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A Backpacker's Life?

Sheraton Krabi Resort

sunny 31 °C

As we were feeling tired of the "hustle and bustle" of the backpacking life, we decided to live it up and stay a few nights at the Sheraton Krabi Resort (plus we got a screaming good deal - thanks Papa Jenks!). Let me tell you, if you ever go to the Thailand beaches, take a Jenks family member, because this resort and beach were NICE! (By the way, Amber says that she is always available if anyone is interested!)

We entered the lobby with our backpacks, smelly and looking like we needed a shower. They greeted us with cold lemongrass tea and chilled lemongrass towels, the service that we expect when we return home. The grounds and buildings were very beautiful, and we knew we were going to be spoiled here.



Our first night we relaxed in the "infinity" pool for a while, watched the sunset on the beach, then watched "The Gladiator" on the big screen set up under the Australian Pine trees and the stars.



The next day we pretty much just hung around the resort. Our main highlight of the second day was our afternoon swim with "Ra-Ra", the Sheraton's baby elephant! They bring Ra-Ra out to the beach for a swim at 3 pm and you can join in, feed her, ride her, whatever. Yes, I (Justin) was bucked off Ra-Ra in under 8 seconds, but you'll have to wait to see the video!). Ra-Ra has a pretty good life from what we saw; she even had a trainer that would carry her poo out of the water with his bare hands, now that's love. After Ra-Ra has an accident in the water, everyone just shakes their heads, puts their hands on their waists and says, "Oh Ra-Ra". In fact, Ra-Ra can pretty much do whatever she wants. It was very interesting to see how the baby elephant would play almost like it was a very large puppy, splashing about, diving under the water, and enjoying the people around her.






After swimming with Ra-Ra, I was so inspired that I joined some local guys for a game of "soccer" on the beach. They actually called me over as I jogged by them, probably thinking that I was a lousy western soccer player. But, I showed them a few things and even got called on a foul (unjustified). Sorry that there are no pictures of me tearing up the beach, Amber was not with me.

The following day we hired a long-tail boat to take us and a kayak to Hong Island, which was beautiful, of course. We kayaked around the island, fed some "wildlife", and relaxed on the beach.





A monitor lizard on the island.


On our last night, we watched the sunset and then spoiled ourselves (again) to a nice dinner at the Sheraton's restaurant overlooking the beach - although, with 50% off discount on food, how can you pass it up!




Thank you for all the wonderful comments, especially the one about my (Justin's) abs. You too can have abs like me if you follow my simple plan! Just send me 4 payments of $9.99 and you will receive my MONEY BACK guaranteed ROCK hard ab plan...

Posted by rebmamber 23:56 Archived in Thailand

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That's it. Gonna have to get Ying a job at the Sheraton now. I'm so jealous! I'm shoveling snow to make a clearway and your shoveling sand to make a castle... trade places? The pics are grand my friends. I think I know where I want to go for my honeymoon now!

by ericjun225

So, you’re tiring of mosquito nets, eh?
Well, you deserve a break!
Is that a Komodo dragon? Hope you were using telephoto lens!
What fun!
And - Amber, you have good abs too! And have I mentioned superb photos? (I think so)
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Uncle Bobby

by UBe

I was thinking recently, what if you could clone yourself on the internet, then in fact, would it be possible to live forever. That, I do not know. If I could however I would choose the photograph of paddling under the rock cave. Be well, and true.

by iwannafly

Hey, how come Amber has better abs than Justin?

by sbj

Tom and I are among your envious readers. Keep those blogs coming, so we can live vicariously through your travels. Wow! You are doing it all! On your next trip, do you need a valet and ladies maid? Linda and Tom

by ringwoot

I like Ra-Ra's abs myself! You're killing me with the Kayak pictures. I lugged my kayak down to the lake Sat. and went out, dodging the remaining ice patches. Anyway, keep the blogs coming. Stay safe. Love, Frozen Auntie

by mjlucy

I'd like a pet like Ra-Ra. Those rock formations are amazing. I'm hoping to see lots of landscape like that when I go to china.


by TimAndes

Super stuff, as usual! Love the pic. of you two with backs to the camera enjoying the water and view. Also love the one from the previous blog with you in a kayyak and the colorful rock formations behind. BTW, that big lizard has pretty good abs!

by Bonnie McG

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