ISLAND HOPPING:PHUKET MUST VISIT !!

Travel to a Thai Island and skip a boat tour is the same as going to Athens and not visit the Acropolis Said that, go and book a boat tour around Phuket! There are plenty of offers, companies and routes. And it´s hard to say which one is better. It all depends on what you want to see in Phuket, what type of experience you want to have and your budget.Therefore during our stay we spent a full day of island hopping. This was our experience…An awesome Experience..There is so much beauty all over !!

My last post mentioned some famous Thai islands.Lets roam around where we visited.

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James Bond Island

Also known as Phang Nga, you may have seen it’s iconic limestone rock in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and The Man with The Golden Gun. After taking many photos we wandered around the island looking at the interesting stalls selling souvenirs, drinks and shells before ending our visit by exploring the islands bat-filled caves.One can see and explore picturesque stalactites, stalagmites, pillars and helictites here. It was formerly known as Khao Phing Kan.

Huge rocks, different shapes and millions of years. The rocky islets just appear in the middle of the sea, like God have decided to sprinkle some grey & green giants to protect the coast. The Andaman sea is the place to find these enormous rocks that seem to be floating on the salty water. You can stay hours looking at them, identifying different animals and even faces. A paradise for wildlife and rock climbers, they are a challenge for the fisherman and boat captains. At nighttime, they have to avoid these hard giants, and during the day, they sail very closely, so the tourists can have a glimpse of the incredible formations..

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Things to do:  Swimming, kayaking, sailing and exploring the karst topography.

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s most famous island. It’s been in movies and is usually the topic of conversation for all who have travelled to Thailand. Every local will tell you that Phi Phi island is a must see – and the hype did not disappoint.Cruising for nearly an hour in the Andaman Sea will take you to this picturesque island – Phi Phi, one of the amazing places to visit in Phuket. The surrounding beauty is mesmerising, the bluish-green water is absolutely see-through and the sizzling beaches are extremely alluring.

Phi Phi is the most glamorous and happening islands in Thailand. It is among the ideal places to visit in Phuket for honeymoon. Phi Phi can be accessed via daily cruises from Phuket. Just remember that stay options are limited.As we approached the island we could see the island rise from the sea, sheer cliffs towered overhead as we made out a beach-fronted jungle and once we stepped foot into the tropical water we did not want to leave!

The hills are steep and covered with tropical forest. The fruit trees and colored flowers surrounded by the blue sky and transparent sea create an amazing scenery. Perfect for an Instagram photo, and also a life-saving spot when you need a shade to sit, relax and enjoy the landscape.

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Things to do: Snorkeling, surfing, swimming, sunbathing and diving in Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck. People mostly wish to spend the day on the beach with a beer or drink, relaxing and building sand castles.

Canoe & Sea Kayak

Before heading off to our last beautiful island our tour took us to a nice spot for us to snorkel and sea kayak. We snorkelled in the clear, blue waters and viewed hundreds of colourful coral. We sea kayaked and marvelled at the strange and beautiful limestone scenery containing caves, tunnels and interior lagoons.

Ohhh, the sunsets! Golden sky and fresh breeze that will make you stop whatever you are doing to contemplate the spectacle. Seriously, the sunsets at the Thai islands are unbelievably beautiful. They will ruin your life, you will never forget that the smell of the sea and the orange sky. Listen to me, around 5:30 pm – 6.30 pm go to a beach bar or rent a boat and  Seat and relax! Recharge your batteries, celebrate one more amazing day at the Thai island, and welcome a happy new night. That’s how we do it!

In all Thai islands you can find a sunset beach, a sunset point or a sunset boat trip. Thai people take their “sunset moment” very serious, and I’m not surprised, they know how to appreciate nature.

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Koh Panyee

For lunch we visited the floating fishing village of Koh Panyee, built on top of stilts. The village was very secluded,  with a population of 1,800 people, was built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen at the end of the 18th century.population of only 1685 people, yet surrounded by beautiful sea and limestone formations. We recommend you head to the back of the restaurant and into the floating maze of houses and shops. It was fascinating to see a whole town floating on the ocean, we had never seen anything like it.

 But I had to admit, it sure looks pretty. Colorful roof tops and long tail boats dot the landscape with the imposing limestone cliffs as its backdrop.I am just as amazed at how they managed to live here at the mercy of the ocean.After lunch, we had enough time to roam around and check out the village. Close to the restaurants were souvenir shops and stores all catered to the tourists. As we went deeper into the maze of concrete pathways, we soon saw that behind these stores were their dwelling places Families lived. They even have a postal code!

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We enjoyed thoroughly here and hope to visit soon the rest ones..

Where have you been island hopping? Leave a comment below..

Love ❤ until my next post on another beautiful destination n Thailand. 🙂 🙂

Photographs by Shashvat Kumar

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