Phuket, Thailand - Part V

Day 05: Phang Nga bay

Our day 5 itinerary was booked for Phang Nga bay visit. Phang Nga bay is an wide spread area in the Andaman sea between Phuket and the mainland of southern Thailand. An extensive section of the bay has been protected as the Phang Nga National park. 

Starting of the day was similar to Day 03, when we visited Phi Phi islands. Though few differences were there like it was a different jetty (much smaller than the previous day), the travelling boat (also the the group of travelers) was smaller in size (for a maximum of 20 tourists) and the tour guides were more friendly this time but the weather was not.

From here we started our journey.

And we progressed towards the Phang Nga bay.

Rain interrupted in between as much as possible.

Through all the interruptions, we cut through the rough sea to Phang Nga bay National park.

In Phang Nga bay, we traveled in a small canoe/kayak through the mangrove jungle and captured the scenic beauty.

On return trip (from kayak to speed boat), we saw a Thai snake (do not know the exact species).

It was a superb journey of good half an hour in the mangroves. 

There is a small fishing village in Phang Nga - Koh Panyee, the village is built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population consists of roughly 200 families or between 1500 and 2000 people descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java. We had our lunch in this village.

After having delicious lunch, it was time to capture this beautiful village in my camera.

Wooden jetty of the village
View of the village from jetty
Inside the village

A falcon (pet) in the village
Typical Thai boat
I tried a bit of tone mapping in the above image of the boat (single image). I tried to capture few human beauty as well.

One of our co-travelers from Malaysia

From here, we headed towards Khao Phing Kan - popularly known as James Bond island (since the island was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974). About 40.0 m from its shore lies a 20.0 m tall islet Khao Tapu. Rain tried its best to spoil our visit.

Khao Tapu in James Bond island
From here we began our return journey towards mainland. By the time we reached mainland, we were all wet - courtesy rain and rough sea.

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