Phuket was a good jumping off spot for a 2 day, high-speed boat tour of Phang-Nga Bay.
This bay is most famous for its iconic towering limestone islands with vertical sides.
They really are spectacular. One island we visited, Don Phi-Phi is a serious party place. As we walked down the main sand “street” we could see at least 5 people being tatooed, about a bazillion massage parlors, and lots of shops in which you can buy a bucket containing alchohol and a mixer for an amazingly cheap price. For example you could get a pint of rum, and a coke, in a bucket, for about $2. You mix the two together in the bucket and then drink it, hopefully with friends.
We went to a fire dance at a beach bar, which was pretty impressive. It seems that the bar provides unlimed kerosene and music. Young people drop by to practice the fire dancing skills for fun and possible tips. A video is here.
Island Don Phi Phi has a spit of land between two islands. Our guide described what it was like when the Tusnami hit, and killed 4,000 people. Evidently there were 3 waves, about 15 minutes apart. He lost 4 good friends. It happened that he didn’t guide that particular day – if he had he likely would have died too. Fate spoke!
We visited “The Beach” (aka Maya Bay) where the Leonardo Di Caprio movie was filmed. It was truly beautiful but our guide said there are many similar beaches. But everyone wants to go there because of the movie! A similar attraction is James Bond Island, where The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed in 1964.
Other favorite photos from Phang-Na Bay are below. Click on one for a slide show with captions.