Wednesday an early early start- our transport waiting patiently out the front at 6.45am. It wasn't easy making the decision to commit to the Ang Thong national park tour. Firstly, the early morning start and secondly, the 1 hour speed boat ride across the open ocean. F and C couldnt make the decision opting instead for a day at 'fergies' spa.
The speed boat was crowded, we counted 30 people plus 4 crew. Whether there was enough lifejackets .... ? After a sqwished hour we arrived at our snorkeling spot. We feed the fish BANANAS, of course! Our guide Sammy Davis jr was a hoot. Sqwerting freezing cold water at us at every opportunity. Not to mention bossing us around for photo shoots, organizing us in height , and cosie colour. Then exclaiming "ohhhh my god, so beautiful" after every photo. Guaranteeing a big tip coming his wAy!!!
Back in the boat for 20 minutes thru limestone rocky outcrops we arrived at an island with an emerald green lake located within the steep limestone cliffs. The stairs to the viewing platform were so steep and plenty of them. At the top Sammy Davis held back the crowds so he could take copius photos of" Om my god so beautiful" moments.
Back on the boat, next stop lunch. We stuck to boiled rice, noodles and deep fried prawns. The last beach was fantastic - warm water , Soooo warm we think paradise! We did some kAyaking till W and Ca backs gave up and so reluctantly cough cough, we reestablished ourselves in the shallow warm and wallowed.
As we were being feed sweet pineapples and coke from the boat we noticed the storm clouds racing overhead. Safely on board we head back. It started to rain, then pour, then torrential gusts with 1 or 1.5 m swells and 50 Metre visibility had us reaching for lifejackets to 'keep warm'. Our position at the back of the boat was notcovered so you can imagine the 'look'. M prayed to every god possible and we all were thankful for the Kwells we had taken that morning. The crew struggling to see land were helped out by an English passenger who put his iPhone into 'sat nav' mode and we all felt more confident the odds were on our side. First sighting of the Big Buddha brought relief to our faces, the rain the stopped , the seas were calmer and once again we were joking and laughing.
On shore we were greeted with very tastefull souveneirs to commemorate surviving.