Beach Travel Memories on a Cold Winter Day

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Destinations, Malaysia, Portugal, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 7 comments

Today as I was freeing my car from “snow bank” jail all I could dream about was a white sand beach glistening with heat.  That brought me to scanning through beach photo archives and sharing my favourites today. Not as good as being there, but beach memories are always fun. Welcome to week 356 (1/18/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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South East Asia Beaches

If you want fun in the sun any time of the year, then you need to head to South East Asia. I’ve spent more than a few December and January days on the beach in Hua Hin. The town is an easy two hours out of Bangkok, and getting there is super easy. Choices include bus (directly from the airport), taxi (not that expensive), or the train (nothing fancy but a great way to meet the locals. For me, Hua Hin is all about the beach and the food (usually eaten on the beach).

 

Kites and Kids on Hua Hin Beach

HuaHin Thailand

 

Did I mention massage? Never dismiss a massage on the beach. Some of the best I’ve had.

 

Massage on Hua Hin Beach

 

For the best beach views arrive early to claim you lounger and umbrella. Prices have probably gone up since my last visit when I would pay a dollar for the day. You will need your own towel.

 

Hua Hin Beach, Thailand

 

Krabi, Thailand is another area known for its beaches and easy access to island getaways.  This stunner was one of the stops on a day tour to the beaches off of the coast of Aonang. Tours are plentiful. Ask around for recommendations. Most tour companies are safety conscious, but you’ll find the odd one intent on only filling their boats.

 

Southern Thailand

 

Koh Lanta is a two-hour ferry trip from Krabi’s Aonang Beach, but totally worth the adventure. Pack light. You’ll have to get your luggage on and off small boats. You may find someone to help you, but you might not. I spent two weeks on the island, steps from this beach. I only left the beach to eat and sleep. I highly recommend staying as close to the beach as you can. The town is only a short ride away, where you can treat yourself to an abundance of fresh from the ocean seafood

 

On the Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand

 

If you ever get tired of exploring Thailand’s beaches,  you can head to Malaysia where many a white sand beach also sparkles. I spent a few days sunning myself and doing some laid-back beach walking on Langkawi’s Cenang Beach. Beachfront rooms can be on the pricey side. I stayed a short stroll away for a fraction of the price.  Do opt for a meal at a restaurant in one of the ocean front properties. Food is ridiculously cheap and delicious.

 

It's a Sun Shiny Kind of Day

Langkawi Sunset

 

Mabul Island,  a short ferry ride from Semporna, also offers up some amazing beaches. You can also add some amazing diving and snorkeling to your beach bum schedule. The ferry leaves from Semporna, and like Thailand, you will probably have to get your own luggage on and off.  Remember, pack light 🙂

 

Bliss

Paradise Calling

 

Portugal Beaches

It’s time to leave Sun-drenched South East Asia, although I’m sure I could post at least another 1001 beach shots taken over the years. Two winters ago I enjoyed the delights of Portugal, mostly the Algarve. Did I say, beach lovers paradise? Even though January and February are not warm enough for sunning/swimming (although I saw a few brave souls lying in the sand attempting the bronze look), they are perfect for beach walking and nosing into all the nooks and crannies.

 

An easy walk from Albufeira, I spent a lot of time rambling along the Praia de Oura. The views are awesome, and there was a restaurant overlooking the beach where I could sit and sip.

Praia da Oura

Praia da Oura

 

Praia Maria Luisa is another favourite. Further along the coast than Praia da Oura, it was a pleasant walk, and there were numerous traditional restaurants to lunch at on the way back to Albufeira.

 

Praia Maria Luisa

 

There were days when it almost felt like summer. These paddlers were having fun on the water in the charming town of Alvor, which is a minibus ride from Albufeira.

Paddlers, Alvor, Portugal

 

Do you daydream about beaches when it isn’t beach season? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Please welcome our co-hosts this week: Jan from Budget Travel Talk  Ruth from Tanama Tales  Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations

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7 Comments

  1. Oh this looks wonderful!! Husband and I are travelling to La Gomera next week and I can’t wait for some sunshine on my face!
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  2. And outside my window the waves are breaking against a white sand beach. . .there really is nothing like it, is there??? Loved this post as I do love life being a beach!

  3. These are warming me up now.I love beaches and island life. I would love to visit the beaches in Thailand and Malaysia. Hope it gets better for your first winter back in Canada.

  4. Beautiful photos! And you’re right beach memories are always fun!

  5. I really want to go to Mabul Island. Your photo is the idyllic scene! Your time on Koh Lanta sounds fantastic. I’ve heard lots of good things about it. Must get there soon!

  6. I get your feeling! My asked me when I was going to move to the East Coast and I told her this is not the best time to ask for that. I do not want to think about snow and ice. Good to know you have your warm weather memories. Remembering is to live again!

  7. Yo have warmed me up on a cold day! A massage on the beach? Sounds delightful!

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