We just took our backpacks out of the closet, have compiled a packing list and shopped for most of the important needs we need (medical, toiletries, etc.) Just before Christmas, we visited the International Disease Unit at Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela, as we always do before returning to the tropical climate and were happy to be told that all of our inoculations were previously still in the end date, so no pricking was needed this time.
Our blog is set on a trip, so this blog is the first of Trip 9 on travelblog.org (other trips have been recorded elsewhere). Blogging is the way we preserve and cherish memories. We have just updated our profile text on travelblog, in preparation for this trip and checking blog stats for previous trips. We are amazed to see how blog statistics have grown so far: 201 blogs, 2,304 photos, and 165,649 words on travelblog.org. The blogs for this trip to Thailand will probably contain fewer words and photos than the last two (Kalimantan and Canada) because they are related to cold beaches and island jumps rather than long-distance and deep-road wildlife and wild life. location varies. South Andaman Sea, our destination, between Phuket and the Malaysian border, is not a large area. It is decorated with lush green islands and we will see as much or as little as we feel when we get there, traveling by small ferries and / or Thailand’s famous “long tail” ships.
We have briefly tasted this delicious area. Really delicious, with blue-green waters of palm trees, forested green islands, and towering limestone cliffs and heaps of karst, protruding from blue waters, bordered by white sandy beaches. We spent a few days here in 2009, staying in the beautiful thatched “Buri” hut in Noppharat Thara Bay near Ao-Nang, directly opposite Phangnga Bay from the island of Phuket. We snorkel around two nearby islands, Koh Thup and Koh Poda. The photo attached to this blog is a painting that I made four years ago, from our “long tailed” boat, which was moored on Koh Thup. Judging from what we have examined online, most areas have changed little and are still pure.
So, that is a sense of the “beginning” of the region. Now for the main course! Four weeks Thai “jai yen” (cold) and fabulous Thai food. This is not a bad way to spend the month of February! Thailand provides exceptional food for the body and hospitality as well as scenic beauty provides food for the soul …
“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul ”