Today was a perfect day! I woke up early, around 6:30 (my body has no idea what day or time it is anymore) and sat on our deck for awhile just breathing fresh air and thinking about how fortunate I am.....and apparently that was exhausting because after about 20 minutes I got tired and went back to bed until the girls got up around 9:30.
We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel- the Thais don't really believe in breakfast food so in addition to the traditional eggs, yogurt & bananas they put out for us tourists, I also had some coconut soup with chicken and rice to kick off the day. But if you're in the mood for a McMuffin, there's a McDonald's close by
We then packed up and took a longboat to Railay West and I was in heaven because there are few things I love more than a boat ride on a gorgeous day.
When we got there, we did a little bargain hunting for a place to stay. We thought Railay West was a little overpriced so we took a ten minute walk through mosquito grove to Railay East where we found an awesome room at the Anayvee hotel for $17 each....in New York you probably couldn't even get somebody to sell you a bedbug filled cardboard box to sleep in for $17.
We dropped off our stuff, got on our bathing suits and headed for the beach. This beach was even nicer than the one in Ao Nang- super soft sand, water like a crystal clear bath, not crowded at all & we weren't approached every 5 seconds by somebody hawking friendship bracelets. Although around 2 pm I wouldn't have minded a visit from one of the water guys or the lady with the whole portable kitchen to make me a snack lol.
We also randomly ran into a couple we made friends with while eating on the street last night (yes mom, I ate food off a cart in Thailand and I feel just fine lol). They're like my personal heroes; they have a travel blog and are currently on a 3 month honeymoon with no set itinerary. Anybody that wants to marry me better be able to get down with that plan (and also be able to finance it, because a child life salary won't haha).
At around 4:30 we had worked up quite an appetite sunning and swimming and headed up to the street market. It's this cute little street right off the beach with a handful of shops and restaurants and a bar called The Flametree Restaurant. There, Amanda and I had our first tropical drinks of the trip- Coco Locos which was perfect because I had been dying to drink something out of a coconut- especially one with a fruity face.