We have been feeling pretty Tinggly here lately with all our Nuventures! Adam and I are partnering with Tinggly as their ambassadors testing and reviewing their worldwide inventory of experiences. We are pumped to be a part of their unique mission: gifting people with amazing experiences all over the world!
When we got married, we dreamed of future holidays and adventures together on the Mediterranean Sea, in the Alps or cruising Thailand in a long-tail boat. (Now, we can check one of those off our bucket list!) We decided we wanted to start a new tradition for ourselves. Instead of giving each other physical gifts each holiday, we want to simply spend time together and make memories in amazing new spots around the world.
Thankfully, we discovered Tinggly. A perfect fit to what we are looking for! Instead of giving a gift that someone may never use, Tinggly provides hundreds of experiences all over the world for people to gift to one another. The receiver is then able to choose which experience they want, wherever they want!
Our first assignment: the James Bond ISland Tour, Krabi, Thailand
And, we were off getting Tinggly! We quickly realized our first adventure's focus was more about the journey rather than the destination. We jumped in the minibus, escaping the tourism of Krabi, and drove the country side seeing the real Thailand. We whizzed by local markets selling brooms made of wild grass, trucks fully loaded with palm bunches on the way to make palm oil, and perfectly aligned rubber tree farms. Then, we hopped into a long-tail boat through Phang Nga Bay. Adam and I were speechless. We were overwhelmed by the dramatic scenery of the limestone cliffs and towering islands bordering the bay.
As the long-tail boat skirted the edges of the islands, the cliffs just seemed to be dripping above us.
Our main goal was to set our sights on James Bond Island. The island is famous for it's debut in 007's The Man with the Golden Gun. Look familiar?
After this spot, we jumped back in the boat and were on our way to the floating village of Panyee.
Panyee was the highlight of our adventure. The village was seriously floating with homes, shops and restaurants on stilts. No solid ground underneath, only water!
After lunch we snuck past the tourist shops and wandered the village alleys. We dodged kids riding their bikes, playing soccer, and tackling each other on the three foot wide sidewalks used as their playground. They didn't have soft, cushy grass along the path, but six foot drop offs into the water on either side. Homes and bars that we passed had wooden slats for the floors. Drop anything, your ring, your keys, your fork, your pen and it would be gone in an instant into the murky sea water below only maybe to be seen again at low tide.
How many times have they cursed the holes in their floors? For the kiddos, I'm sure that is all they know. No fear to fall off their bike into the water below. They will just find the village ladder and climb right back up!
Later, we visited the reclining Buddha statue in the Suwankuha Temple, otherwise known as Monkey Cave. Monkeys welcomed us in while the bats soared over head between the stalactites as we went deeper into the cave.
A bit creeped out by the bats, we monkeyed around with the fury locals outside the cave until we were almost caught in a scramble over bananas. The monkeys changed in an instant with terrifying growls, fangs gleaming and crazy speed over the rocky terrain. Monkeying around turned into giving some serious distance and respect.
Tinggly's experience took Adam and I on an all day Thailand adventure. We hung out with locals, played soccer with the kiddos on their floating village, pondered and reflected on Thailand's amazing culture, got a shocking view of the wildlife and gazed at the amazing landscape Thailand boasts.
Get your Tinggly on and gift someone you love with their dream adventure!