Phang Nga Bay

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Festival. El segon viatge “organitzat” des de que sóc a Phuket va ser molt millor que el primer. Suposo que un “speed boat” en comptes d’un “boat” a seques va ajudar molt. El fet de visitar fins a sis illes diferents també va ser clau. Ara, enamorat de les illes de Hong i Naka i sorprès amb la James Bond, ja conec algunes illes més d’aquest país exquisit. M’agradaria conèixer-ne d’altres menys turístiques… a veure si tinc temps i diners en els propers mesos!

Altre cop llevar-se a les set del matí. Quina mandra… al final val la pena, però quan has de posar-te en peu fa pal, no sé si m’enteneu. Ens vam enfilar a una d’aquestes furgonetes per 14 persones tan noves com incòmodes i tres quarts d’hora més tard, com si fóssim ovelles, teniem una adhesiu que ens definia com a grup. Quinze minuts més tard, el nostre equip (blau) de 29 persones estava llest per embarcar.

El primer destí, sense aturada, Panak Island. Quatre fotos i continuació a gran velocitat fins a Panyee Island on vam dinar-hi com a bons turistes. Panyee és una illa construïda el s.XVIII per pescadors malaisis, curiós indret on hi viuen 200 famílies, la majoria d’elles musulmanes.

Sense temps per digerir, directes cap a Ko Tapu (illa ungla), coneguda també com a James Bond Island… possiblement l’indret més famós de la badia de Phang Nga. Allà s’hi va rodar James Bond l’any 74, “el hombre de la pistola de oro” (The man with the golden gun). És bonic tot i que pel meu gust, extremadament turístic. Incapaç de contar quanta gent érem a un lloc tan diminut com aquell. Massa. Fer fotos sense gent va ser un repte titànic! Per cert, la Ko Tapu és un illot vist des d’una altra illeta anomenada Khao Ping Kan (traduiríem “turons recolzats entre ells”) que és impressionant per si mateixa. He penjat una foto que explica molt bé el per què del nom de l’illa en qüestió.

I quan pensava que el més bonic ja ho havíem vist, vam arribar a Hong Island on vam navegar amb canoa. Quina experiència! Res, amb prou feina mitja horeta, però quina passada. Coves, illots, vegetació, terreny salvatge, preciós. En Piotr es va llençar de la canoa i tot… jo protegia la càmera des de l’embarcació. Va haver-hi un moment que vam haver d’arronsar el cap per passar sota unes roques i de cop i volta vam aparèixer a un petit tros de mar rodejat de parets altíssimes farcides de color verd i del so dels grills (o similars). Territori verge, pell de gallina, sense paraules.

Hagués estat fantàstic poder navegar per Hong Island més estona, però l’overbooking de turistes ens va obligar a marxar. La darrera parada va ser a la Naka Island, una illa privada de sorra blanca i mar transparent. Dues hores de lleure per gaudir d’una platja menys transitada que les de l’illa de Phuket. Vam dedicar les dues hores ha estar submergits a aigües cristal·lines poc profundes i càlides, fins que va ser hora de pujar a la llanxa i tornar a la realitat de Phuket, una illa més “normal”.

Potser aixecar-se a les 7 va estar prou bé…

Per cert, en Piotr ha marxat… torna cap a Polònia. Ara sóc sol a Patong Beach (Phuket), on m’hi quedaré un parell de setmanes abans de tornar a Bangkok on la Xalita i una feina remunerada m’hi esperen. Demà us explico el per què de la meva estada de dues setmanes extra per aquestes terres del sud.

I pels que preteneu viatjar a Tailàndia, el dia ens va costar la suma de 1300bath per barba (32,5€).

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Pleasure. The second organised trip was much better than the first one. I guess the “speed boat” instead of “a boat” helped a lot. Also the fact that we could visit up to 6 islands, not just one. Now, in love with Hong and Naka Islands and trully suprised with James Bond one, I know a bit more of the Islands of this exquisit country. I’d like to be in some of the “unknown” and wild ilsands, let’s see if I have time and money within the next half a year!

Standing up, again, at 7am. Such a job! Yes, it’s really worth it, but still, when you have to wake up and start moving at this time, it’s kind of hard labour… I don’t know if you can understand what I mean. Anyway, we took one of these 14 people van as newer as unconfortable and 45 minutes later we were at the pier, like sheep, with a blue sticker in our tshirt which defined us as a group. 15 minutes later our team was ready to jump into the boat.

Our morning first destination, Panak Island. We didn’t even stop in it, just sightseeing. Some pics and high speed (again) to Panyee Island where we, as a common tourists, had lunch before noon. Panyee is an island build up in the 18th century by some malaysian fishermen; curious place indeed where 200 families spend their lives together, most of them are muslim.

Without time to rest, straight to Ko Tapu (nail island), known as James Bond island as well… it might be the most famous location among the whole Phang Nga Bay. That rock appeared at the James Bond movie “The man with the golden gun”. My opinion? It’s amazing, but there are too many tourists. A lot, hundreds of them. I had to work hard to get some wild pictures, without human beings in it. By the way, Ko Tapu is a 20 meter rock that can be seen peacefully from another island called Khao Ping Kan (Hills leaning against each other). Well, that place is amazing by itself, even without the James Bond rock. I’ve uploaded a picture that explains quite well why the name is that.

And when I thought we has visited the most beautiful places we got to Hong Island where we did canoeing. Such an experience!!! We were there just half an hour or so, amazing nevertheless. Caves, small islands, vegetation, wild territory, awesome. Peter even jumped from the canoe to have a bath, I was protecting my camera so I didn’t. There was a moment when we had to lie down to fit under some rocks and suddenly we were in a small piece of ocean surrounded by many huge rocks full of life. Amazing land, goosebumps, no words to describe the feelings.

It would have been amazing to spend more time in Hong Island, but the tourist overbooking thing force us going back to the boat and move to Naka Island. Naka’s a private white sandy beach at the bank of a transparent ocean. Two hours of leisure time to enjoy a beach less crowded than the ones in Phuket were deserved. We invested our time lying in the shallow crystalline warm water, just till the time to return to the boat and cruise back to the pier.

Yeah, getting up at 7 was ok.

Oh, and Piotr has left! He’s on his way to Poland. Now I’m alone in Patong Beach (Phuket) where I’ll stay for the next two weeks or so. Then I’ll be back to Bangkok, where Chalita and a paid job are waiting for me. Tomorrow I’ll tell you the reason of my stay in south of Thailand,

And just for the people interested in travelling around Thailand, my trip costed 1300bath per person… a bit more than 32€!

All pics, here!

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