Cruising Phuket – Part One
When our very good friends, Kate and Martin, visited us in Thailand we got the chance to be their tour guides, taking them to many gorgeous places in and around Phuket. We visited Koh Phi Phi Don and Phang Nga Bay with its spectacular karsts; we went elephant trekking and of course took in the atmosphere of Patong’s famous night life! This is part one of their time in Thailand.
I must say we were a little excited about the prospect of seeing our friends as it had been half a year since we had seen a familiar face from home. So with barely restrained giddy excitement we hired a car and picked them up from the Phuket International Airport. After excited hellos and hugs all round we led them out into the muggy heat of Phuket, and whisked them away for dinner by the beach at Ao Chalong, where Thorfinn was securely anchored.
The next morning we went ashore to do some sight-seeing and re-provision Thorfinn for our upcoming island adventures. We started with a visit to the Big Buddha.
Big buddha is an understatement… this thing is huge!
But wait there’s more!… There is not only one big buddha – that one just happens to be the biggest – there is another very large buddha which is golden and is also very impressive.
But my favourite are the golden monk statues. They are so intricately made and their wrinkled faces look very life-like.
On the way back down the mountain we stopped so Kate and Martin could feed and pat the baby elephant. Then it was off to Kata Beach for a beer and Karon Beach for a little market shopping, before going to Patong Beach for lunch.
After lunch we stopped at a wet market for fruit, vegetables and prawns before heading back to Ao Chalong where we had a drink at the Phuket Cruising Yacht Club, dinner and then went back to the boat to prepare for our early morning departure.
Koh Phi Phi Le.
At Maya Bay we picked up a mooring. We had a fairly large swell which made the anchorage uncomfortable. Therefore, after a bite to eat – and one us regurgitating that lunch for the fish – we moved on. We motored past the Viking Cave and around to Koh Phi Phi Don.
Koh Phi Phi Don
We stopped for a snorkel and lunch on the east coast of Phi Phi Don before moving further north and anchoring off Long Tam Beach. We snorkelled and relaxed with a couple of cocktails before heading to the beach for dinner.
The next day after snorkelling in the morning, we were picked up by a long-tail boat and taken around to Phi Phi Village.
Phi Phi Village is a touristy little place with masses of tourist-packed boats arriving and departing constantly. It can seem a little chaotic, especially around the wharf area – and this was low season! But, we found a nice little restaurant on the beach and had a very relaxing lunch before the guys decided to get massages, and us girls went shopping.
We found Dwayne and Martin having a beer and a chuckle after their massage. Apparently Martin had been indecently propositioned. Well you can’t come to Thailand without at least the offer of a happy ending!
We were dropped back to Thorfinn on the long-tail boat and we decided to pull up the anchor and go to a nearby island to check out the snorkelling.
The snorkelling was nothing special but it was a beautiful little beach and we decided to stay there and have a barbecue for dinner. I went back to the boat to get the provisions for dinner and to whip up a batch of Piana Colada cocktails. So with my trusty Nutri-Bullet (a recent purchase Kate brought with her from Aussie) I mixed up a basic pina colada and added a couple of sweet bananas… viola Piana Colada! We drank our yummy cocktails from coconuts and enjoyed the tranquillity.
Koh Dam Khwan
We left Koh Yung early the next morning and stopped at Koh Dam Khwan on the way to our next stop, Railay Bay, to cook breakfast. Koh Dam Khwan was a lovely spot that I will be sure to visit again.
Dwayne and I first visited Railay Bay in 2010 for my brothers wedding. It is a beautiful spot and we were quite excited to be able to share it with Kate and Martin. There are no cars on Railay, so it is all foot power! We walked from the beach, where we were anchored, through to the other two nearby beaches that make up the small peninsula. On the way Kate and Martin saw their first wild monkeys! A few took a particular liking to Martin.
We found a spot for lunch before returning to the beach for a swim and a paddle on the boards. Cocktails on board were followed by a beautiful sunset on shore and a meal enjoyed under the stars on a calm and balmy night.
The next morning we went to shore for banana pancakes – a must-have when you visit Thailand – before cranking up the iron sail and heading towards Phang Nga Bay and the exploration of Thailand’s geological wonders… the karsts and hongs.
Stay tuned for part two … coming soon.
Cost – Free
Open hours – 08:00 – 19:30
Where is it – on Soi Yodsane 1 (or spelt Soi Yotsane 1)
For more information and directions have a look at this link – The Big Buddha
Koh Phi Phi Don
Getting there – there are many way to get to Koh Phi Phi. Simply join a tour if you want a day trip. Day trips will usually include lunch, snorkelling etc. Otherwise the best way to get to Koh Phi Phi if you want more flexibility is to get a ferry. Ferries leave from Phuket, Koh Lanta, Krabi Town, Railay Beach and Ao Nang. Have a look at this link for more ferry information – Phuketferry.com
Getting there – have a look at the following link – Phuketferry.com
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