After spending a bit over two weeks in Khao Lak in Thailand we were ready to explore some of the famous sites. We have needed time to rest, heal and usually we hardly ever go on group trips and prefer going on our own or in smaller settings, but most of all we love to experience as much of local life as possible. That’s a bit hard on a tourist destination like Khao Lak, but we’ve caught some good moments of that too!
This time we found a price of a snorkling trip that appealed to us and we wanted to experience the Similan islands the way most people do…
During the full-day trip this was something we would both regret and laugh at. Because what a frenzy it was! Herding tourists like sheep, making quick stops for snorkling, lunch, beach stops (taking pictures) and some more snorkling.
Even though the guide had given information about the schedule and times to be back at the boat, it was so much going on at the same time, we were constantly confused on what we were supposed to do or where to be at what time. And who of all the snorklers in the water were they yelling at? From which boat did they yell? And what did it mean; to come back to the boat, to stay away from the current or that a rare fish or turtle was seen? Lots of questions!
Good take-aways from the day:
* We got a good chance to try our new snorkeling/diving masks; Wivan had another little break down when the snorkel didn’t work but it got better with another one, Anders took his snorkeling skills to a new level and is a truly superior under-water-man.
* We did see some spectacular fishes, a free living turtle and many dolphins!!!
* The amount of snacks, different soft drinks, and lunch alternatives was richer than expected.
* The water was so clear, beautiful and wonderful to swim in.
* We didn’t get sea sick! Anders took two motion sickness pills during the day and Wivan none. The boat ride was rather smooth though, but still. Great experience!
* Our gut feeling of not really liking touristy places or very touristy activities is still accurate. When in nature and around animals we love to feel the real nature and be able to see the animals in some sort of freedom or natural habitat – not always chased by tens of cameras.
* Sometimes “Living life fully” means to take big steps out of ones comfort zone, be in the crazyness of it all and afterwards realize you survived, tired like few and grateful at the end of the day. And to wake up the next day and enjoy that it’s mostly the good moments you remember after all!
* Gratitude of having the knowledge, since young years, of how to swim in open water. To, without hesitation or floating devices, jump off a boat in the middle of the Andaman sea and know you can handle it. It’s wonderful to know how to swim!
* Deepened knowledge of our big love for water, the ocean, marine life and warm waters + sunshine. A greater lust of learning more, practice, explore and gain more control and experience of diving and snorkeling.
* Off-season traveling rocks! The past week the number of people staying in Khao Lak has increased by a huge number and it makes a big difference in restaurants, tours, pricing and on the beaches.