Welcome to the Jungle!

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Jan 01, 2011

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I left Pa Tong early Sunday morning somewhat disheartened about my experience there. I decided to spend the day at Phuket town which I heard has no tourists. I found a very cheap rundown guest house that only cost $7 a night and spent the day walking around. I was definitely the only tourist there. The town is geared completely towards the locals so I was really able to see the culture. I went to a few markets and tried some very unique food and went to bed early. The next morning I took a bus to Krabi, not really sure where I was going. One thing that I have truly grown to believe on this trip is that everything really does happen for a reason.With every closed door, so many windows of opportunity are opened. I just followed my feet and tagged along with a young couple who were about halfway done backpacking throughout the entire world. They were headed to a place called Tonsai Beach, supposedly famous for rockclimbers. Unfortunately my camera was stolen along with my journal so I cannot post photos which is a huge disappointment, however it gives me the opportunity with seeing this world through my own eyes and not through a camera lens. Now I am even more disconnected with technology, and while I wish I could share some of the beauty of this country with all of you guys, I will just have to try to help you guys visualize the paradise that is Tonsai Beach.

After about a 20 minute cab ride from Krabi Town we arrived in Ao Nang, from there we had to get a longtail boat that would take us to Tonsai Beach. There is no direct patch by land to Tonsai, however it is not an island. The area of land is surrounded by the most beautiful limestone mountains, encircling this dense jungle from the outside world. Turquoise colored water, beautiful beaches, and the most breathtaking rock formations fill my vision. Words just cannot do this place justice, so I urge you guys to google Railey beach (the more popular tourist destination that is only a few minutes walk from Tonsai). I have never seen a human settlement that lives so harmoniously with nature. There are no buildings, no pollution, no police or firefighters, its just a small little sanctuary, free from the confines of the real world. The jungle air is filled with the sounds of birds, and monkeys are constantly jumping from tree top to tree top. Tonsai Beach is considered one of the best rockclimbing spots, so climbers from all over the world are constantly coming and going. The community is english speaking, although the majority of climbers that I have met so far seem to be European. As a result of the climber population, everyone here is incredibly attractive and in amazing shape. Everyone here is a complete hippie, and everyone is so friendly.  I made friends with a Thai local named Ta, who is a rockclimbing instructor here, he's going to teach me how to lead climb and do all the advanced stuff so we can go climbing together. I never thought a place like this could exist, this is truly paradise. The best part is, I am only a short boat ride from Ko Phi Phi which is considered the best scuba diving in the world. Needless to say, I found my home for a while. I am getting a job just a few yards from my Bungalow to help make ends meet. I have never felt so 'right' about my environment. This is living my dream.
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journeyh on

Paradise must be beautiful! Can you get a disposable camera just to document your own memories? I agree everything happens for a reason. Sounds like you're trusting your instincts and going with the flow. Perfect Q!


Hi Quest,
I just love reading all about your adventures! It brings me back to when Dani was your age and travelled thru India for a year. It's courageous, adventuresome,exotic, dynamic and plain ole exciting! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Blessings and love,

Ron Reid on

Thank you so much for the thoughtful blogs you are sharing with us all. We appreciate sharing a bit of your adventure. Keep on Truckin Little Brother!

Terry on

Sorry to hear about your camera Quest, but what a great attitude you have. I am enjoying your blogs (who needs photos anyway as your are incredibly descriptive). I did however enjoy what photos I saw - you are indeed the son of a photographer! Lots of love to you.

Lissa Rovetch on

It all sounds so astounding Quest-
Such a treat to imagine you there with the hippies and the monkeys...
Thinking of you on your amazing path!

Amanda Levine on

I love reading about your adventures! Keep them coming!

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