Ow you bar-steward

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Friday, October 29, 2004

We decided to take a trip around the 5 islands, including a trip to the Emerald cave. We were up for a spot of snorkelling, nice lazy lunch on the boat before heading back into Koh Lanta. We had a bit of a splish splash, spotting numerous fish in their underwater world before we headed off to the Emerald cave. Tham Morakot (its real name) is effectively a tunnel that stretches 80m before finally emerging into an open pool of emerald hue. Imagine sitting inside an empty volcano and that should give you an idea of what it was like to be encased by the rock surrounding us. To get inside the cave you have to swim. We formed a line, me at the back, and set off in the darkness through the 80m. There were 24 of us in total, and every person apart from me shouted ow ow ow ow, One after the other. Turns out there were jellyfish tucked away in the cave, and nobody thought to tell us. Sarah had been stung a little on the leg as well as Johanna and Frederic, but I got off scott free. It was only when we got through that we realised lots of people from other groups had been stung also. Lots of little kids crying their eyes out, and our tour guide was the only one with vinegar in order to remove stingers and reduce the pain. But what goes in must come out, and we had to face going back through the cave once more to get back to the boat. I went to the back again, but this time I wasnt so lucky. A large jellyfish decided to wrap its tentacles around my arm and back. Needles to say the cave was echoing with "Ow you b@#$#@d" within miliseconds of the sting. Fred spotted a few more of the little buggers (actually they were big buggers) so we all then swam as fast as we could out of there. It put a bit of a downer on the day, but it turned out there was an Italian travel writer on the boat, so I think he may have the last laugh on behalf of us all.
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