Vacanta mea in Thailanda – 2

This post is available in English too. Please scroll to the end of the post, under the romanian version and find it there. 

Dupa ce in episodul anterior am povestit cum am ajuns in “tara zambetelor” si cum a fost primul contact cu Asia, voi continua cu aventurile noastre pe taramuri Thailandeze. Iata-ne in prima zi fata in fata cu Marea Andaman, ireal de calda, cu o culoare ca in povesti si plina de “long tail boats”. Aceste “barci cu coada lunga” reprezinta cel mai cunoscut mod de transport in zona. Nu am ales intamplator sa ne cazam in Ao Nang. De aici pornesc foarte multe excursii pe mare, la diferite insule si plaje de vis.  Dupa un mic dejun fabulous, unde am mancat cel mai bun mango din viata mea, am schimbat niste euro in bahts, apoi am luat o barca si am plecat pe una din plajele locale.

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image OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Railay este, geografic vorbind, o peninsula formata din 4 plaje (Railay West, Railay Est, Tonsai Beach si Phra Nang Beach), la care se poate ajunge doar cu barca. Am hotarat sa mergem la Phra Nang Beach, aceasta fiind si cea mai frumoasa plaja din cele 4 (cel putin asta am aflat eu din documentarile anterioare si nu m-am inselat deloc).  Drumul pana acolo dureaza cam 20 de minute si este de o frumusete ireala sa vezi cum, din apa turcoaz, rasar stanci de diverse forme. Este un loc spectaculos cu niste peisaje pe care eu le-am vazut doar la televizor, cu pereti abrupti gata de escaladat, strajuiti de cocotieri si palmieri.

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image La plaja nu am stat aproape deloc, erau aproape 40 de grade, iar prietena mea cea mai buna a fost crema de protectie cu 50 SPF. In schimb, apa era atat de calda incat nu simteai nicio diferenta intre temperatura de afara si cea din apa. Am experimentat si cel mai placut foot scrub din viata, facut de o localnica cu produse numai de ea cunoscute si pe care nu le gasim pe aici. Am stabilit cu ea o comunicare aproape perfecta prin semne, cred ca asta i-a placut, incat la final mi-a dat cadou o solutie asemanatoare cu cea cu care mi-a curatat mie talpile si niste mostre de crema hidratanta pentru momentele de dupa scrub. Multumesc, a fost draguta, iar pretul a fost in jur de 25 ron. Insa acest experiment avea sa-l coste scump pe sotul meu, dar asta mai pe seara 🙂

Destul de interesant mi s-a parut un templu inchinat… dar mai bine va las pe voi sa ghiciti cui, din imaginea de mai jos. Indiciu: am vazut multe femei care se rugau acolo 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA In jurul pranzului aici ajung barci cu mancare, pe care barcagiul si ajutoarele lui o pregatesc pe loc. O mancare foarte buna, proaspata si, cum altfel, combinand delicioasele arome thailandeze, la un pret prietenos.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Iata si un exemplu de preturi:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Am devorat un excellent fried yellow noodle, cateva fresh-uri de mango, iar sotul meu, desigur, cateva beri 🙂 Ne-am intors in Ao Nang tot cu long tail boath (cum altfel?!?), iar seara… plimbare, cina si masaj. Ah!!! am spus…masaj??? Thailandezii astia sunt mama si tatal masajului. Trebuie sa spun ca am incercat toate variantele de masaj. Am ramas setata pe masajul la picioare, care nu se limiteaza doar la picioare, in fine, este ceea ce-ti trebuie la sfarsitul unei zile. Dar povestile cu masaje nu au doar finaluri fericite: si doar l-am rugat pe sotul meu de cateva zeci de ori sa mearga si el la un masaj sa se relaxeze, ca poate avea nevoie omul, dar el: nu si nu. A vrut un foot scrub la fel ca al meu pe plaja. Neh… nu poate fi la fel. Am mers impreuna, dar separat 🙂 el in alta incapere. Nu am auzit tipete, dar din acel moment si pana in ultima zi a vacantei noastre (care a durat doua saptamani), s-a ales cu niste rani cumplite la ambele picioare. Cui sa te plangi si ce sa faci? Am dedus noi ca picioarele lui fiind sensibile si iritate de la atatea ore de stat in avion, au reactionat negativ la contactul cu substanta aceea.  Am mers la farmacie, am luat un unguent antiinflamator si, de 2-3 ori pe zi, am fost asistenta medicala in regim de urgente. Inutil sa mai spun ca el nu a vrut sa mai auda de masaj (desi nici macar nu  incercat unul), nu acelasi lucru pot sa spun despre mine :-)).

Va las acum cu un superb apus de soare pe care l-am surprins inainte de cina.

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Revin in curand cu noi detalii din calatoria noastra exotica 🙂

[…Eng…]

My holiday in Thailand – 2

In the previous episode I talked about how we got to the “country of smiles” and how the first contact with Asia was, I will continue with our adventures in the Thai realms. Here we are on the first day face to face with the Andaman Sea, unreal hot, colorful like in the stories and full of long tail boats. These long-tailed boats are the best-known mean of transport in the area. We did not randomly choose to stay in Ao Nang. From here a lot of excursions by sea start to various islands and dream beaches. After a fabulous breakfast, when I ate the best mango in my life, I changed some euros in bahts, then took a boat and left for one of the local beaches.

Railay is geographically a peninsula made up of 4 beaches (Railay West, Railay East, Tonsai Beach and Phra Nang Beach), which can be reached only by boat. We decided to go to Phra Nang Beach, which is the most beautiful beach of the four (at least that’s what I found out in the previous research and I was not mistaken at all). The trip takes about 20 minutes, and it is surrealistic to see how rocks of various shapes rise from turquoise water. It’s a spectacular place with some landscapes I’ve only seen on TV, with steep walls ready to escalate, guarded by coconuts and palm trees.

I didn’t lie in the sun almost at all, it was almost 40 degrees, and my best friend was SPF 50 sunscreen cream. Instead, the water was so hot that you did not feel any difference between air and water temperatures. I have experienced the most enjoyable foot scrub in my life, made by a native woman with products known only by her and which we do not find here. I have established with her an almost perfect communication through signs. I think she liked it so that at the end she gave me a product similar to that with which she cleaned my feet and moisturizing cream samples for the after scrub. I thank her, it was nice of her and the price was around 25 RON. But this experiment would cost my husband dearly, but that happened later in the evening.

Quite interestingly, it seemed to me a temple dedicated to … but I’d better let you guess to whom, from the picture below. Hint: I saw many women praying there.

Around lunch food boats arrived in the area, food being prepared on the spot by the boatman and his helpers. A very good, fresh food, and of course, combining delicious Thai flavors at a friendly price.

I have devoured an excellent fried yellow noodle, some fresh mangoes, and my husband, of course, a few beers. We went back to Ao Nang with a long tail boat, and in the evening … we walked, had dinner and a massage. Ah!!! I said … massage?? These Thai people are the mother and father of the massage. I have to say that I tried all types of massage. I have stayed on the foot massage, which is not limited to the feet, anyway, that’s what you need at the end of a day. But the stories of massages have not only happy endings: and I just asked my husband a couple of dozen times to go to a massage to relax. Maybe he needed too, but he kept refusing. He wanted a foot scrub just like mine early on the beach. Neh … it can not be the same. We went together, but separated, in different rooms. I did not hear him screaming, but from that moment until the last day of our holiday (which lasted for two weeks), he had some terrible wounds on both feet. Who do you complain to and what to do? We deduced that his feet were sensitive and irritated from so many hours in the airplane, reacting negatively to products contact. I went to the pharmacy and I bought an anti-inflammatory ointment and, 2-3 times a day, I worked as an emergency nurse. Needless to say that my hubby didn’t want to hear about massage anymore (although he didn’t even tried one), not the same thing I can say about myself.

I will come back soon with new details from our exotic trip.

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