As you travel solo being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you areunknown
DAY 3: As I sat on the beach meditating and enjoying the cool breeze, I thought how fast the days were flying past. It’s surprising how I thought I would feel lonely on a solo trip but now, I was enjoying my new-found freedom and independence! I strongly urge all mothers to go on a solo trip for yourself, at least once in your lifetime. Make arrangements with trustworthy family members to care for your children & just go! You’ll be surprised at what you discover about yourself!
Today was a Jungle Tour consisting of a visit to the Emerald Pool, Hot Springs and Tiger Cave Temple. As usual, I had a quick meal at Lion & Shark before my guide fetched me from The Verandah Hotel, where I was staying. Remember to pack insect repellant and put on sunscreen.
I had a good nap on the long drive to the Emerald Pool from Ao Nang Beach (about 1.5 hours). From the entrance, I had to walk a good 1.4km into the jungle before reaching the Emerald Pool. The Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot) is a natural pool in the jungle with fresh water flowing down from the hills. The high limestone and mineral content of the pool gives it its turquoise blue colour. The pool is really beautiful but the rocks can be quite slippery, so be careful when entering the waters to swim. It’s only about 1 – 2 meters deep. It’s best to visit the Emerald Pool in the mornings to avoid crowds. Lunch was included in my tour package when I made the purchase. Vegetarian food was catered for me at the canteen just outside the entrance. I must say, it was delicious and heartwarming.
The natural Hot Springs are a 20 minute drive away from the Emerald Pool. It was pretty crowded but otherwise it was worth the trip soaking in the hot water (42 Degrees Celcius). Just remember to keep an eye on your belongings if you are on your own. There are also changing rooms available if you need to wash up afterwards.
Next, we proceeded to The Tiger Cave temple, which was a 50 minutes drive away from the natural Hot Springs. I was like gung-ho and ready to conquer these killer steep steps to see Buddha. The guide gave us an hour to climb up and down but let me tell you…., I DIED!! I literally DIED!!
This is where I decided to give up as I was too tired to climb any further and I won’t be able to come back down in time to meet my guide.
There are many small temples at the foot of the hill. Feel free to explore them and leave a small donation. The ambience was very peaceful and relaxing.
Once I returned to the hotel, I had a quick shower before heading out to dinner.
Today, dinner was at Govinda’s Restaurant, a Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant at Ao Nang Beach. It was quite a walk from my hotel but I was determined to travel to explore this new eatery. A beautiful restaurant with a garden themed decor and calming music in the background. There’s even a Zen Corner when you can relax with a good book or simply sit in silence for some me-time. Govinda’s Restaurant serves pretty good Indian and Thai food at reasonable pricing. They also serve a good variety of vegan desserts.
After my meal, I had a good walk along the street back to my hotel. The nightlife scene was buzzing with life as tourists enjoy the night away in the pubs and restaurants. Some were even purchasing souvenirs at a good bargain. Well, I was shagged for the day and happy to retire to my comfy hotel room.
TO BE CONTINUED Part 4: My First Solo Trip to Krabi, Thailand.