When traveling to Southern Thailand, exploring the islands in the surrounding area is a must. Luckily, it’s easy to find tours that can whisk you away to paradise, even if only for a day.
While spending time in Ao Nang, it’s easy to find tours of different islands in the area. There are literally vendors on every street corner. I found one I liked just down the street from the resort I was staying at. For 1,000 Baht (about $28) you are picked up and dropped off from your hotel, taken by longtail boat to four islands and a bay, and provided lunch, water, and fruit.
Our first stop was Phra Nang Cave Bay. The bay itself is gorgeous. You have time to swim around and explore the long stretch of beach. There is also a small cave where fisherman leave offerings to a mythical sea princess in hopes of successful fishing trips and a safe return home. Interestingly enough, you can also find many large wooden penises. These phallic offerings are supposed to help with fertility.
Next we stopped by Chicken Island (you’ll see why it’s named that in a second) and Tungming Island. Chicken Island we just passed by to take pictures, but at Tungming we were given the opportunity to jump off the boat and snorkel. I wasn’t quite up for snorkeling so I dozed on the boat.
The third and fourth islands were Poda Island and Tup Island. We had our buffet style lunch on Poda and were given time on both islands to swim and explore the beaches. I honestly felt like I was in a dream because the beaches were just so spectacular. The white sand and bright blue water were amazing. And although I was part of a tour, since we were given time to explore I was able to wander off and find a section of beach that had no one on it. Again I dozed. Taking a nap under palm trees with the sound of waves crashing is the best thing in the world…
A few tips:
Have you explored any of the islands in Southern Thailand? Which one was your favorite?
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