The Ancient Capital of Thailand (Siam)
The temples are getting more impressive the further north we go!
This weekend, Mister B whisked me away on a belated surprise bday trip to Chiang Dao, a village 2 hours away from Chiang Mai that is famous for its giant cave (and for having one of the best restaurants in Thailand, but that deserves its own post methinks!). We wanted to make the most of our time outside the city, so we also climbed the 510 steps to this monastery (and sweated profusely in the process!).
Can you spot us among the Buddhas? Clue: we're not made of gold!
Off all the islands that we visited in Krabi archipelago, Koh Poda was our favorite…
Ko Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand, in Krabi Province, about 8 kilometres from Ao Nang…. It is part of the Mu Ko Poda, or Poda Group Islands, which are under the administration of Koh phi phi national park.
The transparent blue waters, stunning landscapes around the island, and a beautiful mix of new and old yachts, sail boats, & long-tail boats on it’s shores will make you fall in love with this Island instantly!! We visited Koh Poda earlier this year... As we walked along the dazzling shores of this amazing Island, it sort of became apparent that these islands are exceptionally beautiful, rare, and not ready for millions of people frequenting them year around…
Our concerns and sadness increased as we progressed only to find out that these islands are taking a major beating by ever increasing influx of visitors…
Beaches that can only accommodate 70 people at a time have about 1000 people swimming… That is just the tip of the iceberg…
I am sure that the government is taking steps to ensure prevention, and I hope that these steps are sufficient!
As recent as in 2016, the Thai government, in an effort to save the idyllic white sand beaches and endangered coral reefs, has closed three islands to all visitors.
The point is that these Islands are a very integral part of our planet, and it would be a shame if our future generations could only experience them through books.. This sort of influx is not limited to Thailand, Cinque Terre—the picturesque Italian villages situated over the Mediterranean Sea—has already announced plans to control the influx of visitors.
This is our planet, and we need to treat it with more respect & care!