Though I had an idea of the cost of my bungalow per night, not a word had been spoken about this so on our way out to our walk I stopped in an asked the most two important questions that can be asked at a bungalow: "How much" and "When does the electricity go on and off?"
"400-baht a night," said Mr. Yonjuit, the owner. "Electricity goes on at 6PM and off at 10PM."
I would later find out this is a loose guide to when the electricity goes on. If something electrical is needed during the day, the lights may go on for an hour, or they may go on for three hours. But from 6PM to 10PM the lights will definitely go on.
I had this meal twice during my stay, the second time I informed the chef that he should make the dish as spicy as possible without ruining it. The second time, I was served the same excellent dish, only spicier. A perfect dish and for 80-baht, you won't find a better bargain on the menu.
The next day, Klaus and I decided we would go to the Moken Village. The Moken people, or Sea Gypsies, are nomadic fishermen who normally live on the sea. Politics have forced the majority of them to live on land and their village on the island has become a tourist destination. However, when we went, we were the only foreigners in the village.
The walk to the village is supposedly an hour or an hour and a half away. It took us two hours. There are areas of the walk that are difficult at times, but the majority of the trek is easy. It is possible to get to the village in under an hour and a half however, there are plenty of things to see and there is no reason to rush through the walk.
Bring water. The lone store along the way to the village is at the very beginning of the walk. The heat can be intense and there are no stores in the Moken village. To get water you either drink the tap water (not recommended) or take a thirty-minute walk past the village.
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