Shaken not stirred

Phang Nga, Thailand (map)

After a few relaxing days on Koh Muk, we headed back to Trang so we could catch the local bus around toward Phuket. We then spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrating in the lap of luxury at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. It was heavenly and a wonderful break from the hostels and cheap hotels we have been staying in most of our trip. You can see how amazing it was by checking out the photos here.

The day after Christmas we sadly had to leave paradise, but we were excited for our next stop. We headed north on our little scooter we rented for a mere $8 a day. The most hilarious part of the scooter ride was not the fact that we drove the scooter much further than most locals would ever drive it (~25 miles), but that we had both our large backpacks and our 2 small day packs on the bike with us. Sorry to say we don’t have a picture of that!

Once we arrived in Phang Nga town we realized it was very similar in feel to how Trang had been to us. Definitely off the tourist radar, but still with interesting sites to see around town. We found a nice, inexpensive hotel and planned our excursion that had brought us to the town. We booked an all day boat tour taking us to see the highlights of Phang Nga Bay. The area itself is spectacular with its incredible caves and enormous limestone rock formations that seem to jump out from the ocean. One of the most well known is one called Ko Tapu. This is what locals call it, but for most others out there it is known as James Bond Island. The rock formation became famous in 1974 when it was featured in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. After the boat tour we celebrated with martinis in honor of James Bond…okay so maybe it was really just some Thailand Beers 🙂

Along with 6 others we boarded our long tail boat for our tour of Phang Nga Bay
Along with 6 others we boarded our long tail boat for our tour of Phang Nga Bay
The tour started by taking us through beautiful mangroves
The tour started by taking us through beautiful mangroves
Phang Nga Bay beauty
Phang Nga Bay beauty
Riding through our first cave of the day
Riding through our first cave of the day
One of the caves we visited we were able to go into and explore around
One of the caves we visited we were able to go into and explore around
Welcome to our deserted island lunch spot
Welcome to our deserted island lunch spot
Dustin enjoying his lunch on the beach
Dustin enjoying his lunch on the beach
After lunch posing
After lunch posing
We finally arrive to where everyone else in Thailand is - James Bond Island
We finally arrive to where everyone else in Thailand is – James Bond Island
Bond...James Bond
Bond…James Bond
Last stop of the tour was to a floating village
Last stop of the tour was to a floating village
After our tour we spent a couple more days in Phang Nga and visited some local sites. This is Tapan Cave, AKA Heaven and Hell Cave
After our tour we spent a couple more days in Phang Nga and visited some local sites. This is Tapan Cave, AKA Heaven and Hell Cave
We thought it was pretty cool to get to walk through the dragon until we came out and saw what was next...
We thought it was pretty cool to get to walk through the dragon until we came out and saw what was next…
Basically there is Buddhist Hell awaiting you after you exit the dragon, with life sized demons torturing Buddhist wrong-doers. It was super creepy!
Basically there is Buddhist Hell awaiting you after you exit the dragon, with life sized demons torturing Buddhist wrong-doers. It was super creepy!
Dustin venturing far into Wat Tham Suwan Khuha cave
Dustin venturing far into the cave that lies after the dragon
After leaving the creepy place we enjoyed seeing all the rubber trees that cover this part of Thailand. The trees yield a liquid latex (later made in to what we know as rubber) which is collected in the little buckets they attach to each tree
After leaving the creepy place on our way to the next spot we enjoyed seeing all the rubber trees that cover this part of Thailand. The trees yield a liquid latex (later made in to what we know as rubber) which is collected in the little buckets they attach to each tree
Seeing our second reclining Buddha at Wat Tham Suwan Khuha cave
Seeing our second reclining Buddha at Wat Tham Suwan Khuha cave
So long Phang Nga!
So long Phang Nga!

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  1. Hey guys! made it to Australia I see 🙂 photos are looking fab, I met you at Phi Phi and we did the so famed “The Beach” longboat tour together….anyway hope you are getting around ok and not getting swept up in the crazy queensland weather, if you need to I have an inflatable boat I can express post to you ;)P

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