Our First "grown-up" holiday!
Phang nga Bay
One of the trips we experienced was a speedboat trip around Phang nga Bay. I absolutely loved the speed and the exhilaration felt racing across the sea. I could really get used to this type of life but unless I swap hubby for a millionaire or win the lottery its highly doubtful! We had a "happy chappy" as a guide, full of amusing anecdotes who was also very informative. He also tried to avoid the tourist hotspots as much as possible, avoiding as he said "all the Russians"(Phuket seems a very popular destination for them, the majority of boats and groups seemed to be from there)
After about 45 mins bombing across the water we stopped on 2 floating boats and were taken by a paddler sea canoeing around Ko Talu Nok. Getting into the canoe in the first place was scary but I didn't fall in. I don't swim but they said the water was only waist deep but I'm not sure if I believed them. We were taken around several small islands hugging the coast and saw the limestone outcrops. We had to lie flat at times as we were taken through archways in the rocks and into hidden lagoons and deserted coves and beaches. As ever we passed a few locals in their boats trying to sell us drinks etc.
|Lady Boy island - as our guide called it due to the 2 boobs!|
|my view at the front of the canoe|
|Sea Eagle circling above us|
Various locals selling there wares. Really colourful umbrellas
|Our paddler - thank you for returning me safely to the boat!|
Now I may have grown up watching James Bond films but they are not my most loved of films and I'm certainly not keen of Roger Moore, although Sean Connery has a certain something! Hubby however was really keen to visit James Bond Island (Khan Ta Pu) and see the sights from the film "The man with the Golden Gun" and this was the next stop on the days tour. It was extremely busy and we were given just 1/2hr to clamber over the rocks to the other side of the island which didn't seem very long, but to be honest there's not a lot there apart from James Bond island (Khan Ta Pu) and a few caves. There were tourist stalls set up along the beach and although the photos we took made it look isolated if you turn around you would see 100s of other people taking the same photo! Having said that it was stunning scenery and hubby was happy to see in reality the sights from the film. The island we stopped on was called Khao Phing Kan. James Bond island (Khan Ta Pu) translates from Thai as Needle island, a very apt name, and lies just off a small bay from Khao Phing Kan.
|James Bond island - Khan Ta Pu - needle island|
|The view from the bay looking out at Khan Ta Pu - not so secluded!|
|Interesting shaped cave which is also in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. You will see Bond running from this cave as the island explodes!|
|view of the village as we arrived, note the mosque in the background.|
|when theres a hole just lay another board on top!|
|not sure if I'd trust walking on this!|
|brightly coloured boats to transport the visitors|
|Was interesting to see that slowly the fragile structures are being replaced by modern structures. Obviously tourism pays!|
|Throughout Phuket we saw many birds kept in cages, clearly even more popular here than it is in Singapore|
We then left Ko Pan Yi - at speed - weehee!!!
...... and were taken to another small island, mooring in a tiny bay to walk though caves to a hidden bay. Sad to say (no I'm not!!) I decided to stay and soak up the rays on the boat, much more sensible in my opinion! What did I miss?...... stumbling over wet slippery rocks in the dark and wading through mud with large insects crawling everywhere to what I'm sure was a nice hidden cove, but there's more than enough stunning scenery around here to cope with missing out! I know who chose the better option!!!
By now we were all getting rather sleepy and indeed some people began to drop off as we speeded along to our final stop. Not me I was still loving the speed - I want a speedboat for my birthday! Our guide gave us the option to stop off where the tour was supposed to go, which would be very busy or to go to a more secluded quiet island. Needless to say we opted for the latter. It was the correct choice, a truly idyllic tropical island, not quite deserted as there was one other boat there and some National Park workers playing ball. But after a while the second boat and the workers departed leaving us on this beautiful quiet island for 1 1/2 hours. We wandered along the coast for while taking photos then retired to a small bamboo hut that was masquerading as a bar and spent a relaxing time there partaking of the odd tipple which was of course forced through my lips. The only excitement here was the largest wasp in the world investigating the remnants of people glasses. Our guide found our reaction amusing - it was dinosaur sized!! he also told us in the village he was brought up in, on the mainland, in the National Park, they would search out wasp nests and steal the larvae, cooking them up with onions, garlic and chillies. Probably delicious but don't think I would of gone hunting for the larvae. I certainly wouldn't want to upset one of those mega wasps.
|they were very good at "keepy uppy"|
|I believe this is the wardens home, note the tent inside!|
|I wonder how long this boat has been here? since the tsunami?|
|sailboat with the occupants cooling off in the sea.|
|Not a bad place to spend a lazy afternoon. Bamboo hut/bar.|
|Our own personal deserted tropical island - Well I can dream can't I.........|