Monkey business started the activities today. These little guys are so use to people they just take the peanuts right out of your hand while barely even paying attention to you. Nearing the entrance to the cave, monkeys of all ages and sizes scamper up the rock and onto the trees trying to get your attention and a banana or piece of corn.
Inside the cave of the Monkey Temple there are several large images of Buddha. Many are in several different positions, with each image of hand placement having a different meaning.
Some of the areas in the cavernous cave appeared to have been cut into the rock with the only purpose being the placement of another Buddha, but was quite well done. In the rocky recesses of the cave the indirect lighting holds back the darkness while the direct lighting on the Buddha images cast shadows along the walls and ceiling.
In one dark and secluded area at the back of the cave was a gate separating us from a “squeeky”, musty smelling smaller cave.
Bats were resting and flying occasionally in the darkness but not bothered by the people standing so close to them.
Another great boat ride had us racing thru the waterways of Phang Nga Bay National Park with Mangrove islands all around us in the James Bond boats again, heading to James Bond Island.
This was such a cool ride. Some of the pictures will be posted up later as they are on the GoPro. Arriving at this large rock island we drove the boats right thru the center of the rock with the walls closing in around us as the light from the other side illuminated the exit walls.
Exiting out the other side we sped away toward Phang Nga Bay and the large monolithic rock, named Ko Tapu, made famous in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun.
We had a nice hike up and around the island before I jumped in the beautiful teal, clear water and swam out to the rock for some up close pictures, which ended up being a lot further then it looked, but was great.
Hopping back in our long boat our driver fires up the big 6 cylinder engine and away we sped through the mangroves heading to a Muslim floating village that has been around for about 3 centuries.
We had a lunch that had been prepared for us of fresh fish and traditional fare that I had no idea of what it was.
A quick picture from the pool at the hotel. The Mai Tai’s and Long Island Ice Teas sometimes seem to flow so easily. Melanie said she had Sex on the Beach, and she said I was there…
Greg “WANDRR” and Melanie