A new world and a new year
Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
7Trip End Jan 21, 2011
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I must admit, I never thought I would ever see southern Thailand due to all it's tourism. The thought of speedo clad Europeans and families with screaming kids working on their tan on the beach and young 20-year old somethings dancing the night away to bad techno music sipping Redbull and Vodka Buckets, just didn't sound too tempting.
So a mad taxi drive, a flight, a minivan, a stop in the lovely city of Trang, a local bus (where I forgot my sunglasses) and two boat rides later, we finally arrived. And it was picture perfect. Crystal blue water, palm treas and empty beaches. What else can one ask for? Ko Kradan's staff consisted of a couple of ladyboys, to musicians and a couple of younger giggling girls and boys, that liked to hoola hoop in their spare time.
We enjoyed hiking trough the dense jungle to the marvelous Sunset Beach where we could snorkle and relax while a few fishing boats slowly floated by. We drank coconut water explored the reef and kayaked every day. Josh became friends with the two musicians on the island and joined them for a few evening sessions, playing the guitarr and singing while I hung out with the rest of the staff sipping on a few local favorite drinks.
As the warm rain came in over the island, it was time for us to head way further south to Ko Adag, a national park close to the Malaysian border.We didn't expect much of the 12 dollar accommodation but were very much surprised to find that we scored big time!!!
This national park is geared towards Thai tourism and there were very
few signs in English. We did have one on our deck stating not to leave
our belongings outside unless we wanted for the monkeys to get a hold of
them. There is only one little restaurant but it is divine! Best food I have had in Thailand so far. Priceless to see the staffs eyes widen as Josh orders two of everything.
Making the days go by on the island is not hard. There are a couple of hikes, one trough the thick jungle where I wish I had a machete knife to make our way to the lovely little waterfall, and the second one that is to the top of the island from where you can get breathtaking views. If you are thiking of doing the later one I'll give you two pieces of advice: be in descent shape and wear hiking shoes.This is a 60min butt-kicking straight up 1,500 vertical feet kind of hike. Seriously, no switch backs just straight up. The view along with the delicious breakfast we had after made it very worth it though :)
And last but not least there is snorkeling
A spiritual experience. Out of this world. A day I will never forget.
We toasted in the New Year with our favorite beer Chang at our bungalow under a million stars to the sounds of fireworks. So lucky and grateful. This is the best way to end a year and to start a new one. On the road. In love with Life and in Love with my travelmate.
I wish you all Peace, Love and Health for 2011.
Yours truly, the Swedish Vagabond
PS, and for you who are wondering, yes, the 35 phone calls to my banks paid off. It was a Hallelujah moment.
PS2 I have had problems with transferring pictures from the later part of the trip (Ko Adang) stay tune for more soon.