We were in the routine of getting away around the world in April or May so when we arranged Thailand for December, it was a very long wait. Thailand was the obvious choice for us, we loved Thai food and wanted to go East having spend the last couple of years going West.
Khao Lak was our base of choice, it gave easy access to much of what we wanted to see
and do. We stayed at the Sensimar Khao Lak (pictured above).
The hotel itself was built into the surrounding jungle, our room was situated way above the beach in the tree tops which had fantastic views out to sea as well as across the hotel grounds and over Khao Lak. Be prepared for the Cicadas particularly towards sunset, they are loud. It added to the experience of where we were so there were no complaints from us.
Sunset from our balcony.
Khao Lak itself was perfectly sized for a base, it is a small town but has plenty of bars and restaurants, all those we tried were very good, Trip Advisor is well worth checking out before heading into town.
No trip to this part of Thailand would be complete without visiting Maya Bay, the setting for much of the 2000 movie The Beach. We had read many blogs about how overly commercialised the Phi Phi islands had become and we went early expecting Phi Phi Lee and Don to be heavily crowded. We must have struck gold as both were really quiet, a blessing for a good photo opportunity.
On approach to Ko Phi Phi Lee, home to May Bay.
James Bond Island was also on our to do list featuring the famous limestone rock seen in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Back at base, the stage was set for something even more magical than the Limestone rock backdrops.
She said YES!