|Convoluted lagoon in the north: a great place for a sundowner dinghy ride.|
We have often put in stories and photos of the wonderful Phanak hongs and caves; another feature, as on many of the islands, is cliffs that have been eroded away at the base, leaving wonderful shady overhangs with huge stalactites still dripping slowly as they grow.
|The view north from Phanak, whilst cooling off under the boat.|
|Heading north to Ko Daeng.|
Anchored under stunning Ko Daeng cliffs.
|Up tributaries in the mangroves: only at high tide, or risk getting stranded!|
|To tiny beaches (where there always seems to be salvage…)|
|… a fallen tree to shelter us from the rain.|
|Quiet solitude in a misty cool dawn.|
|It is not long before the cool will give way to fierce heat.|
A quiet place, far from tourists, a fishing couple uses it to check what they have in their net.
|This beautiful little rock island has a lovely tiny beach with a view|
And stunning overhanging structures with stalactites
|which, on clambering up,|
|proves to be a marvellous balcony|
|that leads to stalactite falls and rocks in beautiful hues.|
And we alternated eating with soaking in the water.
|Sunset on Khlong Marui|
|Old information poster at ancient cave entrance.|
A cave with now-faint wall murals and paintings gives evidence of habitation here 3000 years ago.
Another tiny tributary gurgled through a stunning 200m tunnel waterway through a mountain...
|Stalactites and "rock falls" were again plentiful and very lovely.|
|Net repair on the tiny beach near us.|
|A home drives past.|
|Leaving the area.|
Railay in the Krabi area is exceptionally lovely.
Chicken Island (Ko Khwan Dam) (stop 17)
And beer for boys was served on the hammocks under the boat!
Turns out the Chicken islands play host to thousands of bats: which we did not see during the day, hiding in the myriad trees on the densely-covered sides of the island, but they all returned home in the morning, for us to enjoy the spectacle.
Footnote: other sights and sounds of Phang Nga Bay
|No, really, he IS anchored behind us!|