Some photos from Koh Lanta





The rubber rings that have kept us amused for hours in the sea! Other photos are views from our guesthouse and along the beach. It’s very relaxed here, lots of cute children and we have got through heaps of books!

See you soon 🙂 xxx

Phi Phi, Thailand

Our next stop was Krabi for one night so we could catch the ferry to Phi Phi. The weather in Krabi was cloudy and rainy, apparently the typhoon was still affecting the weather, so we were hoping the island would be sunnier. Phi Phi is as beautiful as everyone said, and thankfully the weather improved for us. There aren’t any roads on the island which made a nice change 🙂

Every night the beach comes alive with beach bars putting on a fire show – they use circus equipment like poi, devil sticks and poles which they set on fire. There was also a burning skipping rope and a burning hoop! We had a great night dancing on the beach (although Kels had 25 bites on one leg the next day!).

The following morning we went on a boat to other parts of Phi Phi. There were about 20 of us crammed on to a long boat! We had the chance to swim and snorkel but the highlight was going to the infamous Maya Bay (where The Beach was filmed). It was pretty busy as lots of tourist boats go there each day but it couldn’t take away from the beautiful blue waters and towering cliffs. (Sadly we didn’t have the iPod so won’t be able to put any photos up of this!).

Now we are on the ferry heading to Koh Lanta, our last new stop before heading to Bangkok for our flight home. Excited and sad in equal parts.

Lots of love xxxx

Khao Sok National Park

After Koh Chang we went on a very long journey to reach Khao Sok National Park – van, ferry, van, overnight train, taxi! The train was definitely an experience, we each had our own little bunk with a curtain to pull across. The bottom bunk was converted from seats into a bed at night time. We slept surprisingly well despite seeing quite a few cockroaches and the awful toilets!

When we reached the national park we spent the first night in a treehouse! We had to keep all the doors and windows shut so the monkeys wouldn’t steal our belongings. Here we went on a 2 hour guided canoe trip – a lovely 18 year old lad rowed us down the river and pointed out all the birds and flowers. There were a few rapids, one larger one when we ended up floating into a bush!

Our next night in the national park was spent in a floating hut in the middle of Chieow Lan Lake (it was literally kept afloat with bamboo and empty plastic barrels). We could swim and kayak and soak up this amazing place. We were told that the water in the lake was the same water in the showers so washed our hair in the lake as all the locals were doing!

Koh Chang

Got quite a bit to fill you in on! After Chiang Mai we went to the island of Koh Chang for some sun and sand. Our accommodation was converted fisherman huts on stilts on the river and to get to the beach you had to kayak for 5 mins. It was a great location and we spent 4 nights here sunbathing on the beach and relaxing. Cordelia was happy cos there 2 lovely golden retriever dogs at Baan Rin Nam – Brownie and Santa – who spent most of their time splashing about underneath the huts 🙂 On one day we kayaked to the other side of the river and then walked to a water fall for a swim. We had a great time here and didn’t want to leave!

Elephants and Lady Boys

Time for our elephant update – something we had both been anticipating for a long while now! The first day however we spent in rural Thailand, trekking for an hour to a waterfall and then returning for lunch. Our guide, Jay, had cooked us fried rice and wrapped it up in banana leaves to keep it warm. Then we went water rafting – something we haven’t yet done on our travels. Although when we arrived at the rafting centre there was little to no instruction and we were all aboard the boat not having a clue what to expect! Luckily the rapids weren’t too big and we only got wet due to our instructor splashing us. The best bit was seeing elephants standing grazing on the river banks. At the end we caught a traditional Thai bamboo raft down the last stretch of the river. 
We slept over at the elephant camp and woke bright and early the next morning for our day at Baan Chang elephant park (Elephant Home in Thai). Kels and I were concerned at first to see them all chained up but we were told this was for our safety and the elephants safety. As they all come from abused and unhappy backgrounds they can be unpredictable when interacting with each other. Throughout the day we saw how they spent a lot of time with their mahout bathing, playing and walking around the park, and we understand that this conservation park is making the best of a sad situation for these elephants.
Firstly we put on the mahout outfit – fetching denim shirt and trousers! Then we learned the basic elephant commands for go, stop, left, right and down. We soon learned that the elephants would do pretty much what they wanted, mainly eating leaves from tall trees with you still on their back!
It was amazing to see these animals up close. Our teacher told us how to hold on to the ears of the elephants and use the elephant’s leg to jump up and swing your leg over. You had to do this pretty quickly as the elephant would start to stand up as soon as you got on!
After a practice we went on an hour ride on the elephants around the camp. We went on the same elephant – fondly named ‘big mama’ as she’s the biggest female elephant in the camp! Kels actually felt safer on an elephant compared to riding a horse! It was a great experience and at the end we got to help bathe them and clean them up. 
Our final night in CM ended with a typical Thai experience – a lady boy cabaret show! At the street market in CM every night the performers entertain audiences. There’s no fee to watch the show, you just have to buy a drink. It was really good fun – they sang current songs and old classic cabaret (like Whitney Houston). Our fave was a guy in drag singing ‘I’ll do it my way’ who progressively took all his makeup, wig and dress off until he was his male self!! Interesting to see! Sadly we didn’t have our camera for this so you’ll just have to use your imaginations haha. 
We’ve got another night in Bangkok before heading to the island of Koh Chang for some R n R for 4 nights. 
Lots of love to all xxx