Today is now going to be my 6th day in Railay and still really no plans of leaving until I have to head to Samui. At this point I don't have much time to go anywhere else without meeting with Bryan unless I leave today but I really don't see that happening. The sun is shining and it looks like it is going to be another beautiful day!
I spent yesterday laying on the beach, watching climbers, reading and listening to music. I guess you could say it was more of a "me" day, which was really nice to have. The further along I get in my travels the more I am glad that I am travelling alone. When away from home for such a long period of time and always meeting and hanging out with new people, it's nice to just have some time to yourself to just take everything in. The boys I met from Australia were a little worried about me yesterday because I was so quiet and was really trying to keep to myself! I mean its great to have people who want you to always join them and tag along and make you feel included but sometimes I find it to be too much. I like to have a day here and there where I can just explore on my own and be more independent so travelling alone is great for that! I know if I were travelling with a close friend it would be different then hanging out with strangers you just met and don't know much about but I can see the difficulties in always having to agree on things and trying to find time to yourself. With all that being said, I managed to spend a good chunk of yesterday on my own but still had friends to hangout with when I wanted to.
I woke up and got ready to go to the beach at about 9am. First I needed to drop off some laundry, buy water, grab some breakfast and find some wifi before I could be laying on the beach. I made the trek from Ton Sai to West Beach as the tide was just barely low enough for me to walk across. There I was able to eat somewhere with free wifi before heading over to Pharang beach which is where we were for a bit the day before and I really liked. It's by far the nicest beach on Railay but starting to get a lot busier. It's cool to hangout there because its easy to swim, beautiful and you can watch the climbers while soaking up the sun on the sand. I'll try and post some pictures of the beach when I have better wifi in Krabi or Samui. The wifi isn't very good here and it's hard to find places which have it for free so hence the lack of communication to those I've been emailing or messaging almost everyday so far. Still trying to get at least one daily dose of wifi to check emails and fb. While I was at the beach I need up running into the Aussies and decided to head back to Ton Sai with them once it started to rain mid afternoon. The rain started to get a little heavy so we decided to take shelter for a bit along the way but eventually were able to make it back to Ton Sai without getting to soaked. When we got back I took a nice cold shower, grabbed some food with the others at the hostel restaurant and then continued to hangout there an read while everyone else went their own ways. As I was reading I caught the sun starting to set out of the corner of my eye so I went onto the front porch where I could just sit and watch it set and get some good pictures. It was probably the best sunset I have seen since being in Thailand. I even noticed a lot of the locals coming out and watching which means it must of been pretty impressive. I got some good pictures but still don't really do it any justice. Our hostel restaurant is right on the water so I was watching from the balcony and was also able to go down to the sand to take pictures. I will also upload these as soon as possible. After the sunset I went back up to the restaurant that plays the movies to grab dinner and see what movie they were playing tonight. There were only 3 other girls there so it was super quiet and yet were playing the movie The Other Guy I think it was called, with Will Ferrel and Mark Walberg. It was halfway through by the time I got there so I just ordered my food and somewhat paid attention to the movie but was mostly getting bombarded with questions by one of the local boys that worked there. He'd seen me hanging out around the hostel and watching the movie last night so he was asking me where all my friends were and just about where I was from and where I was travelling. When I was done eating he challenged me to a round on ping ping. We played for a while just to warm up but then things got serious when he decided to add in a betting factor. The game was to 21 and we agreed that if I won he would teach me how to twirl fire (it's a really big thing in Thai culture and a lot of the each bars have boys who are usually in their teens or young twenties twirling fire for show) and if he won I would have to join him for a drink at a bar down the beach when he was done work. We played to 21 and it was a very very close game. We were always either tied or just one or two points away from each other but I eventually took the last point when we were tied at 20-20! That meant he was to teach me how to twirl fire later. We then moved on to play games on his iPad like Connect Four, which he killed me at, and Air Hockey which I think I may have dominated come the end. The three customers that were there were all leaving so I decided to go as well so the staff could close up and Oat, the boy I was playing with could get back to work! I walked down to the lower restaurant where the Aussie group and Patrizia were all hanging out and having a beer. I wasn't planning in drinking so I just joined then with my bottle of water. Most of them left shortly after I got there but one of them had a bottle of whiskey and was planning on getting wasted so I stuck around and hangout with those who were staying out a bit later. Rhys (the one with the whiskey) invited to younger staff (20 year olds) to come hangout with us and when they were done. They grabbed us a classic thia "bucket" filled with ice, added about half the bottle of whiskey, one can of coke and a small bottle or red bull. The drink looked like it was going to be incredibly strong but the red bull really masked the alcohol well which is why I think the buckets are so dangerous. The local boys were telling us that's how they make a typical bucket and we were shocked at the alcohol:mix ratio. I'll have to be careful not to drink to many at the full moon now that I know how much booze they put in. The boys finished up closing and were able to sit down and join us and Oat also came down and joined. We had multiple straws in the bucket and took turns passing it around. I drank a decent amount but didn't feel drunk at all really. I was just taking sips every few minutes though and the rest had already been drinking for most of the night so they were feeling pretty good. The local boys busted out a guitar and started playing all the classics as we sang along. I was amazed at the songs they could play and even sing in English really well. We sang everything from Nirvana, Sublime, Bob Marley, The Beatles, even Sum 41! Hahaha it was a good time but I decided to turn in at around midnight when the others went out to anther bar. I didn't want to drink to much since I hadn't been feeling the greatest the past couple days and didn't want to keep making things worse! I'm glad I did because I feel good today and know if I kept drinking that wouldn't have been the case.