Well, we've been here a week now and I have to say that it feels longer. It's incredible how you can feel so removed from everyday life in such a short space of time. This is mainly because we actually got off our lazy (and very sun tanned) bums today and went off for a spot of island hopping on the Andaman Coast. We were picked up promptly at our hotel at 9.45 and driven to the pier to get a longtail boat which we shared with what we assumed was a Dutch family and a couple - who were weird (the woman was dressed in a denim skirt and what I could only describe as an Amish top. She basically looked like she was going to a barn dance rather than getting on a boat). Our first stop was Phra Nang beach - the home of the Phra Nang Cave which is basically a crater in the mountain and has been decorated with numerous statues of large penises. Now many of you may think that this wasn't true and I just stumbled very drunkenly into a Thai ladyboy bar - but let me assure you that this wasn't the case.Needless to say that there is more to this beach than just phallic statues...erm...it had a nice beach and clear waters. Enough said.From there we went to Poda Island which has crystal clear waters and white sands and is home to lots of monkeys (the cute type that is in the film Outbreak - if you know the species then you're sad). We spent around an hour just topping up our tans and climbed back onto the longtail boat and headed to Chicken Island for a spot of lunch (incase you're interested it's called Chicken as there is a rock formation that looks like a Chicken - we concluded that it looks more like a camel but I don't think the Thai government is going to change it's name). After lunch we were taken to Tup Island, which can only be described as paradise! It's actually two small islands which are joined together with a sandy beach (no more than 2 meters wide). The whole area is incredible and when the tide is low you can actually walk between Tup and Chicken. After a bit of snorkelling we were back on the boat and round to the other side of Chicken Island for some deep water snorkelling and then back to Ao Nang. Having exerted our selves too much today we are back to laying in the sun and doing nothing tomorrow before heading to Koh Lanta by boat on Thursday.That's all for now.