After our encounters with the whale sharks, our driver took us to our friends’ shrimp farm. He told us he was going to make a delicious lunch – you could tell he was really excited about this (and so were we!). The shrimp farm was on the other side of the island and the drive there was extremely beautiful. We pulled in and we walked out to the ponds with the shrimp.
We saw the guys catching shrimp for our lunch and Ryan immediately joined in and successfully caught some.
They had brought down some fresh coconuts from one of the nearby trees for us and they cut them open and told us to relax on the porch while they made us lunch with the shrimp they just caught.
Seriously?! Relaxing and enjoying delicious fresh coconut water while a meal of fresh shrimp is prepared for us? Cheers to that! This is the best day ever.
The meal was more like a feast – they had several different kinds of shrimp – fried shrimp, baked shrimp, and shrimp salad. They also had some freshly caught fish that they cooked up for us. We quickly dug in and started devouring everything. It was all delicious. We were in heaven.
It felt like we were in an episode of No Reservations on the Travel Channel with Anthony Bourdain. Our hosts were so kind and hospitable – we had such a wonderful time getting to meet them and share such an amazing meal. We are so thankful that our friend set this up for us because it was definitely something we didn’t expect and turned out to be one of our favorite memories from our trip.