Certified Bad Asses

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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The happy bungalow

Flag of Thailand  , Phangnga,
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Now that we had decided to work towards our open water cert., and had identified Similian Dive Safaris as our dive company all that we needed to do was get to Khao Lak. A quick bus ride later we pulled up to a much less touristy quaint dive town. Upon arrival, we stopped for a much needed hot fudge sundae which probably didn't require a side of fries, but what the hell right? After devouring the fries I set out to walk the small village to find SDS. The place wasn't that big and I was sure to stumble upon it. In the meantime, Laura was using her iPOD through skype to contact various hotels, etc. After finding the shop, I snagged the little lady and we dropped our bags off at a small neighboring home stay that came in at 20 USD a night (score!). Though the place didn't have a TV, who needed one? We were surrounded by tropical paradise and were going to be working on the dive certs.  

With the bags in the hotel, we met back at the dive shop and began the class. As planned, it was classroom based which kept us out of the sun! (the sunburns were still in effect!) Our instructor was a super cool South African who claimed to have more than a 1000 dives under his belt. Honestly, I believed him. After a couple days of testing and drills we had 3 open water dives that needed to get locked down. Our first dive was located at Koh Bon, an island approximately 1 hour off the coast of Thailand. What makes this place amazing is the potential of seeing the largest of all sting rays known as the Manta Ray. Fortunately for us, luck prevailed and we did in fact see one of these AMAZING creatures face to face. Click on the link above to get more information. Seeing the ray was one of the most amazing parts of the trip for me! Luckily for me, our new instructor April was professional, well seasoned and knew where to find them. In addition to the amazing manta, the 40 meter wall of coral in crystal clear deep blue bath water was nothing short of majestic. As far as amazing experiences go, spending an hour 45 feet underwater with a completely new world of vibrant sea creatures exceeding any and all expectations. Sans a foggy mask for Laura, the trip was flawless!  With another couple of dives in the location we were well on our way to becoming certified bad asses!

Later that evening we decided to walk along the beach that stretched along Khao Lak's coast. The beach was a light shade of tan and gorgeous. Charged with excitement from the day we walked for almost an hour without a care in the world. After a while we began to hear music in the distance. Apparently there were some food and drink huts ahead. We saw that the sun was about 30 minutes from setting so we we decide to make our way to the huts and then turn around. What a great idea this was! These huts had fresh seafood (prepared traditional Thai style of course!) and happy hour! One pina colada in side of a coconut and peanut satay prawns please! Just then I asked myself: can life get any better? After looking at my beautiful wife in a bikini stretched out next to me drinking out of a coconut at sunset I realized - nope, it can't.
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