Glass Bridges

18 09 2016

 

After the wedding, we got to tour Wuyuan, where one of my friends is from. It is an incredible place in Jiangxi province (about 4 hours west of ShaoXing), and we came to this famous scenic spot.

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Maya Bay

6 02 2016
Beautiful Maya Bay.

Beautiful Maya Bay.

There is a “famous” horror movie called The Beach that was filmed at the beautiful Maya Bay, only a 30-minute boat ride away from Koh Phi Phi. We spent the morning throwing a frisbee in the water and exploring the bay.

On our way to Maya Bay in a longboat. The water was rough and was spraying us, so Aaron put on his snorkeling gear.

On our way to Maya Bay in a longboat. The water was rough and was spraying us, so Aaron put on his snorkeling gear.

Maya Bay

I got to watch an incredible fire show that night also. Here are some long-frame shots from the night:

Long-frame night shots.

Long-frame night shots.

These fire-throwing guys were really talented.

These fire-throwing guys were really talented.





Koh Phi Phi

4 02 2016
There were three main viewpoints for the island. This was my favorite, and I ran to it one morning.

There were three main viewpoints for the island. This was my favorite.

We joined our friends in Koh Phi Phi (pronounced “C-oh Pee Pee”), an island off the coast of southern Thailand. It is known for it’s beauty and is an increasingly-popular tourist destination. The town was busy with bars and tourist traps, but the beaches were beautiful and quiet.

On our way into Koh Phi Phi on the ferry.

On our way into Koh Phi Phi on the ferry.

We did a lot of swimming, snorkeling, and playing with the kids.

We did a lot of swimming, snorkeling, and playing with the kids. On the right, Aaron is throwing Anna up into the air.

Almost every night we ate dinner on the beach with our friends and their families.

Almost every night we ate dinner on the beach with our friends and their families.





Krabi, Not Crabby.

31 01 2016
A temple near Tiger Cave.

A temple in the Tiger Cave grounds.

Our next destination was a small town off the coast of southern Thailand: Krabi (pronounced “K-rah-bee”). We were to wait there for some more friends and then head to another beautiful place called Koh Phi Phi (“C-oh Pee Pee” — yes, you can laugh because you said “pee pee”). We took full advantage of the incredible weather and went hiking, swimming, exploring, and climbing.

Tiger Temple

This cave got it's name from the people who used to listen to the roar of the tiger who inhabited the cave. Now, monks live and worship here.

This cave got it’s name from the people who used to listen to the roar of the tiger who inhabited the cave. Now, monks live and worship here.

The hostel owners gave us this room until he realized that it was only for one person

The hostel owners gave us this room until he realized that it was only for one person.

After my morning run, I bought this coconut for 20 Baht, or less than $1. Fruit and seafood was everywhere, and I absolutely love both.

After my morning run, I bought this coconut for 20 Baht, or less than $1. Fruit and seafood is everywhere in Thailand. 





20¥

29 01 2016
Xingping is known for these incredibly unique mountains.

Xingping is known for these incredibly unique mountains that surrounded us.

Past Guilin and Yangshuo is small town named “Xingping” (pronounced “shingping”), where we took two bamboo boats down the Li River. This two-hour ride felt like 20 minutes, and though we were frozen stiff by the end, we were thankful to notice that every single peak on our journey had pointed straight up toward its Creator.

Getting ready for our river cruise.

Getting ready for our river cruise.

The creation points to its Creator.

The creation points to its Creator.

It's really incredible to take a photo in the exact same spot as on the 20¥ bill.

It’s really incredible to take a photo in the exact same spot as on the 20¥ bill.





The Sun and Moon

27 01 2016
The Sun and Moon Pagodas are a huge tourist attraction in Guilin.

The Sun and Moon Pagodas are a huge tourist attraction in Guilin.

The Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas are situated on Shan Lake in Guilin (pronounced “Gway-leen”), which was our next stop. The Sun Pagoda is the world’s highest bronze pagoda, and the twins shine different colors at night.

Friends

Allison and I met up with four more of our friends to explore Guilin and Yangshuo (pronounced “Y-ahng-shwoh”), places that are considered to be some of the most uniquely beautiful in the world.





Sleeper-ing

25 01 2016
Turns out that lying down for 13 hours on a bus is not as comfortable as you'd expect.

Turns out that lying down for 13 hours on a bus is not as comfortable as you’d expect.

Spring festival is a busy travel time for many. Which means trains are expensive and hard to book. This led Allison and I to unknowingly ask a Chinese friend to secure a ticket on something called a “sleeper bus” from just outside of Hong Kong to Guilin. Bad idea.

Some amenities they provided us with included one-foot of storage space; a pee bucket in the front of the bus; crying children; and loud, low-budget Chinese movies with lots of shooting.

Some amenities they provided us with included one-foot of storage space; a pee bucket in the front of the bus; crying children; and loud, low-budget Chinese movies with lots of shooting.

Lesson learned…