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We booked a minivan through our hostel to take us direct to Krabi. In reality we ended up going to Krabi via Hat Yai! The minivan picked us up at 8.30am along with several other travellers. We got to the Thai border crossing at about midday, as there were long ques we were strongly encouraged (forced) to pay 10 Baht each for a new kiosk to be open for our group. Our driver was definitely up to something dodgy, the sweat was pouring off him and he repeatably sniffed his nasal spray as we passed through the immigration check. I don’t want to think about what he was up to but at the time I was really concerned that he was smuggling drugs which holds a death sentence in Thailand.
A couple of hours later we were in Hat Yai, a town we had been trying to avoid as there had been a number of terrorist attacks in the surrounding area in the months leading up to our visit. From our experience it just looked like any other town and we felt quite safe. We were given just enough time to grab something to eat (the best soup I’ve ever had!) before being shuffled into another minivan with a different set of travellers.
The journey on the whole was a good one made a little more eventful than normal as it was the water festival so we watched one water fight after another between rival drivers and people in the street. If you’re not aware be warned, they take it really seriously with some pick-up drivers carrying water tanks and firing the water through water jets!
At dusk we finally rolled into Krabi and were taken to the drivers favoured hotel on the outskirts of town. There were no takers so he reluctantly dropped us off in the town centre at his second choice of hotel! As it was getting late in the day (about 6.30pm) the first couple of hotels were full but we soon found a nice place to stay on one of the back streets.