In the previous episode I talked about how we got to the “country of smiles” and how the first contact with Asia was, I will continue with our adventures in the Thai realms. Here we are on the first day face to face with the Andaman Sea, unreal hot, colorful like in the stories and full of long tail boats. These long-tailed boats are the best-known mean of transport in the area. We did not randomly choose to stay in Ao Nang. From here a lot of excursions by sea start to various islands and dream beaches. After a fabulous breakfast at the chic Ao Nang Beach Resort, when I ate the best mango in my life, I changed some euros in bahts, then took a boat and left for Railay, one of the local beaches.
Railay is geographically a peninsula made up of 4 beaches: Railay West, Railay East, Tonsai Beach and Phra Nang Beach, which can be reached only by boat. We decided to go to Phra Nang Beach – Railay, which is the most beautiful beach of the four (at least that’s what I found out in the previous research and I was not mistaken at all). The trip takes about 20 minutes, and it is surrealistic to see how rocks of various shapes rise from turquoise water. It’s a spectacular place with some landscapes I’ve only seen on TV, with steep walls ready to escalate, guarded by coconuts and palm trees.
I didn’t lie in the sun almost at all, it was almost 40 degrees, and my best friend was SPF 50 sunscreen cream. Instead, the water was so hot that you did not feel any difference between air and water temperatures. I have experienced the most enjoyable foot scrub in my life, made by a native woman with products known only by her and which we do not find here. I have established with her an almost perfect communication through signs. I think she liked it so that at the end she gave me a product similar to that with which she cleaned my feet and moisturizing cream samples for the after scrub. I thank her, it was nice of her and the price was around 25 RON. But this experiment would cost my husband dearly, but that happened later in the evening.
Quite interestingly, it seemed to me a temple dedicated to … but I’d better let you guess to whom, from the picture below. Hint: I saw many women praying there.
Around lunch food boats arrived in the area, food being prepared on the spot by the boatman and his helpers. A very good, fresh food, and of course, combining delicious Thai flavors at a friendly price.
Here is an example of prices:I have devoured an excellent fried yellow noodle, some fresh mangoes, and my husband, of course, a few beers. We went back to Ao Nang with a long tail boat, and in the evening … we walked, had dinner and a massage. Ah!!! I said … massage?? These Thai people are the mother and father of the massage. I have to say that I tried all types of massage. I have stayed on the foot massage, which is not limited to the feet, anyway, that’s what you need at the end of a day. But the stories of massages have not only happy endings: and I just asked my husband a couple of dozen times to go to a massage to relax. Maybe he needed too, but he kept refusing. He wanted a foot scrub just like mine early on the beach. Neh … it can not be the same. We went together, but separated, in different rooms. I did not hear him screaming, but from that moment until the last day of our holiday (which lasted for two weeks), he had some terrible wounds on both feet. Who do you complain to and what to do? We deduced that his feet were sensitive and irritated from so many hours in the airplane, reacting negatively to products contact. I went to the pharmacy and I bought an anti-inflammatory ointment and, 2-3 times a day, I worked as an emergency nurse. Needless to say that my hubby didn’t want to hear about massage anymore (although he didn’t even tried one), not the same thing I can say about myself.
I leave you now with a beautiful sunset I captured before dinner.
I will come back soon with new details from our exotic trip.