Friday, January 10, 2014

Thailand - Railay

Our last stop before heading home was Railay, this is honestly the prettiest place we went to, and when we arrived early in the morning I remember saying to Justin that this was going to be my favourite place. Once we settled in at our accommodation we went to look around and thats when I realised how busy the island was, tourists everywhere! The beaches are small and they are riddled with people and I can only imagine it gets worse as you get further into peak season (the photographs I have of empty beaches are from 7/8am, the only time to get a picture without a person in it). I loved it for its beauty, but it didn't crawl into my heart the way Ko Lanta did.

We went kayaking on day two to get away from the people and explore a bit more, but as I jumped off the kayak into the water I got stung by a jellyfish, nothing serious but painful enough to get me straight out of the water and back in the kayak, not quite the experience I had in mind. We did snorkel a bit too, that was pretty great. 

After a lunch of chicken burgers we decided to head back to the resort, had dinner and BAM.... I got whacked by food poisoning for the first time and jeepers it sucks. In the morning Justin woke up with it too and we pinned it on the chicken burgers, damn those chicken burgers. 

Two days out of action, stuck in bed in the heat with a fan and a mosquito net, not ideal. We ended up watching stand up comedy on youtube while the view from our balcony of crystal waters teased us. After being so sick going home didn't seem too bad and luckily we felt well enough the next day to hop on a boat and eventually a plane.

Thailand was rad, really rad. And I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go and see another part of the world. 

Thanks my Just for being the best travel buddy! Lets start planning our next adventure!


Thailand - Koh Yao Yai

From Ao Nang we took a speedboat to Koh Yao Yai, it is a pretty big island, but there are hardly any resorts. With a handful of tourists you really get to enjoy the peace and quiet of Thailand. The beach was not the greatest as there was a wall built up to stop the water at a certain point so I never actually swam in the sea. It is a little murky and the "sand" is more mud than sand, at low tide you can walk pretty far out, but the crabs are huge and are everywhere. I let out a girl shriek at least twice. 

But regardless of the beach the view was spectacular and the pool was great. You don't realise how much better it is to book accommodation that has a pool, it is so humid and as much as the sea is calm and fantastic to swim in, you still need a break from it every now and then. 

This place was amazing and the staff were such lovely people. I named a local stray kitten "mouse", he hung around the restaurant waiting for scraps, he was such a cutey. I miss you mouse.


Thailand - Ao Nang

We planned to stay in the famous Phi Phi for one night, but because some ferrys and boats only run once or twice a day it was more of a mission than anything else so we ended up going back to the mainland and stayed in Ao Nang for an evening, this was my favourite accommodation with Beyond in a close second, but the town itself is just flooded with tourists and shops, one night was just enough for us to enjoy it, I think any more than that and you could get quite frustrated.