This morning I have woken up to the sound of birds tweeting sweetly and the faint hum of boat motor in the background. I am well rested after a deliciously comfortable and peaceful sleep and I am ready for my morning yoga session.
The boys are awake by now also, and have taken their Lego and toys outside on the balcony to play with quietly, while their parents stretch their old bodies back into shape.
And then we tidy our space. This may sound odd, but I enjoy this part of our morning routine as much as anything else. We have our own bungalow, essentially a rustic log cabin of approximately 20 sqm which boasts two queen sized beds, ample shelving for all of our possessions and our very own bathroom with hot water (oh how I love thee). There is a balcony out front also with tables, chairs and two hammocks.
After six weeks of travelling relatively quickly from place to place it feels nice to have a space to call home for a while. We take pride in our bungalow and like to keep it spotless. The boys have even taken to sweeping the balcony if it gets too sandy. I can’t help but suppress a smile every time I witness this.
Next, it is breakfast time and so we wander on down the 50 metres or so to the beach and choose a breakfast restaurant. Each place overlooks the beach and serves similar meals at similar prices so we are making our way through many with no clear favourite at this point. Soy milk is not a feature on any of the menus so I am viewing this oasis as my health retreat and have kicked the coffee habit in favour of a fresh young coconut each morning as well as a fruit platter. Ashton has the same and Ricky and Rory have opted for muesli with fresh fruit this morning.
After a leisurely breakfast, which includes some Maths and English, we head back to our bungalow to change into board shorts and bikini, fill a bag with buckets, spades, snorkels, towels and reading material to head back down to the soft white sand to swim, relax and play the day away.
Our bungalow is located on the small beach of Haad Salad in Koh Phangan. It is a glorious calm bay with stunning clear waters, lovely squish-between-the-toes sand, a glorious backdrop of rocks, palm trees and other greenery and a really chilled vibe. I honestly don’t think I could have picked a better place to spend two wonderful weeks. It is seriously my kind of heaven. The kids are having an absolute ball snorkelling the waters to discover all kinds of fish, forming various sized shapes and holes with sand and pouring buckets of water on their unsuspecting parents heads. I pretend to hate this but really its a refreshing reprieve from the hot sun! And I have never seen Ricky so relaxed and at peace in all of the 10 years that I have known him. In all of these places we have visited, and many I have loved, this has to be my favourite. I might even go so far to say that, I could imagine living here.
This may be jumping the gun a bit there though. I mean, we haven’t even explored the rest of the island. Tomorrows plan is to hire scooters to find some more beautiful beaches, and see what else this paradise has to offer. But today we rest and enjoy our oasis.
I must admit, it is not all roses here though. The WIFI at our bungalow sucks (first world problems)! And tonight just like every other night, come sunset the mosquitoes begin their nightly biting competition where we always come out as the losers. None of my natural repellents work here and short of sweating it out in long sleeve tops, pants and socks I haven’t yet found a viable solution to the biggest negative of the Island.
We end the evening dining at the restaurant beside our bungalow whilst enjoying a fire show on the beach in front of us. The boys are in awe of this talented man and his fire sticks, and I am quietly impressed also. There is more to this place than we know yet, but I almost don’t feel the need to see more. Of course we will, but for now the kids really are in their element and that makes me happy more than anything. We go to bed itching our new bites praying they don’t give us dengue fever and looking forward to a restful nights sleep after an active sun-filled day.
Mum, have I convinced you to come join us in Koh Phangan yet?
xx Travelling Fresh