31.12.2016 29 °C
Day 8 - Last day in Thailand
After yesterday's adrenalined filled day, we decided to spent our last day in Thailand (and this year!)
relaxing island hopping around Ao Nang in the Andaman Sea.
We arranged to go on a speed boat (due to distance and time) to visit the group of Phi Phi Islands,
including various beaches and good snorkelling areas.
Our first island was Bamboo island, with its bright white sands, clear waters and coral reef, then onto Hin Klarng where we managed to do some snorkelling, passing Monkey Beach (no guesses why they called it that) we stopped at Tonsai Bay for some free time and
A spot of lunch, which turned out to be massive buffet for the masses.
After a relaxing lunch we headed on to Viking Cave, where the locals collect the Bird's Nests for the so called soup ! and
then on to Phi Leh Lagoon, followed by another spot of snorkelling in Lohsamah Bay.
Finally we headed back to shore passing the famous Maya Bay where they filmed "The Beach" sadly though it is now
unrecognisable after the 2004 Tsunami but still a pretty area to see apart from the other 1,000 or so tourists that had descended upon it !
Given the size of the beach there was literally no place to sun bath and only enough to stand and walk about.
We then returned to Ao Nang, although this turned about to be an epic sea journey- the wind had pick up and hence the waves,
As we were at the front of the boat, we got the full force of the hull slapping the waves violently,
although we we somehow glad to be at the front as 3 Americans at the rear were throwing up all over the place !
Once back on land, we returned to the hotel before our last night and New Years Eve in Thailand.
However due to the death of the late King and that Thailand was still in official morning (apparently for a full year) all celebrations were to be scaled down with no fireworks allowed. We were told that anybody found not complying to this request would bring same on themselves and
their neighbours disrespect, not to mention the authorities. Anyhow we headed out to see what was going on....