Flashpacking in Au Nang
Trip Start Nov 30, 2009
142Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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Au Nang was kind of everything you'd expect from a holiday town, quite a few nice hotels and resorts, tons of restaurants and bars and shops selling tacky souvenirs. Being Thailand there was also the obligatory 'hostess’ bars with gaggles of girls dressed in hot-pants and tiny skirts inviting passersby to come in
Highlight of our stay has to be the afternoon kayaking trip, exploring the mangroves and caves that surround the coast. Just 4 of us in the group, plus a guide. The coastline in this part of Thailand is beautiful, white sandy beaches, blue sea and dozens of forest clad islands formed from Karst mountains. We’ve seen a lot of this type of landscape throughout Asia so finally took the time to discover how it was formed. Turns out there was a huge coral reef millions of years ago that would have stretched from China all the way down through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and beyond which became extinct as the sea receded and has then eroded over millions of years to form these amazing mountains and caves. We were taken through a tiny opening in the rock into an amazing hidden inlet and gorge where we saw a monitor lizard swimming and watched a huge golden coloured king fisher fly from tree to tree, flashing neon blue feathers under his wings. We also pulled up to a tiny beach were two monkeys were digging in the sand for crabs and one of them decided to take a closer look at our group and came and stood on the end of the kayaks. Always a bit nervous around monkeys, especially macaques as they seem to have a very mean look in their eye like they might have your face off at any moment!
Our only other excursion was to take a wooden long tail boat out to Railay beach
Considering its now Monsoon season we’ve been pretty lucky with the rain, just one day where it rained for most of the day and then a couple of heavy showers in the early evening on other days. Good time to come to Thailand if you don’t mind the gamble, as the accommodation prices are at their lowest and many of the restaurants were offering 20% off your bill. All that having been said when it does decided to rain it really rains! Absolute stair rods, although still nice and warm so although you get soaked to the skin if you get caught out in it you don’t end up freezing like you would in Manchester.