Archive for April, 2010

Lagoon in Rai Leh

lagoon

This panoramic shot was stitched together from multiple photos. It’s a shot of the lagoon in Rai Leh that Meghan mentioned in her last post. It was pretty spectacular, to say the least. Click on the photo for a closer look.

Rocks ‘n Raileh

raileh peninsula

The Canadians we met in Khao Sok raved about the beaches of Rai Leh, in Krabi province. Since they were on our way south, we decided to see what all the hype was about. We took a couple local buses from Khao Sok to Krabi Town. There isn’t a whole lot to the town itself, it’s more of a jumping off point to many of Thailands famous beach destinations, including the Phi Phi Islands, Phuket, Lanta, and Rai Leh. From Krabi Town we jumped on a longtail taxi boat to get to Rai Leh. Rai Leh is a peninsula attached to the mainland; a boat is required to get there because the surrounding cliffs make it impossible to reach otherwise.

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buddha secret

Taking the slow road has been immensely rewarding for all the reasons we’ve discussed previously. But it can also be immensely trying; a test of will-power and patience. So far nearly 20% of our total time has been spent in-transit, on long train rides, bus rides and boat rides, with facilities that are a far cry from the Queen Mary II. If we’re lucky to have a toilet on-board, it’s often nothing more than a hole through to the outside world. Aim is especially difficult when you’re bouncing around from side to side, and the evidence is written on the walls (and sometimes ceilings). The big problem is: when you gotta go, you gotta go.

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