Chapter 1: Walking on waves @ Krabi
12 June 2014
The day is finally here. I have been looking forward to this break for the whole semester! I have somehow managed to clear most of the pending items on my to-do list and the non-checked rest would just have to wait till I get back.
All packed and ready to go. My luggage may looked big but its only half full. I did not have any other luggage to use.
My sis in law was the only one who sent us off since she works in the airport. Lol. We shared a cab here.
Our flight was delayed and we had to change gates 3 times! It was actually quite hilarious to see all the passengers move here and there whenever they announced about the change in gate. Imagine people holding the kids hands and pushing prams and all the luggages here and there.
It was pretty annoying.
Since we were delayed, Bon had to wait for us for more than an hour at Krabi airport but we were eventually reunited!
Here we are waiting for our boat ride to Centara Beach Resort. It was a long wait, I am not sure if the boat was late or that is just how things work here. Everyone and everything seems to move at a really slow pace.
Our tickets. As much as we were excited, we were also tired and wanted to reach the resort as soon as possible.
The boat ride was not smooth at all. The boat was really small and the further we drift away from mainland Krabi, the bigger the waves. My two travel mates were stubborn not to wear the life jackets, insisting that it was all right because we were not going to be jumping into the ocean. I kept nagging that it was a safety protocol, not me being paranoid! Anyway, all the passengers on the boat were wearing one.
The waves were getting bigger and bigger that it was impossible not to hold on to something. I was almost sure I would lose my balance even though I was sitting down if I had not held on the window pane.
I am not a fan of being in a boat due to my motion sickness, so I was trying hard to keep my eyes on the horizon.
After about 25 minutes which felt like forever , we finally arrived. However we saw something peculiar from the boat. We saw people jumping with great heights on the pier and it looked like they were having a lot of fun but how can anyone jumped so high?
As the boat moved closer, we found out why. The bridge was not made of concrete. It was a floating buoy and since it was high tide and the waves were really big, the staffs of the resort were all there to help the guests get onto the land.
Stay calm and breathe.
As much as I wanted to get out of the boat because it was swaying almost 45 degrees and I thought we were going to topple over , the condition of the bridge was not welcoming at all. We were instructed to keep our life jackets on and that further worried us!
That meant that my two rebel travel mates had to wear life jackets now! I was among the first few out of the boat and there were so many people waiting for us, waiting to hold and walk with us on the bridge of terror.
Pardon me for being paranoid, but I cannot swim.
My companion on the bridge of terror was this caucasian guy, who held me so tightly so that I would not slip and fall. Some of the waves were so big, I naturally panic, but he was quick to reassure me. As much as I was appreciative of his help, I did not feel welcome at all.
This was highly unexpected. I felt like they were on a rescue mission while we were the unsuspecting victims.
We felt like we needed to catch a breath and rest because as much as we love adventures, this was way too exciting for us.
Not in a good way.
While waiting to check in, we were offered a nice cold drink, perhaps to calm guests down when they arrived since it was a necessity, especially in this stormy weather.
The resort was surrounded by greenery.
Finally checked into our room!
The bathroom was huge.
The balcony areas were huge too.
Another unexpected surprise. We had guests.
There were so many monkeys, we had to wait for them to go away before leaving our room.
We were hungry after all that excitement so we had to leave our room to go grab dinner. Apparently, we are secluded on this island and it would not be possible for us to walk over to Ao nang beach. This meant that we were not able to venture out of this resort.
Unless we go out via the bridge of terror and a boat.
Judging by the giant waves and surprise guests that welcomed us, we did not think venturing out on our own was a good idea.
After lunch we wanted to walk around the resort and see what was in store for us. There was a great view from the pool.
The resort was peaceful and quiet.
Greenery that soothes the eyes and calms the soul down.
There were too many steps for my liking but thankfully our room was not too far or too high.
Time to check out the beach and the tide was lower this time.
The private beach was not crowded, a nice change of view for city people like us.
Us looking calm and relaxed, a contrast to when we first arrived. Lol.
Look at the limitless sky and sea.
Actually we really love the beach.
Even the waters seemed calmer now.
One group selfie before leaving the beach.
Seems that there was nothing much to do today. Hence, dinner.
Apparently we have to make reservations for dinner and since we were not aware, we had to wait for an hour. We decided to just sprawl by the beach and enjoy the view of dusk. It was nice and the wind automatically made us sleepy and relaxed.
I think we had too much excitement today. We headed back early to rest and sleep. Hoping for a better day tomorrow!