My husband, our daughter, the monkey and me

View of the mesmerising Phang Nga Bay from a small beach

The trick to exploring the mesmerising Phang Nga Bay is to do it when there are no tourists about. 

Another wonderful view

One of the many tiny beaches in the area

Bali Hai and her crew were there in June and while the weather at times was rainy and blowing nine bells, there were also many hours of sunny weather. 

One of those rainy days!

After the rain the sun…

Exploring the many little tucked away beaches is one of the highlights of any cruise in this glorious area but unless you arrive early in the morning or in the evening you will end up sharing the beach. 

A longtail arrives to share our beach for a while

This is fine if it’s with just one traditional long tail with a young couple or small family aboard but quite a different thing when a couple of “fizz” boats turn up crammed with hoards of tourists!

A lone monkey comes to suss us out

We had just settled on a pretty little beach on Koh Phanak, just my husband, our daughter visiting us for a short break and one little monkey. 

Settled on the beach , while the skipper musters up the energy to go back to the boat for the bubbly

The bottle of bubbles was about to be popped when suddenly not one but two big boatloads of holidaymakers arrived. 

The “mini hong” that we hid in while the tourists enjoyed a swim

We moved discretely into a minuscule Hong – more of a cave horizontal to the shore with an opening each end and “window” in the middle. 

“Hong (room in Thai) with a view”

It was the perfect place to sip our bubbles and hide from the sun and the hoards of people!

Our dinghy on a small deserted beach

The boats didn’t stay long – just enough time for people to kayak to shore, have a swim, eat some fruit and then kayak back to their mothership. 

Peace and quiet again

All too soon we had the beach back to ourselves – just my husband, our daughter, the monkey and me!

Me and my monkey pal

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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