuket.
It's a huge resort, isolated, quiet, and bulit on a long stretch of fine, white sandy beach.
Excellent place for honeymooners.
However, the once crystal clear waterfront is now 'bad', after Tsunami, by Andaman sea's standard.

During the 2004 Tsunami, this place was badly hit, including our hotel, Le Meridien.
Thousands of lives perished.
They took 19 months to rebuild the hotel, and right now, it's fully booked almost everyday!
Can't imagine the business.
Dinners need to be booked well in advance, despite having 7 restaurants.
Most tourists are from Europe, and 65% speaks German.
97.25% are white.
In our 6 days here, we saw merely 1 Jap couple, 1 Korean couple, and an Indian family......
We are among the privileged few..........;)

We shared a nice quiet time with Tze Ping, staying 5 nights here, just relax, stroll, swim, eat, sleep, nap, and relax.......;)

White endless beach, miles after miles.
I love those blue sky.....

When night falls, we just laze around by the pool.........

As a Starwood preferred platinum guest, we enjoyed special welcome :)
Thank you! Ah Bee.

Daily buffet breakfast is a sin ;p
Though I am never a believer of healthy food, but such tempting yogurt is difficult to resist ;)

Nightly, we enjoy freshly caught seafood, especially steam fish and tomyam kung.
Not happy with the Thai food we took in Bangkok last month, we requested for very hot, and spicy food.
Indeed, the food came with lot's of cabai burung, and needless to say, we cried, fumed, and yet longed for more, hehe.
More ice-water, I mean ;)

Tze Ping went for 3 days' dive in the Andaman Sea.
Similan Island, Ko Kak(?) and some ship wreck.
It was interesting, as he made friends with Leopard sharks, Giant Murray eels, Honeycomb eels, Scorpion fish, Lion fish, Sea turtles, Spotted eagle rays, and learned to dance with Durban dancing shrimps.........

While he is away, our daily activities include combing the white beach for shells, and hermit crabs, etc ;)
You can see how long the white beach is. Looks endless.
We tried, but can never finish walking this beach!
Perhaps ah girl should train here for your marathon.

Suddenly, we encounter more than we expected.
Don't worry, it's just a friendly long tail friend.
At one part of the beach, there are weird rocks.................
As this is a spa resort, mummy went for her spa facial, and happily charged it to the room, with generous tips. Poor Ah Bee had to foot the bill, not me, hehe :)
As we explored the beach, we found this nice restaurant,
and this giant tiger prawn alone cost us RM20, but other foods are reasonably cheap.
As we have nothing better to do, quarrelling is also a past time.
This is how we look after a fight.
As night falls, we will just lie down and enjoy those beautiful sunsets.........
and the hotel again turned into a paradise.......
Nevertheless, every nice holiday has to come to an end:(
This is the last meal before leaving.
Look at mummy's face and you know how much she enjoyed Thai food.
This one is Thai papaya salad. Excellent!
Khao Lak, we will be back!
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