A successful Indian actress and model from New Delhi, Soundarya Sharma describes herself as a dreamer who keeps her heels high and standards higher! “Travelling helps me open myself up to new prospects, broadens my views of other cultures, and changes my mindset, which can otherwise get monotonous due to the routine of everyday life,” she explains.
As a passionate traveller and someone who loves spending time with herself, soul-searching and rediscovering, Soundarya often takes solo trips to calming destinations. “I wanted to relax and unwind,” she tells us. “But more importantly I wanted to have a fresh start with nothing but good vibes and positive energy!” With her mind made up, Soundarya set off on her own on a five-day trip to Krabi and Koh Samui in Thailand. Here’s what she had to say about her solo adventure.
Having visited Phuket and Hua Hin earlier, Soundarya was already smitten with Thailand and the Thai culture. This time she began in Krabi, where she experienced the therapeutic and soothing Krabi Hot Springs. “Taking a dip in the Khlong Thom crafted hot tubs is one of the most relaxing experiences you will ever have,” Soundarya tells us. The water here is channelled from deep-rooted thermal springs in volcanic chambers; making is a perfect temperature of 35-40°C and brimming with healing minerals and salts. “I saw the most popular tourist site in Krabi: the Khao Khanab Nam Caves,” she says. The formations feature stalactite-filled caves that will awe you once you enter. “I’ve always loved beaches,” Soundarya tells us, “and as a beach lover, the one I’d recommend for a leisurely stroll would have to be Ko Lanta!”
“One of the best ways to experience Krabi is to take the Four Island Tour,” she suggests. “The tour will take you to Pranang Beach, Tup Island, Chicken Island, and Poda Island. It’s the most time-efficient way of getting a feel of the place! And if you love wildlife,” Soundarya continues, “you must visit the elephant sanctuary!”
After spending a relaxing time at Krabi, Soundarya continued on to Koh Samui, where she visited the most popular tourist attractions like the Big Buddha Temple, Hin Ta and Hin Yai, and Angthong National Marine Park. “I got to do fun activities like riding a quad bike and practising rifle-shooting,” she excitedly remarks. “Thailand is so much more than just Pattaya,” she insists. “If you visit the other exotic places in this beautiful country, I’m sure it will blow you away!”
In spite of the brevity of her travels, both Krabi and Koh Samui impressed Soundarya, and she was glad that she got so much done and covered a lot of places. “The one thing I enjoyed the most and the feeling of which I carried back with me to India was the tranquillity of the beaches in Thailand,” she concludes. “It filled me with a feeling of serene calmness that has stayed ever since, ultimately fulfilling the purpose of my trip!”
– as told to Tanya