Friday, February 21, 2014

Chillin' out on the Thai Islands

Thailand continues to be in the news with its violent clashes between protesters and police in Bangkok.  Much of the unrest began in November, just as we were wrapping up our visit, but with the current situation, foreigners are advised to travel with caution to Thailand.  It is projected that Thailand could loose over $2 billion in tourism dollars, a very significant amount for a country so heavily dependent upon the foreign dollar.

I knew nothing about Thailand prior to visiting.  And to be frank, I probably would not be following any of the unrest there had I not previously visited and fell in love with these gentle, kind people.  It is my hope that peace comes again soon.

Our visit in November was supposed to be after their rainy season.  Note that I said "supposed to be".  Much of our week on three of the islands included rain and rough seas.  But no matter.  It was still beautiful and peaceful and refreshing after our time in crowded Bangkok.  We stayed at three lovely resorts in Phuket, Ko Lanta and Ao Nang.  We napped, read, had great dinners, interesting drinks, and $10 an hour to-die-for massages.  We saw lots of well cared for cats, a few monkeys and even a beach wedding that included an elephant!

I'll let the images speak for themselves.  My next post holds a surprise that occurred on Ao Nang. Stay tuned!




























14 comments:

Brian Miller said...

what a gorgeous place....i love their food too...ha....riding elephants on the beach, how cool would that be...

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

amazing views. thanks for sharing & allowing me to drool. i just can't pick a most fav. happy weekend. ( :

Nat said...

Beautiful photos of one of my favourite places in the world :-) I was on Ko Lanta last month...
I am following the protests as I too love the gentle Thai people and hope that a solution to their political crisis can be found.

Out on the prairie said...

very nice shots, I know they thrive on the tourists

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures as always, Reena!! And what a beautiful place! I love the shots on the beach and the incredible skies!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!! What a great trip! It is sad to read of political crisis and I, too, hope they find a solution soon! Have a great weekend!!

Rose L said...

Love the one with the tied up boats!! Looks like a wonderful place but sounds as though the unrest will definitely keep people away.

bailey-road.com said...

Such beautiful photos. Love the elephant-riding wedding couple.

Linda R said...

Oh my stars.. What gorgeous photos. To bad about all the trouble going on over there. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks so much for sharing your photos my friend.

Hugs~

Daryl said...

exquisite ... you need to make a blurb book of your adventure ... i would buy a copy! xo

Country Girl said...

Completely and utterly gorgeous.

Wow.

Linda said...

An amazing place; gorgeous series of photos.

Betty Manousos said...

omg, what an amazing place!
excellent shots, reena:)
be well, my friend!
xx

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! Such a beautiful place. As always, you photos are top notch. I REALLY love the last photo. It is amazing...

simply bev said...

Wow, I had no idea! That infinity pool though? I don't think so!