Just spent a couple of weeks in Thailand which was all rather pleasant.
Having been to the area on my first overseas jaunt (Thailand for 2 months back in ’02), I was fascinated to head back and see the area again, albeit with a different approach (less shuffling snakes off the path with bare feet, less drinking cobra blood with tequila, and less losing glasses in midnight swims). Bit more of an sedate, resort sort of affair now I’m approaching my dotage.
Koh Yao Noi was not an island I’d heard about until J found some internet deal thing but it (and the resort itself – Paradise Kao Yao)looked intriguing – in the bay (with it’s Jurassic Park style islands and limestone cliffs)) between Phuket and Krabi, only a handful of spread out resorts on the island (the main trades being rubber and fishing), and roaming monitors, hornbills and gibbons.
Anyway – won’t go on as basically the weeks went past doing very little apart from snorkelling, jungle walking, kayaking, eating, sitting in pool and other sort of indolent activities.
We also spent a few days in Ao Nang – around the corner from Krabi for a few nights under some cliff where it mostly rained.
Did spend one day returning to Railay beach around the corner, where I spent a pretty amazing week last time, and to be honest, I regret not booking there again. Just a lot nicer than Ao Nang – more chilled, more stunning beaches and landscapes (had foolishly thought we’d have been sick of isolated beaches by then).
Anyway, I’m back at work now and here are some pics.