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Nga Bay, just north of Phuket Island, is a staggeringly scenic area.
Four hundred square kilometres of calm, milky-green waters from which
rise 40 limestone islands sculpted over millions of years by sea and
rain and wind into fantastically beautiful natural monuments. Already
famous as a cruising destination, Phang Nga is now offering still
more exotic adventure travel.
as 1990, aerial surveys first revealed the existence of hidden worlds
inside many of the islands. These so-called hongs, or "rooms", are
collapsed cave systems, most of them accessible only through caves
at low tide.
walls of limestone harbour lost worlds, worlds open to the sky high above
and filled with jungle flora and fauna, microcosms untouched by humankind
since the beginning of time.
daytrip spent exploring a few of these hongs, navigating in purpose-designed
sea canoes, prom ises what could be among the most vivid memories you ever
take away from a holiday. If you have the time, the three-day and two-night
or the seven-day and six-night excursions are better still. You can sleep
either on the mother boat or in tents on the beach.
caves themselves are fascinating, and the different hongs present
a whole variety of experience. In some, you will find lush jungle
mysterious and silent but for the call of birds and monkeys. Enormous
palm trees, fronds extending seven metres or more from the trunk,
tower by cave entrances. In others, mangrove swamps conceal labyrinthine
waterways, channels populated by an assortment of intriguing animals,
everything from amphibious fish to lizards and crabs.On one island,
you can take your canoe through a series of five hongs, each of them
connected to the next by a different little cave.
the really adventurous, there are night penetrations of the hongs. Try this
on a moonless night, and experience an almost awe-inspiring communion with
the hongs were discovered in Phang Nga, others have been located among the
limestone islands of Ang Thong Marine National Park, in the Gulf of Thailand.
Already, commercial sea-canoeing operations are making these mysterious
worlds accessible to the visitor. Geologically similar to those on the Andaman
side, these have one other feature -instead of having either mud or sand
floors, the Ang Thong hongs are carpeted with coral.
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