Adventures in Thailand: Phuket’s Caves, Kayaks & Breathtaking Beaches

May 3, 2017

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Phuket is Thailand’s tropical paradise. Dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” it’s the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s southern peninsula. It has a population of around a quarter of a million people. The island has a rich culture and history and was one of the major trading routes between India and China.

Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate with very little variation in temperatures. The natural beauty includes lush jungles, sugar-sand beaches fringed by swaying palms, spectacular atolls, and limestone cliffs. Phuket is my favorite island in Southeast Asia.

My friends say I’m an aquaholic. I will say this…there are plenty of opportunities for water adventures in and around Phuket…

I enjoy white river rafting to Chalong Bay. The rapids can be really wild, pumping my adrenaline as I fight to stay upright in my slippery raft. Staying dry is not an option.

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Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking at Phang Nga Bay is a highlight of the area. Over 100 towering limestone “islands” rise precariously out of the shimmering emerald green water, creating a dramatic, otherworldly landscape. The craggy outcroppings provided the backdrop for the iconic James Bond film Man with the Golden Gun.

After we interact with wild monkeys at the edge of the sheer formations, we stop at a secluded island to take a dip in the warm waters of a deserted lagoon.

My guide helps to guide my kayak through the mysterious waters which are lined with hongs, or sea caves. We weave in and out of the caves and chambers – some of which can only be entered at low tide, and even then you’ll have to lie flat in your kayak to get through.

Taking a boat east across the Andaman Sea, I arrive at the island of Ko Phi Phi. This star of the Andaman is my happy place!

Read the rest of this article about Phuket, Thailand in International Living Magazine.

Another fun place to visit in Thailand is Pattaya.  Here are the best things to do in Pattaya.

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4 comments

  1. Comment by Larry Wilson

    Larry Wilson Reply December 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you for this post i really like your pictures , i dream always to visit tailand , but the dream come true next summer i will go There with my wife and i will try do try all this activity .

  2. Comment by Ashley

    Ashley Reply December 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I never visited Thailand. Hope to visit there in a few weeks. I wanna see the adventure of water. I have two kayak lovers kids.Is there any safety issue?

  3. Comment by Timothy

    Timothy Reply July 18, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Sea kayaking at Phang Nga Bay is truly an amazing experience. When I visited Thailand I’ve never thought Phang Nga Bay would be a very beautiful place. When I took my boat east across the Andaman Sea, I really like at the island of Ko Phi Phi. This star of the Andaman is my happy place!

    • Comment by luggageandlipstick

      luggageandlipstick Reply July 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      I totally agree with all of your observations, Timothy!

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