Ok so I’m finally getting around to writing about my trip in December to Thailand + I’ve decided to split it into two posts – one dedicated to my week in Krabi, and the other dedicated to my time in Chiang Mai. Let’s start by taking about my time in the South.

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In Krabi, I chose to spend my time at a very budget friendly yoga retreat called Marina Yoga. I went with the cheapest route and chose to stay in the dorms which were way more spacious and comfortable than any hostel I’ve stayed in. The hostel was a quiet place, about 5km from the beach. It was in the middle of lush greenery and had friendly dogs walking about. There were two classes a day that were 90 minutes each and the style of yoga varied each class. From holding poses for long periods of time for deep stress and meditation to powerful yoga flows that push your limits — the variety made each day a very different experience. It also helped that the teachers were incredibly lovely! The classes were structured so there were two classes a day – one in the morning and one in the evening. This made it very easy to both do yoga and take some time to explore the beautiful beaches in Krabi. My first day that I had arrived in Thailand was my 25th Birthday – and I had flown into Phuket. I opted to take a bus from Phuket to Krabi because it was a rainy day + it was incredibly cheap! Upon arrival at the yoga retreat – I decided to treat myself to a Thai Massage at the nicest spa in the town. I spent roughly $30USD for a two hour Thai massage. It hurt — but it hurt oh so good! I definitely didn’t do my research on Thai massages before going, and I didn’t realize the woman would literally climb on top of me – but I was happy with it. As someone who is a huge fan of sports and deep tissue massage and – it was just what I needed! My next day I had woke up for breakfast, went to yoga, then decided to just explore the town for a bit! I wandered around the touristy shops in Ao Nang and had lunch at a restaurant that was highly rated on trip advisor. Thai food is incredibly delicious — and amazingly cheap as well!

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Dogs on the beach in Ao Nang

On my second full day in Krabi – after yoga I decided I wanted to go rock climbing! I had never actually been climbing on *real* rocks, and I’m terrified of heights – so this was an incredible adventure! I signed up for a trip with Real Rocks Railay and I was incredibly happy with this decision. The workers were professional and fun making for an unforgettable experience. It took me a while before I got up to the top of any of the routes, but eventually I pushed through! I even tried to climb a route that was 30+m high!

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After my time facing my fears – I got to explore a bit of railay and discovered the princess cave. This cave is unique because it’s filled with hundreds of penises. Now, I’m not sure of the story behind it – but what I understand is that people will come here and offer up a penis to the princess of the cave to pray for fertility. If you know more about this, please let me know in the comments!
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Rock climbing definitely wore me out, and I didn’t think I’d make it back in time for my evening yoga class — but somehow I did! Thankfully that class was a super restorative flow and it was exactly what I needed after pushing myself all day. The following day after my morning class I took a long tail boat to Railay beach to soak in some sun and explore.
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The beaches in railay are crazy beautiful and the water is incredibly blue. There wasn’t a lot to do at this beach and it was a rather crowded day – so I opted to rent a kayak and explore the caves around the island. Thailand has such unique land formations – it was exciting to explore it all!
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My last full day in Krabi was filled with beach yoga and relaxing by the pool. I was exhausted and had done SO much the past few days. I was also a bit sunburnt and just needed to take it easy. I had a magical time in southern Thailand and loved my time at the yoga retreat. I felt great because I had committed to something and stuck with my 3 hours a day of yoga practice. I had explored and saw some amazing things. I pushed my limits – both mental and physical. I improved my yoga practice and learned so much about myself. My confidence and self-love increased incredibly which is amazing because I’ve been struggling with this so much since moving to China.
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I was incredibly sad to leave Krabi, but when my time had come to an end I was excited to head on to Chiang Mai and do more exploring! + Apparently I’m having a difficult time adding all of my pictures to this post! Please feel free to hop on over to my Instagram @laurenonanadventure to see more pictures from my travels!

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