After 2 months in India, I thought a short trip to Thailand should be the best intermezzo before heading down under, to Australia, where my spiritual journey would be supposed to end on the shores of the Pacific ocean and in New South Wales Hinterland.
Scuba on the Similans
Being a passionate scuba diver I put a dive liveaboad as a priority. I already went diving on day trips in South-East-Asian waters, mostly quite close to the coast. This time I wanted to get a top-notch underwater experience and decided to get on a 4-days-4-night-tour to the Similan and Surin Islands nationalparks, out in the Andaman sea. It costed a lot, however, since we managed to see plenty of underwater life including huge oceanic Mantas, White-tip-reef-sharks, sea turtles and many more. The Similian islands alone are already worth visiting, as hosting not only breathtaking beaches, but also spectacular granite rocks.
Beaches and Buddhas in Krabi
What I wouldn’t have imagined: the place from where I embarked for the liveaboard, Khao Lak, offered beautiful opportunities, too. On just one day it was possible to visit waterfalls in the jungle, a temple, have an amazig sunset on one of the nice, clean beaches and get live music in a local bar – all this done easily by bike, by the way!
My second destination in Thailand was Krabi – well known and described by hundreds or thousands of blogs each year, probably. I’ll keep it brief: It’s defitively worth visiting. In only two days I went to the beaches of Ao Nang and Railey, mastered the 1237 steps up to Tiger Cave Temple and the big golden Buddha and still had enough time to enjoy several night markets in Krabi town. What I did not do was free climbing at Railey, although the rock looked pretty good and the scenary around is amazing.
I eventually also had to skip a trip to Phi phi islands this time, since I had little time and to priorize. Although the Phi phi’s are considered extremely overcrowded nowadays, I’d still strongly recommend them, especially to Thailand beginners. To me they are a little jewel of the Andaman sea. Both the rocks and the waters there are superb, and, despite the thousands of boats crossing daily and the coral bleeching, you’ll find great snorkeling places rich of fish.
“Vegetarian” – an apparently unknown word to the Thai
The only downside of my time in Thailand was the thing with porc and chicken – the Thai seem to put it in everything they eat! Having become more conscious about my eating habits during my time in India, I felt quite uncomfortable about meat being everyhere, suddenly. And it would appear to be tougher than imgined to explain them ‘vegetarian’ – they often looked at me, as if I had just ordered human flesh, or something else very very unexpected… In such moments I would melancholically remember Indian food and flavours with a silent smile in my heart…
Anyway, thank you Thailand for an amazing time!
Why I would come again to Thailand
Thailand knows how to live on tourism – infrastructure is top notch, everything works and is (mostly) in time.
Things have been organised for visitors and tourists – you find tons of ATM’s, pick-up services and more. You feel safe. Even alone and as a woman (I got it confirmed several times during my stay…).
Amazing landscapes – underwater and above the surface! Despite coral bleaching some of the best marine life meories I carry were caught in Thai waters…
Plenty of Buddhist temples and sights.
Smiling and friendly people 🙂
Food everwhere – although not always poviding the right choice for me, the night markets are really worth exploring!