Another morning off, another hour of internet, and a few more pictures are up in the gallery.
Things are falling into a bit of a rhythm here, and it’s a nice slow one. It’s a wonderful feeling to not have anywhere that we have to be, or anything that we have to do, right now. Just time to relax, enjoy the sea, the sun, and the rocks, and have a great time.
Mark and I have decided that Railay peninsula, despite being filled with resorts and European tourists, is still one of the most “real” places we have visited. In other words, it’s hot, dirty, sweaty, and wonderful. The monkey’s are real and wild, the reefs are filled with fish, and the jungles sing with cicada’s and bats at night.
Mark gets a kick out of the fact that there’s no signs warning tourists of the danger of steep cliffs here. There’s no yellow paint on the mud-slick trail to the hidden lagoon among the cliffs. No ropes or trainers keeping us from getting bitten by monkey’s. And no life preservers on the boats taking us out to snorkel. In fact, when signing up for ocean activities, nobody makes you sign a waiver, vouch for your swimming abilities, or tells you if you might get eaten by sharks.
You have to look out for yourself here, and this ain’t Disney World! But, I think it’s even more fun that way.
Well, it’s been an incredible week so far. I’m not really sure where to begin.
I’ve started putting a few pictures up in the gallery, but there are hundreds more to come!
Currently, I’m sitting in the lobby of a resort on the west coast of Railay Peninsula, on the south east coast of Thailand, using the only free wifi for 100 miles, and sweating like mad. We’re taking the day off of adventures today, because Mark and I both feel like we’ve been through a mud, sand, sun and salt-water filled blender in the last few days.
We’ve been on the peninsula for 3 days, and so far we’ve hiked through thick jungles, seen about a hundred monkey’s, climbed two beautiful sport climbs, met up with my old college buddy Weeks, gone swimming in clear, warm water, and spent hours deep water solo’ing on the cliffs dotting the ocean.
We are sunburnt, raw, and exhausted today, but still have plenty of time left to explore this amazing country. Mark and I are in love with Thailand right now. The people are amazing, the food is fantastic, the landscape is surreal and beautiful, and the climbing is top-notch.
What more could you possibly want?