We went over to KKK yesterday to see how this ruggedly beautiful little island about 30 minutes up the coast from Khao Lak is developing after the announcement just over a year ago that permission had been granted to to turn the wartime Japanese airfield into an airport and to build a bridge to replace the 10 minute ferry crossing.
No sign of the airort taking off (if you know what I mean!) nor a bridge but every sign that inward investment and expectations were both on the increase. There were once, only a couple of years ago, only two restaurants outside the handful of resorts on the island. Now there are a growing number at the ferry dock, on the road leading up the island and, inevitably, near the entrance to the major resorts, and shacks on the beach too.
Take the road to the tip of the island and you will find a great vantage point and nice little beach restaurant and walk up the beach and see the neighbouring uninhabited island. There is a sign just before you reach there for another restaurant facing this island but you neeed a 4X4 to get through the deep sand to it or, again witha 4X4 drive along the beach and around the point to it.
There is a new beach bungalow development nearly sold out, mainly to Scandinavian owners, and others in the pipeline including condos overlooking the beach. Land for Sale signs line the highway.
So if you have the odd million or two to spare (baht of course) KKK is beckoning you. "you will get your money back in two or thre years" we were told.
Another interesting point I found out. I had thought that if you stayed on the island, the last ferry crossing from the mainland was 6 or 7pm. It is but that is when it is operating as a public ferry. The 150 baht each way fare for a car and 2 passengers doubles if you use it as private crossing after that time. So if you stay on KKK and want to dine out in Khao Lak, for instance, you don't have to dine early, nor are you stranded after dark on the island.
BUT, if you do visit KKK, take and apply liberally your insect repellant even during the day, I forgot mine and returned home full of sandfly bites. The human population has not increase sufficiently to drive these pesky things away - yet!!!
Album of pictures to follow when I can get my internet connection sorted out to transfer them.