It is nearly the holidays…

Nearly the end of another school year and nearly time for our summer hols. After 3 years, we are going to Portugal and the UK. Can’t wait…

In February, we visited the Surin Islands. Surin Islands are an archipelago of five islands within Mu Ko Surin National Park, in Phang Nga Province. The islands are 55 km off the coast, 100 km north from Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea and just 18 km from the oceanic border of Burma

Popular for its coral gardens and white beaches, Surin Islands are one of the most famous diving and marine life viewing sites in Thailand. It is a very untouched area with only a Moken village and national park buildings where you can stay as well as a few tents. It is probably one of the most beautiful places we have been to.

On the way there we had some pretty heavy rain!

Green swamp

Our tent, could have stayed there for a few more days.

The only way to get around!

Fishing boats
Khao Lak on the way back to Phuket. By Memories Beach Bar.
Bang Tao beach, our stomping ground.
Misty doggo
Stuff you find on the beach….

In April, we went island hopping in Koh Mook, Lipe and Kradan. Yes, I know, it seems like our life is one long holiday but we do work in between! Mook is less touristy than some other islands and with Covid, it has been decimated. It was quiet, many places were closed and it had a feeling of being derelict but I loved it! There is a great, little bakery in town, she makes delicious banoffe pie for 25 baht.

Main street in Koh Mook
Local barber shop
Local houses
Maybe at some point…

Someone’s kitchen

So many starfish!

Goodbye Mook, hello Lipe! Quite touristy but it grew on us, eventually. Met some friends from Bangkok, did some diving and stayed at Castaway Resort which also has a dive centre. Nice place with a decent restaurant.

Zodiac Bar in Lipe. Best music and fire show.
Wherever you go, the fireboys will follow….
Yay, it’s dive time! First time diving off a longtail, have to go in backwards.
Dive site, not so clear further down

And now for a spot of kayaking!
To a small island….

From Lipe to Kradan. A very small island with no roads, no shops, nothing really. Very beautiful and unspoilt. We stayed at Kalume. A beautiful eco resort run by an Italian couple. Delicious food and it felt like home, very cosy and a happy place

Phuket Town is just on our doorstep and is a place we go to for a little slice of small city life. There are many good cafes and local restaurants and it is seeped in history. There are many sino-Portuguese buildings and a great market on Sundays. Our favourite is China House for lunch!

Old Chinese shop/home, now one of our favourite places for lunch.

Final dive of the season at Koh Weo, a tiny island off Bang Tao beach and Tin Lizzy Wreck (a tin mining excavator). It was surprisingly good and clear. We had been there before with very poor visibility which was disappointing. We were lucky to go with a lovely couple from Argentina we had met in Lipe.

Our chilled captain!

It has been a very long school term but we were lucky to have a long weekend halfway through which we spent in Chinatown in Bangkok. It is such an amazing area, full of history, alleyways, markets, stalls and food. An assault on the senses. It was also a great excuse to meet up with Sarah and Mick. We stayed at the Shanghai Mansion. Beautiful hotel and a huge room right in the heart of Chinatown.

Fried fish
Dried squid
Dried prawns
Need anything?

Who lives here?
Mama Restaurant, one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve been to.

Alleyway reggae bar

Chinatown at night really comes alive! It is manic, noisy and full of food stalls.

Moody skies over Bangkok from the plane
Last sunset before we leave for Portugal and England

It has been a difficult year with Covid and we are fortunate to be able to go to islands and relax. Many lockdowns, school closures, not being able to leave Thailand and missing friends and families has been hard. We are grateful to live in such a beautiful place and have the opportunity to explore this amazing country. See you back in August!

One Response to “It is nearly the holidays…”

  1. Leonor Lopes

    Para voltar a ver com tempo. Algumas fotogr jΓ‘ conhecia.
    Excelente reportagem com fotografias magnΓ­ficas!



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