Searching for the illusive
17.09.2013 - 17.09.2013 30 °C
Google Maps had indicated that there was white water rafting just south of Kata, none of the locals knew much about it and kept wanting to take us elsewhere, however we are not in a position to be taking a trip every day. Start with a few days R&R then a day of activity and a day of nothing (supposedly writing the blog and sorting the photos). This was a nothing day, so started the quest for the rafting. We negotiated with a Tuk Tuk driver to head out of town, and again passed a number of both elephant experience places, and monkey handling sites, but no white water rafting. We ulled up Google Maps and had the driver drive back slowly as we tracked out location. Sure enough at the indicated location there was evidence that something had been there some time ago, but it certainly was not operating now, oh well that's part of the fun of having no plans. We heading back up to one of the lookout points we had past. From there we could look down and see Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach all lined up in a row, you could also see why Kata Beach avoided major damage when the tsunami came through on Boxing Day 2004 due to it's slightly different orientation.
It was a nice quiet day - which was just what I needed to finally fully get over what ever bugs I had contracted. James and Matthew occupied themselves in the local shops and are now well know to the majority of the stall holders, either by face and or name, or reputation. I get the feeling the profit margins (whilst I sure will be substantial) will be down this fortnight. Even Millie & I not have a new ploy the 'leave the sunglasses behind' trick. We try to get the price we want, and if we don't we leave the sunglasses behind, only to return 10 minutes later to collect them. It sometimes works that we get he price we wanted.
It's a game and they know it, and we know it. Only they do it every day, we do it every 18 months. Those who get us in the first 5 days make a killing, after that they just make a profit!
Since Thursday afternoon we have had no rain and each day it's been 30C, bright and sunny. the beaches have been turbid which is usual for this time of year, but the banana boat has been out occasionally and we have even seen the odd lantern sent up at night. Not much happens on the beach in the evening as the tides are right up to the retaining walls and there just is not much beach left on which to party.