Ko Phayam, Thailand
After an overnight bus ride from Bangkok I was taken to a guest house in Ranong for breakfast.
Next I was taken to a pier on a river. On the way I was shown public hot springs.
Next to a pier on the ocean were I actually boarded the ferry. It took about an hour to load all the cargo. I was glad to see there was lots of beer.
Ahead was a fishing boat being unloaded.
Tonight someone will have power with their fixed generator.
We stopped after about an hour.
This gentleman boarded to pick up fish food...
..and left shortly after.
Arriving at the main pier. Behind is the center of town.
After a 6km motorbike ride across the island on a narrow path my new home for a few days.
It was an older bamboo bungalow.
I had mats to keep you from falling into the holes in the floor :-)
The place I was staying at was at the end.
The next day I walked back to town. It was about 6km. Very pleasant. There were only a half a dozen places on route. It was either rubber plantations...
... or jungle. I really liked the walk back at night. It would be pitch black if I turned off my flashlight. I did so a number of times. Then I was immersed in 'jungle sounds'.
The main side street along the ocean in town.
At the end of the lane leading from town there was a temple.
And it looks link another temple at the end of a pier. I did not see this pier in use.
This was on the temple grounds. Not sure what it is depicting.
Heading back towards the main town.
I saw this sign and went in for dinner. I was told the boats were not back yet so to come back in maybe 45 minutes. I expect the fish will be fresh!
The pier back in town.
From the foreground to the back, the long tail bloat is for use around the island, the power boat is the 'fast boat' that gets you to the mainland in half an hour and the boat to the left is the slow or normal boat to the mainland.
The view to the right of the pier.
Back at the restaurant.
My table in the corner.
Grilled fresh that day barracuda and vegetables...
...twilight skies over the ocean. It does not get better than this!
I ended up moving to a resort just down the beach 'Green Beach Hut'. The were just too many f%^*ing smokers at the other place. The final straw was when I woke up one night at 3am with a swarm of ants crawling on my legs. I slept on the hammock till the morning. They had moved to the bathroom area. So I moved out. I could have put up with the ants, but not ants and smokers.
My new home. It is the bungalow to the right. It was excellent.
View from the beach of my new office.
It had shade all day and a view of the ocean.
A view to the south (in the morning)...
...and north (in the evening).
Apparently life jackets grow on mangrove trees.
Beside was a shower.
The diner special for the day. Before dinner though you are treated to a sunset.
One of our Burmese hosts. The owners are a Thai man and Burmese lady. The staff were all Burmese and exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Just down from from the resort.
An evening swing. After swimming in the ocean and shower the swing was a great way to dry off.
The green lights on the horizon are from fishing boats.
Final light before dinner.
Khao Soy with chicken. I think I mentioned on an earlier pic 'It does not get any better than this'. It does if you look in the right and not so obvious places.
Heading back to the mainland.
Last view of Ko Phayam.
I sat on the stairs from the upper deck. It was a very relaxing trip back to the mainland.
Saw lots of fishing boats.
Many boats were leaving the harbor for a night;s fishing.
Each boat look like it was loaded to capacity.
Back near the harbor.
The original dock we left from.
On a songthaew to the bus station to BKK.
Markets along the way.
Ladies on the songthaew, wearing tanaka a reminder of Myanmar.
Vietnam and Thailand 2016
Ko Phayam, Thailand