Today, we checked out of our luxury home base, Mai Khao Palm Beach Resort. We did some elaborate work provisioning yesterday, and we have lots of really yummy European food, “Farang Food Paradise”. Farang means non-Asian foreigners. It doesn’t feel derogative like “Gringo” in Mexico.
Now a taxi ride to Yachthaven Marina, with all our fear and supplies. Green, our taxi driver is a Muslim. Honest, patient, kind and helpful. He showed us where to shop and waited around while we were trying to figure out what is what and how things work. Surprisingly good English.
In CheapMarket we shopped for food bags (no ziplock) and the proper produce, here it means pineapple, papaya, bananas – lots of them, limes, mango and mangustin .
At the Elite office in the Marina, Ulrich is ready to give us the chart talk. Sweat dripping as we load all our luggage and supplies on Happy Eva and receive guidance. The hot season has began and in the middle of the day there is very little escape unless you are in an air conditioned room. The Marina though is one of the nicest we have been in, beautiful, clean, nice deck, modern facilities and an expensive restaurant. Last lunch on land and off we sail.