|Beach at Mai Pen Rai on Koh Phangan
Than Sadet is the kind of place people from around the world go to get away from it all for peace, quiet, and inaccessibility. The 8 of us kind of ruined that peace for a few visitors. Mai Pen Rai (meaning “no worries” or “nevermind” in Thai) is the name of the bungalows we stayed in for the next few days. The bungalows were literally tree houses placed on the side of a rocky hill. To get to your room, you had to walk across the beach, squeeze through a crack in between two huge boulders, and then hike up the rocky hill to get to your tree house. Definitely not wheel chair accessible. A few of the girls with larger suitcases couldn’t even bring their luggage to the room because it couldn’t fit through the crack in the stones. With my big pack on my back and my small backpack on my front, I felt like a pregnant girl giving a piggyback ride to a toddler up a mountain.
|The komodo dragon in the bathroom.
|Our tree house!
Four people stayed in each tree house and in mine had a double bed down stairs and 2 mattresses on the floor in the loft. Both protected with mosquito netting for nighttime. The komodo-sized lizard that stared at me while I used the bathroom was included for free. The room was swarming with insects, lizards, spiders, and other unidentified creepy crawlies. I guess that’s what you get when you are in a tree house! Once we settled our things, we set out to discover a few of the many waterfalls in the area.
|Wandering down the road in search of waterfalls.
|Carinne and I mounting some rocks wi
|Getting caught in the hammock.
It was difficult getting back to the room in the dark and I crawled onto my mattress sopping in salt water and covered myself with mosquito netting. There was no sleeping that night with crazy animal noises all around me and a lizard pawing at my head at one point! The next morning we got beaucoups of evil eyes from the guests at breakfast. Make sure you are respectful if you go to one of the remote areas of any island!
|The rocky path to get to our room.
|A lovely view of the beach.
|View from our tree house! $6 a night y'all!