Koh Phi Phi viewpoint
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The sea view.

Travelling in Thailand is nothing but convenient. Spending the time between beaches and islands, doing rock climbing and kayaking, swimming and hiking, has been chilling and challenging at the same time.

It’s been a while since my last post, but it wasn’t because i was so busy or something, i probably was just too much in a chilling-mode. To be honest, writing a blog is more challenging than i thought it would be. Thinking about the content, finding the right words, choosing pictures… that’s all work and you need to be disciplined in a way. And then again you just prefer to go to the beach 🙂 But it is okay, because nobody chases me and i just take the time that i need. Maybe that is what this trip is about.

But i’m not only slow in posting here, i’m also in travelling. Basically i’m practising the so-called slow travel! Taking your time, stay where you like it longer, meeting friends along the way and just enjoying every sunset (at least if there is one, lol). That’s the way I have spent the last five weeks between islands and beaches in southern Thailand and i can say it was worth it.

wanderer

Even though it wasn’t my first visit to Thailand, i never made it to that southern part for no reason. From a tourist point of view it seems to be the most popular region in the whole country. The names of the islands, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Phiphi, Koh Lanta… and not to forget Phuket (actually i never realized that it is an island as well, until now) sound promising and somewhat familiar. I guess everyone knows someone who has been there and there before. But finally i can assign the places between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand with a geographical location and that makes my cartographer’s heart beat faster, lol.

Koh Phi Phi viewpoint
Koh Phi Phi: A short but (due to the heat) exhausting walk brings you to the amazing viewpoint. It’s selfietime there around-the-clock. A german guy even proposed to his girlfriend in that very moment…
Maya Bay
Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh: The famous spot from the movie “The Beach” is closed at the moment, after sustaining severe damage at the hands of over-tourism. The only option that remains, is to get a glimpse of it from the boat, like the guy in the pic.
Railay Beach viewpoint

As tempting as the pictures may look like, the reality is often a bit different (…well, isn’t it always like that in life? 🙂 ) I mean, i don’t want to sound arrogant or insulting, but often everything is a bit rotten there… and i mean places and people, lol. The cristal-clear water is sometimes rather a green-something and the fancy beach-bungalow turns out to be a shabby hut. But probably all of that is just my over-accurate and small-minded german view on things, so i better stop here and focus on the nice things. Cause there are plenty of, and the locals are part of it.

Longtail boat helmsman
Longtail boat and Railay Beach
Railay Beach: Definitely my happy place! You can reach the area only by the so-called Longtail boats, either from Krabi or Ao Nang. That doesn’t mean that it is abandoned, on the contrary, but the scenery is nothing but breathtaking.
Longtail boat and Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach: Another, more hidden spot near Railay Beach. Perfect for chilling and relaxing, as it is more calm there.
Khao Phing Kan
Khao Phing Kan: Better known as James Bond Island from the movie “The man with the golden gun” is the classic tour either from Phuket or Krabi. As calm and peaceful as it looks on the pic, the opposite is the case: masses of tourists enter the island each day…
James Bond Island reality
…and that’s how it looks like on the other side!

To be honest, the two islands which i stayed longer on, Koh Phayam and Koh Phangan, have been a challenge. The first one due to the wildlife and the other one due to the unexpected adverse weather. In Koh Phayam i stayed in a nice bungalow completely made of bamboo, in the middle of the jungle. It was wonderful to watch hornbills from the patio and to feel the peace of the forest during the daytime. But as soon as night fell, i became a scared little child. Noises everywhere. Above and behind me. Everytime i was so happy to have my mosquito net, which protected me from all that evil little and not-so-little animals around me. Spiders and frogs, squirrels and mouses. Of course, i exaggerate. But it was really a unusual and bit scary situation for me, the big city boy i became. I get used to it after some days and just in the moment when i felt safe and comfortable, they found a snake in the neighboring bungalow…

Aow Yai Beach, Koh Phayam
Aow Yai Beach, Koh Phayam: The Long Beach with the big waves attracts many surfers. But due to the waves a lot of waste and trash comes to light as well.
Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach
Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach, Koh Phangan: Red flag on the party and hippie island.

3 comments on “The sea view.

  1. Hi my dear,

    Koh Lanta (genial!), Koh Phiphi (grässlich!) und Phuket (na ja) – Mensch, da war ich doch gerade erst (genauer gesagt 2008). Wenn man dieser Antwort ein Foto anfügen könnte, hätte ich es getan: ich mit Motorroller auf Koh Lanta vor dem tollen Lokal Same Same But Different. Stell es dir einfach vor.

    Ich verfolge deinen Blog mit großem Vergnügen, auch wenn ich mich nicht melde, und wünsche dir weiterhin viele neue Eindrücke und wenig Schlangen. Schöne Weihnachtstage unter Palmen und alles Gute für das neue Jahr!

    Ich verabschiede gleich mal einen mir sehr lieben Verlagskollegen. Morgen sind sie dann alle weg!

    Ganz herzliche Grüße!
    Conny

    • Hi Conny!
      Ja so eine Ãœberraschung! Zum einen, dass du mir hier aufmerksam folgst, und zum anderen, du, auf dem Motorroller 🙂 Tatsächlich ein ungewohntes Bild, aber es bleibt einem ja meistens nichts anderes übrig als Fortbewegungsmittel auf den Inseln… Koh Lanta musste ich leider auslassen (habe jetzt fast ein schlechtes Gewissen, wenn du es als genial beschreibst), Koh Phiphi fand ich eigentlich sehr schön (war aber auch nur ein kurzer Zwischenstopp) und Phuket na ja, da geb ich dir Recht! Am besten fand ich bisher eigentlich Krabi und Umgebung…
      Jetzt wünsche ich dir aber auch erstmal schöne Weihnachten und ebenso alles Gute für das neue Jahr!
      LG, Thomas

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