Saturday, January 7, 2012

[ holiday stop: phuket part 2 ]

THERE ARE so many things to see in Phuket and we decided to take in a tour of Phang Nga Bay, on the north-east side of Phuket. After a short bus trip, we boarded a tour boat and set off.



The bay holds some beautiful scenery, with spectacular islands and massive rocks rising from the sea.


We made our way to see the most famous Thailand island, James Bond Island ~ the distinctive spot where The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed.




The area is surrounded by caves that you can travel through on the boat {very cool} or rent canoes from floating boat rental locations on the spot.




After we squeezed through one of the caves {it was high tide so it was a little tight}, we made our way to the old village of Koh Panyee.



Built over 200 years ago, this village was built entirely on stilts on the water, likely during low tides when water levels would be shallow enough to stand in.

Fishing has been its primary industry but tourism here has picked up and many of the buildings hold handicrafts made by the locals.





But look past the craft stalls and you will see the everyday life of the residents.









We travelled by bus back to Patong Beach and took in a bit of the sights along the way...

shrimp farms...



grand gateways...


shops and food stalls...



motorbikes and tuk tuks...




What I loved about this stop was that it was filled with bits of interesting everyday life in Thailand. Definitely a trip to remember.

Thanks for following along! Have a great weekend everyone and see you Monday with something pretty.

lisa

10 comments:

Robynne's Nest said...

That scenery looks amazing Lisa. We didn't get to the James Bond islands, but went instead to Phi Phi Islands where we snorkelled and did a quick tour. It wasn't long enough, however, and we would love to go back and spend more time there. Robx

Anna of IHOD said...

Lisa, what a beautiful place! The water always gets me. Such calming scenery!
Happy New Year my friend!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Thanks for taking us along with you.....amazing pictures....Thailand is now on the bucket list.Have a wonderful weekend!

Ann said...

Phuket has been on my list for awhile, and your photos are making me want to go even more! What a fantastic trip!

Pinecone Camp said...

Lisa, I feel like I'm on your holiday too! Beautiful images, the place looks magical. Btw, I love "man with the golden gun" ;)

Beach Coast Style said...

Thanks Lisa for taking the time to show us your beautiful adventure. I truly have enjoyed all the photos, culture and of course beaches.

Leanne said...

what an amazing trip!...and sooooo far from the world i'm in. lol. had a mild one today though, neighbours ice rink melted :( not a typical winter at all so far. thanks for the little daydream getaway. xo

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

What incredible scenery! Thanks for taking us along for the ride :)

Meeling said...

How exciting Lisa...what a trip. One I hope to take one day. I love trips that give you that peek into a different culture and their daily life. It seems like a very colorful place...lots to take in with all the senses. Thanks so much for sharing with us. :-)

(Sorry I'm a little behind on commenting and blogging...my hubby had emergency surgery last week (appendix) and we are just now getting back to normal. The most important thing tho...is he's fine!! :-D)

Surin Beach Phuket said...

We are planning to visit Phuket in mid-April
Thank you for posting.
I've been looking at some of the posts on this website to get an idea about travel in Phuket for my next vacation.

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