Sheraton Krabi Resort
21.01.2006 31 °C
As we were feeling tired of the "hustle and bustle" of the backpacking life, we decided to live it up and stay a few nights at the Sheraton Krabi Resort (plus we got a screaming good deal - thanks Papa Jenks!). Let me tell you, if you ever go to the Thailand beaches, take a Jenks family member, because this resort and beach were NICE! (By the way, Amber says that she is always available if anyone is interested!)
We entered the lobby with our backpacks, smelly and looking like we needed a shower. They greeted us with cold lemongrass tea and chilled lemongrass towels, the service that we expect when we return home. The grounds and buildings were very beautiful, and we knew we were going to be spoiled here.
Our first night we relaxed in the "infinity" pool for a while, watched the sunset on the beach, then watched "The Gladiator" on the big screen set up under the Australian Pine trees and the stars.
The next day we pretty much just hung around the resort. Our main highlight of the second day was our afternoon swim with "Ra-Ra", the Sheraton's baby elephant! They bring Ra-Ra out to the beach for a swim at 3 pm and you can join in, feed her, ride her, whatever. Yes, I (Justin) was bucked off Ra-Ra in under 8 seconds, but you'll have to wait to see the video!). Ra-Ra has a pretty good life from what we saw; she even had a trainer that would carry her poo out of the water with his bare hands, now that's love. After Ra-Ra has an accident in the water, everyone just shakes their heads, puts their hands on their waists and says, "Oh Ra-Ra". In fact, Ra-Ra can pretty much do whatever she wants. It was very interesting to see how the baby elephant would play almost like it was a very large puppy, splashing about, diving under the water, and enjoying the people around her.
After swimming with Ra-Ra, I was so inspired that I joined some local guys for a game of "soccer" on the beach. They actually called me over as I jogged by them, probably thinking that I was a lousy western soccer player. But, I showed them a few things and even got called on a foul (unjustified). Sorry that there are no pictures of me tearing up the beach, Amber was not with me.
The following day we hired a long-tail boat to take us and a kayak to Hong Island, which was beautiful, of course. We kayaked around the island, fed some "wildlife", and relaxed on the beach.
A monitor lizard on the island.
On our last night, we watched the sunset and then spoiled ourselves (again) to a nice dinner at the Sheraton's restaurant overlooking the beach - although, with 50% off discount on food, how can you pass it up!
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