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Fun sailing adventure among Thai islands, part 2

I think I could get used to the sailing life!; the trip brought back great memories from our group trip to Greece for Mike's 50th birthday

I think I could get used to the sailing life!; the trip brought back great memories from our group trip to Greece for Mike's 50th birthday

The most famous site on James Bond Island is where this rock split practically in two and the pieces now lean on each other; the split is amazingly almost perfectly smooth

The most famous site on James Bond Island is where this rock split practically in two and the pieces now lean on each other; the split is amazingly almost perfectly smooth

Cabbage coral was the most common species in the area; there was not a great variety of fish species but the visibility was fairly good

Cabbage coral was the most common species in the area; there was not a great variety of fish species but the visibility was fairly good

The limestone karst islands in Phang Nga Bay reminded me of HaLong Bay in Vietnam except without the hundreds of boats and trash in the water; definitely better here!

The limestone karst islands in Phang Nga Bay reminded me of HaLong Bay in Vietnam except without the hundreds of boats and trash in the water; definitely better here!

My GAdventures tour only had 6 people rather than the usual 18; I was also the youngest of the 6 which never happens anymore!

My GAdventures tour only had 6 people rather than the usual 18; I was also the youngest of the 6 which never happens anymore!

Railay Beach is noted for gorgeous sunsets like the one we experienced; it was very hazy in Phuket when we left so the pollution might contribute to the colorful sunset

Railay Beach is noted for gorgeous sunsets like the one we experienced; it was very hazy in Phuket when we left so the pollution might contribute to the colorful sunset

There is a nice sandy beach on the west side of Railay Beach but there's no decent snorkeling; there was the constant noise from the long boats shuttling people in and out of town

There is a nice sandy beach on the west side of Railay Beach but there's no decent snorkeling; there was the constant noise from the long boats shuttling people in and out of town

Walking Street is the most famous path in Railay Beach; roads can't reach the town so there are no cars meaning everyone walks which made for a nice feel

Walking Street is the most famous path in Railay Beach; roads can't reach the town so there are no cars meaning everyone walks which made for a nice feel

At Ko Khom I saw half a dozen of these Crown of Thorns sea stars; they are invasive and are trying to be eradicated from the Andaman Sea with limited success

At Ko Khom I saw half a dozen of these Crown of Thorns sea stars; they are invasive and are trying to be eradicated from the Andaman Sea with limited success

Haliclona cearulea is a blue, encrusting tubular sponge; these attractive sponges are sometimes sold in the aquarium trade

Haliclona cearulea is a blue, encrusting tubular sponge; these attractive sponges are sometimes sold in the aquarium trade

The islands came to worldwide prominence when Koh Phi Phi Le was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach

The islands came to worldwide prominence when Koh Phi Phi Le was used as a location for the 2000 British-American film The Beach

Our sailing trip had amazing sunsets!; the weather was just perfect too

Our sailing trip had amazing sunsets!; the weather was just perfect too

Ko Phi Phi was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, when nearly all of the island's infrastructure was destroyed

Ko Phi Phi was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, when nearly all of the island's infrastructure was destroyed

The crew had expected 11 more passengers to board at Koh Phi Phi and had purchased tons of food; they nicely let 3 of us stowaway back to Phuket with them when our trip was suspended due to coronavirus concerns

The crew had expected 11 more passengers to board at Koh Phi Phi and had purchased tons of food; they nicely let 3 of us stowaway back to Phuket with them when our trip was suspended due to coronavirus concerns

When you exit the pier on Ko Phi Phi Don you're first greeted by Burger King and McDonald's; the Thai Ronald is giving the traditional thank you gesture

When you exit the pier on Ko Phi Phi Don you're first greeted by Burger King and McDonald's; the Thai Ronald is giving the traditional thank you gesture

Powder blue tang; the fish has an erected part of the spine located at the base of the tail that is as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel and is used for defense

Powder blue tang; the fish has an erected part of the spine located at the base of the tail that is as sharp as a surgeon's scalpel and is used for defense

Black and white banded sea krait; saw several of these venomous sea snakes; they were probing the many crevices looking for food

Black and white banded sea krait; saw several of these venomous sea snakes; they were probing the many crevices looking for food

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