The bus dropped us of along the dusty road and continued its way to the next town. We gathered our belongs and walked down the smaller road that would lead us into Cherating. A village with not much more than a row of guesthouses and a few small restaurants. It felt good to be out of the city and apart from some children playing in the dirt and chickens running around there was nobody to be seen. The air was heavy and made life move at a slower pace in Cherating.
Our guesthouse was a green oasis. Trees and flowers surrounded small wooden huts and we instantly felt at home. Inside you could look between the slats of the floor and there was a mosquito net and a small veranda in front of the hut. Later we ventured out for some food. It was nice to sit down and take the time to eat. A few scooters and cars passed by and cats lazed around in the shade under the chairs and tables.
After lunch we strolled along the one road of the town. We passed a stand where a woman was selling soft drinks and guava and we bought some guava off her with sweet and sour powder. The local children were doing tricks on skateboards and bikes and she gave them soft drinks and smiled.
Later in the afternoon when we were hungry again, we walked across the street for something more to eat. The man at the restaurant told us “only rice”. Everything else was finished. Just rice and chicken. No fancy menus, no problem. We ate the rice and chicken and it was wonderful.
At night people sat outside and watched tv. The air was balmy and we sat on our little veranda and life was good.
The guesthouse we stayed at is called Payung Guesthouse. We would highly recommend it! The telephone number is (019) 917 1934.