While I am not Bangkok's biggest fan, the islands have won my heart. Flipping through my notebook earlier, I ran into a scribble I made while we were hiking in Patagonia a few months ago. It said: "Nature makes me happy." A plain statement that unartfully summarizes the core of my feelings and outlook on this world, as well as a recent self-realization. I am at my happiest in the middle of pure, unspoiled nature. Big cities vs. small towns or remote wilderness, shopping vs. diy (or hand-made), partying vs. chilling/hiking/reading/writing. I've clearly chosen my side, the side of life that makes me happy, meaningful and fulfilled. One stop after another on this trip, one experience after another only reinforce and emphasize what my heart truly desires, what it's longing for and where it's at its happiest. The islands were one of those good stops.
The photos in this post are more true to chronology than the previous posts. Here we are in the budget terminal of Singapore's Changi airport, ready to board our plane to Krabi, a small town on the western coast of South Thailand (on the Andaman Sea.) There are lot of budget carriers in South East Asia, so we were able to find a cheap flight that saved us a lot of travel time and stress. This is also the moment when we met Pascal, a cool dude from Canada who was going to Tonsai to climb and chill for a few weeks.
Raggae is alive and well and Thailand. Bob Marley seems to be a national hero. But I absolutely loved the raggae bars and their vibe. It seems that the raggae culture is enjoyed more by cool local Thai kids, rather than by western tourists, so going to a raggae bar is indirectly an escape from the tourist bullshit.
Koh Phi Phi island. The ferry was too big to come to the shore (where there is no pier, the boats drop you off in the shallow water at the shore), so we had to take a long-tail boat from Railay to get transferred onto the ferry. As you can see, the ferry was so packed that the only place we found to sit on was on the side, with our feet dangling out in the air.