What could be better than being out at sea surrounded by stunning limestone rocks in Thailand? Doing some thrilling cave kayaking in Phuket of course! And if a monkey happens to swim past you all the better for it. When we booked our two day trip around Phang Nga Bay I knew it included a bit of a paddle in a kayak but had no idea just how fabulous it would actually be. Easily reachable from Phuket, Krabi or Koh Lanta (to name but a few places), Phang Nga Bay must be on your itinerary.
Firstly you can see just how stunning Phang Nga Bay is, the beautiful limestone rocks rising out of the sea are just breathtaking. A trip around the bay in a boat is a fantastic experience even if you don’t like snorkelling or kayaking.
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Snorkelling In The Bay
Our trip included two sights to jump off the side of the boat and see what’s happening beneath the waves. Life jackets are provided and everyone goes together, holding a rope which is attached to the boat should you need it. There is an abundance of life down there including mini sharks. Don’t worry, they are totally uninterested in you and just go about their business.
The Cave Entrance
Back on the boat after a quick snorkel we are taken to another rocky out cropping, in the distance was a black hole. It was three to a boat, me, Mr C and our lovely paddle guy who sat at the rear. He paddled towards the dark hole and it appeared we were going in. The hole looks quite large here but it became obvious the ceiling was getting nearer and nearer to us. Before we popped out the other side Mr C and I were flat on our backs with the ceiling about 6 inches from our noses! Now if that’s not a thrilling kayak ride I’m not sure what is!
The Hidden Lagoon
All of a sudden we popped out in to bright daylight and found ourselves in a lagoon at the centre of the rock formation. It was gorgeous although I could see Mr C searching for another exit. He was not remotely happy about having to go back out the way we came in.
Once our eyes had adjusted we could see movement around the shoreline. There was dozens of monkeys, some of which were having a little swim. Simply amazing! They were jumping on the boats before we knew it. They clearly knew the guides would have some tasty treats for them. Hold on to your cameras!
Our guide navigated around the lagoon and took us to some tree roots/mangrove roots which were sticking out of the centre. There were some really odd looking fish which were out of the water, sitting on the roots.
The Thrilling Way Out
After spending about 20 minutes paddling around the lagoon monkey watching, it was time to return to the boat. It appeared that we were going out the same way we came in much to Mr C’s disgust. I had no idea he was a bit claustrophobic but there was no other way. You can see just how tight a fit it is from this photo!
All in all a fabulous little trip within a trip! If this is on your Phang Nga Bay itinerary, get yourself in that boat!