Southern Thailand: Krabi, Ao Nang, Railay, Phuket, and Ko Phi Phi

As of 48 hours ago, I’m back at UCLA and already finding “alternatives” to studying. Namely, updating this blog even though I’m not in Asia anymore! The best parts of my trip were while I was traveling, though, so here are some of the highlights from my month of backpacking…

After a month of living and volunteering in Bangkok, I had become familiar enough with the city, and curious about more of the culture, to want to explore more of Thailand firsthand. I started off flying down to Krabi to spend a week on the idyllic Andaman Coast in Southern Thailand. While it was maybe not the best place to experience authentic Thai culture, (much of it is overrun with European tourists, but escape the resorts/cities and everything is pristine), but the islands were the best escape from city life and a great intro to the backpacking lifestyle. Which means no schedule, no showers, and lots of crepes.

Although the beaches were amazing and it would have been great to just lay around all day, there was too much to explore to laze around in the perfect sand: swimming to caves, rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, yoga, boating, hiking, and having 3 hour meals on the beach were all parts of the daily routine. I think I could have stayed here for a bit longer than a week…

On the ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi...everyone has the same game plan

Wow, James Bond vacations here!? Oh, wait, that's just Jame Bond. The misspellings nevur stop.

Head honcho.

Ouchie?

The caves where sparrow's nest are harvested for an Asian delicacy: bird's nest soup. Apparently the spit-up from the birds is delicious? And very expensive. Just like anything else that has luxury stamped on it, Asians will buy it.

On a snorkel/kayak/swim trip to Ko Phi Phi Leh, an uninhabited protected island right next to Ko Phi Phi Don, and the most beautiful beaches I think I'll even see!

Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Leh. And where Leo DiCaprio's movie The Beach was filmed, as tour guides will not let you forget.

A view of the north side of Phi Phi from the highest lookout. On the way up there, I saw there was still a decent amount of tsunami wreckage and countless grave-sites outside of the main village

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