Four Island Tour
We've had the most fantastic time so far and it will be so sad for us to have to say goodbye to Thailand and its people at the end of the week.
Today we caught the ferry into Ao Nang, where we then hired a private long tail taxi (boat) with our own driver. It cost us 2,200 budt for the day, which entitled us to instruct our driver to take us wherever we wanted to go.
We chose to do a four island tour, stopping off on a few of the islands to walk, swim, eat or... my favourite, shopping. The sea is a hive of activity during the day, there are many long tail boats in the ocean doing tours, ferrying people around and netting fish to feed their families or to sell at the local markets.
The sea in and around the islands is jade green in colour and is rich with fish and jellyfish, coral and volcanic rock. Our taxi driver had absolutely no fear and obviously understood the capability of his boat very well, he took us to places that I'd even be afraid to kayak around.
The big guy took his fly fishing rod with him to do a spot of fishing from the boat and our taxi driver was very accommodating - he even gave the big fella one of his own flies to use and before long, the rod was hanging out the back of the boat as our driver trolled the boat between the islands. Needless to say, if we were relying on fish for dinner, we'd have gone hungry!
Some of the memorable islands we drove around were, Poda Island, Si Island, Tup Island and my favourite, Chicken Island, with a rock jutting out that looks like the head of a chicken.
A few days ago someone had told us that there was an island with a huge cave on it. In the cave is a restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner so we decided to ask our driver to find it. We had a general idea of where it was, so it wasn't too difficult to find.
I'm sure both of us felt like we had entered paradise when we got there. The huge orange limestone boulders frame the cave and the restaurant is set up inside the cave. On the side is a round building with a grass roof, the outside is a pub area. The restaurant has the cave as a backdrop on one side and the ocean as the other.
We had a fantastic meal as we watched the boats come in and the other islands scattered in the sea in the distance. To the side were a few rock climbers halfway up one of the limestone cliffs.
The sea was flat calm and the smells - a mix of awesome food and the breeze of the ocean.
We ended our day by stopping off at a few more islands to do some shopping - curio shops are found every where, so too are tourist centers and tour guides. Restaurants can also be found almost everywhere, but most would generally be classed as take away joints or fast food diners.
Another day in paradise!
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