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Hua Hin Weekend: Phraya Nakhon Cave and Takiap beach

IMG_0543   On our first weekend in Hua Hin, my group decided to wake up early and hitch a ride to Phraya Nakhon Cave. As we approached the area, a stunning beach view glared at us. Several islands surrounded us; beautiful, calm, blue sea scattered across the horizon and the bright, hot sun blazed across the sky. It was paradise. 

After sorting out our tickets, where we get charged more as we are tourists, we hopped on to a long boat the one of the islands. It was so soothing lying on a boat, while being driven across the ocean. IMG_0810

Once we had arrived to our destination, we started trekking up the mountain to find the temple in the cave. Due to having a late night, several people were struggling with the heat and hiking combo but we would not stop us. Narrow, windy, stony, steep paths were amid us. The high and further we walked, the more beautiful it became. Rough cave walls filled our views with Sunday’s shining through little hole. The temple was different from what I expected but also incredible.

Hiking down was a lot easier and quicker. With the sun still gleaming, we swam in the sea appreciating the views and laid on the beach with a refreshing pineapple shake before heading back to our hotel. IMG_0637

In the evening, a group of us went to our local bar ‘Dizzy Dolphin’ to play pool and grab a beer. We soon discovered that there was karaoke so a few of sang a few songs. 

The next day, after having a well deserved lie-in, we headed to Takiap beach, which we were told was less touristy. This was true but also meant there were limited food options which were more expensive than our budget. Again, we just chilled in the sun, walked in the sand and swam in the sea. Across the beach, there were several crabs scattered all round, poking their heads out once in a while. IMG_3034

I still can’t quite believe I’m here but long every moment.

 

Xplore Asia orientation week

IMG_2642Leaving Bangkok meant that I would be starting my orientation week with Xplore Asia, which was an exciting prospect. This is real. I have moved to Thailand to teach. Hua Hin is south- west of Bankgok by the beach, where I soon discovered that a lot of tourist come here for holiday. IMG_2767

First stop was to drop our bags as our hotel, Baan Ton Mai, before heading straight to the mall (I’m starting to use American language as I’m hanging out with them too much). Here, we mooched around getting our phone sorted, getting a bite to eat plus buying water. This is a strange concept to me as I never buy water from a supermarket but it’s not safe to drink the water from a tap. Feels like a novelty but I will be spending lots of money on nam (water) as it is extremely hot. IMG_2768

For the rest of the day, we settled into our hotel, had a rules/regulations session at the school where we were based and grabbed some dinner in the local community. Our hotel is a little outside of centre Hua Hin. It’s a lovely community full of small restaurant, where little english is spoken, a 7/11 (of course), a cheap market, a bar, a massage parlour and gym. Walking around on the stony pathways with motorbikes speeding pass, you feel relaxed and this feels like it could be home; all the Thais are completely friendly. What more would you want?IMG_2764

The Thai school which we are based in is along a main road in the centre on Hua Hin. On our first day here, there were no children but since they have been around. I find that generally they are shy even when I wave manically or say Sa-wad-dee-ka (Hello). However, I think they are getting use to foreigner being around so some do communicate. The school has a courtyard and canteen area as you walk in with classrooms all around. Climbing up the stairs to our class is a mission as we are based on the third floor. Definitely will be fit. IMG_2667

Over the next few days, we attended many lessons learning about the Thai culture and language plus basic information about Thai schools in general as well as many incredible excursions.

Thai language is a lot easier than I first thought. It is logical and no tenses. However, they use 5 different voice tones, whereas in English the tone doesn’t matter.

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