•The lost paradise•

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After several hours on another minivan we arrived in Krabi. Long rides like this are extremely exhausting but the view of the mighty limestone hills at sunset was pretty amazing and the sore backs were forgotten for a moment. In a rattling long-tail boat we continued our 12-hour-journey to finally reach our destination: the laidback peninsula of Railay. Since our last visit in 2007 only little has changed… some hotel resorts were added but the vibe is still the same.

 

The following days we simply enjoyed the tropical heat, the pristine beaches and not to forget the fresh coconut drinks and dishes! ;-) As someone (Tini) can’t leave Asia without at least one scooter-trip, we hopped on a ferry to Phuket. There we rented two scooters and discovered various beaches. It was great fun but Phuket is getting worse and worse in terms of mass tourism – not a place that we can recommend.

 

Anyway we had a great time and eventually we had to wave Tini goodbye after 4 weeks of travelling together. We had so much fun and can’t wait to celebrate a “BOH-tea-revival” in Hamburg. :-)

 

For us, it was time to get our Thai-visas extended as we were awaiting another friend from Hamburg. And so we did a day-trip to Myanmar (in a minivan of course!). The real boarder crossing was executed by boat… a run-down one with a furious captain. One with a cigarette in the corner of his mouth and a can of beer in his hand (which he threw over board after finishing it) – this kind of guy! It was the most “interesting” boarder crossing ever! ;-)

We survived the „visa-run“ and went to Ko Samui – a beautiful island on the east coast of  Thailand. We were so happy to see Konny (friend from home) again after such a long time!

 

 

The ten days on Samui were blocked for some vacations: pool, beach, chillaxen and a beer! But we weren’t that lazy. We discovered the island on our own – the best thing to do as there are so many beautiful places to see and spend a while.

 

Our last destination in Thailand was Bangkok – a huge and modern mega-city with various shopping options. So we strolled through the weekend market and were amazed by the variety of goods – but also had to hold our breath as we walked through the tiny alleys at the fresh meat section at 40°C.

 

 

And what are the “green” news?


We had a good time in Thailand together with our friends – but we are quite disappointed from Thailand itself. The unfriendliness and effrontery of the local people prevailed; speedboats “cart” tons of tourists to all kind of beaches – which used to be beautiful and calm. Fishes are lured with bread, the marine life is being destroyed by all the speedboats, trash and grey water and the price expectations are simply crazy! Our opinion (and those of many mutual travelers): this is the best example of how a former paradise got destroyed by mass tourism! Especially the south of Thailand is suffering badly – northern Thailand seems to be still “worth a trip”!

 

This being said, it is really frustrating to hear that Vietnam is striving for the same tourist development like Phuket because it pledges for MONEY MONEY MONEY :-( if only they knew…

 

 

And what are the “green” news?

Like in many other places before, the huge amount of rubbish is the biggest problem! In most cases trash is being thrown on the streets from where it’s blown or swept into rivers and washed into the sea… from where the dirt is spit right back onto the beach. And because there is no such thing like free-of-charge trash collection allover Thailand, people just brush the trash off the streets right into the canals and rivers again. “Out of sight – out of mind!” – a horrible cycle!

 

We’ve been to a beach in the south of Phuket which actually could have been so beautiful if there wasn’t all the litter lying around which was washed on it from the sea. It was so sad to see. And it’S unbelievable what is been thrown into the ocean. From flip-flops, shampoo bottles to fishing nets up to a whole lot of styrofoam. As we saw this we spontaniously started collecting some of the trash and it was like a bottomless hole – every wave washed new stuff on the beach! Sonja got in touch with a local guy who owns the only restaurant on that beach and asked him whether he might have a bag to put all that rubbish in. She also asked why there is so much trash on that beach and this guy was pretty desperate about it. He said that he collects rubbish every morning but there is no way of get control over it as nobody is supporting him and there is no trash collection. So he burns most of it and keeps the stuff that can be reused.

 

Here you can have a look at the prictures from Thailand!

 

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