Friday, May 16, 2014

First Trip Down South

Towards the end of our Mid-service conference, my wonderful friend Mallory came for a visit! We spent a couple of days in Bangkok exploring some wats and markets, then headed down south together.

Our first destination was Koh Phayam in Ranong province.

We stayed at a really laid-back bungalow resort called Sabai Sabai Bungalows. Our bungalows were right on the beach and looked out towards the mountains of Myanmar. It was a fantastic view with beautiful sunsets every evening. We were also really excited to discover bio-luminescence in the tranquil water!

After a few days we headed even further south to Krabi province.

From Krabi town we caught a song taeow (truck) to Ao Nang then from there took a long-tail wooden boat around the limestone cliffs to Ton Sai beach. Ton Sai is known mainly for it's great rock climbing, so most of the tourists there were climbers. We had a great time lounging on the beach and even went for a "free water soloing" day trip. From Ton Sai, we could trek over a small outcropping to reach the more popular Railay beach. For the most part though, were were content with just hanging out on Ton Sai.

As is usually the case, our time went by really quickly. We had to head back up to Chaiyaphum to make some last minute preparations for our upcoming youth leadership camp. Mallory decided to make a trip to Chaing Mai before meeting up with us again for the camp, so we said our farewells (for the time being) and left to find an overnight bus back to Bangkok.

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