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// MAY 2016
The land of smiles
Patong
Phang Nga Bay
Phuket
Maya Bay
Ao Nang
Ao Nang
Ao Nang
Koh Phi Phi Don
Phuket

Patong


7nth of May 2016
Kayaking through limestone caves and mangrove forests!!!

Our breakfast was amazing, but unfortunately too limited for me, since I had only tea and some juice. Afterwards, our taxi driver took us to Phuket’s deck, where from we embarked on a daily boat journey along with some other co-travelers, of various nationalities and ages. 



 

We sailed on tranquil waters, embracing the beauty of  Phang Nga Bay and admiring the emerald green color of the sea and also the numerous dramatic limestone cliffs, rising sheer out of the waters…

Our first stop was for canoeing through limestone caves into mangrove forests, on Phnag Nga Bay. 

We embarked on our own canoe, along with cameras, mobile phones and hats; we made ourselves comfortable and let our experienced crew take care of the sailing, while we were enjoying the amazing views of the dramatic limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the sea, on our way to the entrance of a huge cave. We had seen it while sailing, before, and they had told us that there were living bats into it.  

 


We arrived, while paddling on the rhythm given by the canoes sailing ahead and we entered the cave.
We heard and smelt the bats, we listened to their wing flapping sounds, but truth be told, it was rather difficult to see them properly, since our eyes, after the strong sunshine had difficulties to adjust in the darkness of the cave.
  

During our canoeing tour in between the limestone tower karsts, we learnt that those steep, rocky monoliths were the result of endless erosion through the centuries.

After this wonderful tour, we returned to our boat, where we enjoyed a magnificent meal with local specialties and plenty of seafood.  

 

In James Bond Island 

Our second stop was at the Khao Phing Kan sland, also mentioned as Koh Ta-pu. It is an iconic, famous landmark, widely known as the James Bond Island (From the Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”, parts of which were recorded there). 

Its starring role in that 1974 James Bond movie put the limestone island on the Thailand tourist trail, making it a major pole of tourist attraction.  

Due to the protected nature of the national park, fortunately, boats of any kind are now forbidden of approaching the limestone islet.  

The two best ways to view James Bond Island are from boats or from the small beach on Koh Ping Ghan. 

 

 

And that’s exactly what we did too. We chose to go to the small beach of Koh Ping Ghan, where predominant is a very high leaning rock, that has some small caves inside.

It was amazing and at the same time entertaining to watch all the visitors trying to take photos by “pushing” literally the huge rock...

 


On its crowded eastern beach, there were stalls and stands selling knickknack souvenirs, mostly made from shells and woods.

We watched in amazement the atmospheric change of colours on those geological miracles, while the daylight was fading. Afterwards, we embarked the boat, for our return journey and transport to our hotel, after reaching the deck. 
 


We could, at last, relax again in our hotel and enjoy the freshness coming from the air conditioning. After all, how much heat can an exhausted human body take? 

 

Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7
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Population: 68.860.000
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Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7
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Population: 68.860.000
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Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7 days
Difficulty:
Population: 68.860.000
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