This time we had some little more days to spend for the vacation, and so we decided to get to know Thailand better instead of just taking sun baths and swimming. We chose several excursions, so let me be your Phuket tour guide for a while. 🙂
We left snowy Europe under the airplane wing. It’s a pity that we will see the same -4 degrees on our return back home. And luckily there are such warm and sunny islands as Phuket with tender sea and again ripened mangos.
We stayed at Kata Beach Resort on the same-called Kata Beach. The beach itself is quite small, and it is deemed to be cozier then at the neighborhood Karon Beach.
Is it small? Yes, it is.
When we first came there after the landing – in the high sunny day – it seemed to be Varadero and Cancun pulled together! 🙂 Small and really cozy places can only be found on the islands or in the northern provinces of Phuket Island.
We love Phuket for the smiling local people, for warm and pure sea, for hot sand and exotic for us, the Europeans, fruits; and the Thai cuisine may win a heart of any foodie. But to be honest, we think this cuisine got worst a bit, being adapted to numerous European and American guests, and lost something.
But You can never get bored in Thailand! A day for acclimatization, and your personal Phuket tour guide is on-to-go, let’s start.
First we are going to visit Phi Phi Island by speedboat, to see amazing Maya Bay, famous by setting on the movie called The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, with your own eyes. Before the departure I would recommend to stay in the recess of the speedboat, especially if you have delicate light skin, in other way you will get sunburned on a way to the spot already.
We are here. Incredible emerald-green water, snow-white sand and fabulous nature.
But as for the other side of the story: speedboats convoys bring plenty of tourists to the tiny Maya Bay from morning to evening today. This place is worth seeing, but generally, we prefer more secluded spots.
During this excursion we will hit the neighborhood island for a while to walk through the Monkey Beach. We liked it a lot – there are little monkeys with clever eyes and many of them have had a babies.
In the second part of the day all snorkelling fans, including your Phuket tour guide, were intended to get into the water! According to the excursion leaflet we were offered with “fantastic life and perfect snorkelling with the beautiful coral reef”, and usually we never miss such places. Alas, the undersea world is absolutely poor here. Probably, divers may find in here some inexpressible amenities, but it is definitely hidden from the snorkelling fans. I can only mention Crown of thorns starfish as a worth photo catch. It was like a blue-black double star, we have never met such either in Egypt or on The Maldives. But we took some really nice pictures.
Where should you go further? The variety of excursions here is great; it’s hard to decide for a beginner. In order to see as much as possible in Phuket, we decided to go to the combined trip 4 in 1 Khao Lak Bamboo rafting. We were going to the north of Phuket, not so massively packed with tourists with its long and solitary beaches. About a hundred kilometers on the way and we reached Phang Nga Province.
The first number of the excursion program was Bamboo rafting. Apart from the bamboo rafting today we are going to visit the turtles’ farm, the memorial to the dreadful tsunami happened in 2004, and finally we’ll ride the elephants.
We test the buoyancy of this miracle of the shipping thoughts and loading the bamboo floats in couples; each couple has its own rower. Let’s go!
I should say that the river has become significantly shallower, just as the neighborhood Waterfall Ton Pling – there won’t be no adrenaline rush, but resting near the water (or better to say IN the water) is always pleasant.
It is really beautiful in here; in these palm jungles, you feel a bit like a path-breaker away from the noisy resorts, but at the same time you know that the civilization is close to you.
Nice? And now the reality.
Draw a bath with two centimeters of water and get into it. This is how you are going to find yourself at the float. What about the exotic animals? Once our captain happily pointed at the riverside – Look, a frog! Wow! – We admired just in order not to let him down. Really – it was a green frog not bigger than a walnut. There are plenty of such frogs and even much bigger in any European or American backwater.
Your Phuket tour guide has thoroughly soaked during this excursion! You won’t escape it, so just put on something that dries rapidly and do not forget a towel.
Phuket Excursion was going on. Turtles farm in Thai Muang. I guess if you are not an oceanographer, you may smoothly miss this part of the program. Yes, people are engaged into some honourable activity in here – they preserve, raise and then release the turtles. But all you will be able to see are dozens of huge concrete reservoirs with various sea inhabitants: turtles, sea bass, red snappers, clown Anemone fish, big nose unicorn fish, small nose boxfish saddle-backed Anemone fish and many more.
They are all our Egyptian and Maldivian old friends, but it is quite a different story – seeing them in the real environment.
And maybe the problem is that your I expected to see the giant Galapagos turtles. 🙂
Our excursion continues. On a way to the Elephant Camp in Khao Lak you will see the monument in honour of victims of that destructive tsunami, crushed down upon Phuket in the last December days of 2004. This is the moment when you get an idea of the savage power of the tsunami.
These frames were spread all over the world; do you recognize this coast guard vessel? The marine police vessel Tor 813 with its thirty-person crew was thrown 2 miles away from the shore by the water, nobody survived. It stays here at Bang Niang, Khao Lak, as a reminder – the nature is stronger than a man.
Riding the elephants is such a positive! In spite of the size and the power, an elephant will gently and graciously ride you through the jungles. This kind giant has childish habits; it is always ready to turn off the way, noticing brushwood of young bamboo. Elephants really seem to like these shoots.
While you are enjoying such a new experience, an elephant-driver will make such a souvenir for your lady.
We amusedly expressed our gratitude to the kind elephant with a couple of bundles of bananas. Take care of your hands!
And let’s feed little elephants in the end! These little cartoon-cutes in tender years prefer not bananas, but huge cucumbers.
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