My main reason for settling in a small town like Krabi was to catch up on work and writing – but as mentioned in the previous post, that didn’t exactly go as planned. Still, I didn’t want to leave without doing at least one bit of tourism – so when my very last day turned out to be flawlessly sunny I decided I’d take a quick trip to the nearby Tiger Cave Temple.
Yet as I didn’t get started until late afternoon (after finishing a few hours of work, an hour of lifting, and another of jogging), every single motorbike in town had already been rented. D’oh!
Enter Noi to save the day: she generously offered me hers, as long as I could get it back by 4 🙂
I must’ve looked pretty silly cruising down those country roads on a neon green, flower-covered 50cc beast. But that’s alright – it was great fun, and got me there in a flash.
The temple complex itself was actually quite a bit larger than I thought, with a wide array of buildings and shrines.
Its main attraction, however, is unquestionably the towering mountain peak – capped off with a set of giant golden Buddhas and a most spectacular view.
And to get there: a leisurely climb up 1,237 near-vertical steps!
Because I had to get the bike back by 4, time was already short – so just for fun I decided to see how quickly I could “sprint” to the top.
The result: 20 minutes. When I reached the summit I encountered a local who told me that the record was 16 (by a pro Thai boxer who uses it to train), and typical for a tourist is around 45. Not too shabby! 😀
And then, just as quickly as I’d started (er, actually more like twice as quickly) I made my way down and sped back to town, reaching the guesthouse just as Noi got off work.
The two of us then headed to Ao Nang for one last sunset cocktail with a few of our friends. My brief life in Krabi was coming to an end – and although it’d only been a week, it truly felt like home.
Thanks so much again, everyone…I’m gonna miss you all 🙂