Peace in Thailand


I am writing from our semi-final destination in our first go-round of Thailand; the beach community of Ao Nang in the Krabi province.

We wrapped up our time on Ko Phi Phi yesterday. Our lodging was horrid the entire time and we were extremely happy to move on. Our final night was spent at the Banana Sombrero Mexican Restaurant and Bar, owned by an ex-pat American. I sat at the bar with him and his friends and talked of travel and culture, including a nice long conversation with a ex-pat from Copenhagen that extolled the wonders of visiting Myanmar. Given the U.S.’s recent overtures to the country, this is looking more and more likely as our stop after Cambodia and the north of Thailand. Anyway, the night was a good cap on our stay. Can’t say that I’ll ever go back, though.

We took the morning ferry to Krabi, back on the mainland. The long walk to the dock reminded me of how poor our guesthouse selection had been. That ridiculously steep hill, the trash incineration plant, and the upsettingly unhelpful staff. We convinced the manager to help us to the pier with our bags due to my injury but that’s about the only positive that comes to mind. Leaving the island under a cover of dim cloud seemed appropriate. An hour and a half of slight seasickness later, we arrived at port and were bussed to our next guesthouse, which is a lovely little set of bungalows with a nice garden a short walk from the beach and a peaceful beachside town. We went for a little walk (my poor foot is still tender, so it wasn’t a terribly long walk) and had the first night of good sleep we’ve had in a week.

We’re here for five days, then head back to Bangkok for a night to catch the bus to Cambodia. We’re there for a few weeks, then fly BACK into Bangkok (discount tickets were only $25/person!) and decide which way to go from there. Right now we’re thinking the north of Thailand for a few weeks (allowing Indi to go to the monastery retreat as well), followed by Myanmar, then off to China and Japan!

Also, it’s been nearly six months already? Time flies.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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