I’ve been at Sanctuary Resort for five days now. The island of Koh Phangang in the Gulf” of Thailand, is described as “where the jungle embraces the sea,” and that’s for real. The resort begins at the beach and quickly works its way up into the jungle where I’m nestled into a cool bungalow.
To get here, I flew fifty minutes from Bangkok to the island of Koh Samui, taxied from the airport to the Big Buddha Pier, fifty minutes on the Ferry to Haad Rin Bay, and then a taxi boat to Haad Tien Bay, home to the Sanctuary.
I’m without a doubt at healthy hippie central, with detox and yoga programs, spa, steam with cold plunge, wellness center, tea temple, amazing food, and an array of interesting travelers and expats from everywhere. All are open and friendly and my time here has been the perfect mix of alone and social. It’s been mostly chill, but not without excitement.
Several hours after arriving, a house at the top of the property caught on fire and burnt to the ground, contained with fire extinguishers and a garden hose. The weekly rave party at a bar just next to the resort went from 11pm until 9:30am before it moved to the next bay. Then there are the jungle creatures that I will not miss. Mosquitoes have been feasting on me, varied and rather large insects abound, and a friend almost stepped on a Burmese Python. But, I found my groove with yoga, meditation, reading, swimming in the bay, some exploring, conversations with the diverse array of people, and rest.
Here in the calm with a cool ocean breeze, I’m preparing myself for the adversity in Nepal. The situation at their border with India has been bad for more than a month. Due to a blockade, petrol and basic supplies are not getting through. I’ve postponed my flight to Kathmandu as long as I can to still catch the mountain flight to Phaplu, in the lower Everest region, for the Mani Rimdu festival…till then!