“Aloha!” is what I feel like I should be saying! Jesse and I made it to Koh Phangan, Thailand two days ago. It reminds us a lot of Hawaii. It’s so relaxing here, and that’s exactly what we wanted. I spent the entire day yesterday reading my book on the beach…it was a good day.
So I’ll rewind here a little bit…our last two days in Kuala Lumpur were pretty chill. One of the highlights was Chow Kit Market. We took the monorail to Chow Kit neighborhood. After asking ten different people where the market was, we finally stumbled upon it. If you are looking for a true, local experience in Malaysia, Chow Kit Market is definitely the place to go. The facade is just a few fruit stalls lining the streets. But if you look closely, you’ll see doorways into an endless line of stalls selling anything from live catfish, to durian, to cow heads, to full size chickens. Jesse and I were visibly the only foreigners there, so lots of people took interest in where we were from. It was probably the first time in my life where I’ve been such a minority…it feels strange and uncomfortable, but somewhat exciting!
It’s completely the opposite now that we’re on Koh Phangan. This is the island where they hold the full moon beach parties, so it’s saturated with westerners. Jesse and I had a full day of transport to get here…a monorail to KL Sentral, a bus to the airport, a plane to Surat Thani, a bus to the ferry dock, a ferry to Koh Phangan, and finally a taxi to our bungalow.
Life is so simple here! It reminds us of Kauai, with dirt roads and small shops scattered around. Last night Jesse and I walked to a restaurant, La Dolce Vita (most certainly!) for dinner. It was a small restaurant with only six tables and a great view of the ocean thru these glass-paneled doors. As soon as we got seated, you could see the gray skies rushing over the ocean, and before we knew it, it was raining like crazy, monsoon-type rains! The power ended up shutting off, and we had dinner by candlelight. It was a really nice dinner.
Today I plan to take some pictures here and have ’em for you in the next post. For now, here’s some from Chow Kit Market and the view from the plane.