Thailand for 3 weeks over the holidays was amazing. It was so long so I will try to divide this up a little. . .
We landed in Phucket at 1:00 am on Saturday morning. It was dark, we were tired, and we knew our hotel was very close. The taxis wanted $10 to drive us there and we were thinking it should be walking distance. So we argued and finally said ok, we will pay $6 to get a taxi. Then we were introduced to our taxi driver and when we told him where it was, he said, “you could walk.” So we did. We weren’t sure how far but it was probably only 1/4 mile down the road before we saw the sign and were there.
The Thai people are extremely welcoming. We got our room for 3 – even though there was four of us. And we crashed. In the morning we hung out by the pool before we took an hour taxi ride and a hour boat ride to our real location Ao Nang, near Krabi. The boat ride was smooth and sunny. The real location was beautiful. Clear waters. And our hotel was right on the strip, one side all tourist traps, the other side all beach.
We took a walk to explore and after dinner went back to check to see if the Cody’s had arrived yet. And they had. It is nice to see familiar faces after a long trip. The planning began for what we could do for the next 3 weeks. We decided to explore the beach closest to us on the next day. We walked the beach towards Railay Beach and passed the monkey area, hiked up a dangerous incline and back down to find a fun quiet beach to relax on. There were no stores or food, so we called it an early day and went back to our hotel area. We found a fish massage place where you put your feet in with fish who eat your dead skin off. We went out for dinner.
The next day we rented a speed boat for snorkeling and fishing. We thought it would be a relaxing day on the boat but after an hour of trying to find a fishing spot, Haven got sick, followed by Rob. I didn’t get pictures, but got a nice burn. Barret was the only one lucky enough to catch fish, the rest of us just enjoyed the sun. After fishing, we asked to be taken to the snorkeling area. Matt snorkeled most of the time, the rest of us went to the beach to look for shells and relax. Everyone got sun and became exhausted. We ate a simple Thai lunch and stopped at another snorkeling area for a little time. Our boat drivers dumped the left over lunch in the water and the fish swarmed around the snorkelers.
The following day we decided to take a boat to Railay Beach. It is just around the corner, but no roads go there, so we boat over. The beach was beautiful but it was a HOT day and nowhere to hide. Kids played in the water most of the day and played in the sand the rest. Although it was beautiful I was glad we didn’t stay there since it was more secluded and less walking in the evening.
For some reason we thought we should try another boat to go to another more secluded island called Bamboo Island. It was nice but another long boat ride. On the way out, no one got sick, on the way back, everyone got DRENCHED. It was a combination white water rafting and car wash. I hid underneath my sarong to keep our backbacks dry. Matt laid down on the boat in the front. Kelli and Rob decided to wear goggles and snorkeling gear. I didn’t have a waterproof camera or else there would be pictures posted. . .