Guest entry from Mel

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
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Trip End May 04, 2006


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Monday, March 6, 2006

Hi All,
This is Mel (the girlfriend) and Dan has asked me to write on his blog as much to give him a break as to show me how difficult it is to drag oneself off the beach and into the internet cafe to sit and write, BUT i am happy to do it, just this once! First of all, just want to reiterate that Thailand is amazing. AMAZING! I got to Bangkok after spending 3 days with my cousin Rob, and his boyfriend, Fung, in Hong Kong. The trip there was amazing, I ate Chinese food of all varieties twice a day and thankfully was adept at using chopsticks. Hong Kong is an amazing city, the whole place is so modern in both architecture and transportation. Rob and Fung live on a beautiful small island off the coast which can only be reached by ferry (about 30 minutes) and has no cars on it. Rob took me all over the city and we took tons of pictures of the very traditional marketsdisplaying all their food/wares. We also spent time with my cousin Chris (Rob's brother) who lives in Hong Kong also. He lives in an apartment on a hill with an amazing view. We went up Victoria peak, went to the jade market on mainland China (awesome jewlery for $10) and took a bus all around Hong Kong island to another quaint town on the seaside. The views were amazing as there is a lovely ocean view on the back side of the island, and on the main city of Hong Kong, amazingly architected buildings with lights that make for a beautiful view at night. Back to the modernity of the place, aside from the buildings, all the cars are top of the line and ANY famous clothing designer you can possibly think of has stores in the beautifully clean indoor malls. The most striking difference I found culturally was the bargaining which quite honestly i found quite intimidating! On the one hand, the fact that every item can be bought for less than the originally quoted price was great, but as soon as you show interest in an item, the vendor person is ALL over you asking what price you will pay, followed by bartering and you feel as though since you expressed interest, you HAVE to purchase the item --- no browsing allowed! Thankfully, Rob was adept at the whole process, so that was nice!

Anyway, I left Hong Kong after eating my way through the place, and got to Bangkok on wednesday. After a wait in the BKK airport (which is pretty small for an international airport), I was excited to get to the beach since it was HOT out! Here, you have to drink bottled water, so I had to adjust to that as soon as I got off the plane. Not that big a deal, but still somewhat annoying especially seeing how much water I drink on a daily basis!

Anyway, I got to the even smaller Krabi airport after about a hour and a half flight. I gathered my bag and has a joyous reunion with Dan (HA!!!). The views were amazing and the whole cab ride back to Krabi town was amazing. There were palm trees and weird motorbikes with and small huts and limestone cliffs --- it was all different and tropical. So much to take in. The 40 minute cab brought us to the beach and you just jump out and get directly into a longboat (see pictures) which is the only way to get to the beach we were staying on. Let me tell you, this beach is the most beautiful I have ever seen with blue blue water, palm trees, and towering white cliffs on either side. Paradise. There are also many restaraunts and eateries made out of bambooo right on the beach and with funky colored lights strung up and low key music playing --- those are up and down all of the beaches we have seen, well except for the secluded enclave beaches with no one on them except us, that is :) So, bungaloes, beaches, palm trees and beers while sitting on the beach at bars where you lie down on mats on the sand by the ocean and look up at the stars. Pretty amazing.
The day after I arrived and we had a nice breakfast at the hotel, then we went and climbed over to the other beach and had some fresh pineapple and looked for a new spot for that night. Dan and I went to another incredible spot on the other side opf the island (no cars) --- it is SO HOT here, you want to lie in the shade. Along the path to the beach, which has caves on either side, we knew that one path led to a lagoon. We decided that despite the fact that you needed to go STRAIGHT UP sheer rocks faces using rigged up ropes, we were going to do it. I was not wearing shoes and Dan only had little flip flops, so we were both scrambling up barefoot. We got to the top after climbing a steep rocky path, then we had to go down past a huge old palm tree that made us feel like we were in 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' and eventually saw the glimpse of aqua blue water through the trees and rocks. The trek down was treacherous since the tree cover was dense and the rocks were sheer and you definitely could not have made it without the ropes. But the lagoon was reward enough. We got down in there and saw 200 - 250 foot high walls of limestone and brush surrounding us and opening into blue sky. We swam out into the middle of the lagoon to get the sweat off, for one!, and laid on our backs looking up in awe (and of course, we tried out the echo!!!). The water was aqua colored and not very deep, but so refreshing. The canadian guy, Frank, who we met on the way down took our picture and we went exploring a dark cave with him (i was glad it did not go more than 100 feet in before stopping because im a wimp :)) There were only the three of us when we left the lagoon and climbed back up puffing and panting for 40 or so minutes. We went with Frank to an amazing lookout that gave a view of the whole island and took some pictures there. After we finally got down, covered in dirt and sore from grabbing ropes and rocks to get up and down the paths, we went for a swim and moved to our new bungalow. After dinner and beers at a place right on the beach, Dan and I got a Thai massage ($5 for the hour), during which I feel asleep (obvi!!!! dan was shpocked that i fell asleep, but let's be honest, are we surprised? )!!!

Anyway, enough rambling, in short this plaxce is amazing. You can go anywhere you want on the beaches (nothing is every roped off/private), the people are friendly, there are many different languages between english, thai, and other foreigners, the bungaloes are cool, and the views are spectacular. Everyone should come to Thailand! I might do one more guest appearance on the blog before I leave --- Dan and I are now on the island right next to the one on which 'The Beach' was filmed, so you can imagine the gorgeousness (is that a word). Hope all is well!
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abeccia
abeccia on

nice entry
Mel,

It must be a pretty surreal feeling, finally arriving in Thailand and meeting up with diggity Dan. Your entry started off a little slow, but you caught some steam and did a great job. Keep up the writing.

Hope you lovebirds have a great time. Post soem pics when u get a chance.

-Alex

sdittman
sdittman on

Virginia cousins are jealous, too
Dan

Great job with the blog and pictures. I love being an armchair traveller, though enjoy the travelling too. I may try this out for our trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines this summer (mid-July). Keep it coming.

Scott

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