- Arriving in Ranong for Tai Rainbow Gathering
at RANONG Thailand : Posted 13/12/2006
House guest house is now running a welcom home sign
I have put a notice board up. TV Room guest hs is close, both
are near the mart & bus station for Ah Khoei. Wood House
is managed by Wat.
fone 077 830243 | Email Khing_001@hotmail.
so this is now a provisional half way welcome home center
|The local bus leaves
Ranong for Kampuan only once a day, at 13:00.
It only leaves Kampuan village returning to Ranong also once
a day, at
08:00 in the morning. This might present slight probs to late
nite birds. The bus is 70 bt, poss 80, not more, but its basically
open truck, very full of boxes and baskets as well as already
with locals. Fine but not the most comfortable, and if you miss
it or its
full, then try again 2moro. There are other main Phuket busses
going close at several other times, 10 am, 3pm etc
set up with Wat a kind of taxiservice from Rangong High street
directly to the site. He said it will take two to three hours
and about 500bt of gas to do, so he will have to charge, but
weve agreed not much between 70 -100 bt [2-3$].
truck loads of people gather at Wood House he will drive them
in, its about 75k but frankly, as getting to Kampuan doesnt
mean you have arrived at Ao Khoei, or from there to Pii Nai's
rubber plantation on the Beach. Id advize forming little caravans
and trying to have full trucks will be both the easiest, most
direct, cheapest and quickest way to get there.
remind us this is both a boarder area and a strong muslim community
inside a predominantly burmese community, so there is a slight
tension between the burmese and locals in this general area.
I dont mean any problem, I mean be sensitive. These are lovely
simple and honest folk who probably havent been as far as Bangkok
in their lives, so just consider how they see you and who you
are in spirit and enjoy their company.
his is not a happy house milk soda area like Phuket, so dont
expect it to be. Muslim always means uptight about nudity, roudiness
and general indecent behaviour. No heavy cop stories, they are
present and watching but not arroused, so if youre flying -
is the best point to get visas for Burma by the way, they do
ezy 1 day runs for those who will need it. Wat at Wood House
can also arrange this for anyone, just ask.
have a Safe luggage story happening, same address, so for those
travelling with valuables who dfont want to take them into site,
ask Wat and he will store them for you also.
yes, the rain, it rains here, suddenly, full on, can be for
an hour or . Its warm, welcome & delightful of course, the
temperature remains the same, no probs, but it not only means
you might get wet, it means we will need a certain amount more
plactic or waterproof material on site. Things can get very
damp, clothes dry fast, books and water color pads are harder,
so be aware you will need a tarp or tent or at least some bin
bags if you intend to keep your pack and sleeping stuff dry.
Tents and tarps can be bought easily & at cheap prices in
Ranong but the village itself has very little facility, though
there is an Email conXn from there I hear.
not say you need a tent, wether wise.There are leaping tree
spiders but they dont actually bite like the tarantulas or scorpions,
but nothing as dangerous as urban traffic. No worries, I love
snakes too. Its tropical jungle, you knew that anyway, just
be sensible and keep alert.
shops are basic, for locals, not tourists or high flyers, but
this means you can also pick up all kinds of good stuff at prices
lower than than Chang Mai or Bangkok. Wonderful rainbow T pots,
would you like a cuppa Tee ?
my last outreach letter, Im going into site now. Check out the
terrain on Google, thats me over there tin he tent with the
colored materials flapping, red ribbons, bells and a rainbow
T pot on a teak table outside - Live the good life out - C U
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