Living the Life
Twenty-one months into my Peace Corps service, I finally discovered the Thailand people dream about. PaaKow and I visited four beaches. (The word that’s written as “Koh,” below, means island.)
Tonsai Bay, Railay Beach, Krabi Province
Swimming in the Emerald Pool, also on the mainland, Krabi Province
Cute uses for coconut shells …
One of many beautiful longtail boat rides…
Sometimes there were piers, and sometimes you just had to wade in…
Climbing 1,267 uneven, mostly steep steps to Buddha … , mainland, Krabi Province
Those Lonely Planet photographers had a lot to work with … It’s impossible NOT to get a nice photo of clear water and boats! Phi Phi Island
Beach critters, Koh Ngai, Trang Province (Toucan and Water Monitor Lizard, I think)
A quick bath in some hot springs on the mainland, Krabi Province
Excited about drinking water (?)
Tired of blue water yet?
This path followed the beach, from the hotel to the town on Phi Phi Island. I thought it was neat to have a forest just feet from the beach.
Shrimp worth writing home about. Delicious!
Swimming through Morakot (Emerland) Cave on Koh Muk. The blob in the center is PaaKow entering the cave, sporting a headlight. After this it got too dark to take pictures…
Once you swim through the cave, you land here, in what used to be a volcano (We think, based on a roughly translated sign.) Our guide, “Mr. Yong,” who ended up being our friend, said that during tourist season there are hundreds of people milling about this small space.
Still in the ex-volcano, looking up.
Nursing our insides back to health after an attack of something … Phi Phi Island
Snorkeling 101, near Koh Kradan
It’s the end of rainy season, which corresponds with the end of the “low” season at the beaches. It only rained a few times, and mostly at night. Sitting on a porch in the rain, coaxing my foot to heal in a patriotic bandana (I cut it snorkeling).
Tropical paradise, or something like that, on Koh Ngai
Sunset on Koh Muk