The main meeting place for us all here is the 'Food Hall' close to the entrance to Boat Lagoon where locals, workers and cruisers alike go for their lunch. There are three eating places but we have favoured 'Momma's' for the extremely good cheap Thai food. Alan particularly likes the Chicken Musaman Curry which is served most days as part of the canteen help yourself meal. He never seems to tire of it and has it most days! It's far too hot for me so I choose something of the menu which Momma cooks in one of her big woks. Meals cost between 50-70baht (£1-£1.50) so cheap for all the very fresh veggies, seafood and chicken used.
|Momma in her kitchen|
|Momma often has 3 or 4 woks on the go at once in very cramped hot conditions|
The appartment that we have rented for the duration of the re-fit is one of the larger ones which overlooks the marina. It is also close to the hardstand where Moonfleet is situated. We were recommended by Robyn and David from Maajhi-Re to choose a larger one as it doubles up as a store for all the gear taken off the boat and we had plenty of that! We had a little kitchen but it had no cooking facilities, cutlery or crockery so for what little cooking we did, we used a single burner camping gas cooker which we had on the boat for emergencies. As there was no air- con or fan in the kitchen it wasn't somewhere that one wanted to spend much time anyway.
|The view across the Boat Lagoon Marina from our apartment. Tourist boats in the foreground|
|Tour boats struggling to leave the marina at low water springs as its shallow and very muddy|