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Krabi: last days in Thailand

IMG_20151110_123153Since being in Thailand, I have been repeatedly told to visit Krabi as the beaches and atmosphere are amazing. Well… when I first sailed in, I locked my eyes on Raleigh beach with scenic rock and golen beaches but as I approached Ao Nang, I wasn’t so impressive. I was only here for a couple of days so can’t judge it too harshly but I just felt that it was full of tourist, no atmosphere and average beaches (average for Thailand anyway).IMG_20151109_164303

After I had found a hostel, I went in search of dinner with a guy I met. It was difficult to find cheap Thai meals as there were not many locals here but managed to find a place outside a 7/11, which was packed. It was my last few days in Thailand so I wanted to eat as much thai food as I could. That evening, I was still so sleepy so just had an early night.

I’m not sure there is much to do in Ao Nang except the beaches and typical tourist shops full of swimwear, sunglasses, souvenirs, postcards. Throughout the day, I laid on the beach and walked along the promenade, not really doing too much.IMG_20151110_111809

Late afternoon, I climbed on a Songtaow to Krabi town to enjoy my last night before leaving the country I had been living in for the past 6 months. Krabi town wasn’t anything spectacular with no beaches or tourists. I seemed to be the only farang. I explored the streets, spending all my left over Thai money and stocking up on 7/11 favourites.IMG_20151110_173039

In the evening, I had a strange experience. I was the only one in my hostel. It felt dodgy, which is the first time I’ve ever felt like this in Thailand. I was kept awake by loud cars, people chatting and thoughts whizzing around my head.

IMG_20151110_193507It was kind of a weird day, knowing that a piece of my heart will be left in this beautiful country with so many fond memories of places and people I have met. Maybe this is why it has taken me so long to write this post. I still want to be there. I still want to feel like I have a connection. After this post, Thailand will be a distant place. I am absolutely in love with this land. I never thought a country, which is so different to England, could ever be home… could ever have my heart. I have missed you everyday. I will be back sooner than you think.

Koh Phi Phi: views, beaches and crazy nightlife

 

IMG_20151107_114354The following day, I woke up around 5.30am so I could start my long journey to Koh Phi Phi: mini van, ferry, coach, car, mini van, ferry. It was an uneventful journey, except meeting a British guy, who was a little strange, but it made the time go quicker.

I arrived in Koh Phi Phi about 5.30pm, where I met two friends at the port and found a hostel for the night: 15 bed dorm through town. Unfortunately, it was spitting but it was fine as some guy pushed my bag, while I walked with an umbrella.IMG_20151107_181341

Once I had freshened up, I joined my two friends (one British, one Australian) for dinner. I ate traditional pad Thai and a beer. For the rest of the evening we bar hopped, listening to a live band, watched people skip with fire, dancing and drinking. It was a great night except that we got soaked from the rain and my friends drink got spiked. I walked her back to her hostel to make sure she was home safely.IMG_20151107_114936

Early the next day I found a new hostel to stay in which was a smaller dorm and cheaper. I was sharing with two Scottish guys.

Walking along the gorgeous beach, I reached my friends hotel, where we lounge by the pool and went for a swim. it was one of those lazy days so didn’t get up to much for the rest of the day except grab some and sunbathed. IMG_20151107_125037

In the evening, as we were feeling tired, we had dinner then waited in anticipation at a bar for a Muay Thai show. The huge, well-lit bar was a place where they encouraged spectators to sign up to fight against each other in the Muay Thai ring to win a bucket. After waiting, two young Thai boys and a referee entered the ring, where they did a kind of dance then the match started. I have seen a Muay Thai match before so I knew what to expect. In the end, we left before they finished and headed to bed early. IMG_20151107_215322

The following day, feeling refreshed, I consumed a delicious roti for breakfast before meeting the other two. Struggling up hundreds of stairs, we climbed to the various view points on Koh Phi Phi to admire the amazing sights of the whole island. It was just breath-taking. One of my friends has a little toy of Dora the explorer, where she usually took photos with her in. I thought this was such a cool idea. I should have done something like that. IMG_20151108_113441

After eating lunch out, we decided that we wanted to relax on a different beach on the island. However, we couldn’t make a decision whether to take a boat or not. In the end, we wandered along the coast, across the beaches and over mountainous rocks to long beach. The picturesque views and the cool water of the sea made a lovely afternoon.IMG_20151108_170259

On the way to meet the other two for dinner, I bumped into the two English girls I met in Lao. Once we had food, we had a couple of drinks at a rock bar before catching up with the other two. Unfortunately a good night turned slightly sour when my drinks got spiked. Luckily, my friends  took me home safely.

The next day, I was feeling rough. I managed to fix the puzzle of my forgotten night over lunch with two of the girls. I also found out that one of the girls managed to convince a guy to tattoo her initials on his side in a heart, which is hilarious. In the afternoon, I hopped onto a ferry to Ao Nang beach.

 

 

Quick stop to Koh Samui: friends and beaches

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Once I arrived in Surathani, I boarded a ship at 6am to cruise across to Koh Samui, which is one of the largest island on East coast of Thailand. I have been there a few times before and it’s not my favourite island as I think there are more beautiful beaches and landscapes on other islands. I decided to just have one day there to meet a couple from my hometown, who I did mission work in Zimbabwe with.

IMG_20151105_132101After being pestered by private taxis offering a ridiculous price, I managed to find a songtaow to take me to Choeng Mon beach.

Once I found their accommodation, I chilled for a while and booked my onward travel ticket. I met my friends for lunch then hung out at the beach, which was quiet and beautiful. As there was warnings about jellyfish in the sea, I decided to go to a recommended hotel nearby for a swim and a beer, where my friends met me after class.

IMG_20151105_143813In the evening, we just had dinner at a local restaurant and played board games. The food was more expensive than I was used to as it was a touristy area but I couldn’t do much about that. I was lucky enough to stay in a double bedroom for free.

Bangkok: Massages and finally goodbyes

My day in Bangkok was busy due to the list of errands: washing, repacking, collecting my condo deposit and transferring money from my Thai account to my UK bank. IMG_20151104_152902The latter was more complicated than I initially thought as I had to withdraw the money (problem – exceeded my limit), then take the cash to Western Union. However, I had forgotten my passport therefore had to get a quick tuk tuk ride to my friend’s flat. The driver offered a cheap price and waited for me to run upstairs. As I handed him the baht, which I decided to give extra, he tried to refused it but he had done me a huge favour. I ended up walking away saying ‘mai pen rai’. He was gobsmacked!

After sorting out my errands, I caught the Chao Phraya boat to Khao San Road to meet up with the British girl I met on the road. I tried to make the most of my time there as I knew this would be the last time in a long time. I ate some street pad Thai and spring rolls then collapsed in a pile to have a massage. Actually, first I had a foot scrub, which I’ve never had before: my feet were so smooth. I wished I had discovered this before. Then I had a foot massage and my last time massage. They were just incredible.received_10208094479619276

Returning to my friend’s condo, I packed my bag, wished her farewell before either of us could get emotional and took the MRT to the Mochit bus station. I brought my ticket, grabbed dinner and caught the overnight bus to Koh Samui. When I stopped and reflected back, I had a mixture of emotions: sad to be leaving a city I have been living in for the last 6 months but excited about the next adventure in to my future. I will always see Bangkok as a second home with amazing memories of the kindest people, cutest kids, delicious food, incredible friends and a beautiful place.

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