As the temperatures outside drop, our minds naturally wander to warmer climates. Before the jackets and boots have come out of storage, many of us will have already hopped online to book a vacation down south. This year, why not try something different, like Tobago!
After trying a couple of different restaurants and finishing my book on the beach, I began to get a bit restless. I loved Koh Phi Phi, but I’ve never been the type to lie on the beach all day. I couldn’t help but wonder what else there was to do on this beautiful island. I heard some mumblings that there was a scenic view, so I decided to take a stroll and figure out where it was. I hit about three or four dead ends before I found a walkway that extended beyond the 500m that I was accustomed to. Before I knew it, I had escaped from all of the hostels, huts, and restaurants, and I was headed down a path where there wasn’t an end in sight. I must admit that I felt a bit nervous because I had left the tourist area and there wasn’t a soul in sight, but it was a nice change. I was put at ease when I started to see signs for this mysterious “Viewpoint” that I knew nothing about, which were interestingly paired with signs for Tsunami evacuation sites. Thinking about how beautiful and lively the island was made me forget that it was once ravaged by natural disaster.
The first Thai Island on my list was Phuket, which proved to be extremely overrated. I found a room in Phuket Town, but quickly learned that people used the town as more of a transit point to reach the other beautiful islands. I barely lasted one night and then hopped on a ferry the next morning to Koh Phi Phi island, most famously known as the set of a Bond movie and “The Beach” with Leo DiCaprio.