Friday night we decided to head to Kata and grab a nice meal and do some last minute shopping. Plus I wanted to see the baby elephant again.
As we were walking up we noticed a large group of people on the beach. As we got closer I jokingly said to Shane "look at the man...hes got a pole through his cheek" to which Shane replied "don't be stupid, it must have just looked like it" WELL Both of us got closer and stood in sheer horror as we saw these were all monks and they all had "things" through cheeks, tongues and arms. Some had been running blades along their tongues etc.....it was like something out of a horror movie. Turns out it was a funeral parade were they bring the ashes to the beach to face the sunset for Buddha to take the soul to him.
We stay and watch for awhile and then stroll along the beach to find a quiet spot to watch the sun set. Tonight looked like it would give us the sunset we had been waiting for. We were not disappointed.
We stood for ages watching this glorious sight slowly dip into the ocean. The colours were just magnificent. What a perfect end to an amazing holiday.
We continued on our way along the beach to find a nice place to have a meal. I looked for the most prettiest place and I have taken a photo of what caught my eye. We sat next to this and had a wonderful meal. I had green curry and Shane had a much needed steak. Awesome food.
After dinner we took our time and slowly picked our way along the shops and bartered as we went. We had both become familiar with all the stall owners and many called out greetings to us and of course, offered us special prices. As we neared the Dino Mini Golf park, I let out a squeal of delight as the wee baby elephant was there so we rushed over and brought her a couple of bags of baby banana's to feed her.
Then after saying good bye to her we set off back to the motel. As we were walking along the street beside the beach I noticed an odd light moving up in the sky. It looked like something on fire but I couldn't figure out what it could be. As we got closer we could see a lady selling good luck lanterns. So we brought one and went down the beach and lit one.
up up and away it goes. These burn for about 5mins. We stayed and watched until we couldn't see it any longer. It was one of the most romantic things we have done.