Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ao nang Pt.2 - Monkey and Elephant Whispering.

Day Three in Ao nang was our favorite day. Ever. We started out early on a kayaking trip through a mangrove forest.


Being a geography nerd major, I was really excited to see the mangroves. They are so rare and rapidly being destroyed, so I'll probably never see them again!


 Our route took us through the mangroves to a beautiful lagoon. There were spaces that were so tight you could only fit one kayak at a time. Some parts you had to lie down to avoid being clotheslined by branches!

We went in a rather large group and met some really great people. An older couple from France were in Thailand for the past MONTH and had another week here. They spend they're lives traveling together and scuba diving wherever they can. Living the dream.

At one point we saw a monkey sitting in the mangroves watching the boats pass. I made a joke that it looked like one of the animals on Splash Mountain that is warning you before you go over the falls.

Turns out he was the warning monkey, because after him there were monkeys everywhere! One jumped on our boat!

 He stole Torrey's water bottle, bit a hole in it and drank all of it! Then he just took a ride in our boat for a bit.

Just chillin with his new tourist bud.
After Torrey said goodbye to his new monkey friend, I made a new friend too.

Excited face.

 We. Rode. Elephants.They are the cutest and they're big leather ears slap your legs when they walk. And I love them.

Our last day in Ao Nang was filled with more relaxing and beach loving. We got massages every day, rented a motorcycle to drive down to Krabi, drank from coconuts, and ate lots (and lots) of noodles. But let's be honest you stopped listening after the elephants ;)

Note to Future Children: Mom and Dad need you to surprise them with a 25th anniversary trip back here. Please and thank you.

PS. If you noticed the color of Torrey's skin was a vibrant shade of pink, then you'll know he got BURNT to a crisp. Like every part of his body that was in the sun. Poor thing could barely move by our last day here, and spent the rest of our trip leaving a trail of skin flakes behind. Like a good brown wife that has never been sunburnt in her life, I bought lots of aloe to rub on his pink shoulders every night. #whitehusbandproblems

Until next time!
Ao Nang Pt 1 // One Night in Bangkok

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ao nang Pt.1

I split our Ao nang time into two parts, to save you from  picture overload..

If I ever get the chance to go back to one of the places we traveled to, please let it be here.

Our time in Ao nang was hands down or favorite part of our adventure.

I'm not the most outdoorsy person, so I didn't expect to fall in love here. But I mean,

Seriously. Who could hate on that? No one.

Day One:
-Flew into the world's tiniest airport

-Checked into our resort, Ao Nang Cliff View. We had the cutest little bungalow all to ourselves, nestled in the jungle directly under sheer limestone cliffs.

our little love shack <3

-Stared in awe at the gorgeousness. It felt like a dream.

Day Two:

-We took a four island tour through the small islands in the area. We took a longtail boat to Phra nang cave, Poda, Chicken, and Tup island.

Phra nang had all of these gorgeous longtail boats to take tourists any where they please. Some are even selling fresh fruit drinks and coconuts for you to sip on while you sunbathe.

Phra nang

Our favorite was Poda. Perfect white sandy beaches, clear blue water, even some little fishes tickling our feet!

Next up was snorkeling on Chicken island. See the chicken head?

Tup island was our last stop. This tiny little island has a sandbar that connects to another mini island.

Unfortunately, our time was cut short at Tup. You might have noticed the gradient of the sky got darker at each island. By the time we got to Tup we ran into this :

On the way back, we got hit by a storm, and proceeded to be pelted with rain! I was clinging to the rocking boat for dear life, while Torrey was enjoying every second. He said he felt like a pirate! lol. Boy in a man’s body.

After we made it back safely and successfully dried off, we were greeted by the most amazing sunset I think I will ever see.

Part 2 coming soon! See our time in Bangkok here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

One night in Bangkok.

Cotton fields over Japan.

Now that I've successfully beaten the worst jetlag ever (seriously, i don't know how travel buffs do it!), its about time I write about our world travels.

The travel plans we set up had us spending literally one night in Bangkok.

This was the view from our apartment. We found out that the building we stayed in was in the Hangover 2. #famous

We took a water taxi up the river to the city center. Since there are so many great temples to see, this was a great way to get a quick view of the ones we couldn't stop for.

Wat Arun - The Temple of Dawn

We went to Wat Pho, the largest and oldest monestary in Bangkok. It has beautiful temples and a gigantic reclining Bhudda!

I just loved the beautiful mosaics in this place. Absolutely gorgeous.

I have this as my kitchen backsplash please?

Tip: be sure to get a massage at the massage institute towards the back. it's a little pricey for Thailand's standards (about $18 USD/hr), but it was the best massage we had throughout our entire trip. 

BIG Bhudda.

Giant Bhudda toes.

We planned our next stop to be the Grand Palace, which is right in front of Wat Pho. Unfortunately we were turned away because Torrey was dressed inappropriately! You see, he was wearing shorts (I was wearing a maxi skirt), and to enter the Grand Palace you must have your legs covered. They do provide covers, but the line was so long we didn't want to wait, so my slutty husband and I grabbed a tuk-tuk to drown our sorrows in some noodles. 

Not even capris are allowed!

This tuk-tuk driver (like most I assume) was insane. Weaving in and out of lanes, inches away from cars, speeding through lights- I was holding on for dear life! 

Victory Monument

We got our noodles at Boat Noodle Alley. It's full of restaurants where chefs do nothing but serve stacks upon stacks of noodle bowls. The idea is to end up with the biggest pile of bowls you can manage.

The rest of the day was spent shopping at Chatuchak Market, one of the world's largest weekend markets,
and walking around Lumpini Park,

 where freaking monitor lizards roam free!

A cop laughed at me because Torrey was watching them and I was like 100 ft behind him with a look of terror. I know they bite. No thank you.

and the world's your oyster..

I'll never forget our time in Bangkok. 
 Post of Ao Nang coming soon <3

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