Continuing on from my last post:
We stood in a sodden group on the jetty, impatiently waiting for our longtail to come pick us up. Here’s what these boats look like.
They are long and slim, and the local name for them is “Rua Hang Yao. They have a long rod in the back of the boat, which holds up the motor and the propeller, and are extremely noisy, sounding more like dragster racing cars. No wonder the baby in our party, started yelling again as soon as we set off away from Sea Gypsy Village.
We were all hungry, and soaking wet as we journeyed to view James Bond Island, made famous by the 1974 movie, “The man with the golden gun,” starring Roger Moore as Bond, and Christopher Lee as Scaramanga the world’s most expensive assassin, who charges $1m per hit.
After skirting the tall thin island,
we carried on to the Grotto Cave, and our boat sailed right through it, next to several people canoeing in the pouring rain.
Finally, we met up with our Junk boat again, and clambered aboard. Oh the luxury, in spite of the leaky roof! At last we were reunited with our towels, and could wrap ourselves up in them, as well as dry off our feet. A buffet lunch of fish, chicken, rice and salad was served, together with a couple of bottles of Thai wine. Our guide, knowing that we came from South Africa, apologised for the wine, saying, ” I know it’s not nearly as good as yours,” and he was right about that. 😉
On our return journey, we caught up with the other boat which had left the harbour at the same time as us. They weren’t going anywhere, as they’d completely run out of diesel. It was still a long way back to port, so our crew set about fixing up a tow line, and we started off once more, amidst much hilarity and joking between the two crews.
It was now going to take us much longer to get back with the extra load on, but I suppose we could hardly leave them stranded, could we? 😉 About half an hour later, we noticed something was banging against the side of our boat, and a head popped up over the side. No, it wasn’t pirates; just the other boat’s motor dinghy, with two of its crew and a large plastic container. They were hauled aboard, and up came the floor boards, so that diesel could be syphoned into the empty container, as they needed to be able to maneuver their own way into the harbour. Once they had the required 20 litres, off they went back through the extremely rough waves to their own boat.
We were all watching this exercise with our fingers crossed, as it was really very tempestuous out there. They made it back on board, but as they were trying to secure the dinghy, the rope slipped out of the one guy’s hands, and off went the little craft, bobbing merrily away through the waves. Once more, our captain came to the rescue, rounding up the dinghy, almost like herding cattle, and pushing it over to the other boat, until a man could jump in and tie it up. It was quite an expert bit of boatmanship, and I was most impressed.
So all’s well that ends well, I suppose. We caught the rush hour traffic, made worse by the pouring rain, on the way back to Club Med, but eventually arrived about an hour late. As we pulled up, some of the young staff came rushing down the the steps to greet us with fresh towels to warm ourselves in, and then ushered us over to the sofas in the foyer, where they had cups of hot chocolate waiting. What a day it had been, and a never to be forgotten trip.
This all happened on Wednesday, and it’s been raining steadily since then, with the exception of a few hours this afternoon. I hope the weekend will bring the sunshine again, not only for me, but for all of you too. Have a great one.
Dear AD, Don’t know how I missed this post, but I enjoyed the pics and the story. The weather looks very dicey! Glad everything came out of the wash!
Yes, literally, Naomi. 😉
Its looks so adventurous ad 🙂
Yes, at the time, it felt it. Not ideal conditions, but it was exciting in a wet sort of way. 😉 Hugs xx
What an adventure AD, thanks for sharing. Do hope you get some sunshine before you leave.
Thanks, optie. We have had intermittent sunny spells since that episode. 😉
Hi AD. It’s all experience 🙂
Hey there, foot loose. How fabulous to see you again. Yes you’re right about the experience. It’s character building. 😉
Trips that don’t go according to plan are always most memorable and great fodder for blog posts:-) Have a great one too AD
Hahaha. You’re right about that, Madhu. Every blogger needs an adventure once in a while. 😉
Quite an adventure! You have the best holidays 🙂
BTW, the people canoeing in the rain…they were from last Sunday’s Thames Pageant and they forgot to stop when they got to the English Channel.
Bwahahaha…. I thought it was just me who gets lost. 😉
Cold and wet and scary but still you get lovely pictures. Glad you’re safe
Thanks, Roly. It was quite an adventure. Wouldn’t have missed out for all the silk in Thailand. 😉
Hi AD, I see that a spammer managed to creep into your text near the end, Check out the word ‘resort’ 😡
I see what you mean, and have edited it out. I wonder if WP is being paid for these links to certain words in our posts?
That must have been the best cup of hot chocolate you have ever had!
Yes, you’re right about that, Tandy. Just the words, “hot chocolate” filled me with excitement. 😉
Amazing and looks like paradise there.
Thanks, newsy. yes it is paradise here for the tourists, but as in many such places, the locals don’t have it so good.
Great attitude on your part. Glad you manage to see the bright side even when it pours. I am totally enjoying your adventure.
Thanks so much, Gunta. Yes, it’s good to look on the bright side, even when there’s no sunshine. 😉
Wow, u are one lucky lady to be able to travel like this.
That’s for sure, evea. 😉
Water nix perience! (Sorry, couldn’t resist it!)
Actually, it seems to have been a memorable and fascinating day indeed. Wonderful sights and grotto. Doesn’t an experience like that make restored comfort seem wonderful? 🙂
Hahaha…. that’s verrrry good, Col. Yes, I was all for “restored comfort” by the end of that day. 😉
Oh dear, rain… But amazing places, your photographs are so beautiful, I am impressed so much… Great post. Thank you dear AD, have a nice weekend, love, nia
Thanks, nia. I’m glad you enjoyed my pics. This is a lovely place to visit. 😉
Seems to me it’d be worth the hassle of traffic and rain,looks like an awes….sorry :P…really great trip,my friend! 😀
Yes it was worth it for such an “awes….really great” trip, DC. 😉
Teeheehee 😛 But hey,I’m glad y’all got to enjoy it,it really does look fabulous 🙂
Mad dogs and Englishmen, isn’t that what they say?? We are dying for a good, soaking rain. Lots of promises from the weather bureau, but not much has come true so far.
Yes, that’s right, Pc44. 😉 Hope you get some of our rain. If you do, you can keep it. 😉
I love your photos and the narrative of your trip. Thanks for taking us along. I’ve been on a large cruise ship, but never on a Junk boat or a Longtail boat. Very brave of you. Looks like the water was a little ruff. Give me a calm sea and a big boat any day. (smile)
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks again, Francine. Yes, a luxury cruise ship is a very different experience, for sure. 😉
What a shame about the weather, hope it improves. Very cold here today, think we are in for a mis weekend.
It’s been better this past couple of days. I don’t envy you that cold wintry weather in PMBG. Winter drawers on. 😉
I have been there a week ago. Hope the rain will let up . Have you done the Fanta See show?
Today is nice and sunny. 😉 Did the show last time we were here. No photography allowed. ;(