On Tuesday, Lienna and I went sea kayaking in Phang Nga Bay with John Gray’s Sea Canoe. It was by far my favorite day of the trip. Photos don’t even begin to do it justice (partly because I used my old camera in case it happened to get dropped in the water). The only natural wonder I have seen and can compare it to is the Grand Canyon. The scenery was breathtaking; so beautiful you are speechless. And you have to experience it first-hand to really understand how amazing it is.
We chose the Hong by Starlight tour so we started out in the afternoon. When we got on the boat we had lunch and were introduced to our personal guides. Then we went to sit at the front of the boat and just couldn’t help reenacting the “King of the World” Titanic scene.
When we arrived at the islands everyone got in kayaks and we were leisurely paddled around by our guides. Ours was Alex and he was really great. They have to time it just right to visit the lagoons inside the islands because you have to go through the caves at low tide so you can fit. At some places we did have to lie down in the kayak to avoid hitting our heads but it wasn’t as claustrophobic as I thought it would be.
The best part: monkeys! Inside one of the lagoons the monkeys came out and entertained us for quite awhile. It was awesome to see wild animals in their natural habitat. Here is a picture of one of the long-tailed macaws:
After exploring a few of the lagoons, we had free time to paddle the kayaks by ourselves or go swimming. Lienna and I tried to paddle to a beach but we really sucked at it and didn’t think we’d make it back in time… so we just swam around the boat.
Next was another part of the trip I loved… making krathongs. We used a banana tree trunk and leaves, flowers, incense, and candles to decorate it. Then after dinner we went back into one of the lagoons, lit the candles and incense, made wishes, and sent our krathongs off into the water. It was magical. On the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar (usually November), there is a holiday where Thais do this. I think maybe I can make it back in November 2013 because it would be an awesome thing to witness.
This was by far the most expensive thing I did on this vacation (3,950 baht/$132 per person) but it was worth every penny. Also the food was great and they provide unlimited drinks (non-alcoholic) and of course transportation from your hotel is included. FYI I would recommend wearing your bathing suit because the bathroom on the boat is not very suitable for changing clothes!
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