Snorkeling near Phi Phi Islands, Walk along Kata and Kata Noi Beaches || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 6)

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now. 
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It took the bus about 45 minutes to reach the gathering location, Royal Phuket Marina Pier, which was a bay where our speedboats were waiting. The tour guide prepared us for the day, gave the instructions, and divided us in groups at this gathering location.     Related Blog-post - Chiang Mai Travel Guide - Top places to explore, places to stay, commute options & lot of Travel Hacks

It took the bus about 45 minutes to reach the gathering location, Royal Phuket Marina Pier, which was a bay where our speedboats were waiting. The tour guide prepared us for the day, gave the instructions, and divided us in groups at this gathering location. 


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All this was done over tea/coffee and snacks. We also took a medicine to prevent sea sickness here, because the ocean was expected to be choppy that day. The medicine, like mountain sickness medicine, is supposed to be taken at least half an hour before you head to the ocean.     Related Blogpost - Birds of Ayuthhaya || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 4)

All this was done over tea/coffee and snacks. We also took a medicine to prevent sea sickness here, because the ocean was expected to be choppy that day. The medicine, like mountain sickness medicine, is supposed to be taken at least half an hour before you head to the ocean. 


Soon we were on the speedboat along with about 20 other people and headed out into the ocean. The ocean was beautiful and the breeze was cool. However, it was very sunny and we knew that we would be very tanned by the end of the day.     Related Blog-post : Buddha in the Banyan Tree and other temples at Ayuthhaya || 10-day vacation in Thailand (Day-3 Continued)

Soon we were on the speedboat along with about 20 other people and headed out into the ocean. The ocean was beautiful and the breeze was cool. However, it was very sunny and we knew that we would be very tanned by the end of the day. 


The boat sped on the ocean for about an hour before we arrived at our first stop, Loh Samah Bay. The boat was anchored here and everyone jumped in for snorkeling. The marine life here was amazingly colorful and the experience, even for us first time snorkelers was good. VJ, however, managed to get some salt water in his stomach, which led to hiccups that continued for 3 days.     Related Blog-post : Khao San Road - One of the most happening Nightlife places in Bangkok

The boat sped on the ocean for about an hour before we arrived at our first stop, Loh Samah Bay. The boat was anchored here and everyone jumped in for snorkeling. The marine life here was amazingly colorful and the experience, even for us first time snorkelers was good. VJ, however, managed to get some salt water in his stomach, which led to hiccups that continued for 3 days. 


We got back on the boat and the boat now headed to monkey beach where crab-eating macaque monkeys are found in large numbers. Lots of people got down from the boat and went to the beach. We did too.    Related Blog-post : Charming Thai-style Homestay, Authentic Thai food & Ayuthhaya Travel tips || 10-Day Vacation in Thailand (Day 3)

We got back on the boat and the boat now headed to monkey beach where crab-eating macaque monkeys are found in large numbers. Lots of people got down from the boat and went to the beach. We did too.


Around the monkey beach too, there were opportunities for snorkeling, but we focused more on the beach this time. Later we found out that these monkeys can be very aggressive and there have been instances when tourists have been bitten by these monkeys. If you go to the monkey beach, make sure you keep distance from the macaques.     Related Blogpost : Chiang Mai Nightlife - Some of the best & diverse experiences in Thailand

Around the monkey beach too, there were opportunities for snorkeling, but we focused more on the beach this time. Later we found out that these monkeys can be very aggressive and there have been instances when tourists have been bitten by these monkeys. If you go to the monkey beach, make sure you keep distance from the macaques. 


After spending some time at the beach, we headed to Phi Phi Don island for a buffet lunch. We had about 1.5 hours to have food and also explore Phi Phi Don a bit. By now, we were starving so we took our time eating. The food was quite good with soup, curry, bread, rice, noodles, and cut fruit. By the time we were done, we only had 15 minutes to explore the island. So we stuck to the beach.     Related Blog-post : Top 10 things to do & Travel Hacks for Chiang Mai City of Thailand

After spending some time at the beach, we headed to Phi Phi Don island for a buffet lunch. We had about 1.5 hours to have food and also explore Phi Phi Don a bit. By now, we were starving so we took our time eating. The food was quite good with soup, curry, bread, rice, noodles, and cut fruit. By the time we were done, we only had 15 minutes to explore the island. So we stuck to the beach. 


From here, the boat headed to Koh Khai Nok. The boat ride lasted about 50 minutes. The island was quite beautiful, but was crowded with tourists. We waded into the waters and after walking a few steps, we started seeing beautiful fishes. However, once again, it was quite sunny and we were tired and not too excited about any of the restaurants. We had had a good lunch and weren't hungry. After walking around a little, we headed back to the boat and waited for everyone else to get back too.     Related Blogpost : Top 10 Tips to better plan your Island Hopping Tour in Phuket, Thailand

From here, the boat headed to Koh Khai Nok. The boat ride lasted about 50 minutes. The island was quite beautiful, but was crowded with tourists. We waded into the waters and after walking a few steps, we started seeing beautiful fishes. However, once again, it was quite sunny and we were tired and not too excited about any of the restaurants. We had had a good lunch and weren't hungry. After walking around a little, we headed back to the boat and waited for everyone else to get back too. 


I guess everyone else too had had enough of the beaches by then, so very soon everyone else was back and we started our journey back to Phuket. By 5 PM we were back at the pier and had boarded our bus, which would have taken us back to Kata beach. Instead, we asked to be dropped at Kata Noi, which is adjacent to Kata beach and the road along the beach is lined with some really interesting shops and restaurants. By the time we reached, the sun had already set. We sat on Kata Noi beach for some time and looked at the stars while listening to the sound of the waves. And then started walking back towards Kata beach.     Related Blog-post : Food, Flowers, and the endless Night Market at Chiang Mai || 10-day Vacation in Thailand (Day 2 - Continued)

I guess everyone else too had had enough of the beaches by then, so very soon everyone else was back and we started our journey back to Phuket. By 5 PM we were back at the pier and had boarded our bus, which would have taken us back to Kata beach. Instead, we asked to be dropped at Kata Noi, which is adjacent to Kata beach and the road along the beach is lined with some really interesting shops and restaurants. By the time we reached, the sun had already set. We sat on Kata Noi beach for some time and looked at the stars while listening to the sound of the waves. And then started walking back towards Kata beach. 

On our way, we decided to try the red snapper at one of the restaurants. When they served it to us, it was the complete fish, including the head. Eating it was a little disconcerting, but we got through it as best as we could. We also ordered a noodle soup and were grateful for that. 


From one of the 7-11s we bought stuff for our breakfast next day and ended our day exhausted, tanned, but happy that we had experienced snorkelling for the first time. The next day we were to board our bus in the evening from Terminal 2, but before that we had enough time to explore the old town. We were already looking forward to that. Sleep was dreamless.       Related Blog-post : Doi Suthep - Best place in Chiang Mai to explore Thai Temple, Aerial views of the City and some Hiking

From one of the 7-11s we bought stuff for our breakfast next day and ended our day exhausted, tanned, but happy that we had experienced snorkelling for the first time. The next day we were to board our bus in the evening from Terminal 2, but before that we had enough time to explore the old town. We were already looking forward to that. Sleep was dreamless.   


For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.


For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.


For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

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For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

For Day 6, we had booked a snorkeling tour to Phi Phi Islands. We were supposed to be picked up from our hotel, La Thalassa, at 7 am, so woke up at 6, had breakfast at 6:30, and were waiting outside our hotel at 5 minutes to 7. However, by 8:30, our van had still not arrived. We kept calling the lady with whom we had booked the tour and she kept asking us to wait as the bus was on its way. We were ready to give up and head to her shop to ask for a refund, when the bus arrived. It was close to 9AM by now and we were angry. Cherry on top was that we couldn't find seats together. VJ sat with the driver, while I found a seat in the cabin behind. As you can understand, we were in a very bad mood by now.

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