Exploring Phang-Nga Bay

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
Trip End Jun 19, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

After touching down in Thailand we decided to head to Kata, not really having much information from our guide book about Phuket, all we knew is that we wanted to avoid Patong. On our way we did pass through to drop some other tourists off and as expected there were the fat old western men with young Thai girls around their arms and plenty of go-go girls bars. Kata turned out to be a smaller version of Patong. Walking down the streets at night it felt a bit seedy. Lots of Thai women hanging around dodgy looking bars with groups of western men trying to make conversation. We enjoyed the restaurants opposite but the rest of the night life was pretty rubbish. The beach in Kata was really nice and the sea was clear but overall i don't think we made a great choice in coming to Kata in Phuket. I'm sure Thailand has much better experiences for us!


Phang-Nga Bay
We made our way to the speed boat joined by 5 guys on a lads holiday and 2 Thai women they had found the night before. We were not enjoying their company and luckily we were joined by lots more people when we reached the speed boat. Once boarded, our boat of about 30 people made its way to the first stop, Lawa island where we had a swim off a stunning beach with views of the magnificent Phang-Nga Bay. So many giant limestone rocks rising out of the sea in the distance. Soon after we left to get a closer look and the cliffs were even more impressive. We got a canoe ride around the edges where we found it impossible to get any photos without other tourists in, literally herds of us! It was still a great sight though. We made our way to a sea gypsy village where we had our lunch. We got served fish, sweet n sour chicken, soup, battered fish, rice and fresh fruit, a pretty awesome lunch to say we're on a tour and usually you get jam and bread! We got told about the sea gypsies and apparently they have lived in wooden houses lifted above the sea on stilts for a very long time, and some of them have never been to the mainland. We had a walk around after lunch and avoided buying anything although we couldn't resist the photo opportunity of 2 beautiful eagles sitting on my head! Our final stop was visiting James Bond island. We joined what seemed like the world population (bearing in mind its apparently low season) to have a look round and take photos. What was funny is that hardly anyone knew which James Bond film it's from (including us!) Prize for whoever comments the correct name of the film first!*
On our way back we got plenty of free drinks and biscuits, overall the tour was decent, saw some cool stuff, ate some nice food but just a few too many people.

We're expecting big things from Thailand in the food department and already we've been impressed. The flavours from our pad thai, duck thai red curry and pork yellow curry were immense. 

*prize may take around 8 months for P&P by which time you will have hopefully forgotten. 
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Chris Murphy on

Try "the man with the golden gun"!!
There are a few quieter places on Phuket but a lot of it is very touristy, an hour or so by boat will take you to Krabbi that is a bit quieter and also has some lovely beaches and limestone formations (and less go-go bars). Enjoy the food and make sure you have Tom Yam soup.. Chris xxxxx

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