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A trecut putin timp de cand am incheiat calatoria in Thailanda si, o spun cu toata sinceritatea, abia astept sa ma intorc acolo. Fac deja niste planuri in privinta asta, dar o sa va povestesc despre ele mai tarziu, cand vor avea contur. Acum revin cu amintirile din vacanta si ma pregatesc sa iau barca privata care sa ne duca doar pe mine si pe sotul meu pe niste plaje mai ascunse, mai putin aglomerate si cu o apa incredibil de frumoasa.
Eram pe 13 aprilie. Am uitat sa va spun ca, in perioada 13-15 Aprilie, se sarbatoreste Anul Nou Thailandez – Songkran. Dupa-amiaza aveau sa ne astepte multe surprize frumoase in Ao Nang.Cu ochii inca lipiti de un somn rapid, iata-ne preluati din fata hotelului de catre o persoana trimisa de agentia de la care am cumparat excursia (in general, pentru toate excursiile cumparate de la agentiile de turism, te preia cineva de la hotel iar, la intoarcere, te lasa tot acolo unde esti cazat. Desi nu este o regula, majoritatea agentiilor procedeaza asa). Am ajuns intr-un mic port unde ne-am transferat intr-un long tail boat si am plecat din nou pe mare, spre destinatii superbe, doar noi doi si 3 barcagii, plus nelipsitul fresh de mango 🙂
Prima oprire a fost pe o insula foarte frumoasa, cu un nisip alb si fin, dar destul de aglomerata, Chicken Island si iata de ce se numeste asa:
Barcagiii nostri, baieti tineri (unul dintre ei nu avea mai mult de 12 ani), foarte prietenosi, ne-au impartit echipamentele de snorkeling. Eh… aici a inceput aventura mea si lupta cu valurile, in incercarea de a supravietui mai multe minute sub apa, ajutata doar de un snorkel – un tub de respirat in apa si o masca ce trebuia sa acopere ochii si nasul si sa nu permita patrunderea apei in interior. Treaba parea foarte simpla, iar toti cei din jurul meu faceau asta si pareau foarte degajati, insa pentru mine incepuse chinul. Pot sa va spun ca Marea Andaman este mai sarata decat Marea Neagra, de fapt este foarte sarata. Am inghitit atat de multa incat am fost la un pas de a abandon. Cu atat mai mult cu cat sotul meu putea face asta, iar mie mi se parea cumplit!!! Mi-am amintit brusc de zilele in care eram in tara si imi doream cu orice pret sa vad pestii colorati si abia asteptam sa ajung in Thailanda sa fac asta si, dupa incercari repetate, rezultatul il vedeti aici:
Acest moment fiind depasit cu success, toata lumea a fost a mea, desigur, cea subacvatica. Cu greu am iesit din apa, deoarece cei care ne insoteau cu barca aveau alte planuri pentru noi. Am plecat spre un alt loc unde apa era mai adanca si unde am hranit pestii. Unul din baietii care ne insoteau a coborat pe fundul marii si ne-a adus un arici de mare si o scoica din aceea care are perla. Le-am admirat si le-am dat drumul in apa.
A urmat o alta plaja, Poda, unde am mers si am servit pranzul – mancare thailandeza absolut delicioasa, la umbra palmierilor. Aici am vazut cel mai alb nisip din viata mea, parca traiam un vis, de fapt totul se intampla foarte repede.
Ne-am intors la barca unde baietii nostri ne asteptau cu pepene rosu rece, foarte gustos care s-a combinat perfect cu cele 43 de grade de afara. A fost o zi extrem de frumoasa, cu experiente unice. Fericiti ca am facut snorkeling in Marea Andaman, ne-am intors in Ao Nang, unde toata lumea se batea cu apa, in cinstea Songkran-ului. Ne documentasem si noi despre ce inseamna aceasta sarbatoare si ne-am pregatit sa intram in aventura Anului Nou Thailandez. Cam asa:
Dotati cu un pistol mare cu apa, am dat startul sarbatorii apei in care toata lumea stopea pe toata lumea. Toti dansau si radeau pe strada, aruncand jeturi cu apa din locuri de unde te asteptai mai putin: din furtunuri bine camuflate, pistoale de dimensiuni mari si foarte mari, din masinile pline ochi cu tineri amuzati, dotati cu butoaie cu apa si cu galeti, precum si din diverse recipiente in care puteai pune apa. Am vazut un baiat care folosea un bol luat de pe terasa restaurantului nostru (Cu totul intamplator ne-am cazat la un hotel care era centrul distractiei in Ao Nang). In general, apa era calda, datorita temperaturii de afara, dar au fost si cazuri nefericite in care unii s-au trezit cu o galeata cu apa cu gheata in cap :-).
Unii, mai putin conservatori, au imbinat utilul cu placutul 🙂
Din fericire am scapat teferi si am avut parte de o experienta foarte frumoasa. Toata nebunia aceasta s-a terminat tarziu, dupa 12 noaptea. Chiar si dupa aceasta ora se mai gasea cate un intarziat care vroia sa-si goleasca pistolul cu apa aruncand-o catre tine. Nu trebuie sa mai spun ca nimeni nu a ajuns uscat in camera de hotel, doar banii si telefoanele au fost protejate bine in huse waterproof. Am incheiat seara, cum altfel, decat la terasa hotelului nostru, acompaniati de band-ul care atragea turistii ca un magnet si de delicioasa mancare asiatica.
Voi reveni in zilele urmatoare cu noi amintiri din Thailanda, iar daca planificati o astfel de vacanta si aveti nevoie de sfaturi, vi le ofer cu drag. Pana data viitoare, numai bine!
My holiday in Thailand – 4
It’s been a while since I finished my trip to Thailand, and I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart I can not wait to get back there. I’m already doing some plans on this, but I’ll tell you about them later when they are shaping. Now I go back to my vacation memories and I’m preparing to take the private boat to take me and my husband to some more hidden, less crowded beaches and incredibly beautiful water.
It was on April 13th. I forgot to tell you that between the 13th and the 15th of April, the Thai New Year’s Day – Songkran is celebrated. We would expect many beautiful surprises in Ao Nang in the afternoon. With eyes still stuck to a quick night’s sleep, here we were in front of the hotel picked up by a person sent by the agency from which I bought the trip (I generally bought all excursions from travel agencies, someone takes you from the hotel, and when you return, you are left in the same place. Although not a rule, most agencies do so).
We arrived in a small harbor where we moved into a long tail boat and left again on the sea for gorgeous destinations, just the two of us and three boatmen, plus the omnipresent mango fresh.
The first stop was on a very beautiful island with white and fine sand but rather crowded, called Chicken Island.
Our boatmen, young boys (one of them not older than 12 years old), very friendly, shared our snorkeling equipment. Eh … here my adventure and fight with the waves began in an attempt to survive for several minutes underwater, helped only by a snorkel – a water-breathing tube and a mask that had to cover the eyes and nose and not to allow water penetrate inside. The thing seemed very simple, and everyone around me did that and they seemed very relaxed, but for me the pain started. I can tell you that the Andaman Sea is saltier than the Black Sea, in fact, it is very salty. I swallowed so much water that I was on the brink of abandoning it. All the more so as my husband could do this and I felt terrible!!! I suddenly remembered the days when I was back in the country and I wanted to see the colorful fish at all costs and I was just waiting to get to Thailand to do this and, after repeated attempts, you can see the result here:
This moment being successfully overtaken, the world was all mine, of course, underwater world. It’s hard to get out of the water, because those who accompany us with the boat had other plans for us. We went to another place where water was deeper and where we fed the fish. One of the boys who accompanied us descended to the bottom of the sea and brought us a sea hedgehog and a pearl shell. I admired them and let them go into the water.
There followed another beach, Poda, where we went and had lunch – absolutely delicious Thai food in the shade of palm trees. Here I saw the whitest sand in my life, as if I was living a dream, in fact, everything was happening very quickly.
We went back to the boat where our boys were waiting for us with a cool, very tasty watermelon that perfectly blended with the 43 air degrees. It was a very beautiful day with unique experiences. Happy to have had snorkeling in the Andaman Sea, we went back to Ao Nang, where everyone was water fighting in honor of Songkran. We had made researches about what this holiday meant and we were ready to celebrate the Thai New Year adventure like this:
Armed with a large water gun, we started the feast of water in which everyone splashed everybody. Everyone danced and laughed down the street, throwing jets of water from where you expected less: from well-camouflaged hoses, large and very large guns, full of eyes with amused youngsters, barreled with water barrels and buckets, as well as from various containers where you could put water. I saw a boy using a bowl taken from the terrace of our restaurant (it was quite a surprise that we stayed at a hotel that was the center of entertainment in Ao Nang). Generally, the water was hot because of the outside temperature, but there were unfortunate cases when some woke up with a bucket of iced water in the head.
Some, less conservative, combined the useful with the good.
Fortunately, we got away safe and we had a very beautiful experience. All this madness ended late after midnight. Even after that time there was a delayed man who wanted to empty his gun with water by throwing it to you. I do not have to say that no one has entered dried in the hotel room, only the money and the phones have been well protected in the waterproof hoods. We ended the evening no other than on the terrace of our hotel, accompanied by the band that attracted tourists as a magnet and delicious Asian food.
I will come back in the next few days with new memories from Thailand, and if you plan such a vacation and need advice, I offer them with love. Until next time, farewell!