This will likely be my second to last post from Asia, and since we really haven't been doing much I'll for once try and keep the update short.
On the 31st of October, we arrived at Hogwartz hostel in the small and uneventful Krabi town after one night and four busses. The hostel was absolutely incredible and in itself a good reason to stay in Krabi town for two nights.
We spent our first day in Krabi just exploring the area by foot, walking up and down all the streets and chatting by the sea. In the evening we ate at the daily market.
On our second day in Krabi, we went to the infamous 'Emerald Pool' in the nearby national park. It was beautiful and we had a great time relaxing in the sun and swimming in the pool, but it was much more touristed than we had anticipated, there were no trekking paths and the trip there and back had been rather expensive. But we did have a great time, so it didn't matter too much at the end of the day.
I the evening we went to the weekend night market and ate while listening to local musicians playing live - I think the night market was probably the highlight of our trip to Krabi.
On Saturday we took the bus and ferry to Koh Lanta and checked into a beautiful bungalow at Lanta Sabai Hotel.
Even though the weather was mostly cloudy and occasionally rainy, we ended up staying three nights. And despite the clouds, we did manage to get a really good tan while laying by the pool and on the beach all day for two of the days. There was definitely much more blue sky and good weather than the weather forecast had promised. Koh Lanta was a beautiful and peaceful island and surprisingly empty of tourists and we did little more than tan, swim and go for small walks during our stay there.
When we took the ferry to Phuket on the 5th of November I resembled a tomato and could barely move my body without feeling like my skin would peel off, but we did make it to Sleepy Station Hostel by Kata Beach without much trouble.
Luckily the weather forecast had been completely wrong about Phuket and we ended up having two incredibly sunny days spent on the beach. I mostly stayed in the shade, while Julie continued to spend hours in the sun without going even a little pink, but we both had lots of fun playing in the waves.
And although the Kata area was ridiculously touristed and so expensive, we had the best couple of days there and managed to live relatively cheaply through finding cheap eats (and of course eating our typical homemade bread breakfast of fruit, soy milk and müsli) and staying at a cheap hostel.
We did decide to splurge on delicious pizza one night though when we found out they had VEGAN CHEESE! It was worth every Baht.
On the 6th of November, we went to the Big Buddha and just caught the sunset there, having found the perfect hidden spot behind a building that was under construction. It was a stunning last night in Phuket, seeing the city in three different lights and watching the Monks do their evening prayer.
And then yesterday we had our last day at the beach, trying to suck up the last rays of sunshine and fitting as many trips to the sea into three hours as possible.
Then we took the local bus into Phuket Old Town and then another bus from there to the train station, where we could finally book the night train to Bangkok at a reasonable price (the prices in the Kata area had been ridiculous and we had to give up after spending an hour trying to negotiate with 10 different companies).
We both slept really well on the by far most luxurious night bus either of us has taken in Thailand and within the blink of an eye a week in Southern Thailand had gone by and we were back in Bangkok for our last three nights in Asia. we had to give up after spending an hour trying to negotiate with 10 different companies).
We both slept really well on the by far most luxurious night bus either of us has taken in Thailand and within the blink of an eye a week in Southern Thailand had gone by and we were back in Bangkok for our last three nights in Asia.
And by the time my next (and last) update will be up, I will be on my way back to Denmark.