Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Getting wet in the West

If you search the web for images of Krabi you will be treated to shots of the familiar limestone karsts that the West coast of Thailand is famous for.

Unfortunately my time in Krabi province was scheduled during the rainy season and consequently a little damp. However the area still remains beautiful whatever the weather and despite having to rethink plans from here I still saw quite a bit.

Ao Nang was a good place for a base even though the ferries are a no go at this time of year, but also a good reason to return one day.

The highlight was undoubtably the area of Railay, inaccessible by land but well worth braving a long tail boat to get to. The rain did admittedly get me down a bit, but it made the experience some what more 'fun'. Check out my climbing adventure here in my post: Beautiful, even in the mud.

We are heading to Nakhon Si Thamarrat from Krabi town next with plans to investigate the deep south, that is assuming I can convince Phill!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Thai East coast: Islands with variety

After almost a week in Bangkok taking in the sights that I've not seen on my previous two visits there, I've since been enjoying the stifling weather on the various islands in the South East of the Gulf of Thailand.

Check out my thoughts on the capital - same same but not quite like this.  If you're planning a trip to Thailand you can't avoid going here and if you are curious as to what really goes on in a ping pong show be sure to check back soon as it deserves a post of it's own.

The island of Koh Samui and it's archipelago is certainly worth a visit and I can understand why these islands are so popular as beach destinations, the weather is superb and even the mosquitos find it too hot during the day, thankfully.

Here are my thoughts on each of the main islands, although if I'm honest I didn't give Koh Pha Ngan a fair try, but it's not my kind of place:

Koh Samui - Spanish similarities
Koh Pha Ngan - Escaped partying
Koh Tao - Water to Di[v]e for!

I'm back on the mainland again now, in the province of Krabi, dealing with the sinking feeling that it's out of season here and the weather is some what wet for numerous periods throughout the day. Fortunately this does also mean a cooler climate, but it also limits what we can do when the plan was to head South down through the islands in the South West.

Having had a rethink, we are probably going to head to the East coast of Malaysia in a couple of weeks once we have crossed the border in Penang (Malaysia) and then plan a stop at either KL or Singapore, or both, before a possible visit to Borneo. It's all still very up in the air however, which is kind of how I like it these days :)!