Krabi and the Andaman Beach Scene

Most people visit Krabi to transit to the various Thai beach paradises nearby. We came to Krabi and stayed for two weeks. Though it doesn’t have any particularly amazing sites, the town and its people impressed us as friendly, approachable, and authentic. But as our days in Thailand came to an end, we opted to rejoin the tourist route to explore nearby beaches and take in some excellent diving.

Boats in Waiting at East Rai Leh
Mooring at East Railay

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Visa Run to Myanmar

Boy on a Boat - Ranong
Young captain on our visa run from Thailand to Myanmar.

When we told Audrey's mother we were going to Myanmar to extend our Thai visa, her anxiety level began to rise. “Don’t worry. Hundreds of British and Scandinavian men do it each week. If they can do it, we'll have no problem.”

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Cruising Phang Nga Bay

Most people come to Phang Nga to visit the dramatic limestone cliffs, islands and sparkling waters of Ao Phang Nga National Marine Park. We were no different.

Bow and Clouds, Phang Nga Bay – Thailand
Bow and Clouds, Phang Nga Bay – Thailand

Tour operators swamped us from the moment we got off the bus at Phang Nga bus station to the moment we entered our guest house, some 200 meters away. A note to tour operators: hard sells are irritating; find a new strategy. Our reaction to the hard sell is instant rejection.

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Monkeys and a Tree House

Ridges and Rain Forests - Khao Sok
Limestone Ridges and Rain Forests – Khao Sok, Thailand

After hearing about the tree houses and monkeys in Khao Sok National Park, we were intrigued. We decided to make a stop there on the way back from our visa run in Ranong.

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Patong Patterns

Patong is not a place we would choose for a vacation – its main attraction is the beach, but sex tourism comes in a close second. We chose it deliberately as a place to get some things accomplished with ADSL internet in our room, few sites to distract us, and a beach within ten minutes walk when we needed a break.

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