Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

When It’s Raining In Your Beach Paradise

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I can’t tell you how glad I was to get back to Thailand.

My Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur touched down in Krabi, and my spirits soared.  “Sawatdee ka!  Khawp koon ka!” I cheerily greeted the customs agent.

Thailand.  God, I love this country — the smiles, the relaxation, the food, the incredible lifestyle that you can carve out for yourself.

Then I realized that it was downpouring.

I checked the forecast.  Though it was considered the high season on the Andaman Coast, complete with high season prices, it was scheduled to rain for the next two weeks.

This beach leg was supposed to be about nothing but sun and sand!  Krabi, Ao Nang, Railay and then crossing the peninsula to Ko Phangan for the Full Moon Party!  Getting tan, rock climbing and being a beach bum!

The forecast news was met by me and Backpacking Matt sitting inside, watching the downpour, drinking Chang beers from 7-Eleven and pouting.

It didn’t help that after searching for decent food, the only options in Ao Nang appeared to be touristy, overpriced Thai-Italian hybrids, Thai-Swiss hybrids, or Thai-Dutch hybrids.

Was the trip busted?

No.  We had Cody — the guy behind lifestyle design blog Thrilling Heroics.  After living in Thailand for the past few years, Cody has found some good places.  On his recommendation, we ended up at The Massaman restaurant and its tiny attached bar, the Red Balcony, where he later joined us.

Both places: AMAZING.  The three of us have since been at both of them daily.

It was a good wake-up call.  Even if it’s raining in your beach paradise, there are still ways to have fun:

Eat some amazing, delicious, spicy (and cheap!) food.

Get your first bucket.

And hang around singing Wonderwall with locals.  (Apologies for the truly awful singing.)

Friends, fun, authenticity in a Thai beach town. What more could you want?

It was only the beginning.  While the weather hasn’t been the greatest here in Ao Nang, the days and nights have been nothing short of epic.  I’ve met heaps of cool travelers and interesting people who have made Thailand their home.  This leg of the trip has been fantastic, and I couldn’t be happier about postponing Laos to come here instead.

Plus, overcast days lead to wild sunsets.

Comments

8 Responses to “When It’s Raining In Your Beach Paradise”
  1. Sometimes the best things happen when plans are forced to change 🙂 Sorry the beach weather sucked, but looks like you made the best of it!

  2. Kirsty says:

    We had trouble with rain in Vietnam… the sunset picture looks amazing

  3. Andi says:

    You can always make lemonade out of lemons!!! I once was in Cancun for a week and it rained every single freaking day. I just ended up grabbing some bottles of tequila and playing cards and had the best time with my Mexican friends!

  4. Anthony says:

    Hey Kate. Out of curiosity, how long did you stay in Malaysia?

  5. Elise says:

    Don’t you just LOVE thailand!?! Who doesn’t!!
    I think a trip is only as fun as you make it! We did the same while we were on Palaloem beach in India and it rained every day-we still had a great time and stayed there for 8 days! We got drinks, food and sat on our balcony playing cards watching the rain and we had the best time!!

  6. Rease says:

    I love the sing along! I’m teaching that song to a 15 year old I work with here in Argentina. Singing makes his pronunciation much better and I have a blast doing it. Also, that bucket looks amazing. Is it beer or some mixed drink?

  7. td says:

    Rain is part of the experience and full-on tropical storms are wonderful!

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