I love the synchronicity of the Universe, as I was leaving Bangkok, I clearly stated that I wanted to meet some like minded, fun, young travellers to journey with, and ended up sitting on the plane next to two of them! Andy and Paulo are two brothers from Colorado who had just finished 3 months trekking in Nepal. We were all headed to the same area so it was great to have some friends right off the bat to hang out with. We took the bus to Ao Nang where we were caught a long tail boat to Rai Leh and Ton Sai. While waiting for more people to fill the long boat, we met more friends, Cheyenne and Jesse, who are a young couple from Vancouver. I think our boat ride over to Rai Leh is was what solidified our friendship, it was a pretty CRAZY wet ride! Huge waves, monsoon rain and nearly capsizing, really brings people closer together. I am joking it wasn’t that bad, now looking back, the ride out to Phi Phi Leh was worse! Any way we arrived and none of us had places to stay so with the rain pouring we decided to have lunch and wait until things dried out. Wasn’t sure if I was going to stay in Rai Leh or trek over to Ton Sai which is a bit more remote, this is mostly where the rock climbers hangout. Finally, with a break in the weather we all found places to stay in East Rai Leh. This is the more eclectic and artsy side of the beach with chill little cafes along the water. Our daily activities included reclining on Thai pillows, fruit shakes in hand and gazing out at the water and huge rock cliffs. If your eye sight was good, you could often spot the little specs of climbers in the distance somewhere on the face of the rock. This laid back vibe was exactly what i was looking for post-China. We did do some hiking and exploration as well. It was Cheyenne’s birthday one night we were all together and we made a pact that we were going to all celebrate like we were turning 23….it was priceless, we drank buckets and danced the night away. My favourite afternoon was spent in Ton Sai were we all swam and skipped down the beach, after drinking shakes at the Rasta Bar. I am super grateful to have met some kindred spirits to get me started on my Thailand adventure…