Saturday, May 15, 2010

After a fun breakfast with Kathy and Fletcher, the world travellers from North Carolina, we headed off to board Aman 1, Amanpuri’s 60 foot cruise boat, for a day trip out to Phang Nga Bay. What a fabulous day - amazing scenery combined with great service. We shared this adventure with a newly-wed couple from Turkey who were staying at Amanpuri. As we reached the first set of limestone cliffs at Phang Nga Bay, we saw numerous stalactites, limestone caves and caverns. The dinghy from Aman 1 took us ashore and we were able to enter one of the caves which opened up into a beautiful green lagoon. Once we were back on board, we headed off to see James Bond Island, a limestone rock made famous by Roger Moore in the movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. The tiny island was heaving with tourists and we were surprised to see numerous souvenir stalls on the beach which was miles from anywhere! After the obligatory photo, we headed back to Aman 1 and some more cave exploring with the dinghy. We then made our way to Hong Island, where we found a secluded beach and took some time to swim in the amazingly warm water. This was followed by a superb lunch on-board the boat, after which we headed back to the mainland. We lazed around for the rest of the afternoon and just before dinner, the hotel gave us each AmanJunkie t-shirt gifts recognizing that we have now stayed at two Aman properties. As we walked over to have dinner in the Italian restaurant on the pool terrace, a small snake crossed our path. This was enough to scare the hell out of me! Another good meal and then off to bed in anticipation of our departure late tomorrow.

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