Happy New Year - Island Edition
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
6Trip End Jan 07, 2012
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
I hope the New Year has found you well and you are feeling half ok on January 1. Candice and I have had an amazing week with sunshine and lots of adventure. We headed to Krabi where we stayed for 3 nights in a secluded bungalow "resort" that isn’t fully established yet but has extremely helpful staff and an awesome setup. It ended up being a 15 minute long boat ride away from paradise, Hat Rai Lay. Candice and I took the boat over to the island for the day and it was stunning –turquoise waters, limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches. Hat Rai Lay has some of the best rock climbing in the world –turns out you can get a taste of that climbing up to the viewpoint, which in any other country wouldn’t be deemed safe. We climbed up to the viewpoint in our bare feet. No hiking boots for us!
We then each did one climb up the limestone cliff, on the beach no less, and decided we loved it and wanted to do more
On Thursday we did a 4 islands tour on a longtail boat where we did a bit of snorkeling and laid in the extremely hot sun. The islands were beautiful, although Thailand is definitely starting to get overrun by tourists.
We took a ferry over to Koh Phi Phi on Friday, which is an island to the south of Krabi
On New Year’s Eve, we went scuba diving. It was our second time going, after a previous sketchy experience in Bali. The instructor was awesome and although Candice kept getting water in her goggles, it was fun. We went diving off of Koh Phi Phi Ley and around the corner from Maya Beach (where the movie The Beach was filmed). Although we saw cool coloured fish, an eel, many sea turtles and some colourful coral, it wasn’t quite as colourful down under as we expected. It was peaceful though. Once we got back to the island, we went out and partied for New Years. It was quite the fun experience –people were setting off fireworks for 3 hours straight –on the beach, in the water, in the bars, on the street. And no regulations of standing a ways back. Nope, they’d set them off a foot in front of you. We also stopped at one bar that had Thai Boxing. We thought we were going to see a real fight, turns out it was for people in the bar that wanted to fight each other so we watched two girls fight. We then partied the night away on the beach, under fireworks and dancing to one of the best DJ’s I’ve ever heard.
Today, we’re making the long journey to Bangkok in a bus as flights are sold out. Should be fun riding for 12-14 hours in a minibus!