Starting to Relax

April 16, 2017Sarah, Thailand Standard

After 2.5 days at Nai Yang Beach, the owner of our cottage, Kitti, who also turned out to be a taxi driver drove us the 26 km south to our next destination, Kamala Beach. It was a gorgeous drive. As with Nai Yang Beach, John and I chose Kamala Beach in order to have a more relaxing beach stay away from the busier, famously touristy parts of Phuket such as Patong Beach or Phuket Town.

I am finding myself relaxing more and more……..maybe it is the heat, but I think it is also the vibe here……..not just because there are so many tourists on holidays, but as John and I were noticing from our surface-y, snap observations so far, the locals we have met and observed seem so relaxed compared to what we are used to in North America. The young families seem so present with each other and calm as they enjoy a day at the beach relaxing in the shade, and those who run roadside restaurants or sell things at the beach or perform other simple jobs give off a vibe of happiness and living in the moment, like there is less of the rat race and social comparison that I feel I become caught up in back home. I wish I knew more about their culture, or was able to have an in-depth conversation with a local, to find out if these observations are true, but from the outside it definitely appears this way, as far as generalizations can go.

On our drive, Kitti told us how the Muslims, Buddhists and Christians (5%, 94%, and 1% respectively of Thailand’s population according to our Lonely Planet book), all live together and go to school together peacefully, and pointed out how on the road we were driving on the mosque and Buddhist temple were almost next to each other. There was a proud and grateful energy in his words I thought.

With the heat and humidity, I’m not sure I could stay here longer than our planned month, but I can definitely see how the vibe here will be good for me……..


Relaxing at Kamala Beach, in the shade. I’m not used to the heat, even just 30 degrees!


John in the shade. The chairs and umbrellas are for rent for ~ $4 but the sand is fine too.


Dinner at a rooftop restaurant we found with reasonable prices, and we were somehow the only guests!


Songkran Festival, Thai New Years, on April 13. Locals and tourists alike celebrate by spraying each other with water and paint, from their cars, backs of pickup trucks and trailers, and the side of the road. It was so festive and cheerful, and in the heat we didn’t mind getting caught in it at all.


Locals at Nai Yang Beach dancing to Thai music the evening of Songkran. They looked so happy and un-self-conscious.


Relaxing on our deck at our second place, an AirBnB near Kamala Beach where we will be for five nights.


View from the rooftop patio, with the beach and town in the distance, about a 20-minute walk away.


Blue building, middle left.


Simple room but with a balcony, great wifi and of course AC, and only $15 per night!


Road by Kamala Beach. Busier and more touristy than Nai Yang Beach but still quite peaceful.


Kamala Beach. It was quieter on this side of the beach where there weren’t waves as most, including John, preferred the waves and body surfing. I was happy under my palm tree.


A woman painting in a small studio we passed on a side street.


Simple roadside restaurant for dinner. About $3 for a delicious coconut chicken soup.