I like Ao Nang. Dropped me off right at a Burger King, that meal MAY have cost me more than my room. Which means a-BK is expensive b-my room was inexpensive but still nice. Because it is low/rainy season most things there weren't that expensive. 300 baht for a room with "hot" shower, 2 beds, fan and a lock wasn't bad. Might have had Subway twice and McDonald's once. I feel I deserve it because I live in Nakhon and we don't have fun places like that and Subway is healthy. And wonderful. The main reason I ate at McDonald's was because I was watching NFL games streamed online and games start here at 12am so at halftime (2 amish) was one of the 3 places I could get food. Now I've had my fix. We'll see how Bangkok treats me food wise. I would definitely recommend going to Ao Nang if you have a family, are a couple or are single, a lot of places to eat, drink and get massages. Well you can get massages anywhere here. It is Thailand.
After I watched the Cowboys lose. the next day I made a break for it and went to Phi Phi. My expectations were high; I try not to get tooooo excited about places because I find most places overrated so when something is great, I am somewhat surprised. Was Phi Phi what I thought it would be? No but was still an above average island. Went diving the first day with Princess Divers because they were rated the highest on Trip Advisor. Side note: Trip Advisor is great and shouldn't just be used to hate on a hotel/restaurant which is deserved sometimes, but also to praise or just let people know it isn't as bad as one awful reviewer says it is. I find a lot of owners now respond back to comments people make and think everyone who has a business should be super aware of how their brand is managed online.
Anyway, diving was fun, did 2 dives, woke up at 7am. At the end of the day, you go over which fish you saw with your dive master so here are a few of the things I saw:
|Pineapple Sea Cucumber|
|Bleu Sea Star|
I really want to see a turtle or a shark. Or a SharkTurtle but I heard those were very rare, possibly extinct. I think it is pretty easy to get sidetracked while down there because you are focusing on not dying, staying close to your buddy and trying to find that turtle, shark or whatever. Then the thought sort of hit me that you might be looking crazy hard for a certain thing and then to your bottom right something you might not even know exists is slowly crawling by you but you don't even know to look for it because you have an idea if your head of what you want to see. I think this example might extend out of the water. Say you are whatever age and are super focused on finding a wife/husband. Everyday, everywhere you go, most of your thoughts and planning are revolving around finding that right person. While you are doing that, an amazing job might be right around the corner if you dig a little deeper or a great travel opportunity with a friend might be in the cards if you made time to talk about something other than plentyoffish.com. Having a set goal and going for it, good. Being narrowly focused on an outcome that you don't have full control over while missing incredible opportunities...bad. So today, take a look around, you might find a SharkTurtle.