Bollywood actress Yami Gautam shares her experience of a mini vacation amidst work
Acting is my first love and travelling comes a close second. The chance to see the unseen and delve into the unexplored makes travelling exciting.
Thailand, to me, had previously meant shooting in Bangkok, but this visit further opened up and changed my opinion of the country as I explored it.
As far as unforgettable experiences go, the mesmerising sunsets at Krabi top my list. How can one resist the beautiful hues of blues, pinks, purples, yellows and oranges with which the sky is painted with every possible day? The blue waters below are as magical as the sky above.
In Krabi, the day rushed past us really quick with a session at the most luxurious spas, leaving us boneless and relaxed, akin to a jelly.
This was followed by scrumptious food. Every meal was unique because of the way in which food was interpreted, and there was a huge variety to choose from. Apart from Thai, Indian and Italian, which are my favourites, I tried other cuisines as well. I was also in love with the sweet fresh coconut water, which became a staple, almost to a point of addiction.
The cities come alive in an intriguing way once the orange hues of the sunset give way to the darker blues of the night. The nightlife in the market of Ao Nang is a must. There is a variety of local goods and souvenirs, and tattoo artists and massage parlours.
Restaurants and bars up their ante with live performers who give you an understanding of their culture and their roots. And you can never go wrong roaming the relaxed yet busy streets which give you a true sense of what Krabi stands for.
Thankfully due to a shoot, we were able to explore the non-touristy yet beautiful parts of the island, those hideaways that are scenic but inaccessible unless looked for. There’s almost a sense of achievement when you chance upon these untouched pieces of nature.
The spooky caves are eerie but strangely beautiful with their natural formations and patterns. The waters far and wide aided my lookout for a rising or setting sun with my eyes trained on the horizon. The speedboat ride to the location was nothing less than thrilling. What defines a vacation more than salt in the breeze and tangled hair!
We also shot in the forest trail of luscious green which was what one would think of when they think of a retreat away from civilisation, and the high mountains had the best views, undoubtedly.
In the best sense, Krabi seemed like the perfect choice for a mini vacation in the middle of work. I was blown away by this new side that I got to see. It only goes to show that all we need to do is travel farther to unravel more.
Thailand, more so Krabi, will now be on my mind as a stunning mixture of nature, peace, nightlife, culture and endless waters.