After weeks of travelling (by bus) and working (volunteering as teachers) and playing (with kids at the orphanage) it was time for relaxation… on the beach! We made it down to Ton Sai, our favorite beach peninsula in only 26 hours, spending part of that on an overnight bus that smelled like feet and fish sauce. But we were finally there! Ready to beach it up.
We booked a rock climbing excursion. Ton Sai is absolutely where you come if you like to climb. It was so much fun that it has inspired us to get more into climbing in the future. Our belayer was a laid back Thai hipster-rasta named Porn (the “r” is very soft though, almost like you’re saying “pon”). He was very encouraging and I was able to reach the top of all but one of the cliffs.
The best beach for swimming and relaxing is called Pranang. We dipped in the ocean there, while reading our books and eating fried rice cooked by the boat lady in her boat kitchen. Of course we made a daily routine of drinking fruit shakes. Mango, coconut, banana, pineapple, and watermelon were just some of the delicious flavors we sipped on.
Our Norwegian friends Petter and Eva came out to hang with us on the beach. With them, we played cards, hiked to the lagoon (which was such a steep hike it was nearly rock climbing) and hiked through a cave up to a spectacular view point. Of course laying on the beach came before, after and even during these activities.
We were very excited to find out that the most famous Thai Reggae band- Job 2 Do would be playing on the very beach we were staying at on our last night! Our timing was perfect. The concert was being put on in an effort to clean up the beach. People volunteered to pick up garbage all day and then they had a huge party with food stalls and fire dancers and live music two nights in a row. It was a great way to end our sandy and sunny vacation and begin to conclude our trip to Thailand.
Here is a song to enjoy just for the sake of laying back and listening. Of course (Neal) it’s gotta be island music 😉