Hi again! I’ve finally got some time to write another blog post.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (and if you don’t you can find my pages here & here) or if you know me in person, you would know that I’ve been to Thailand a few times. Admittedly, I have yet to make it to Bangkok, which seems to be like some type of ‘rite of passage’ for travels in South East Asia. Anyway, the parts of the country I have seen have been beautiful, the culture I have experienced has been fascinating & the food I have eaten has been delicious.
I found myself in Krabi & myself & five friends decided the best way to spend the day would be to spend it island hopping. This experience turned out to be crossing off a bucket list item which I wasn’t even aware I had on my bucket list.
We found a tour company willing to take us for the day, paid our dues & we were on our way. We were a bit late so by the time we reached the boat, the rest of the tour group was giving us ‘evil eyes’, but we laughed it off & tried to ease the tension by introducing ourselves. Luckily, it worked.
About 45 minutes into the boat ride, we were approaching one of the islands & the pitch of one of the engines changed. I thought maybe we were supposed to be slowing down, but after the engine gave two or three dying sounds & a puff of black smoke, I gathered something was wrong. Great.
The skipper tried to convince us that nothing was wrong & it was all part of the plan. He told us he had stopped there to allow us to swim for a while. “A while” being around an hour while he radioed another boat for assistance. This actually worked out really well for us because the spot was perfect for swimming, it was absolutely stunning & the temperature hadn’t peaked yet so it wasn’t uncomfortable to out in the sun.
The problem with the engine got fixed & we spent the rest of the day visiting various islands, snorkeling & lying on different beaches. Although pictures & words don’t exactly do it justice, this day was one of my most memorable while traveling. It was even better that this day wasn’t pre-planned or expected at all.
Have you had an experience similar to this? If so, tell me about it.
Keep traveling, keep safe.