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Final day in Thailand. So sad. I wasn’t ready for things to end.
We started the day off nice and early with a 6AM appointment to meet a cab which would take us ziplining up in the jungle, 2 hours outside of Bangkok. Flight of the Gibbon was the ziplinning company. A gibbon is a Thai monkey so we were swinging through the treetops of the jungle like the monkies. There was one other woman, Mary, who was also traveled with us and we became quite good friends!
We arrived around 8AM and had a few minutes to wait so we went to a nearby area and grabbed breakfast. Mary was brave and bought a fish. We were cautious and bought some small rice-krispy type things, oreos, and bananas. Quality breakfast! I asked for two bananas but the employee gave me two huge bunches – probably 20 in all. They cost less than a $1 so I didn’t argue. Turns out they came in handy later to feed some giraffes and elephants.
After our breakfast adventure, the driver took us further up the mountain to a stall where we were suited up. The gear makes one feel a little self-conscious, if I can say so. We had a short 10 minute hike up to the summit. It was stunning! The chaos of Bangkok felt so far away.
This course had 24 runs, the longest of which was 300 meters. I loved that it was so long. The first few runs allowed me to relax and get the hang of landing. By the end we were getting more adventurous and really having fun. The only parts that made me a little nervous were two spots where we had to rappel straight down. The guides playfully dropped us 5ish feet to give us a thrill. So nice of them!
The scenery was spectacular! A beautiful carpet of green foliage below and blue, clear skies above.
Our package included lunch and a trip around an Open Zoo. Their zoo rules were much more relaxed than what we’re used to. It allowed us to have close interaction and we had loads of laughs.
We arrived back to Bangkok around 3. We cleaned up and grabbed dinner at a close by restaurant. This was our final meal in Thailand and it did not disappoint! I ordered everything I loved – panang, massaman, cashew chicken, pineapple drinks, and mango and sticky rice. I think I ate every last bite, too, with Ben’s help, of course. It was a really fantastic meal and a very happy moment in time!
That evening we had a night bike tour of the city with Follow Me Bike Tours. Following in the pattern of the rest of our trip, we were the only ones booked for that time slot so we had a private tourDuring the 6 hour, 25K tour we cycled through the quiet neighborhoods, vibrant Chinatown, beautiful flower market, and around several temples. The streets were pretty chaotic, but we mostly used narrow alleys and back roads. Our guide, Chris, directed us with hand signals. We were constantly ducking under awnings and dodging cars and pedestrians. Somehow we got through unscathed! We stopped several times and our guide bought us snacks, drinks and dinner.
It started to pour while we were waiting for dinner in Chinatown. Chris was great and had ponchos for us to wear but we still ended up quite soaked. I grew up hearing my mom’s mission stories of the deluges they endured and trying to ride their bikes through them to get to members’ homes. However, the floods were so high that they were literally pedaling underwater! I thought of her in amazement as I rode the bike along the dark, mysterious roads in the rain.
We ate our amazing dinner and fresh fruit shakes and watched the rain come down. After dinner we visited the fresh flower market. We cycled right up to the middle of the manic market and walked around admiring the creativity and beauty at each booth.
Afterwards we crossed the river by ferry and visited Thonburi, the previous capital of Thailand. The temples were so beautiful all lit up at night. The roads were quiet by this point and the rain had stopped. It was peaceful and beautiful.
I loved touring the city this way! We were able to see so much in such a short time and so many unique, over-looked areas in a fun, interactive way.
We arrived back to the clubhouse late, around 11. I was exhausted! It had been a long, exciting day! Our final day. We were sad things were ending but so, so thankful we were able to have this getaway. There were many wonderful memories made. Moments of happiness that I will never forget!
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We were very sad to leave Krabi. We had a few final hours there in the morning. A last, lovely breakfast buffet. A final walk around the grounds. It was a beautiful, happy little place for us.
We arrived back in Krabi and took a plane back to Bangkok. Uneventful.
We had a few hours in the afternoon so we went by the famous 7-story shopping mall, MBK. We took the skytrain, public transportation, to get there because there was a traffic jam on the roads. It was interesting. Things were tight. Very tight.
We had a little dinner at the food court and then ran around like crazy grabbing a few things….
We had booked a show that evening, Siam Niramit. It explained a little about the history of Thailand in a very entertaining way. The streets were still not driveable so we took the underground subway. Kindof yuck but, “a good cultural experience” as Ben likes to say It was also raining so that made it all the more exciting. The show was pretty incredible – live elephants, stage turned into a floating river, crazy costumes, beautiful music, and educational. I was fighting to stay awake and may have dozed off for a few minutes but I’m happy we went!
One final day in Thailand…..
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This was Ben’s birthday and it did NOT disappoint. I think, in fact, I’ve never seen the man so happy in my entire life than he was this day!
We had hoped to do an island sunset cruise but the company we had wanted to book us informed us they wouldn’t be going. So, first on the agenda was to find another company that was going that night. Also, one thing I had wanted to do but failed to schedule was a cooking class. So, that morning we went looking for both activities and in a matter of a few minutes we had both set up. Ben didn’t want to do the cooking class but he escorted me to the meetup spot in Ao Nang, a nearby city. After a little searching we found the spot and were greeted by two Thai men and I discovered I was the only one in the class! I considered my safety and decided I would be fine so I hopped in the taxi, waved goodbye to Ben, and off we went up into the hills of the village. We stopped at this little outdoor, open kitchen and my class began.
My mom had actually encouraged me to make this happen and I’m so grateful for her suggestion! I enjoyed this so, so much more than I expected to. The instructor was excellent and the food turned out so tasty. We cooked chicken panang, coconut soup, cashew chicken, spring rolls, papaya salad, and mango and sticky rice. I learned new techniques for some of our old favorites and fell in love with a few new dishes. It was time well spent!
They drove me back to Ao Nang where I found a commuter boat back to our resort. It was a bit of a wait but I enjoyed chatting with new friends while we waited to fill the boat (they need 8 to go).
I spotted Ben in the resort’s pool during my walk back to our hut. So happy.
The staff greeted me by name, laid out a towel, and brought me cold water. It’s nice to be taken care of every once in a while.
We ate my creations for lunch and then left to find our boat for the sunset cruise.
This was a bigger boat with lots of funny Asians who didn’t know how to swim. We stared at them in surprised concern as they tried to learn how to swim; they stared at us in surprised concern as we bloodied ourselves rock climbing, cave exploring, and back flipping off the second story roof of the boat. Good times were had by all
We started with some snorkeling at Tup Island. Ben swam into a cave and took this great shot. I was concerned a wave would smash us into the rocks so I stayed in the open ocean area.
After that we went by Chicken Island. See where it gets it’s name?
Then we stopped for some deep water soloing aka rock climbing. Two crew members showed us how it was done:
But it wasn’t nearly as easy as they made it look! A few fit people couldn’t even get up the rope ladder. Ben held it steady for me and I was able to get up. That alone, I felt, was an accomplishment since several had already tried and failed. The pressure was also on as all boat passengers stared from the deck and witnessed each person’s failures and triumphsBen was quite impressive and made it the farthest of any non-crew members. He got quite a few cuts and battle wounds.
From there we went to Si Island. I was cold so opted to stay on the boat and take a few pictures. Ben put on a show with his backflips and jumps. He was so childlike – carefree, playful, spontaneous, joyful. This was one of the happiest moments of his life, I think! It was so fun to watch him be so free and happy.
After that we were shuttled from our larger boat to Tup Island aboard a long tail boat. We were told it was a photo-op so we took pictures. The sun was getting low and the light was soft and warm. Lovely! We handed the camera off to some of our Asian friends and they all had ideas/suggestions of how to pose….kiss, boat in the background, piggy back ride, peace signs. We kept trying to get a normal picture but everyone had outlandish ideas and we weren’t bold enough to suggest otherwise.
We were sad to leave but getting hungry so our captain took us to Poda Island for a buffet dinner and sunset. This was another pretty spectacular moment. Sitting on the beach, eating Thai food, watching the sunset. Perfection!
Once it was dark they put on a fire show. Crazy!
We were supposed to swim with bioluminescent algae but there were jellyfish so we just saw them from aboard the ship (no pictures). It was interesting but not life changing.
We arrived back to our resort around 9PM. We showered, dressed, and went to the Grotto for dinner and birthday dessert. The Grotto is one of three restaurants at the resort. It’s built into a cave and overlooks the beach and ocean. It’s pretty much spectacular! Here are a few professional pictures….
This replaced Saturday night’s restaurant as our new winner for “Best Ambiance” restaurant. There was live music playing, we could hear the waves rolling in, we were happy and exhausted and hungry and had overwhelming gratitude and happiness and love. It was another very happy moment in our lives. Very happy. Like so happy I just wanted to weep. We love our kids and being with them, but wow, this was nice, too. So nice. Oh, so nice. Like, I want to go back right now, so nice!
It was such a magical day that will never be forgotten!
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After a wonderful slumber we woke with the rising sun and started getting ready for a day of island hopping. We went for morning breakfast buffet – one of my favorite traveling conveniences. It’s so nice to wake up knowing an amazing, delicious breakfast is waiting for you. They’re especially fun abroad because the resorts provide a wide range of ethnic options. We had Thai stir fries, Japanese breakfast soups, French pastries, unique fruits, brilliant jams and marmalades smothered on all types of fresh baked breads, and every Western breakfast item available to us each morning – whenever we were ready and as much as we wanted. Oh, I loved that!
Ben’s place has a chocolate filled pastry, rambatan fruit, pineapple, Lychee fruit, and various cheeses.
We had arranged the previous evening to do be picked up at 9:30 on our resort’s beach for a 7 island boat hopping tour around the Phi Phi Island chain. Ko Phi Phi was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach. Island hopping is probably at the top of every Krabi visitor’s to-do list: this coastal area has more than 100 islands and dramatic rock formations, which makes for a thrilling boat ride.
Waiting for our boat to arrive…..
Our first stop was at Bamboo Island. It was beautiful with white, soft sand and clear, warm turquoise waters. It was crowded in the main area so we walked further down the beach and took a few pictures. I wanted to get them out of the way so I could put the camera away and enjoy the rest of the day.
We took a break and enjoyed the shade at this washed up gazebo for a few minutes.
After that I didn’t take many pictures so I’ll just summarize the rest of the tour. We went to Hin Klarng for some open sea snorkeling.
After that we went into Pi Leh Bay which was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We were surrounded on all sides by these tall cliffs and snorkeled in some of the most turquoise, glowing water. Actually the scenery above was even more beautiful than the scenery in the water so I spent a lot of time above water staring at the cliffs and water and taking it all in. I offered numerous prayers of gratitude to God for blessing me with that moment. It was literally one of the happiest moments of my life. I was in awe of God and it was a bit of a spiritually high moment for me.
We went to the famous Maya Bay which I think was the most beautiful place I’ve even beheld with my two eyes. It was crowded but STUNNING! I mean, jaw-dropping stunning! Heavenly genius beauty. It was such a feast for the eyes that I was a little drunk with happiness. We found a quieter area to swim which we happily did until we were forced back onto the boat. I considered abandoning our tour group and pitching a tent for a few days, but Ben assured me the resort’s comfy bed would be calling to me come bedtime.
We were taken to the town on Phi Phi Don and ate lunch, wandered through some shops (I was happy to find a hat for some shade), and held a monkey.
After that we went to Losamah bay, I think? We were surprised how the sand and water color differed from spot to spot. These waters were full of fish. Our boat guides gave us watermelon and we snorkeled and fed the fish by hand. It was another very happy moment!
We had a 45 minute boat ride back to our resort’s beach where we arrived around 4:30. We were sad the day was over but it was even better than we had expected. We made some really happy memories that day!
We showered and went to the Thai restaurant at our resort. It wasn’t open yet so we took a few pictures and watched some rock climbers to help pass the time.
At 6 we were seated at our table. There was only one other family in the restaurant and they were in a private room. We choose the open air area overlooking the beach. The sun was setting as we ate our delicious vegetarian green curry and lobster red curry. I think this was Ben’s favorite meal from the trip. We both agreed the restaurant had the best ambiance of any place we’d ever eaten. The good food, beautiful scenery and a satisfied sense of tiredness left us so relaxed and happy.It was a really lovely ending to a really amazing day!