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Fun sailing adventure among Thai islands, part 1

Ko Phi Phi Don reminded me of Ibiza with tons of young people and tons of bars; GAdventures suspended all tours while we were underway and this was our end point

Ko Phi Phi Don reminded me of Ibiza with tons of young people and tons of bars; GAdventures suspended all tours while we were underway and this was our end point

Ko Ha Yai is a popular dive site due to the caverns and swim-throughs; the five small islands are supposedly home to manta rays, whale sharks and giant barracuda although I didn't see anything big

Ko Ha Yai is a popular dive site due to the caverns and swim-throughs; the five small islands are supposedly home to manta rays, whale sharks and giant barracuda although I didn't see anything big

This pinnacle was featured in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun; the small island attracts more than 5000 tourists each day in high season

This pinnacle was featured in the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun; the small island attracts more than 5000 tourists each day in high season

I had my own cabin with great AC and wifi; the challenge was getting in and out via this steep ladder; the shower head doubled as the sink faucet

I had my own cabin with great AC and wifi; the challenge was getting in and out via this steep ladder; the shower head doubled as the sink faucet

Sunrise at James Bond Island; I loved Phang Nga Bay much more than HaLong Bay in Vietnam; there were very few boats and little trash in the water

Sunrise at James Bond Island; I loved Phang Nga Bay much more than HaLong Bay in Vietnam; there were very few boats and little trash in the water

There were some colorful giant clams at our snorkeling spots; the water had tons of plankton in it so it was in need of filter feeders like whale sharks

There were some colorful giant clams at our snorkeling spots; the water had tons of plankton in it so it was in need of filter feeders like whale sharks

The limestone cliffs at Railay Beach attract rock climbers from around the world; you can walk across the peninsula from West Beach to East Beach in about 5 minutes so it's a very compact town

The limestone cliffs at Railay Beach attract rock climbers from around the world; you can walk across the peninsula from West Beach to East Beach in about 5 minutes so it's a very compact town

This is East Railay Beach while West Railey Beach is close behind the palm trees; the tidal range is large so at low tide this area is largely mud flats

This is East Railay Beach while West Railey Beach is close behind the palm trees; the tidal range is large so at low tide this area is largely mud flats

At sunset thousands of bats emerged from one of the local caves making the town seem even more like Austin; this area wasn't impacted by the 2004 tsunami

At sunset thousands of bats emerged from one of the local caves making the town seem even more like Austin; this area wasn't impacted by the 2004 tsunami

Most of the restaurants seemed to have identical menus but these kebobs were different and looked good; I saw different dishes like mussel pancakes but they weren't very tempting

Most of the restaurants seemed to have identical menus but these kebobs were different and looked good; I saw different dishes like mussel pancakes but they weren't very tempting

Railay Beach has an Austin vibe to it with some live music, mainly young people and plenty of laid back bars; it was one of my favorite SE Asian towns

Railay Beach has an Austin vibe to it with some live music, mainly young people and plenty of laid back bars; it was one of my favorite SE Asian towns

Ko Khom had the most sea cucumbers I've ever seen in one place; they were all of this variety and it was interesting to watch them move as they fed

Ko Khom had the most sea cucumbers I've ever seen in one place; they were all of this variety and it was interesting to watch them move as they fed

Cabbage coral was the primary species of coral we saw at all of the snorkeling spots on the tour; the variety of fish species was pretty limited

Cabbage coral was the primary species of coral we saw at all of the snorkeling spots on the tour; the variety of fish species was pretty limited

The coronavirus has limited Chinese visitors but there were still plenty from Russia and Europe; notice on the left Bart Simpson is even wearing a face mask

The coronavirus has limited Chinese visitors but there were still plenty from Russia and Europe; notice on the left Bart Simpson is even wearing a face mask

Cool rock stratification!; throughout our trip there were gorgeous cliffs and virtually no development in the Andaman Sea; there was surprisingly little trash too

Cool rock stratification!; throughout our trip there were gorgeous cliffs and virtually no development in the Andaman Sea; there was surprisingly little trash too

Koh Haa was the southernmost point on our trip and had the most species diversity; I swam under the natural arch but the rough seas made it less than ideal

Koh Haa was the southernmost point on our trip and had the most species diversity; I swam under the natural arch but the rough seas made it less than ideal

At Koh Haa we saw several juvenile black tip reef sharks and a giant moray; the visibility was pretty good but the water too rough to take photos

At Koh Haa we saw several juvenile black tip reef sharks and a giant moray; the visibility was pretty good but the water too rough to take photos

I was disappointed in GAdventures since it made no sense to stop our tour while it was in progress; the catamaran and crew had to return to Phuket where we were originally scheduled to end

I was disappointed in GAdventures since it made no sense to stop our tour while it was in progress; the catamaran and crew had to return to Phuket where we were originally scheduled to end

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