The last week....
Trip Start Apr 23, 2005
12Trip End Jun 22, 2005
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And what a last week it was- adventure, serenity, beauty and amazing fun all in one place! However transportation to this place called paradise was no easy task. An overnight bus from Singapore to KL, Malaysia, an hour taxi ride to the airport there only to find out that my flight to Puhket had been delayed by 6 hours!! I was re-routed through Bangkok at an earlier time, almost missed my connecting flight as I had to change from the International terminal to the domestic one, then a four hour bus from Puhket to Krabi town and finishing with a long tail boat ride (with an amazing sunset) to Railey beach! The journey was exhausting, but so worth it after seeing all that this place had to offer. And lets face it, it could have been so much worse. Like overland on a crammed mini bus all the way there, with no one in it speaking English, Asian karoke blasting and a couple of chickens on the floor next to you
7 days on Railey beach doing what?
I spent a few days touring the close-by, tiny, secluded, world class islands (Poda, Chicken and Top) by long tail boat- wow!! Again spectacular islands. The west coast of Thailand boasts some of the most stunning islands I've ever seen. Sunbathing at this point was a serious sport that I was spending a good 8 hours/day "mastering". Loved it! Enjoyed the quiet time on these islands so much- relaxing became an art form. Lazy Days filled with reading books basking in the sun....
I hired a rock climbing guide for three days and actually burnt up some calories; a nice change from the sun bathing! Krabi is known for it's world class climbing with it's massive limestone cliffs lining white sand beaches- so I wasn't going to let the fact that I had absolutely no idea how to climb get in my way. My Thai guide, Man, was nothing short of incredible. He has been featured in international rock climbing magazines and films- check out the picture in the album of his back muscles!! Yikes! Not only an inspiring instructor, but a kind person with a big heart and a super personality. Rock climbing was also a great social activity (of course!) and I met some fantastic people from Mexico, Australia, The UK and even some local Albertans.
Krabi offered a real small town feel with a sense of community to it- a place where everyone knew everyone
Well it's all over- I guess all good things in life must come to an end. The important thing is that you enjoy all of those good things! And that I certainly did. It's so difficult to try and convey feelings, experiences and emotion through words. I have given it my best shot and now you'll all have to go and experience it for yourselves!
I'm presently slowly adjusting to life back in Calgary- which after 3 months away now seems like a chaotic rat race! 10 weeks of no phones ringing, no appointments and nothing familiar wiped my mind of what I have come to know here. I have truly just had the trip of a lifetime. Reflecting on my time away... My eyes have been opened by my experiences- I am humbled, I am grateful, I am compassionate, I am inspired. I have slowed my life down and am noticing things I haven't before. I will never forget the faces of the special people I've met, magical places I've visited and moments that reached out and touched me. My travels have inspired me to search for what really matters in my life. I want to live, want to smile, want to laugh, want to have purpose and am on the exciting path of hopefully finding all of this and much more.
Until the next journey....