Sawadii ka, everyone!
It was really pretty but we didn't have a wardrobe so that was kind of annoying but we soon got over it and already planned our first afternoon/evening. We decided to go to the local Hua Hin beach for the first time, taking a taxi.
There we straight ahead went into the water for a swim, which was only partly a good idea because almost everyone sliced their feet open on the rocks, that were under the water. Nothing major though.
It's a market with various shops, where we could buy clothes, souvenirs and food. There was lots of cute stuff in those shops but I only bought a mango shake, which was really delicious.
It was obviously still as beautiful but looking back, I liked that beach the least because there were (in comparison to the other beaches) the most tourists, since it's the "main beach" in Hua Hin with the most hotels near it.
After walking a few minutes on the main road, we came across a quite fancy looking vegan restaurant and decided to get food there. My vegan mac'n'cheese was amazing and I was sure that I would go there to eat again the following week, since I booked two beach weeks in a row.
We all bought some stuff like backpacks, little bags, Buddha or elephant statues and so on and so forth. We also got some crepes and paid for those fish who basically eat the dead skin off your feet.
We could also paint paper bags and take it with us. There was beautiful artwork, especially all the paintings with elephants or gold and black patterns I found amazing.
We then went to another Buddha statue which was at the same time a view point where we had to walk up to on a forest path. From the temple view point we could see a beautiful beach.
First we had to go back down again though and when we arrived at the bottom we saw some kind of asian-water-monitor-lizard-komoda-dragon-thing in the water there. It was at least 2 metres long and looked quite scary to he honest but it didn't do much besides chillin'.
This one was my favourite beach of the whole week since the ambience was beautiful and there were hardly any other people because there was only one resort. We walked along the beach at least 5 times and saw many beautiful shells and dead jellyfish.
We had to do a little bit of walking and on the way there were monkeys again. I think I've already mentioned that I hate monkeys now. On the way to the view points we only saw five of them but on the way back there suddenly was a massive amount of them right in the middle of the path. I was the first person to walk this path and soon got brutally attacked by one of the monkeys. Okay, maybe not brutally attacked but it did come upon me looking weirdly and since I obviously freaked, it freaked as well and made me even more afraid. Luckily Kong helped me by scaring it away.
We then went to a temple again where there were.... monkeys again. Those ones didn't really come near us though so we could safely tread the temple. This one was with lots of stairs and flags on the side and if you're like me and you usually don't do sports very often (especially not in Thailand when it's 35°C and it feels like it's 42°C) you understand me when I say it was exhausting.
When we got back to the car, Kong tried to scare them away again but this time it didn't work that well. They didn't want to go out of the car for a few minuted and right before they finally did, one of them peed in it. Kong, our hero, cleaned it all up for us and brought us to the third beach of the week which was the Pine Beach.
As the name indicates, this was a beach with lots of pine trees. We rented deck chairs for 50c each and went straight into the water. There were large green puddles before the sea started which were pretty warm and kind of nasty. The water was quite agreeable since it was warm but still refreshing.
This was the first time it didn't feel like we were in Thailand anymore but somewhere in Europe. We also came across a dried out river where usually a boat would've sailed and obviously, since it's a crab forest, we saw lots of green shimmering crabs on the ground.
It was a beautiful beach again with a little hiking trail which lead to another beach. Part of the group went there but we stayed at the original beach where we obviously went swimming again.
Unfortunately it then began to rain so we had to hide in some pigeon cave. After it had stopped raining, we went tanning again on the beach and there got approached by a few Thai people who wanted to take pictures with us since the apparently don't see western people in that area very often. #fame.
I didn't really go for a swim, I only jumped in for short amounts of time, since there were so many jellyfish in the water. A friend of mine actually got stung by a fire jellyfish but treated it with vinegar, which is provided on almost every beach, right away. I spent the day on the beach reading a book and watching Netflix whilst hoping to get atleast a bit of a tan.
In the evening, after dinner, we visited the Cicada Night Market. It was a quite fancy market with lots of handcraft shops where we could buy all sorts of souvenirs.
There also was a big "food court" if you could say so. It was a collection of food stalls, both thai and western style. I got a nutella crêpe again and a freshly made mango-maracuja-shake, which both were delicious.
Geena and I went to the Hua Hin beach again and did usual beach things. We went swimming (without getting stung by at jellyfish), tried to get tanned, watched Netflix, read and walked along the beach.
August 21st - August 27th 2017