Thai Island Hopping, Kinda

by Johnny

I had made big plans in my brain for our final week in the Thai islands after scuba diving in Koh Tao.  We were going to head over to Krabi, check out Railay Beach, boat over to Koh Phi Phi and finally ferry down to Koh Lanta.  Well, none of that happened.  In fact, Anna, Peter, Sheryl and I headed straight back to Thong Nai Pan Yai on Koh Phangan.  We all figured, why schlep our stuff all over southern Thailand in search of paradise when we had just come from it?  Longtail Beach Resort was all booked, so we found rooms at Dreamland Resort, where $25/night got us a nice, clean bungalow and hot water shower.  As a bonus, Dreamland has a gorgeous pool right on the beach…complete with swim up bar and super cool bartender, Ram.  For the next week, we did nothing but hang by the pool, eat delicious Thai food, drink as many fresh coconuts as possible, light off a few more lanterns, catch up on our blog and reflect on an amazing couple of months in Southeast Asia.

Hmmm, where should we go next? I know! Thong Nai Pan Yai
Who can complain? Sheryl and Anna are happy
Pete’s happy Johnny’s happy
Swim up bar Pete put in some serious hours at the swim up bar
Fresh coconuts Our favorite bartender, Ram
Taking pics of fire dancers Our new best friend, Beach Dog
Another great night at Dreamland Writing wishes on our lanterns
More lanterns Ram lets one fly
We’ll miss you Pete and Shery (and Southeast Asia)!!!

Getting scuba certified in Koh Chang, exploring the temples of Angkor, dodging scooters in Hanoi, ringing in the New Year in Luang Prabang, riding elephants in Chiang Mai, island hopping in the Gulf of Thailand…it’s incredible to think of all that we’ve done in the past 70 days since we arrived in Southeast Asia.  While we’re really looking forward to Australia and New Zealand, we can’t help but feel a little sad to leave this beautiful part of the world and its friendly people (I almost choked up ordering my final Pad Thai tonight).  We definitely hope to be back one day.

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2 Comments to “Thai Island Hopping, Kinda”

  1. Pretty cool reading your blog and seeing my pictures being used 🙂

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