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“A Tropical Spring Break”……Thailand.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog, Culture | 0 comments

“A Tropical Spring Break”……Thailand.

I’ve always wanted to travel to Thailand, partially because I’m originally from a tropical country and always wanted to see how different cultures can be in another country with similar natural resources.
It is a country of diversity; a place where east perfectly blends with West, from the sophisticated city of Bangkok, to the beautiful beaches on the mainland & islands and the tropical forests that make up the national parks.
Choosing our destination In Thailand was therefore not an easy thing, firstly as “virgin travellers to South East Asia” we wanted it all, like really all… 🙂 and secondly because we were travelling with a child and therefore had to consider what would be an interesting holiday for him without straying far from what we actually expect from the holiday as adults.

 

We aren’t your proverbial beach bums; we love to explore, go out into jungles, drive around if necessary into the country and basically immerse ourselves in as much culture as we can. Children on the other hand get quickly bored by such activities.
We eventually decided on Khao Lak City/town since it’s considered a relatively quiet calm area and in a beachfront hideaway – the Khao Lak Merlin resort right on the edge of the National Park.

 


This hotel was perfect for us. It is beautifully built & one feels like they’re in a big tropical garden in paradise. They have beautiful pool landscapes scattered around the property including semi-private pools for the pool access rooms. This means one never really feels crowded at any of the pools at the resort. Needless to say, as the resort is a beachfront one, You have the beach right in front of you, if ever you felt crowded at any of the pools.

 

Our Holiday was quite short in retrospect, but we managed to squeeze in a number of activities as well as enough time by the beach or pools for the little one to have his fun.
Our first trip outside the resort was to the little trading center right outside the hotel and later with a taxi out into Khao Lak city center. There isn’t much happening in the city center during the day, as the place is basically known for it’s quiet serene attraction. Most people travel out to the busier towns or for different activities and come back to the quiet calm town for their rest.

 

Our second trip was one to the Ton Chong fa Water falls. The waterfalls are situated within the forest nature reserve of Khao Lak Lamru National Park. These water falls consist of 7 different levels but one is advised to trek only up to the 5th level if trekking without a guide. Since we had a child with us, we decided we’d only try 5 levels.
We loved this, it had actually rained the night before, so the ground was a little moist, but that didn’t stop us or make our trek difficult. On the contrary, it made the temperatures bearable. By our 3rd day we’d developed a routine. Wake up, go for breakfast, have a swim in the pool and beach for about 2-3 hours. Get back to the room for a shower and head out into either the city or embark on some activity.

 

Our trip on this day saw us at the Tsunami Museum, then to the city center and finally to the Bang Niang Market. The market is quite big with both food and clothing. Here we strolled around the market in the heat, bought a few souvenirs and sat in two different restaurants before heading back to the hotel.

We usually headed back to the hotel in the evening, let the little man have another swim (to get him tired 😉 & happy of course) took a shower and headed to the hotel restaurant or one outside in the trading center.

We also had a chance to visit the Sairung Elephant Camp, where we had elephant rides in the forest and later got to feed the elephants. From there on, we drove further into the National park , checked out the monkey temple and headed to the Khao Sok river canoe for lunch before we got onto the bamboo rafts and rafted along the Khao Sok river in the warm sunny weather.

 

Bamboo rafting was an exciting experience, we sighted a monkey in the trees, while the hotel guests we’d made friends with sighted a few snakes the day before. We unfortunately didn’t see any.

We also had a coffee stop over. They had water boiling in a bamboo stem on a 3 stoned fire place. Coffee was later served in bamboo cups. It was quite surprisingly refreshing in this humid heat. It was tasty as well, who would have known? That Lucy the non-coffee lover would actually enjoy a Smokey tasty coffee in the middle of a forest on an extremely hot & humid day of about 40°celsius … 🙂

 

After our coffee break it was rafting right back to Kao Sok river canoe area and into the city to a typically Thai café . We had Thai Tea (tea with milk), and typical Thai snacks served in banana leaves. There was coconut rice with fruit toppings like jack fruit, mango & some other fruit I failed to name. We also had rice with caramel topping & coconut rasps plus rice with coconut sugar topping. The rice was actually sweet, so these were snacks for people with a sweet tooth. 😉 I didn’t try out the rice with sea food toppings, but I guess they were just as tasty.

 

The next day we were off for a day cruise on the June Bahtra. We were picked up from the hotel at 8 a.m. and driven to the Yacht Haven Marina pier where the boat moors.
During the cruise, we enjoyed views of the famous Phang Nga Bay. Half way through we were transferred onto a long-tail boat since we were getting into “shallow waters”, where we sailed by the famous James Bond Island, saw mangrove forests, and stopped by a floating village before heading back to the James Bond island for a proper stop over.

 

As we got hungry, we got onto the long-tail boat, headed over into the deeper waters where we got back on to the June Bahtra, had a delicious lunch buffet, let the food sink in, with a little drink from the happy hour, and later that afternoon before heading back a few “brave ones” had a swim in the ocean.
After the swim, we all pretty much just lounged on the boat, took in the scenes with a drink or snack, then headed back to the pier and later to the hotel. What an end to a brilliant day 🙂 That was pretty much the last big trip we took.

 

After the few trips, we decided to just chill out at the hotel & beach and try out this beach bum business, albeit in a beautiful luxurious hotel by the beach.

We had so much more to do in so little time, we actually wanted to visit a few more places, but the time was just not on our side. Bye-bye Thailand, we will be back soon for we need to explore all those other places & adventures you’ve got to offer.

 

Hope you all did have fun going along with us. Wish you all an amazing, colourful and adventurous spring season.

 

from “Deutschland” with luv

Nakutana

 

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“A Swan on Ice”…..

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Blog, Culture | 0 comments

“A Swan on Ice”…..

Hello my lovelies hope you all had a great week. I sure did and I am so looking forward to the festive period and holidays.

Recently I have been out in nature alot despite the cold cold weather outside. This year I challenged myself to be more open to the season. I’ve met a few people who classify themselves as “winter people” and I have never quite understood them until now. Honestly, I am not a “winter person” and the season finds me mostly indoors, layers upon layers of knits covering my body.  I normally love to go for long walks in nature and just take in the beauty all around especially in Spring and Summer. So I did challenge myself to keep on with my walks even in the bitterly cold, arid, and icy, winter.

As much as I tend to hate winter and its sun-deprived days and subzero nights, I had to remind myself that each season contains beauty — and something worth savouring. So I gave it a try and it wasn´t easy the first week but by the second week I started seeing the beauty of winter. I know it might not sound as fun but believe you me, there is so much beauty in the cold and wintry landscape of winter. The beauty of winter lies in it´s bleakness, peace and quiet. I go out now regularly for long walks every Monday and Wednesday mornings and it feels amazing doing this. I have discovered and fallen so in love with the silent beauty of cold winter mornings 🙂

But if I was to choose what I love best about winter, it will have to be the peace and quiet. Yes, winter is quiet. It’s a time when you can hear your thoughts, a time to let your mind wander, if you let it. Amazing how much life is still out there when all looks so dead 🙂 I’ve been practicing living in the moment, being calm, and being quiet. It’s difficult with so many noises and distractions that fill our lives. However, finding peace essential to remember. It’s key to living life.

 

My favourite bench at my favourite lake…..

 

The best part of my walk is when I get to my favourite lake and sit at my favourite bench and just get lost in my thoughts. I just sit and appreciate the silent beauty of winter. Brown and yellow leaves drop and float down to the ground, as gently as falling snow; never has death looked so beautiful.

 

 

My friend………

 

 

This Monday I had a magical moment with a dear dear friend which I met for the first time last summer. Our friendship has grown into true love and it´s one of the  highlights of my week when I get to see her. Recently, with the temperatures dropping to below 0°C, I have been so worried about my friend. Will she be alright out there??? Will I get to see her again??? Well, I almost had a breakdown when I arrived at our regular meeting point(my favourite Lake) this monday morning. I looked and no one was in sight 🙁 My heart starting beating so fast. No one in sight and the worst part of it all, the lake was frozen and so she could not be in the water. Hold and behold as I was about to walk away, I spotted something in the middle of the frozen lake. My heart sank. I feared for the worst!!!!!

Well, just take a look at the video below to see what happened next……

 

 

 

After this magical experience I just stood there in the cold being extremely grateful. The longer one stands out in the cold, the more one gets to appreciate the great strength of everything that survives the winter.

 

 

I hope this gave you some inspiration to get out of your own winter funk and out into nature and into a more silence-embracing mindset. Enjoy what winter offers — a slower pace that lets you delight in the beauty of nature in the off-season.

 

 

Wish you all a great winter season and an amazing festive period and holidays. I will be off for the holidays soon and look forward to seeing you all when we return in the new year 2017!!!!!!!!!!

Be good as always until we meet again.

 

from “Deutschland” with luv

Nakutana

 

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