I went back to Thailand in November. Yes, Thailand again. But this time a different place. I went to Koh Lanta in Krabi.
I was planning a beach holiday. Something I have not done for a long time. I felt I needed simply to sit and unwind. It did not work out quite that way. I think, mainly because I do not unwind by sitting in the sun going as red as a lobster. Instead I feel more relaxed people watching and exploring.
So I ended up touring the island, and travelling to neighbouring ones – Phi Phi and Phuket.
I snorkelled and even hired a motorbike to tour the island. I was pleased that I did. Last time I had used a motorcycle, in Chiang Mai, I had fallen off and hurt myself. This time no injuries, and had a great tour of the island. Thankfully the roads are not that busy so I could travel at my own pace and not have to contend with traffic.
I even chose to stay in a small guest house (Harmony House) rather that the luxury hotels I generally seek out. It was fantastic and very reasonably priced. It was right in the centre of town and overlooked the water. I was close to the ferry dock so was a little noisy in the morning and afternoon when the ferried departed or arrived but this was not a problem. It was fun to sit and watch the comings and goings.
I could stroll to many local restaurants for food and drink. My only complaint is the bed was a little firm for my taste but that would not stop me returning.
My “beach” holiday became an exploration and gentle activity holiday. Just right and relaxing. Sadly all too soon forgotten on returning to the stresses of workaday life.
But I will be back and am also planning my 2017 holidays.