Koh Lanta 12th - 15th November 2010
I first met Cara in a shopping center in Patong. I was having my fish spa pedicure and she was enquiring about a massage on her knee which was swollen from an operation she'd recently had. I know this will sound strange to some of you, but a lot of you know I get odd feelings about things and they more often than not turn out to be true. Well I knew in the couple of words that we muttered to each other, that we would somehow become really good friends. However, I was having my pedicure and she went off for her massage and we didn't see each other again. That was until that evening when a girl came and sat near me in the hostel and she was having trouble deciding where to go next in Thailand and SE Asia in general. I said I'd give her a hand if she wanted and she could have a look through my guide book on Thailand for some inspiration. After about an hour of chatting away we both realised we'd already spoken to each other earlier that day. Lol.
So, Cara met me at the Pier in Koh Lanta and we got in the back of an open pick-up truck for our transfer to the other end of the island (about a 30 minute drive away). Cara had a twin room so I stayed with her that night and then so I didn't have to change rooms the next day, I took over the room when she checked out. She was moving onto Laos and we're hopefully going to meet up there or in Cambodia, depending on what I decide to do with the rest of my time in Thailand.
I spent 3 nights here and did a huge amount of nothing. It was absolute bliss. :) The weather's been very strange since I got to Thailand and for instance in the morning it's gorgeous weather and by the afternoon there's a massive storm. Whenever the sun was shining I'd hit the beach, and the rest of the time I spent chilling in my huge private room, reading one of my 3 books, writing my blog, or in my diary.
I also got my first of what I hope to be many massages in Thailand. It was absolute bliss and I had a back, neck and shoulder massage. It was at the resort and right next to the beach, so I could hear the waves crashing onto the shore the whole time, as well as some ultra chilled, sunset vibe kinda music. I am soooooo relaxed, now I think I may have a little nap. :)
I've decided to go to Railey for a couple of nights as it looks really pretty and is another island just up from where I am now. I might as well make the most of it, I mean how many times does a person get to go island hopping around Thailand?!
Railey 15th - 16th November 2010
OK, I've finally decided not to go to the East coast and give myself some extra time in the places I'm already going to. It totals about an extra week which when divided up between Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Cambodia gives me another couple of days in each, so I won't be running round like a complete nutter!
The morning I left for Railey I decided to stay for only one night and booked my flight up to Bangkok for the next afternoon. I want to get up to the north of Thailand for the Loi Krathong festival which starts on Saturday, and it's already Monday!
So I got to Railey, had a walk around to try and find somewhere to stay, and after getting lost in some woods which were signposted as the path to the other side of the island, I finally found somewhere to crash for the night. It just so happened that I had managed to find somewhere that is the closest I think I'll ever come to sleeping in a tree house! Awesome - I felt like I was a kid again!
So in my tree house, which was in a rain forest, I had a huge double bed to myself which was surrounded by a mosquito net, and if I'm honest I felt like I was in a fairytale. :) Shame my knight in shining armor didn't come to rescue me from my fortress but a girl can't have everything I suppose. So anyway, I then went for a walk down to the beach to take in the spectacular scenery. I was surrounded by limestone cliffs and there's jagged, colourful pinnacles soaring high out of the sea. It's a rock climbers paradise, but I was more than happy watching an absolutely amazing sunset.I then mooched around the 2 resorts, brought some very unusual bits and pieces, ate some gorgeous street food and sorted out my accommodation for Bangkok tomorrow night.
I woke up the next morning to the sound of it absolutely pouring down - oh yay, and I have to get on a long boat which don't have covers for a transfer to the mainland in a few hours!
I'm quite sad to be leaving the Andaman coast and am slightly worried that I'm leaving an island paradise for the centre of Bangkok, but I suppose that's they're the contrasts I love about travelling. :)