Day 5: The last night in Thailand we stayed in Bangkok. I didn't have time to really explore the city. We walked around our area and headed to the mall of all places to eat, but the "food court" consisted of several nice restaurants. Angela and I had enough Asian food so we wanted something we could recognize. Our last meal in Thailand consisted of salad, pasta, pizza, and wine. It was delicious!
Before coming, people said the street food everywhere in Asia is amazing. I was excited to try it, but after several disappointing meals, I gave up. Then I started thinking, street and food should not go together. I have to be drunk at 3am just to eat a hot dog from a vendor on Broadway, so how am I supposed to eat unidentifiable meat from cart surrounded by pollution in a country whose idea of sanitation is low to non-existent?? I don't mean to sound judgmental, but it's just not for me.
I was able to enjoy first class flights home! Thank you Papa Dean!
19 July 2017
Day 4: We surfed in the morning but had to end early because the surf board's fin sliced the side of Angela's foot. Luckily she didn't need stitches but it was pretty bad. We headed back to Railay that afternoon. We ate dinner at a place on west beach. Angela and I ordered these spicy scallops that were disgusting. Unfortunately we still had to pay for them.
The next morning we found Highland coffee shop / rock climbing outfitter tucked up in the Cliffs. The views were amazing up there.
18 July 2017
Day 3: Aside from rock climbing and swimming there is not much to do in Railay. They have a few tours but it was all more of the same. So of course we looked for the "closest" spot to go surfing, which was a 2 hr boat ride and 1 hr. car ride away in Phuket. We went to a few different places to find a place to sleep and ended up at Kata Hi View for $12 / night!
We were getting pretty good at surfing in Siargao so we had to keep trying. Unfortunately, it didn't go too well. The waves weren't as friendly, and we didn't have our surf instructors to help us read the waves. We are a little disappointed that we aren't officially surfers yet, but that just means I'll have to take more beach trips (or move) to get that surfing career going. 😏 Right, Drew??
17 July 2017
Day 2: I really needed another rest day, so I slept in and took it easy in the morning. Then Angela and I went rock climbing, which is what this place is known for. It's cool to climb here because you are right next to the water, so when you get to the top, there's an amazing view.
We climbed 4 different routes. 3 of them were about 10-15 meters high. The last one was about 30 meters high.
That evening we swam around in the pretty blue water until it got dark. Then we got a $10 Thai massage. It was kind of nice but there were a lot of painful moments. They really dig in with their elbows and bend and stretch your limbs in ways that my body does not want to go.
16 July 2017
After another awful overnight flight, we arrived in Krabi, Thailand then took a long tail boat to Railay Beach. Railay is on the tip of a small peninsula but only accessible by boat. There are no cars here which has been a nice break from the other loud crazy cities. We stayed at the Sunrise Tropical Resort which is very nice for only $40/night!
We wandered around to the swimming areas and witnessed one of the monkeys steal a smoothie out of a girls hand. He put it in his mouth, climbed up a tree, took off the lid and straw (he did not use a trash can 😒) and enjoyed his free drink. Angela had just bought a smoothie so she had to hide hers.
There are a few different swimming beaches and tall limestone cliffs surrounding them. In the "town", the main 'road' is called Walking Street. It is lined with little shops, bars and restaurants. There is also a rock climbing outfitter and Thai massage parlor on every corner.
We went to The Last Bar and watched a Muay Thai boxing fight.