Krabi Girls: The Unexpected Call
Once my month at the guesthouse was up, I moved to Phuket where I rented
a small apartment. One evening, after having stayed in Phuket for about
two months, I unexpectedly received a call from Nok. She tried to tell
me something but I couldn't make any sense of it.
Like a lot of Thai
girls do, she apologized for not speaking good English.
I asked her to
call back the following day, at noon, when I would be at my Thai
friend's place. Nok called as arranged and I handed the mobile phone to
Pong, my Thai friend. He listened patiently to what Nok had to tell him,
and to say the least, he looked rather amused. Once Nok was done
talking, Pong asked her a few questions. Then, he put the mobile to the
side, for a moment, and explained what she wanted to tell me.
Nok would like to introduce me to her younger sister, and invited me to visit them in Lampang. An alternative would be that I invited her sister to Phuket. Her sister's nickname was Aoy, she was 23 and had one child. I almost choked, the whole thing was bizarre. Pong added that invitations like this were quite normal for Thais that would like to know westerners. In the end we agreed that I would think it over and get back to Nok.
The Krabi girls kept surprising me!
I was actually planning to leave Phuket for Chiang Mai, where I would join a meditation group I knew of. Not that I liked the idea of being introduced to Nok's younger sister, but I agreed to stop over in Lampang since it was on the way to Chiang Mai. Pong helped me inform Nok about my plans. I can't believe I agreed to it! A few weeks later, I left Phuket.
Krabi is home to some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches
The train stopped at the Lampang station at about 4 in the morning, it was still pitch black outside. I walked around the quaint little town in search of a room. Anyone who has been to Thailand knows that the street dogs are particularly fierce when it's dark. I checked into a guesthouse and got some rest.
At about 10 o'clock that same morning I called Nok's sister, for the first time, to let her know where she could pick me up. It's a strange way to get introduced, isn't it?
Aoy arrived at the guesthouse quite late, she had long wavy hair and was quite sturdily built. Unlike her sister, Aoy wasn't soft-spoken. Rather, she came across as the type of Thai girl that slaps you hard on the arm. I can't stand those kinds of women. Even worse, she didn't even speak much English and my Thai was limited to about 75 words.
As we drove down the highway, she accidentally hit the concrete divider with the front tire, causing the pickup we were in to jolt violently. It was too much for her, trying to talk to me and driving at the same time. I had no clue where we were going; I just hoped we would arrive without having an accident.
I quickly noticed that Aoy was quite impatient, my first impressions of her were really negative. Unlike most typically gentle Krabi girls, Aoy simply wasn't my kind of woman!