4 in 1 Boat Cruise

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Fruit, rice treats, and drinks

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.

On the boat
  The first stop was a cave.  Every 2 or 3 people went with a guide on a big inflated canoe.  The guide paddled as we checked out the sites of the cave.  The cave did not have any big silly lights like most tourists caves and it was hard to see it other than with a couple small lights the guides had, the way a cave should be.  When we were leaving the cave, we had to lay down on our backs since the ceiling came really low.  When we got out of the cave, it was in a big canyon in the middle of the island.  There were some really tall mangroves coming out of the water.  Our guide spotted a crab on a mangrove and grabbed it to show us.  The whole inside area was enclosed by the canyons so it was really neat.
Sea canoe entering the cave
  We also saw a huge swarm of bats at the top of the rocks that were flying around.  We went back in the cave and back on the big boat.  We also saw 3 wild monkeys on the rock and trees on the outside of the island, just hanging out over the water.

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.

Mangrove in the middle of the island
  I went in to the end and Arum was all scared that I would get hurt, of course I did not.  We only had 20 minutes there but it went by quickly since we were exploring the cave areas.

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.

Swarm of bats in the sky
  The islands had steep rock faces along the water and we saw a big iguana/lizard thing on the rock.  All of the canoes went in a couple small caves on the edge.  We would have gone further in a cave but it was too shallow so all of the canoes had to turn back.  Then, we went through an archway and into rougher waters on the open water.  We got back in the big boat that had sailed around the islands in the mean time.

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.

Laying down to not hit the cave ceiling
  We were there for about half an hour and canoed probably twice as far as anybody else. 

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.

Monkeys on the rock just above the water
  After some arguing over the price as the cd was being made, we refused to pay that much so the lady stopped the cd while it was being made and we just left.  With the approximately $1.50 we had left, we went to the market to get some food.  We were not too hungry since we had the buffet for lunch but we bought some fried donut kind of things, mango, 2 meat sticks, and some cookies from 7-11.

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).

Steve

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Fruit, rice treats, and drinks
Fruit, rice treats, and drinks
On the boat
On the boat
Sea canoe entering the cave
Sea canoe entering the cave
Mangrove in the middle of the isla…
Mangrove in the middle of the isl…
Swarm of bats in the sky
Swarm of bats in the sky
Laying down to not hit the cave ce…
Laying down to not hit the cave c…
Monkeys on the rock just above the…
Monkeys on the rock just above th…
Steve in cave on James Bond Island
Steve in cave on James Bond Island
Arum in front of rock at James Bon…
Arum in front of rock at James Bo…
2nd Cave
2nd Cave
Arum and Steve sea canoeing
Arum and Steve sea canoeing
Meat Stick stand at market
Meat Stick stand at market
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