After the Horrible start to my trip, I was all set for the Day 2 in Krabi. My first time on a Kayak. It turned out to be one of the thrilling experiences I ever had. It started off well and ended with us fighting a rainy storm. Let us get into the details…..
I had made plans with 3 of my roommates to go kayaking. The resort I was staying at, The Bananas Bungalows have their own kayaks for rent at 250 baht per person.
We set out around 3pm. The sky was clear, the sea was calm. Perfect day for kayaking.
We waded through the shallow waters, pulling our kayaks, till we hit deep. I had a to take a life jacket with me as I was the only one who doesn’t know swimming. We got onto our kayaks. I was with one of my roomates. He was the experienced one so he asked me to sit in the front so that he can sync with my rowing pattern. We paddled on, slowly making our way to the islands and cliffs in the distance. After paddling for 30 mins we came close to one of those majestic huge cliffs. That was some sight. After clicking a few pics, we moved to the next one.
This is one of the most remote parts of Krabi, away from the tourist trail. Ours were the only kayaks in the area. There were no other boats in sight. The sea was all ours to explore.
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We came across an isolated small beach, hidden between the rocks. The place was so surreal. It was surrounded by cliffs on 3 sides and opening into the sea, which is the only way to get there. The chirping of the birds and the squealing monkeys just added to the natural ambiance of the place. We pulled our kayaks onto the beach and decided to explore the place. One of the guys went on to climb the cliffs. The rest were busy clicking pics. I spotted a monkey walking slowly towards our kayak. All our phones were kept in there. I ran towards it waving my hands. To my surprise that monkey didn’t give a shit. It looked at me for a second then continued walking towards the kayak. I reached there in time and snatched the bag with all our phones. Still the monkey was not showing any sign of backing away. It just sat there staring at me. It probably has not seen a lot of humans out here, I guess. Then it slowly walked away in its signature slo-mo style. That was one fearless Alpha monkey. We did not have anymore monkey menace after that.
And then a beautiful thing happened. It rained. It was such a great sight. We stayed there enjoying the moment. You rarely get moments like this. Finding a secluded private beach and then it rains. I still can not get over the sweet sound of rain echoing through the cliffs. It might have rained for around 30mins. Once it stopped we left the beach and moved forward.
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Then we came across a bunch of cliffs which looked like a perfect spot for cliff jumping. I stayed on the kayak as usual. Not knowing swimming sucks. I did what I am good at – taking pictures.
It was getting dark and we were a bit away from land. We could see the clouds forming for another rainy evening. We decided to paddle back. The sun was setting and we where in the best spot to watch the sunset.
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We turned around the last cliff between us and the shore, and there it was waiting for us – a badass Storm. It seemed just like a blanket of rain at a distance. The view was pretty awesome by the way. And suddenly the breeze turned a bit windy and the clam sea got a little choppy. The kayak started wobbling and small waves started crashing into kayak. That is when we realized that it is not just a blanket of rain. It was a F-ing storm. The slow and relaxed paddling was replaced with frantic paddling. What made it worse was that the sea was pushing us away from land. The wind was blowing right into my face and the waves were splashing all over us. My hands were already hurting because of the frantic paddling. As the waves were us back, it felt like we were paddling at the same spot for an hour. Then it started raining again. And this time it was not as beautiful as the earlier one on the beach. That was really a scary moment for us and I was probably the most vulnerable person in the group as I didn’t now swimming.
Then the the wind and the waves slowed down, we saw the blanket of rain move away from us. The sea became calm again and we paddled hard and reached the shore in no time. It was pitch black by then. We looked back, the storm had faded off by then, the clouds moved and made way for the stars. We sat at the pier for sometime, fist-bumped each other for making it through, trying to recollect what just happened. We did not really go into the storm to be precise, just whizzed past the edge. But even that made us shit ourselves. Seeing storms on Youtube and then getting caught in one are two different things. Never underestimate the power of nature.
That was one hell of a day after all. We had left the pier at 3 pm and reached back by 8pm in the dark, not a typical kayaking day. This was the best moment of my trip which will be imprinted in my memory forever – the blanket of rain, the waves, the wind, the sunset in the backdrop. It was the storm that made it even more memorable.
But this is never gonna stop me from kayaking anyway. I will go again if I get a chance, maybe not towards a storm hopefully.
Be Strong, because it will get better,
It may be stormy now, but it never rains forever.
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