Saturday is market day in Bang Niang so we boarded the hotel shuttle bus and set off. A market is a market anywhere, fruit n veg, meat, fish, t-shirts, underwear, cheap batteries and some big brand stuff at unbelieveable prices including, prada, tiffany, rado watches, chanel etc. For only 100 bahts! (£2 in real money).
The area is quite well known for spectacular storms but nothing compared to the whirlwind that lay siege to my wallet as Jo moved stealthily from stall to stall, utilising her newly acquired weapon phrase "is that your best price?" Then hitting the stall holder with an uppercut of a much lower offer which was obviously declined, only to be countered with the feigning to walk away tactic, "ok, ok you can have" - poor man didn't stand a chance against a red head from Yorkshire!
Pretty soon the bag was full, my wallet nearly empty and we turned our attention to food. Mick paid 20p for a barbecued chicken satay stick but got mixed up with some coins he had been given and tried to give the poor bloke about 4p. Mick would also try these brightly coloured, tiny, imitation fruit jellies with mashed up coconut inside. He ate one, said it was nice and he'd keep the rest for later. Looked in the room bin Sunday morning, sure enough there they were.
Jo spotted a guy with a little mobile stall selling pancakes, if she has one weakness it's pancakes. Stall holder could have asked what ever price he liked there would be no arguments from Jo where pancakes are concerned. A pancake with lemon and sugar was produced and devoured in a flash.
The sights and smells of the market were fantastic and the camera memory card took a hammering. We then leapt in a local taxi and asked to go into khao lak itself a few miles along the main road. "you want khao lak city?" City was stretching it a bit!! About a mile of dual carriageway, fringed on both sides with bars, souvenir shops and tailors - "you want very nice suit, look good?" A look round and a beer and back in a taxi to the hotel. On the roads there are cars, taxis, mini-buses, coaches, mopeds, mopeds with side cars, scooters, all pretty much in whatever lane they like. At one point we were being both overtaken and undertaken, three abreast! Jo says we're not hiring bicycles now.