Khao Lak and the
Making Our Way South in Thailand
Our first stop in southern Thailand was Khao Lak. Our resort was pretty far from town, but the beach was pretty nice (Coconut beach). This wa our first sunset for our “beach” portion of the trip.
There wasn’t much around our resort, but you could walk up and down the beach to a few local beachside bars and restaurants. This was our first dinner in Khao Lak… the beach was right on the other side.
We didn’t end up spending much time on the beach here, but it was super nice.
There were hermit crabs all over the beach at night. Wait, what are these two doing?
The town of Khao Lak. The power lines in Thailand are insane.
A friendly Thai cat at the shop we booked our side trips at.
There are rubber plantations everywhere in southern Thailand. This was on our way from Khao Lak to the boat dock for the Similan Islands.
Our first trip in this leg of the trip was to the Similan Islands. It’s a couple of hours by speed boat from Khao Lak to the islands.
The beach from above
The islands are protected, and inaccessible by visitors for the most part. This was one of the larger ones, where you could climb a short hike and have a nice view of the beach below.
The water here was crystal clear
Back in Khao Lak for another beachside dinner
The next day, we took a trip southeast of Khao Lak. It began with a longtail boat ride out to “James Bond” island
The boat ride out was super scenic, with views of the Phang Nga bay
“James Bond” island (Ko Khao Phing Kan), made famous in The Man with the Golden Gun
These are the type of boats (longtail) that we were on.
Heading to our next stop – a kayaking tour
The kayak was powered by a local from a floating village that we’d later visit. It was nice, but he was definitely a little extra.
The “7 Eleven,” as described by our guide. This boat was selling water and fruit
Us in our kayak
After the kayak ride, our next stop was a floating muslim village. We saw it from a distance on our way out, so it was cool to get to visit it.
The floating village (Ko Panyi) from a distance.
We docked in the village and had a walking tour through it.
An “alley” during our walk through the village
The mosque in the distance (this is a muslim village)
This house was waaayyy nicer than any other that we saw in this village
This was taken on a floating soccer field at the edge of the village
Our next stop was the monkey temple. This temple was created in a giant cave, and monkeys hang out outside it where tourists feed them.
Vendors sell bags of old fruit that you can feed to the monkeys outside the temple
There were probably hundreds of monkeys outside the temple. They’re free to leave… they aren’t enclosed or kept here, but they’re pretty domestic.
A wall full of monkeys
Lisa feeding one of many monkeys
This one put it’s foot on Lisa while it ate
“Please ma’am, may I have another?”
This monkey obviously likes to eat
Our last stop was a small waterfall near Khao Lak
Back on the beach for sunset
Our last sunset in Khao Lak
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