After an incredible week meeting the families of the remaining women, as well as a heartbreaking goodbye, I was ready to leave the past behind and head across to the Pacific to a country I'd always wanted to visit: Thailand.
I had never been to Asia before and this was a perfect place to start.
Three unbelievable women, three fantasy dates, and the most stunning backdrop anyone could possibly imagine? Yes please.
I started off the week walking the beaches outside of my hotel, the Anantara Si Kao Resort and Spa in Si Kao and nearby Krabi. There were blue waters, wild cows walking the shoreline, and the occasional bursts of warm rain filled the sky with rainbows. Honestlyly, it was too much to take in.
My date with Lindsay took us to the Si Kao open air market. We samples all kinds of local food, even going to far as to try bugs, and chicken feet, and more. Honestly, it was all pretty good, but what was really great was how adventurous Lindsay and I could be together. After a pretty spectacular day, we headed out to a place called Monkey Beach, where we we surrounded by some of the friendliest little monkeys on earth. Watching it now, I can't believe the sunset that day. It really was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen.
AshLee and I always end up on some adventure, and our date in Thailand was no exception. We took a long-tail boat to Emerald Cave, a pretty miraculous destination with a stunning beach that is only accessible by swimming through a pitch black cave. AshLee and I grabbed our courage and plunged into the surprisingly warm waters. The cave was dark and the current was pretty furious. I'll admit, I was a little bit frightened, but when we saw the light at the end of the tunnel, we both realized that we truly were in one of the most spectacular places on earth. As the rain came down, it felt like we were completely alone with nature all around us.
My date with Catherine was another once in a lifetime kind of experience. We boarded a huge boat and took a cruise past Chicken Rock, a pretty cool tourist destination, and headed to a coral reef, where we hopped in the water for some snorkeling. We would have stayed out longer, but a powerful storm chased us away. Covered in water, we just let ourselves get soaked and experienced the pure power of mother nature. It was truly unforgettable.
Of course, saying goodbye to AshLee was difficult, but I had to look forward and next week I'll be taking the two remaining women to Chiang Rai for even more adventure and hopefully I'll end this journey having exactly what I came here for.