Having heard of Songkran through friends and seen the many videos and pictures, naturally I was keen to head to Thailand for the festival once I found out that it was about to fall on a long weekend in 2017 (even despite my many Thailand Trials which keep putting me off the Land of Smiles).
We made it to Bangkok with minimal fuss – there was some scaremongering that this year’s Songkran would be downplayed due to King Bhumibol’s death however as you can see from our photo, we all had a splashing good fun.
Here’s some things I took away in general from my experience.
This was a big item on my bucketlist. The experience itself? On a scale of “Sign me up for another 4.30 wake-up” to “I should have just pressed that snooze button”, it leaned more towards the former (due to a few nice and unexpected perks!) … but could have easily gone both ways. If I were to return to Angkor Wat, it’d be purely with a better camera to take nicer snaps. But here were the highlights of my visit.
I was unsure if I had picked the right island to hop off – after all, only having 12 days to choose between 20 volcanic islands to get off… what if I made a bad choice?! Or horrors, what if I got bored? After all, Kuata seemed to be the smallest island (or one of!) in that plasticky brochure I was given at the Awesome Adventures booth.
Well, after spending five days on Barefoot Kuata, I have finally compiled a list of reasons why I will never return.
1) Look at that untidy beachfront
Filled with bures, beach tents, natural foliage and white powder sand. How unsightly.
2) I pay this much to sleep in a tent?!
Mind you, this ‘tent’ (deluxe dorm) has an attached bathroom through the back. It is also terribly difficult to sleep at night with the cooling sea breezes and fans switched on. Also, don’t forget the crashing waves. Such horrid conditions! And down the stone steps of your tent, you literally have ugly views like this: Continue reading “Dear Barefoot Kuata – Why I will never return.”→
Carmen Chocolate Hills, one of the reasons why we decided to make a sidetrip to Bohol during our one week Cebu stay. Amongst the contenders were a trip to Moalboal, the Kawasan Falls or diving in Mactan. However, since we knew that most of our time in Cebu would be spent diving in Malapascua, we decided that Bohol would make a nice little detour in our trip.
Once we arrived at Bohol (hint: don’t book your ferry tickets online, we got them for much cheaper at the ferry terminal), we asked around and managed to rent our own bright yellow scooter:
We found a place to stay on Panglao Island in Bohol on Momo Beach (although, I wouldn’t recommend it). After which, we set off to see two things that Bohol is known for – the tarsiers and Chocolate Hills!
Malapascua… a small island that is well known in diving circles for the world famous dive site that is Monad Shoal. While not as beautiful as some islands that I’ve been to, Malapascua possesses a certain charm that has managed to capture my heart weeks after I’d left it. If you’re looking for an island populated by local villages and some resorts without massive tourist hordes, sounds like Malapascua is the island for you.
A half days’ journey from Cebu, Malapascua is a small island that promised much and delivered as promised. The trip here was a bit of an ordeal, but the diving was top notch and world class. Never have I ever seen so many different things in a single dive trip compared to Malapascua. Of course, we went there for the famous and elegant Thresher Sharks (check out the bad boy pictured below!) but by the time we left, we had fallen in love with the island and its dive sites.