The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 19: Sea Stacks of Phangnga Bay

Join Thor and me as your virtual Thailand vacation continues with a tour via longtail boat of the dramatic sea stacks of Phangnga Bay.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

Our goal for our last destination in Thailand was to visit these spectacular limestone formations rising straight out of the shallow seas. Our hotel arranged a reliable local boat and pilot, “Donnie,” to pick us up on the beach the second morning of our stay, though we could have chanced picking up a boat among those trolling for tourists along the beach. The longtail boats ingeniously use a car’s drive shaft to power the prop, as the pilot stands in the stern to steer:

And we were launched! The boat had definitely seen some wear, but we were happy to have Suwanee as our private vessel for the day. Sweet Donnie managed to communicate despite his main English phrase being, “What you want.” (In response to “How long do we have?” at each stop.)

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