They Climb, I Dive

Trip Start Sep 05, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Since going our own ways, I've been looking for a perfect place to go and try to decompress from the last 4 1/2 months.  Its a long time to spend every waking momen with anyone, and doing that is stressful on any relationshiop or friendship.  I found a lovely peace of land in southern Thailand that is so Thailand.  TonSai is known around the world for its picturesque climbs.  People of all nationalities come to this little beach town to climb the limestone cliffs and caves that isolate TonSai.  The town itself is only accessable by small boat and it is quite literally surrounded by 1000 foot limestone cliffs, many of them heavily forested.  There is just enough room behind the beach for a hippie backpacker town to tuck itself into the forest.  There are a few dirt paths that wind themselves between the jungle bungalows and small restaurants.  THe beach is really nice as well and makes for a perfect retreat after long climbs, long hikes, or after previously long beach sessions. 
I spent several days doing not much but reading and writing before I decided it was time to do something with my PADI dive certification which I got over 8 years ago.  Its thailand, if you can, you've gotta go diving here.  I signed myself up for a refresher course and two dives at the Phi Phi islands, one ot Thailands prized possesions.  As any guide book will tell you, diving in thailand has a 'dive factory' feeling to it, and now I can say from expereince that it indeed does.  Every dive site has at least two large dive boats, each with about 20 divers exploring the sites.  That being said, both dives were very good.  Some of the coral walls were my favorites with more bright colors than I knew my retinas were capable of rendering.  We saw black fin sharks and sea tutles as well.  In one coral in particular, a highlighter green seahorse made it home and looked out at us without fear and observed us while we observed him.  The day was really nice, completely out of my budget, but I had to do this while I was here.  I still have to figure out why the thais insist on feeding a bunch of white people spicy cury for lunch, just minutes before they are about to go under again. 
Another highlight was getting lost in the jungles around Ton Sia.  There are some fabulous caves which I took it up on myself to explore, and a 'secret' lagoon which requires a adventurers to nearly do some 5.6 climbing.  Everyone goes there in flip flops or sandals which makes it terribly dangerous.  Its about a half hour up, and probably more down the other side.  THe lagoon was dry, and wasnt realy worth the trip, but perching myself on the side of a sheer cliff and relaxing to have a bannana and enjoy the views through the thick jungle was definately worth it. 
Its on to Langkawi island malaysia tomorrow morning.  Ive been feeling a bit sick, so sorry this entry is short, ill provide much better information and better stories when Im feeling better.
Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive!
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