My Personal Paradise: Thailand’s Andaman Coast

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This week’s #FriFotos theme is PARADISE.  I’ve been fortunate to see hundreds of beautiful places around the world — but no place exemplifies “paradise” to me better than Thailand’s Andaman Coast.

Here are all the things that make the Andaman Coast my personal paradise:

The views, and the hidden beaches — like this one in Koh Lanta National Park.

Lighting lanterns on the beach and releasing them into the sky — like we did here in Ao Nang.

The limestone formations, like these famous ones off Koh Phi Phi — you won’t see limestone like this on Thailand’s other coast!

The ramshackle restaurants built into the side of cliffs — like this one in Koh Lanta — where you sit on mats and watch the sun set over the Andaman Sea.

Watching local fishermen come home for the day, fish in hand, on every beach you can imagine.

Longtail boat restaurants!  A sustainable form of business in Railay on a beach that is protected from new construction sprouting up.

Commandeering a longtail boat to Koh Phi Phi Leh and feeling like a goddess!

The occasional odd sight — like the penis cave on Phranang Beach in Railay.

But most of all, the sunsets.  Especially Koh Lanta‘s sunsets.  Every night is like a performance!

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