Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Islands of the Gulf

Our last couple of weeks in Southeast Asia were spent on three different islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The first was Ko Chang, which is close to the Cambodian border. The second was Ko Pha-Ngan and the third was Ko Tao. Each island was special and featured phenomenal sunsets, swaying palm trees and crystal-clear water. We spent our days snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and lounging around in the hot sun and warm water. It was a wonderful way to close out an amazing adventure!
Above is the bungalow we stayed in on Ko Pha-Ngan. I took the sunset photo at the top from the porch.

Ko Chang was a beautiful island with mountains and flowering trees.

An open deck restaurant with a view of the harbor at dusk (Ko Chang)

Good snorkeling spot on the island of Ko Pha-Ngan

Another perfect sunset on Ko Pha-Ngan

Coconut Palms on Ko Pha-Ngan

An interesting way to sell gasoline! 50 B (Baht) is about $1.75 U.S.

A cool "trail" on Ko Tao

Crystal clear water and incredible diving off the island of Ko Tao. This dive site (both above and below) was called the "Japanese Garden." Underwater, it looked like a Japanese garden with a variety of interestingly shaped coral...including some that looked like giant mushrooms!

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