Attack of the evil monkey… round 2!
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
142Trip End Jun 18, 2011
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There were about 30 other people on our speedboat… most of them being very red, elderly German people, who wear the tiniest bikinis and Speedos known to man and don’t give a crap what anyone thinks of them. I think they’re great… they are on their holidays and they don’t care who sees them in their g-strings and thongs, with their sunburnt bums. Our first stop of the day was a beautiful beach called Railey Beach. It actually looks like it does in the postcards!! The sand was soft and white, the water was emerald green, there were traditional longtail boats lining the beach, palm trees and limestone cliffs framed the whole island. Oh and there was a gang of evil monkeys prowling the beach and stealing people’s belongings. If you have read our blog previously you will know that Tom and I had a slight encounter with some rabid monkeys in Bali and since then I have developed a phobia of monkeys: I really don’t know why everyone thinks they’re so bloody cute… they are NOT cute, they are EVIL!!! We were walking along the beach and one guy had left his clothes and towel on the branches of a tree while he went for a swim only to find that a monkey had decided to sit on them while he was gone
At the end of the beach was a huge cave filled with stalagmites and stalactites: it was so beautiful and we stayed for a while watching some people doing rock-climbing. Hidden in the corner of the cave was a Buddhist fertility shrine: when we were on the boat our guide had told us in his best English that when we get to the shrine we will 'see lots of d*cks there… yes… lots of big d*cks’. Everyone on the boat was giggling like schoolkids when he said that and, suffice to say, the guide was quite surprised when we told him that word was actually a swear word and he probably shouldn’t say it in front of children. But in all fairness, he was right and when we got to the shrine there were indeed many big d*cks! Considering that it is a religious site used by Buddhists to pray for their fertility there were some really funny photos being taken… including one of a lovely little old lady cuddling one of the ‘fertility symbols’.
After our visit to Railey Beach we climbed back on the speedboat and were taken around to the other side of the peninsula where we had our lunch in one of the beach-front restaurants. So far on this trip we haven’t had very good food on any of our day tours, but today was the exception! OMG the food was amazing! We had a huge buffet of sticky rice, sweet chili squid, spicy chicken curry, sweet and sour battered fish, king prawn soup, omlettes, veggie stir fry and fruit salad
Back on the boat we headed off to our next stop: two tiny islands which are connected by a strip of white sand at low tide. These islands were really small and have become staples on the tourist route around here; when we arrived the whole place was heaving with people and we couldn’t even find a spot of empty sand to sit down on. Instead we popped back into the sea for another dip and found that we were surrounded by a school of tropical angel fish! We didn’t stay here long because it was so packed people couldn’t even walk along the sand without falling over one another. Next we were heading off to do a bit of snorkeling at a place called Shark Point. There weren’t actually any sharks there and after having such amazing snorkeling at other countries on this trip, the coral was a bit disappointing here
Later that evening we arrived back home at 8pm. After leaving the speedboat, getting the ferry back to Phuket and the shuttle bus to our accommodation, we were both exhausted and having been up since 5am we collapsed into bed and slept like babies!
So that was our last visit to a tropical beach on our round-the-world trip of 2010-2011. I think I’m going to cry! I know that we still have a long way to go before we are heading home just yet, but I can’t help but feel like it’s the end of part of our trip. Considering that neither of us particularly likes visiting the beach, we haven’t done too badly at becoming beach-bums on this trip. Hopefully one day we will get to return to some of the amazing beaches we have visited and enjoy them once again.