|After backpackers & hostels the Check Inn Krabi was heaven|
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Sitting atop the elephant was pretty cool winding our way through a rubber plantation and jungle river although our elephant did have an over active tail that managed to flick so much mud up and over us we weren’t sure who was going to need bath time more, us or him. After the trek while the handlers were removing the seats from the elephants and getting them ready to wash we were treated to a performance of tricks by a youngster. This included shooting basketball hoops, kicking a soccer ball, playing a harmonica etc. It’s cutest job was picking up a hat and gently placing it on each person’s head, taking a bow and trumpeting after each successful crowning moment. We rewarded our entertaining friend with a feed of bananas. They work cheap in Thailand.
|Karen and Sally were first into the water with the elephants|
|Marc in the long tail boat at Raleigh|
|The King Cruiser on her way down to 32 metres in 1997|
The final dive was on Anemone Reef that had led the King Cruiser to her demise. This is a single pinnacle of coral covered rock that rises from a depth of 20 metres to a hidden peak 6 metres below the surface. Diving here involves heading for the bottom and then slowly circling the pinnacle in an upward spiral until reaching the top for a safety stop before surfacing. Large schools of fish are everywhere on the reef, including various families of snapper, groper and fusiliers. Soldierfish congregate together in the many cracks and crevices which are also a haven for smaller critters such as the yellow tiger-tail seahorses and large numbers of moray eels.
|The rain was heavy enough to flood parts of our resort|
|Who's a clever boy then|
|Making sure Karen is sun smart|
|On elephant back through the rubber plantation|
|Jungle, what jungle?|
|Negotiating a deal on boat hire to Raleagh - poor guy didn't stand a chance|
|What's going on back there?|
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