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Ko Yao Noi Tootlings #7…

…Random Jottings.

The journey to/from the island from Krabi province was somewhat … what shall I say? … choppy.

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Outbound we waited for a storm to pass…

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…and going back to the mainland, the front of the boat – what’s it called? – the bow, was moving around like a corkscrew. Maybe I should have offered to drive…

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One day I decided to wander around the main town, which is pretty-much the only town, just to see what was on offer…

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I’d have to say, for tourists, not much. Every place seemed to be selling the same things. But I looked around some of the small supermarkets and the fresh food stores and was quite impressed with the range of goods.

And you might be wondering why I would care. Well, as it happens, Twitterings will be relocating to the island later this year. I was imagining I’d have to take a ferry to go to Krabi or Phuket for the bulk of my culinary needs, but I found a wider range of produce than I can buy here in Khanom – which is a much larger place. My favorite curry powder is available. Right now I need a 140km round-trip to Surat Thani to buy it. And my favorite type of pasta, farfalle, which I hastily snatch from the shelf any time I see it, is available on the island in a number of stores. Fresh veggies are everywhere…

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There’s even a gas station, but I don’t think it will meet Bert’s needs!…

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Mimi was happy though. Someone’s made her a nice take-off and landing pad 🙂 …

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Of course, she just had to go up and take a look around…

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…leaving me to listen intently for anyone shouting “Incoming” – which only aficionados of the TV show MASH will understand.

And I even found a nice little restoration project…

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Oh, and a tamarind tree…

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…but they’re very common on the island. According to Wikipedia the pulp can be used for “traditional medicine and metal polish.” I’m struggling to find a connection between those, but maybe polished intestines are healthy intestines.

Despite the mostly gloomy weather, I did have a tootle around the southwest corner of the island. Not a lot to see, especially with the tide being out and the lack of blue skies…

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And I found yet another unused jetty…

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wwiI’m not even going to try to guess why they keep building them. In Thailand, things just are the way they are.