Phang Nga Bay
Day 3 and 4 can be summarized by : sea - pool - beach chair - sea - pool and repeat! However day 4 had a lot of mini stingy sea monsters so the pool was favored that day. Funny how an inch long sea creature can make you swim away like you just heard the “jaws” theme song.. On the night of day 3, Amy who is a friend of a friend living in Phuket, came to meet us. On top of being a very nice girl, she has a lot of knowledge about the Thai culture so we had a great evening with her. She took us to a super tasty local restaurant called Red Chair and we had 6 different dishes (and tons of it left untouched), 2 sodas, and a giant beer for about $15.
We learned during our trip that the cheaper the prices, the more typical the cuisine is and therefore the yummiest. Thai food must be the only cuisine where the higher price doesn’t mean higher quality. It just means that… you have less money left in you pocket. On the night of day 4, we went to Kata for our first non-Thai dinner since we’ve been here at “2 chefs” which cost us about $60 for 2 dishes and 2 drinks but really wasn’t any better that our $15 feast the night before.
On day 5 (Monday) we took another fantastic speed boat trip but this time we went north of Phuket for the day. Destination: Phang Nga. (pronounced more like Paagna) Phang Nga Bay is home to some 42 lime stone islands with sheer rock faces covered with lush greens and a few of them gifted with lovely beaches.
We did a lot of sightseeing in the morning and stopped on “James Bond Island” where “The Man With The Golden Gun” with Roger Moore was filmed in 1974. Neither of us have actually seen the movie but the island is quite stunning with its 1 tall piece of rock that split from the island centuries ago and stands proudly in the middle of the water in front of the beach. Gorgeous!
Next we went canoeing through islands, coves and mangroves. Fun, impressive and exciting!!!
Some passages were so low that we had to literally lay down on the canoe to avoid banging our heads on the rocks. Fun times and spectacular views!!
For lunch we journeyed to a village built atop the lime green water, adjacent a small island. It was such a bizarre thing to see. A whole village with houses, school, shops and restaurants built on pillars in the middle of the sea. The meal was composed of seafood and fish. I have to admit seeing the eyeballs and teeth of the food I’m about to eat is quite the turn off for me. ICK!! As for David, let’s just say he has simply forbidden me to remind him of this lunch experience.
The rest of the afternoon was spent on one of the scenic beaches of Phang Nga where we swam, had a little nap and walked up and down the beach in search of sea treasures.
We were back at the hotel by 6pm, went for dinner in another local place and finished one more fantastic day with a 1 hour Thai massage for the ridiculously low price of $7. But the priceless event of the day was opening my sleepy eyes while getting my massage and seeing David’s masseuse literally walking barefoot on his back.. Thankfully my masseuse didn’t have the same brilliant idea