Category Archives: Asia

Friday Pic: Maldives

If you want to unwind from a long and stressful week, you’ll love today’s Friday PicCome with me on a trip to one of the most heavenly placeson earth: Maldives.

Imagine landing, after an incredible aircraft flight, in one of the hundreds of atolls that make up this wonderful country of crystal waters andbreathtaking scenery.

Not only is a place to relaxMaldives is also the perfect spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. You can see millions of marine animals, includingturtles, manta rays and sharks.  

Located in the Indian Oceanthis country, officially known as Republic ofMaldives, consists of over one thousand islands surrounded by coral reef and separated by lagoons; but only 200 of them are inhabitedThese islands are grouped into 26 atolls, and interestingly, each of them has thename of one or more of the Thaana writing letters, referring to the language of the Maldives, Dhivehi.

To get an idea, more than 90% of the country is under the sea. What makes that, from the skyMaldives is a unique ecosystem in the world.


Now that you
 know a little more about Maldives and the reason why I choose this country for 
today’s Friday Pic, what do you think if we pickone of its islands, pack and fly there?

Happy Friday!

Sunrise Koh Phi Phi tour

After my beautifull experience in Morocco by toubkal guide , the Sunrise  Koh Phi Phi tour is a must if you visit Thailand. These islands in the Andaman Sea, are one of the top tourist destinations in the South of the country and therefore millions of visitors arrive every year.
In fact there are two islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh, the smallest one. That was something that made me think it might not be the best destination to visit as it would be so crowded and would have to fight to get a decent photo.
But we were going to lose one of the most heavenly places in Asia? So we decided to get up earlier than usual to enjoy Koh Phi Phi with few tourists and so have the opportunity to see the islands in peace.

Excursión al amanecer en Koh Phi Phi
At 4 a.m. we waked up. I rather get up early when I travel, because I know what awaits me outweighs, because motivation and traveler philosophycan handle it all. The tour started from the Royal Phuket Marina and it took only one hour by speedboat. The trip was quite an experience. We were delighted by green and blue landscapes, islands in the sea, clear water and blue sky. We couldn’t ask for more!

We began in Maya Bay, famous for the film “The Beach”.

Imagine the gateway between limestone mountains covered with pure nature and a clear water path that took us to a fine sandy cove where there was nobody.

Just shared the space with a traditional Thai fishing boat with bright colors and hundreds of small fish that made the place even more beautiful.

We waited a few minutes for the sun coming up, as it was very early, so you we could take better pictures.

It seems incredible how, after the 2004 tsunami that swept away everything in its path, it remains no trace of it in these islands. Nobody would say that was totally destroyed 9 years ago except for the “tsunami emergency exit” signals  that were placed new after the horrible disaster.

Walking around the island, we went through Loh Samah Bay, from where we could see a small island surrounded by coral reef, which then we went snorkel.

We stopped 4 times to enjoy the colorful fishes and my obsession was to find anemones an clown fish. Finally, in an area called Straight Rock, we found them! The current was strong in that part of the island, and the water beat against the rock, but that did not make us give up. Really worth it.

We found incredible sea effects and the ways over the years the rock formations in the area have changed. You could guess lots of figures as turtles, camels… What an imagination!

Of course, we couldn’t leave Koh Phi Phi without visit Monkey Beach. As you step off the boat and the shore, you really discover why people call it like that. About 20 monkeys are coming to us and asking for food. We had to be cautious because they are wild monkeys. When I took a peanut, monkey picked it up immediately. I’m pretty sure that these monkeys will live there forever. They are the kings of the place! It was a popular tourist stop, but I loved it!

At 4 p.m. we were back to Phuket.

The trip to Koh Phi Phi left us indelible images. If you decide to go to the South of Thailand, don’t hesitate for a moment to visit these islands, at sunrise though!

Thailand: the country of the eternal smile

Thailand is a country known for the eternal smile, it is true, thai people always smile, their kindness and welcome smile is the most known cultural thing around the world.

I always wanted to visit Thailand and when in the end I was there I could understand why. It is a beautiful country, a budhist country mainly, full of temples, colorful clothes and charming people.

I learnt a lot of things being there for two weeks so here is my take away:

People

Welcome people, very introvert though, it is very rude to express their feelings they are very reserved but kind and helpful. Of course it is a touristy country and sometimes you might feel  like a walking dollar winding around the streets.

Sawadeeka is hello in thai, it is always good to do what you see is normal where you travel, so learning a few words will do no harm and help get closer to locals.

 

The King

I was very surprised to see images of the king and the royal family everywhere, they treat him like a God almost. In the cinema we could hear a song and everyone suddenly stood up and so did we. It was the king’s song and everyone needs to stand up before the film starts, it can be quite shocking at first.

Food

Not spicy means spicy, this is one of the first things I learnt. In Europe we are very used to thai mild food but the truth is that is spicy indeed. So, if you are not a big fan of spicy take a closer look to the things you order. Thai food is delicious and I am a spicy fan so I was in paradise: curries, pad thai, noodles, soups, mango with sticky rice, desserts, tropical fruits…

There is a whole new world of flavours to discover, my recommendation is to take a cooking class, you will enjoy and learn a lot about the ingredients, herbs and all you need to cook thai at home.

Places to visit: Bangkok, beaches, Chiang Mai

There are lots of places to visit in Thailand, the one I liked the most was Chiang Mai in the north, beautiful town very authentic, cheap as chips and although is touristy it is more local than other areas.

Bangkok is a city you can’t miss, the contrast of old and new, luxury and poverty it is amazing how different can be this city.

Beaches are great in Thailand, it is a good choice to spend some time relaxing on the beach, exploring islands and some nature parks.

Remember that Thailand is quite a big country, so plan ahead how far you can go and what places you want to visit, and do not pack your schedule so you have time to relax as well.

Get ready for the heat and mosquitos, you also need to visit your GP for any vaccines you might need before travelling.

Safe travels and enjoy Thailand!

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