Sandy and I went our separate ways today, since she was going to meet up with her friend and I wanted to do a little hiking. I decided to hike up one of the distinguishing sites of Krabi: a big limestone monolith jutting out of the earth at a precarious angle called Khao Khanabnam. From what I read online, I was expecting a short hike up the steep backside of the mountain. Turns out, that isn’t quite right. It’s actually not even close.
Khao Khanabnam in the distance
The way in…
Getting out, I found a little tiny hole with a ladder leading down into the darkness. I looked for a sign that said, ‘Keep Out’, but there was none. After double checking for a sign, I crawled into the hole and worked my way down the latter. I ended up coming out of a hole in the cliff face and climbing a ladder back down to the ground. There was a family coming out the main entrance that was pretty bewildered by me appearing at the bottom before them when they’d last seen me still inside the chamber. Silly family.
That goes up into the mountain and comes out in the big cavern
To get there and back, I hired a boat driver from the nearby pier to take me up and across the river. I ended up talking to multiple drivers, since the first one quoted me an obscene price. After asking around and doing some haggling, I got a guy to take me for half of what the first one would. I still think I paid a bit much, but whatever.
The embarrassing thing was, I saw that first driver at the destination. He called out, “Hey you! You told me no, why are you here?”
In that situation, you can only be honest. I just said, “Sorry man, someone gave me a better deal. He charged me half of what you did!” Maybe don’t try and rip people off so much next time.