Still have sea legs as I write this from a whole-day longtail boating trip full of snorkelling, jellyfish and coconut slushies.
Last night ended with monkeys on our balcony and some sleeping pills so we could get to sleep early and get up early for the boat trip. The morning started with monkeys banging on the rooftop of our bungalow! I can watch these gorgeous spider monkeys for hours, they are quite amazing and sometimes only a few metres away. The bats, bush birds, geckos, tiny running crabs on the beach, ants and cicadas are also amazing and cuteness is added by the cats of the resort.
Our resort is magnificent, fits in with bushland organically with cute bungalows overlooking the bay. Great bar, music and chilled out atmosphere coupled with great food and good service generally. Oh and I just scored some free internet somehow (and noticed the first link I couldn’t download, yes Thailand has internet censorship).
Snorkelling was amazing, the tropic fish are so beautiful and floating around in warm azure seas is wonderful. But on both prime snorkelling spots we had to battle a million tiny jellyfish that made the water almost opaque! On the first I sustained a lot of tiny stings, they add up. It’s not ‘spicy’ as the Thai fishermen put it, unless by spicy you mean a hot yum salad with an extra dozen or so chillies added!! Ouch. Fortunately had some pawpaw ointment on hand but had to leave the waters urgently.
Second time around we got luckier, jellyfish were reasonably few for a little while and we could snorkel around looking at chorals and gorgeous fish. Then the jellyfish moved in again and we had to leave, but got to see some amazing things down there! I want to snorkel more though not sure if I’ll find an Australian spot that’s this warm, clear and reasonably calm (ie not too choppy). Maybe at the Barrier Reef, I definitely want to go there!
We then went to the Emerald Cave (Marakot) which is an 80m long winding dark cave you can swim through and at the end, in the middle of the island, you reach the tiny locked-away emerald beach. Pretty damn magical! I tried to imagine how pirates used to hide their treasures here hundreds of years ago.
I’ve been eating so much nice food… coconut slushies, pineapple juice, yum salads, stir fries, pad thais, tom ka soup, spicy green papaya salads and curries. I could eat Thai non-stop for a very long time
Still no photos, will have to wait a bit longer..