Trippin’ in Thailand

Today we went boat trippin’.

Keen to see more of what our surrounding little island havens have to offer, we set our alarms for the crack of dawn (or “sparrows fart” as my dad would put it).

I woke up bleary eyed and fairly grumpy, walloped Milly a few times with a pillow only to receive a grunt and a groan in return.

I gave up and returned with coffee that I held in front of her nose and wafted.

This worked like a charm and she was soon up and bouncing.

We slathered P20 on each other, pulled on bikinis, grabbed everything we thought we could possibly need and raced down to the harbour to meet our boat.

We hit the high seas just after sunrise.

Sped past island after island and too many sandy coves to count.

The captain took us into a little lagoon that you can only find at hide tide when the moon is right, which I found a pretty romantic idea.

This cliff is home to a man who collects birds nests.

It may not look like much, but swallows nests are one of the most expensive food products you can buy. They fetch around $3,000 per kilogram in parts of Asia.

Essentially made of bird spit, they’re usually added to soup and end up with a gelatinous sort of texture that can be sweet or savoury.

So not only does this chap have a pretty great ocean view, he also gets to work from home!

After about 45mins of racing over the waves, we reached Krabi.

Not the big famous part you’ve probably seen, but a little known cove our captain recommended.

Before we knew it, Cap’n was shepherding us back to the boat so we could move on to our next spot.

We couldn’t resist a quick photo op!

We grabbed a cold, frosty one and set off again.

The next stop on adventure was to visit a 1,000 year old Bodhi Tree, which meant a little trek through the jungle.

Under a Bodhi tree is where Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment.

We figured it was worth a shot…

But sadly, today wasn’t our day. So we just took a step back to enjoy the view and the total peace surrounding it.

Back on the boat we snacked to our hearts content while Cap’n sped us to James Bond Island (yep, a real place).

Khao Phing Kan has become widely known as James Bond Island because scenes from “The Man With The Golden Gun” were filmed here.

Good old Roger Moore! Where have all our funny, charming Bonds gone?

You’ve got two very willing Bond Girls here, should you ever return!

Lunch time was fast approaching, which meant a stop off at Ko Panyi, the floating fishing village.

It looks like something from Water World from the sea, but once you’re on there it feels as stable as Venice… if a little more disheveled.

With the exception of a few excitable children, we seemed to have arrived at Town Nap Time.

The place had an erie calm about it. Every shop and stall was seemingly deserted, except for a sleeping shop keeper at the back.

Check out the size of that knife!

We tip-toed past, careful not to wake up its owner…

I kept the sun off my back with LOF t-shirts, I could never travel without these babies!

After a lunch of curries, fish and crab we headed off again.

Passing by the cave paintings on Kao Kee-un (Drawing Mountain).

Cap’n pointed out fish, dolphins, dancing women, mermen, crocodiles, monkeys, and old Buddhist symbols.

My niece will be thrilled to hear that they still had mermaids 2,000 years ago!

We abandoned ship for the afternoon and poured ourselves into another vessel, with a new captain.

He took us into lagoons & caves.

He paddled with alarming speed into the shadows where he shouted “DOWN, DOWN!”

We both lay flat, (my head in Milly’s lap) as he negotiated the black cave and squeezed the boat through a gap we should never have been able to fit through.

When I say “squeezed”, I literally mean scraped the sides of our canoe through, with the roof of the cave touching our noses. Mills & I got a fit of the giggles and by the time we emerged into the daylight we were wiping away tears, unable to breath or speak!

We got off for a little leg stretch after that.

Our paddle-man took us back to the mothership and we floated off to our next stop.

We thought we were done with caves, we were wrong.

Having jumped from the boat onto a gorgeous white, sandy beach we were just wriggling our toes in for a nice siesta.

Cap’n handed us two torches.

“Cap’n, why do we need torches?”

“Come on, I’ll show you!”

And he lead us into a small cave with the waves lapping up into it. There was no sign of the back of the cave, but he led us in.

We soon realised we were walking into a river. The cloudy water rushed against our legs trying to push us away. We had to duck and crawl through the passage with bats fluttering overhead. Leaves being dragged downstream clung to our legs, wrapping themselves around us like lonesome snakes.

The feeling of utter bewilderment at not being able to see a hint of daylight at either end of the cave was not helped when Cap’n cried out “watch for anacondas! They’re very sneaky!”

Milly and I grabbed on to each other and kept walking, muttering and squeaking under our breath “If I die, tell mum I love her…”

By the time we got to the mouth of the cave the water had gotten deeper. It was up to our necks as we finally popped our heads out into the Mangrove Hong.

Relieved, we exhaled and threw our hands up. Enjoying the space and air around us.

We eagerly explored the secret garden we’d discovered.

But it turned out, everyone else was about to discover it too.

They were dropped off in threes by local paddle-men and soon the place was overrun.

We tried to venture further into the corners of the cavern, but Cap’n shouted “NOT THERE! It’s quicksand!”

Upon which we decided we’d had more than enough adventure for one day so headed home.

Just stopping for a dip or two on the way.

I’m writing this with a cup of tea (to calm my nerves) and a KitKat (I like to think I deserve it) in our new hotel, which I can’t wait to show you around!

Milly’s hovering over me because she wants to read this one and look at the pictures so I’d better let her.

Thank you for joining us on our adventures, I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying sharing them with you!

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  • Amber

    What an amazing day – I wish the sun was shining like that in London!

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  • Sam

    Wow…just spectacular! This is my favorite Thailand post so far! So many adventures! Did you get to try some swallow’s nest soup?

    Sam
    http://thatcuriouscat.blogspot.com/

    • Rosie

      Lord no! They sell it in much fancier places like Hong Kong, etc.
      Also… I haven’t heard wonderful things. I’m not sure I’d be a fan! x

      • Rhea

        Here in Singapore hey sell the Sparrow’s Nest during Chinese New Year and it costs around 1,000 dollars and more!!!

  • Joelle

    This is the liiiiiiiiiiiife! I can’t wait to go travelling after my degree ends and see all this amazing stuff!

    Where is your beaut of a floppy hat from by the way?

    Joelle

    xx

    FebruaryGirl.

  • The trip looks great!
    Loving the shots with the selfie stick.
    Who did you book the tour with? xo

    • Rosie

      We actually spent AGES trying to find a sailing trip that didn’t involve lots of tourists, finally found a reasonably priced private catamaran tour… counted our lucky starts, called them and found they’d gone out of business!
      So in a hump we just called the hotel front desk and they booked a speedboat instead. It turned out pretty well, even if some of the adventures were a bit of a surprise! x

      • Awh, it looks great all the same.
        It’s such a shame that Thailand is so heavily populated with tourists, but when you go there you can see why.
        Great place!

  • Great post and pics! Hadn’t been planning on heading to Phuket on my soon-to-come Thailand leg of my travels but you’re making me want to!

    http://solowayfarer.com

    • Rosie

      I’ve heard so much negativity about Phuket, but it’s all shocked me. We’ve loved every moment of our time here!
      Def worth looking at, Jules! x

      • Cool, thanks for the recommendation!

      • Courtney

        Yeah, me too. This has totally changed my opinion of the place…or at least now I’m open to going there! xo

  • Everything here looks so enchanting! From hidden lagoons to caves- It’s like something out of a fairy tale!

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

  • Serena

    What an amazing day out!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed beautiful Thailand!

  • Thailand looks stunning, love reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beany Elarte

    I used to live in Thailand – just north of Phuket – for 6 years. These posts are making me terribly homesick!

  • Did you visit Railay beach? I honestly had such a different experience of phuket! just shows that everyones experience is different! makes me want to go back – i never did the james bond boat tour thing!
    Love the shots with the gopro aswell!

    Mollie xoxo

  • sarahmira

    I wish your thailand blog posts would never end, rosie!

    I have never been there but really want to go now ๐Ÿ™‚

    sarahmira.com

  • amazing adventures rosie, it looks like you got to see the real thailand ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lauren x

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  • What an incredible adventure!! This series makes me want to go to Thailand!

    Which camera are you using for this Rose? Have you take your compact camera, a DSLR, or are you using a specific waterproof one/your go pro?? Thanks!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Thailand is beautiful! Can’t tell you how much I want to go after reading your blog. Stunning pictures!
    xxxxx
    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk

  • Elizabeth

    Where is Milly’s bikini from please? ๐Ÿ™‚ http://elizabethdanon.co.uk/

  • Jenna

    Wow, amazing place! Thailand looks so beautiful…but I’m putting off going as I really don’t want to see any distressed animals or dogs in markets ๐Ÿ™

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

  • Queenie Lee

    Stunning photos as always Rosie! xx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.wordpress.com/

  • Sandra

    Wow! What an amazing trip, would love to go one day! You write so well, it’s like I’m almost there! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for sharing your adventures Rosie, I absolutely love reading them! x

  • Kbucks

    I love your photos and how creative you are with the camera!

  • Amazing!

  • sophie brewster

    This looks insanely beautiful! I haven’t been over the pond in years and cannot wait to go away in April! You’re making my wanderlust side impatient! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • What an amazing boat trip & so many beautiful unspoilt coves. Really loving your Thailand adventures Rosie!

    Hugs xoxo

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  • What a beautiful adventure day! Would love to visit thailand after this!

    xx Milly

    http://www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

  • Lydia

    Aah the pictures are great, they make the place look incredible! Where’s Milly’s bikini from? It’s such a lovely colour! xx

  • Talk about a great day! You two are so lucky to have seen such beautiful places. The pictures are amazing but I’m sure being there in real life is even better. I wish we had weather like that here in Cleveland. Enjoy the rest of the trip!

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  • saradujour

    Oh how gorgeous. Thanks for showing us around Thailand! (You have the best life ever.)
    -Sara
    http://www.saradujour.me

  • What beautiful photos you’ve been posting over the last few days, I really want to go to Thailand, however I’ll admit my reasons lie more or less solely with my stomachโ€ฆ that food! http://ailishgoes.blogspot.de

  • Leanne

    Where are the striped shorts from? So cute!

  • amazing pictures! <3

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  • Helen Aiken

    Rosie! I adore your blog..it’s so fun and inspiring to read about your travels! โ€ฆwhere did you get your off the shoulder tee (I think that’s bunny ears on itโ€ฆor maybe a peace sign)?!!! Wishing you a blessed day all the way from Nashville, TN USA!

  • It looks so beautiful, hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

    Stacey xx
    http://www.talk-pretty.com

  • Hannah Bee

    Every post I wish I had you as a best friend so I could come play around the world with you! Lucky devil xoxo

    http://www.hannah-bee.co.uk

  • Great contrast between exploring caves and the infinity pool! Ever jealous!

    Kathryn x

    Bit of a Freak | UK Beauty and Lifestlye Blogger

  • Emily

    Hi Rose – not that yours isnt lovely but where is Milly’s bikini from? Its gorgeous!

  • Where is your friend’s orange swimsuit from? Could you please post the site? It is soooo adorable!

  • Evelien

    Wow, I’ll start dreaming about Thailand from now on!
    Oh and do you do any specific exercises? Please share it with us as your body is perfect ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I love it!! I did a similar boat trip on Phuket! Btw where are your and Milly’s bikinis from?

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

  • Liz

    Rosie, I am loving your blogs about this trip! Absolutely amazing. I love that you can do the glam, jet setter, 5 star, glossy vaycay thing, but then also get down and dirty with the authentic culture of a place, eat like the locals, trek through tiny caves, find Buddas spot of enlightenment, its so cool and it is such a treat to read both!!

  • Carmen

    Your figure is amaaaaaaaaazing Rosie!!!! Your legs are so long you have no idea how jealous I am!

  • looks amazing! it was definitely worth waking up early!
    and living in a cave, well that is definitely original place to live but how does he get there?
    it must be difficult to go up there, but i bet is the safest place to keep bird nest as they are so expensive.
    xx
    nitabiti

  • Kelsey McIvor

    I think the pictures from the jungle and the bodhi tree are my favourite; so gorgeous! This seems like an absolutely amazing trip! I don’t know if I would’ve been able to handle the tiny cave crevasses, you’re brave! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://teapartyontheceiling.blogspot.ca/

  • This looks so magical! My friends are going to thailand this summer! I’ll have to refer them to you for all of the tips and tricks!

    michaela x

    http://www.lifeofaladybear.blogspot.com

  • I love that your trip has been so varied, mixing the high end and low end!
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  • Ro

    Where are your bikini bottoms from?

  • such amazing pictures. It looks like you had the most incredible time!

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

  • I want to go to Thailand more than I’ve ever wanted to do anything in my whole life.

  • These photos just look so amazing! Just simple breath taking! xx

    http://ellenorsworld.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Erica

    I love hearing about your Thailand adventures and am glad you had a guide who knew his way around and warned you of any danger. I hate to be a downer, but I just want to remind you and your readers to be careful while traveling. A pal of mine was killed by a crocodile while swimming in an area she thought to be safe. I’m not saying don’t adventure, but there are real dangers. We are not immortal and I think sometimes we forget this. xo

  • Anacondas?! I would’ve been a ball of anxious nerves, for sure!

  • MissEmmySue

    I never would have imagined that it would be so beautiful there! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking (and, of course, your awesome photography makes it even better!)
    Oh, and your swimsuit is adorable! xoxo

    http://buildyourbliss.wordpress.com

  • chantelle

    It seriously looks like you two the such a fantastic time. What lovely adventures!

  • Shaleen G

    This looks fantastic! I don’t know if I could handle going into tight-squeezing caves like you two brave girls did.

    http://www.thearchetypelife.blogspot.ca

  • LilylovesLola

    Sounds and looks incredible!

  • Looks amazing! Nothing better than exploring tropical locations by boat!

    The Macadame. xx

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  • Iulia Elena

    This place is so amazing. Great post!

    http://www.iulena.blogspot.com

  • Chrissabella

    Love your Thailand posts, please keep them coming! Everything looks so beautiful!

    Greetings from London,

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

  • BeverlyLeslie

    I’ve enjoyed your trip posts so much!!! It just snowed here in Chicago…yet again! I’m loving all the market pictures. Have you been taking all of your pics with the go pro cam?

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Danielle

    Rosie! Your trip looks amazing its giving me major wanderlust! Where is Millie’s bathing suit from? I love the colour!

  • Cari

    This post literally left me crying with laughter!

  • ali

    Looks like an amazing trip so far, you lucky duck!

    yourstrulyali.com

  • How beautiful! You are so lucky to have been able to travel there. The water is so gorgeous as well!

    xx

  • Offonalittleadventure

    god this brings back so many memories. Amazing places and of course great photos as usual.

    I miss Asia.

    http://offonalittleadventure.blogspot.com.au/

  • lyndesloovere

    Absolutely love this pist : the photos AND the text (it is like an online tour ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    Enjoy the rest of your time!
    xo Lyn
    http://www.blondebutterflies.blogspot.com

  • Rosie you little beauty, i think its time to write a post about your workout routine, because i have that bikini… and it doesn’t look like that on me! help!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://danitslove.blogspot.com/

  • Your Thailand travel posts are amazing! It’s great that you’re in Asia…so close to the Philippines! Visit our country sometime, our beaches are just as amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

    http://paolaysabel.blogspot.com

  • I am desperate to go to Thailand – what a beautiful place! You’re looking pretty amazing too Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christy x
    Another weekend without make-up

  • Sophie

    I am more than a little bit jealous, I dream of going to Thailand one day, hopefully after I finish University next year I can do some travelling and discover some beautiful new places. x
    http://saffys-world.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Megan Ozog

    it’s snowing in march here in Chicago. I’d love to be somewhere tropical!

  • Wow, amazing! Great pictures, so jealous

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  • LostInCheeseland

    Gorgeous! Where did you snag that awesome bikini?

  • Please oh please tell me where you got those shorts Rosie! I absolutely love them!

    Erin
    upsideofchaos.com

  • Sepideh

    I think we are all enjoying your adventures as much you enjoyed the adventure itself!!!!! With every blog post, I want to go to Thailand even more!!!

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • Becky

    just wanted to leave a quick note, your blog is such a great read rosie and your outlook on life is brilliant! this blog is definitely an inspiration in many ways

  • Sarah Riddoch

    Love this! Check out my Thailand blog, wish i could go back! http://sarahriddoch.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Joanna Wilson

    Im just about to visit thailand for 3 weeks! i fly into Phuket next week, do you remember the name of your tour guide or can recommend any other tour guides similar to this? Thanks so much xx