4 in 1 Boat Cruise
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We got up today at 7:20 and took down our laundry and packed-up. We had a free continentual breakfast (bread and bananas) and got picked up for the trip. We were the only people in the van since I think everyone else here stays in expensive hotels on the beaches. It took about half an hour to get to the dock and then we waited for the other vans to arrive with people for our trip.
The boat was pretty nice and it was spacious for the 20 people on it. They had some fruit (banans, green oranges, and rambutans) and sticky rice treats for us, which was a prleasant surprise. They also had unlimited soft drinks, tea, and coffee. Needless to say, I had more than my fair share of the food.
The bay has a lot of islands that are big rocks that poke up out of the water, similar to Halong Bay.
The next part of the tour was James Bond Island, where scenes from the Man with the Golden Gun in the 70s was filmed. Neither of us have seen the movie though. It is a small island with some pretty neat rock formations and a lot of tourists. Some people take half day cruises just go to the island. On the island, we went into some caves/rocky overhangs that were in the rocks along the water and walked around the island a little bit. A big room of the cave had some bats hanging on the ceiling.
When we got back on the boat, we had our buffet lunch (the whole trip was activities and eating on the boat constantly). It was already all laid out when we got back. It was really good the only problem was that we only had 30 minutes before our next activity so we had to eat very quickly since it was a buffet. It was the best tour food we have had the whole trip.
While eating, the boat sailed to our 3rd activity, which was sea canoeing. Again it was Arum, me, and the guide. We canoed in a little bay area between two islands.
We sailed to our last activity, swimming by the boat and beach and canoeing by yourself. Arum and I took a canoe and went off. The big inflatable canoe was much harder to steer than a kayak since it would turn so easily. We went along the coast and could see some little inlets but no caves big enough to go in.
It took about an hour to sail back to the port and another half hour bus ride to drive back into town to get dropped off at our hotel. Again we were the only people in the bus so that was nice that we didn't have to stop at other hotels.
We had 2 hours before our overnight bus left. We went back to the internet place we went to the night before and tried to make a cd for our pictures. Since we brought our own cd, we just needed to use a decent computer to make it. This turned out to be difficult and the place we found to do it wanted to charge us $1.50 just to use the computer. We thought this was ridiculous since it would take 10 minutes of computer time and we didn't really have enough money.
We walked back to our guesthouse to get our bags and then to the bus station. We also stopped at another 7-11 to buy some 25 cent ice creams. We got on the bus around 7:50 and were off to some small town next to the border with Malaysia. The bus was VIP although we bought a 1st class ticket since that is all they had. But it was only a little nicer than other buses in Thailand. They showed some American action movie but it was dubbed so it wasn't worth watching. After a little bit we were sound asleep (atleast I was).