Thailand Diaries: Ton Sai, Ao Phra Nang and More Monkeys

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Dinner with a view – Ton Sai

On 13th December we returned to the mainland – sort of. We were on a peninsular that you can only reach by boat, called Laem Phra Nang. It has a series of beaches that you can trek between, but the easiest way to get between them is a long boat taxi or by renting a kayak. We stayed three nights in Ton Sai, which is a hippy paradise! The rock climbing is great, so you get a lot of people who come just for that, and we saw some people base-jumping too – it looked terrifying! They were really high up, but it just didn’t seem high enough to get a parachute up; there were no casualties, thankfully.

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That orange blob is the parachute of a guy who has just jumped of a ledge on that cliff …

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… and touching back down to earth, with a bit of an audience.

Other things to do on Ton Sai are listening to reggae music, drink and learn circus tricks! There are tight ropes everywhere, and opportunities to learn fire tricks like poi and fire breathing. I took three steps on a tightrope!

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Me on a tightrope! In the dark, sorry.

We saw a great fire show, but we thought that one of the guys could do with a bit more practice with the fire poi because he kept dropping them and hitting himself …

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This guy kept losing his poi and hitting himself ...

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... But this guy was pretty good!

 

We stayed in another hut on Ton Sai, but it was so lovely. We were up the hill in a resort called Pasook resort, which was clean, mostly bug free, sturdy and included a fully hole-free mosquito net! They also have a small shop where you can buy these mosquito incense spirals, which are really useful but definitely not a replacement for your mosquito repellent! The huts are kind of in the jungle though, so beware monkey invasions. They come and raid the bins on the verandas, and took a big bag of crisps and a bottle of coke (!) that I had left outside.

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Stealing crisps – well that’s easy …

 

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… but surely she can’t get into a closed bottle of soda??

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OMG THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

On one of the days in Ton Sai we rented a Kayak to explore the neighbouring beaches. We went to investigate Railey, as we intended to move on to there the next day, and also went to Ao Phra Nang beach: the home of Tham Phra Nang, or Princess Cave (‘Phra Nang’ means ‘revered lady’). The story goes that a beautiful Indian Princess was involved in a nearby shipwreck, and her spirit came to reside in this cave. The locals believe that she influenced the fertility of the sea and leave her gifts to encourage large catches … very specific gifts … phalluses. There are loads of them and they’re mostly massive.

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Cave full of willies

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Thailand Diaries: Snorkelling in Koh Lanta

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Beautiful decoration on the Thai long boats

So, we finished our time in Ko Lanta with a snorkeling trip. We got a big boat to Ko Phi Phi, then a long boat around the various islands of Ko Phi Phi. We stopped at Monkey Island, where we fed the monkeys our left over bananas from lunch.

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Feeding the monkeys – our guide hurried us a bit here, and we learned why later. A friend we met got bitten by one of these guys!!

Then we headed to a cove where we could climb stairs up to the island and walk around to Mia Beach, where they filmed The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio. It was beautiful, with white sand like sherbet, but packed full of people. We definitely had more fun actually in the water, where we saw loads of coral, a gazillion fish and some scary sea urchins. (Unfortunately for this post, we don’t have a waterproof camera, so no pictures of Mia Beach or sea urchins)

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We were there with a lovely Malaysian family – just the five of them and the two of us on the trip – and they had a little boy who didn’t want to put his face in the water. They got a sandwich bag and some bread and spent ages trying to catch one to show him! They did it eventually, and because they were throwing loads of bread in, all the fish came to our boat, it was great. Don’t worry, they threw the wee fish back!

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