Day 23 Phuket, Thailand
Trip Start Mar 12, 2013
74Trip End Jun 02, 2013
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This was going to be a long day, an 8 hour excursion. We woke to hazy skies, but humid and warm. Our kind of weather.
We soon boarded buses that would take us to Phang Nga Bay. The ride to the Bay was quite long, but we saw the countryside with lots of small stalls selling anything from food to plasticwares. We saw a large pineapple field, rubber trees.
The boats are called long-tailed boats. There were small, and I mean small wooden benches to sit on once we maneuvered onto the boat. That was a feat itself. Once aboard the benches were so close together that our knees would not fit in front of us and we had to sit sideways, most uncomfortable. Phil was sitting in the next row and he graciously said he would go in the back of the boat so that we could move the bench up and have more room
We were lucky enough that it was high tide and were able to pass through a very small cave. There were people kayaking around and it looked like a lot of fun to be able to do that. Next time, we will do that instead.
Seeing that we had visited Halong Bay, the monoliths here were just not as plentiful or as outstanding, but the ride was good. We did see James Bond Island. This is where the movie The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed.
We passed by the Koh Panyee Village and on the way back we stopped. This is a very large village with lots of stalls to shop at, large restaurant area, and children trying to sell postcards, key rings, etc.
We soon docked the boat and headed to the restaurant where there was a large buffet waiting for us. The food was typical Thai food: rice, chicken with cashews, fried shrimp, vegetables, fish dish, soup, fresh fruit including pineapple, watermelon, and those little bananas. The Thai people eat the little bananas and export the large ones we have at home. They do not care for the large bananas
One the way back to the port, we stopped by a rubber plantation and was shown how rubber is made. It is actually sap from the rubber tree that is collected, ever so slowly and made into a milk. The process was quite interesting. By the time the process by hand is done, there are large sheets of rubber that hang on bamboo to dry. Rubber making is more lucrative than farming.
The next stop was a shopping stop. We just could have skipped this as it was in a very large, modern building. We like to shop at stalls or the night markets. Prices tend to be higher in the building and we like to bargain.
By the time we reached the pier, we had only 30 minutes before it was time to board. We could only whiz by the stalls there so no real time for shopping.
There will be two sea days next, then Sri Lanka.
Until next time...