It’s hard to imagine any place more beautiful than the Thai coast. It seemed impossible to me that anyone could tire of it, although like all things in life, I’m sure the novelty dulls after awhile for those living there, its beauty forgotten and ignored. I SWEAR I WOULD APPRECIATE IT FOREVER, THOUGH, AFTER DEALING WITH MICHIGAN WINTERS #REALTALK
After traveling between four countries in a week, I needed a break. The day before I left Cambodia, I booked tickets to Phuket and then to Ko Phi Phi, two Thai islands known for their beach culture and par-ty-in.
I didn’t like Phuket. It was super over-developed and reminded me of some of the uglier parts of Bali. I stayed in an area called Kamala, which means lotus flower, which I thought was a sign, since it’s one of my life themes…HAHA. NO. It rained a ton and my hotel had blood on the sheets, and the only reason to go there in my opinion is to get to the other islands and go sea kayaking in the gorgeous Andaman sea.
I posted some photos from my sea kayaking experience below…it was amazing. Weird, breathtaking caves, great swimming, fluorescent plankton.
This is a pic of the offering we made and lit in the cave at night, which is a lot like Bali’s canang sari.
The island portion of the trip was a bit lonely—mostly couples. Still, I managed to talk to some people and spent the night laying on the top of the boat, looking at the constellations. Everything is so gorgeous from the middle of the sea. I could see the starts so clearly, which are different in the southern hemisphere. BONUS: I think I saw a UFO *sadly when traveling alone you have no one to corroborate your story*
The second place I visited was a party island, though I stayed on the quiet side. No cars allowed on Ko Phi Phi, and the only way to get to my area of the island was by long boat.
The place stayed it was the most gorgeous hotel I’d every visited. I had my own villa in the trees and every room and amazing views.
I stayed a few days and ate a lot, and taught myself how to snorkel, which is now one of my favorite things in the world. I also made a friend who works at the hotel due to my tats who has his own amazing work, which I’ll post above.
I was so insanely grateful to be able to take a break at such an amazing location and hope to visit Phi Phi and many more of the Thai islands when I return