I hoped to travel solo since high school. Traveling is my most favorite hobby. I enjoy traveling with family and friends but a solo trip is one step ahead. You can spend the night in a tent under the starry sky, eat exotic street foods, and lose in the alleys of an unknown city.
At last, I had time to travel solo last year in the country of peace, Thailand. The night of the trip arrived, and I went to the airport with my backpack. My flight was at 12:30 a.m. IST. I booked a seat in economy class on Thai Airways. When I boarded, the cabin crew greeted hello in Thai. They wore traditional clothing chut thai. On the flight, I got an Indian meal containing pulao, rajma, fruits, coconut sweet and juice.
The flight arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok at 6:00 a.m. THA. The airport had decorations with various types of orchids. After one hour the flight arrived which reached straight to Krabi International Airport.
I boarded the local bus with my belongings and headed to Ao Nang. Ao Nang is a famous spot among Indians as Indian restaurants are available here. I checked in the Ibis Styles hotel.
After check in, I took my lunch in a local Thai restaurant. I tasted the famous dish pad thai, a noodles dish. I also bought some exotic fruits like mandarin orange and dragon fruit.
At the evening, I got in the shuttle tuk-tuk service by the hotel and headed to Ao Nang beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It was sunset time. A golden blanket outline the silvery sea, creating the picture-perfect image.
The sand was the gentlest hue of gold, almost earthen and muted, the humble star of the scene. I loved the driftwood that came upon the buoyant waves as tiny rescue boats. Then there was the seaweed, that flora of those salty waves, as green as any high summer foliage. Already the stars glowed as if they had kept a pocket of the daytime to shine throughout the night sky.
There were several shops near the beach. I entered one of them and bought some famous article of Thailand- fruit soap, snail saliva face mask, Thai tea, and a packet of dry mango.
Next, I went to an Indian restaurant and took dinner. After that, I headed to my hotel and fell asleep on the cozy bed.
Next day, it was time for the four-island tour. The bus of this tour company picked me up from the hotel and dropped me to the jetty. They also arranged a buffet breakfast for everyone including pad thai, cupcakes, and juice.
After breakfast, I got in the long-tail boat with others and started the journey to our first destination, Parang beach. The boat was moving in the calm tides of the sea. The turquoise water was glowing in the golden rays of the sun. The tantalizing sea breeze calmed the inner soul. After half-an-hour, we reached to the Parang beach.
The beach covered with white sand, sparkling like silver in the sunlight. Parang beach is famous for Princess cave, a spiritual place with decorative.
The cave, on the east side of the Railay Bay, is famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites. Since ancient times, Phra Nang (Princess) Cave has been where fishermen, before going out to sea, have made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva (known as the Siwaleung or Palad Khik in Thai).
The fishermen, who say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, believe their offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger, but what is more remarkable is that the cave contains a large collection of carved wooden phallic symbols, offerings and other objects believed to help with fertility. You can try sports like rock climbing on the rocks of Railay bay, covered with lush greenery.
Our next spot was Tup island. It is an exotic tropical island. If the tide is low, you can walk along the white, sandy causeway joining the neighboring island. There were several food stalls, selling snacks and coconut water. I tried bathing in the emerald-colored water, which soothed my body.
The next destination was Chicken island, a natural landmark, named after the shape of its unique limestone rock jutting out into the sea. It is an excellent snorkeling spot.
Our final destination was Poda island, a stunning jewel of the Andaman Sea with both lowland, picturesque bamboo plantation and majestic, rocky cliffs, bordered by a long, beautiful beach.
We had our picnic lunch here, provided by the tour company, containing noodles, rice, corn, and boiled vegetables. After lunch, I tried snorkeling in the sea water.
Now, it was time to return. I got in the boat with others. They served us fresh cut watermelon and pineapples. After we reached the shore, the bus dropped me in the hotel again. I spent the evening relaxing and took dinner from the hotel.