Thailand Part 2–Tonsai

Hey everyone.  Sorry it takes me soooo long to update….I’m busy being bored by myself without Josh and watching all the TV shows he hates while I can.  (Just kidding, he’s actually become super patient with the trashy TV I watch. xoxo!)  After this post I’ll have another post to tell you what I’ve been up to in Korea lately!

 

After our northwestern Thailand portion of the trip in Chiang Mai, we were ready for the beach!  We took a flight to Krabi province so we could get to a beach called Hat Tonsai.  Finding our way at night was a little confusing but we figured it out.  Once we got into Krabi Town, we took a songthaew (pickup truck group taxi…sit on seats in the back) to go to another town called Ao Nang.  It’s mostly a beach/tourist/vacation area.  We walked around trying to find a place and got a little shack where we found lizards in the bathroom and had a crappy meal.  We slept soundly and the next day caught one of the first boat taxis out to Tonsai!

 

Tonsai is not an island, but it is only reachable by boat due to its isolation.  It’s mainly a vacation spot and any Thais that live there have a restaurant or hotel/beach bungalow businesses.  Next to Tonsai is another vacation spot called Railay.  Railay is a nicer, more family-friendly area but still fun.  Tonsai on the other hand is a little more youth and/or party oriented, a lot of what I guess you’d call stereotypical “hippies” there.  Railay definitely  had the better beach and we spent many days either swimming over during low tide or doing a short hike to get there via land.  Tonsai is known wordlwide for its great rock climbing, which is what brought us there.  It has a lot of great deep water soloing.   For my non-climbing family and friends, deep water solo is when you rock climb over water without protection.  If you fall, you fall into the water.  Not really my thing (I don’t like jumping into unknown water off of cliffs, bridges, rocks….etc.) but I was so happy Josh was able to cross it off of his bucket list 🙂

 

Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures from Tonsai because we spent so much time on the beach while wearing the bare minimum and relaxing that to keep track of our awesome camera would have been more trouble than it was worth.  We spent our days drinking fresh fruit smoothies, chilling on the beach, kayaking, and hiking through some woods and adventurous paths to get to the nicer beaches.  At night, the bars lit up (no electricity in Tonsai during the day!) and we drank a few drinks and met some people, watched fire shows, etc.  Tonsai was full of relaxing, laid back vibes.  However, Tonsai wasn’t all party as I ended up getting pretty sick.  It started out that my back was really aching and then two days later I had pink eye…Just my luck..I spent a good few days not leaving the bed in our little mountain shack…So it was a trip back to Ao Nang for the travel clinic.  Josh took great care of me, I got a $10 massage, and after taking my meds I felt awesome.  It sucked to be stuck in my glasses for the rest of the trip but I can’t complain.  Here are some pics!!

 

A shot coming to Tonsai from Ao Nang via boat taxi.

A shot coming to Tonsai from Ao Nang via boat taxi.

Beautiful rock formations in blue clear water.  Wish I had more beach pictures, the water was beautiful.  And super warm! I hardly got cold once, which is more than what I can say for swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

Beautiful rock formations in blue clear water. Wish I had more beach pictures, the water was beautiful. And super warm! I hardly got cold once, which is more than what I can say for swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

Our makeshift speakers.  I swear it actually works pretty well!

Our makeshift speakers. I swear it actually works pretty well!

Love this shot on the porch of our bungalow. :)

Love this shot on the porch of our bungalow. 🙂

Just to show you what our bungalow looked like.  Inside were two single beds (of course we cuddled on one bed...It's the same size as our bed in Korea haha) with mosquito nets draped over.

Just to show you what our bungalow looked like. Inside were two single beds (of course we cuddled on one bed…It’s the same size as our bed in Korea haha) with mosquito nets draped over.

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Monkeys...monkeys everywhere!

Monkeys…monkeys everywhere!

Probably scoping out his next meal.

Probably scoping out his next meal.

Taking a snooze on our shady little porch with one of the stray beach cats.

Taking a snooze on our shady little porch with one of the stray beach cats.

Close-up of our beach kitty.  Looks like Oliver, right?  This is probably the nicest looking cat there.  The rest are pretty rough looking.  This cat loved to come lay on our porch and nap while we were home.

Close-up of our beach kitty. Looks like Oliver, right? This is probably the nicest looking cat there. The rest are pretty rough looking. This cat loved to come lay on our porch and nap while we were home.

Handsome bloke I picked up in Thailand.

Handsome bloke I picked up in Thailand.

Rockin' the pink eye.

Rockin’ the pink eye.

Enjoying happy hour.  Nothing rivals how fresh the fruit drinks were in Thailand.  Just add rum!

Enjoying happy hour. Nothing rivals how fresh the fruit drinks were in Thailand. Just add rum!

Few things Josh loves more than a good margarita.

Few things Josh loves more than a good margarita.

Ready to get this stupid backpack off!

Our last day, walking to get some food before heading back toward Bangkok.  Ready to get this stupid backpack off already!  Haha

Another monkey on the lookout.

Another monkey on the lookout.

Monkeying around.

Monkeying around.

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<3

 

 

 

The monkeys were cute but honestly scared me so much!  They would gang up and steal food from some of the food stalls and they were definitely NOT afraid of people.  Sometimes when I got takeout to walk back to the bungalow with I was afraid of them coming after me.  Kinda funny in retrospect.  They would all surround the walking path together and you never knew what could happen!   One morning Josh and I got breakfast at a restaurant on the beach and watched as a monkey played in the tree near our table.  Next thing we knew, the monkey climbed down onto the deck railing by our table.  Fortunately we hadn’t gotten our food so the monkey continued past our table only to steal a cup of orange juice from the poor girl sitting behind us.  It was pretty funny but I felt so bad for her.  Cue the Thai business owners running out with their slingshots.

 

Anyway, hope you enjoyed our Thailand pictures half as much as we enjoyed taking them!  It was an unforgettable trip and if we can figure out a way we’d love to spend more time in Thailand one day.  Unfortunately it took me forever to get them up, but tonight I’ll be looking at and editing pictures from Philippines so I should have those up tomorrow or the day after.  I have tons of free time now that Josh has gone but I’ve spent it all cooking and cleaning by myself while watching true crime shows and Real Housewives.  Time to get to buckle down and finish documenting my experiences, especially since I only have two and a half months left…Does not feel real!  I will be returning to the US at the end of August to start the next chapter.  Though we originally planned to stay in Korea longer, once we spent more time here we felt like we could find somewhere that suited our tastes and lifestyle better.  Back to square one until we plan the next adventure!  Hopefully Thailand or somewhere Spanish speaking 😉  Until then, I’m enjoying the last few months I have with my friends and students here, whom I will miss dearly!

 

Until next time, precious readers.

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