Phuket Day 4 – Phang Nga Bay Excursion – Part 1

The 4th day promised so much and we were not disappointed at all. We sailed again with Simba Sea Trips – this time to the Phang Nga Bay (pronounced Pang Na) bay and had an extremely adventurous day. We were picked up from the hotel and transferred to Royal Phuket Marin from where the tour began. We sailed over the lovely green water, explored two caves on foot, visited James Bond Island, had lunch at the Floating village followed by a tour of the village, explored caves in canoes and saw breath-taking picture-postacard views throughout the day.

 Breakfast with Simba Sea Trips

Breakfast on the boat

 Mangrove Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket  Mangrove Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

The first cave – Mangrove Cave (you will see why the name). It was completely dark in the cave, we carried flashlights – the pictures have the camera flash. And then came the water – waist high!

Mangrove Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

Is that the other end of the cave? No, it opens into a clearing with a mangrove! At high tide, you’d get stuck in here!

Mangrove Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

The cave opened to this view.

Mangrove Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

A lovely sight

 Ice Cream Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

The second cave  – Ice Cream Cave. Stalactites and Stalagmites – cave formations.

Ice Cream Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket  Ice Cream Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

The formations look like ice cream. And again, it was pitch dark, this is only the camera flash.

Ice Cream Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

The cave does not ‘open up’ to anything. Only a tiny opening in the wall with water behind.

Ice Cream Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket  Ice Cream Cave, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

The opening without us blocking the view. And the smaller stalagmites which Sanika called ‘Dinosaur Nails’.

James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket  James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

James Bond Island – featured in ‘Man with the Golden Gun’. A very touristy place after the rest of the seemingly untouched bay. We only stayed there for a short time, took kitschy pictures and left for more beautiful spots.

Continued in Part 2 – Too many pictures this day to stuff in one post.