Sitting in a fantastic restaurant on Rambuttri Road in Bangkok I noticed dozens of these colourful, round lights. Whilst waiting for my BBQ’d Snapper fish and baked potato (which was delicious) I took a quick photograph. It wasn’t until recently, looking through my old photographs that I noticed these are Puffer fish. Called Pakpao in Thailand they are extremely toxic. In fact they’re generally believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrates in the world.
Taken on a boat trip around some of the islands on the west coast of Thailand. This bay is the main area I visited on a short stop on the island of Koh Phi Phi Don. You can see on the horizon that this area is extremely popular with tourists as there were dozens of boats on the water. This is one of the larger islands and part of me wishes I had had more time, maybe a night or two there. If anyone knows what the white ball dangling from the bamboo is in the foreground I would love to read more in the comments. My guess is that it’s a light for when it is dark.
Just east of Ao Nang on the west coast of Thailand is one of my favourite spots. It isn’t hard to see why. The many islands in the backgrounds, the crystal clear waters and the lovely old long tail boats. This boat looks pretty small in the photograph but it took myself and about 30 others around about half a dozen of the islands off the coast. Last year was the first time I had visited Thailand but I hope it will be the first of many visits. It was paradise.
On the second day in Ao Nang, I went on a boat trip to explore some of the islands. The group leader explained that the first stop would would be a Railay beach, down the coast on the mainland. Keen to get to the islands I wasn’t expecting much from this beach. It was an wonderful surprise when this was the view from the shore. One of the nicest beaches I have ever been on. Not just a fantastic view. The temperature was in the high twenties and the water felt more like a heated pool than the sea. Paradise.
This is a long-tail boat in the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand. Staying for a few days in the popular beach town of Ao Nang, I saw dozens of boats like this one. On the horizon you can see some of the 130 islands in this region. Most of these islands are small, very rocky and covered in dense mangrove forests. As a result, only a few of the larger islands are populated.