22.01.2012 - 19.02.2012 34 °C
Another blissful month relaxing in Thailand. I don't know what it is about this country, but I find myself settled in within a couple of days, and struggling to haul my butt off the lounger. To make matters worse (in a better kind of way), we spent almost the entire month with the Sarin-Toews from Whitehorse. The kids were so happy to have each other for company, that we spent many days hanging out by the pool drinking fruit shakes, and before we knew it, the month was over.
Our first stop was at the island Koh Lanta. This is where we really lost track of time. 3 weeks flew by in the blink of an eye.
We did a few customary boat trips to snorkel, dive,
and see bats? they were so much bigger than at home. More like flying rats rather than flying mice. So creepy!
Mac and Manas working on fish I.D.
We also took a couple of great cooking classes. If you're really lucky, Mac and Meg might cook you up some pad thai when we get home!
The southern tip of the island is a stunning national park. On our hike through the jungle, Meg and Solstice surprised a monkey who took out his anger on Mac. Mike Toews who will forever been known as the monkey-whisperer helped Mac fend off the angry little monkey, and thankfully no blood was shed. Mac however has a hate-on for monkeys and has vowed to steer clear of all jungle walks in the future. Aside from the near attack, we spent a beautiful day hiking, snorkeling, and trying to keep our food out of the hands of the devils themselves. Who knew the cheeky little buggers could open zippers?
Mike, Mike, Solstice and I did some 'caving'.
Our next stop was the party capital of Thailand, maybe even the world, Koh Phi Phi (pronounced pee pee). I have never seen a town so full of twenty- somethings partying. It was like being on the set of a Fort Lauderdale spring break movie. It's also one of the islands that was devastated by the tsunami, and it's easy to see why. Koh Phi Phi is like two islands joined by a very low lying spit of land. Almost all of the hotels, restaurants etc are on this spit of land. When the tsunami hit, the wave first crashed over from one direction and then swept around the island and crashed over from the other direction. As you can imagine, the majority of people were in the direct line of fire.
Our final Thai boat trip was the most exciting of all, because while we were on Lanta, Mike and Manas Toews joined the ranks of PADI open water divers, and while on Phi Phi, MIke, Megan and Solstice did the same. We are officially a diving family. Travelling is about to get very expensive!!
Next up - Borneo.