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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cha Am September

Another brief visit to Cha Am


The usual coffee break at Amazon in Pak Chong

Lunch at Dairy Home near Khao Yai National Park

We stopped at Wat Wang Manao in Ratchaburi

Monk's Almos Bowl at Wat Wang Manao

Construction continues on Baba Beach Club at Thew Talay Estate

Cha Am Beach

Breakfast at Cha Am Beach

Beach south of Springfield Resort

Small boat harbor at Sai Yoi south of Cha Am

More beach breakfast at Cha AM

Ice crushing machine at Cha Am fishing harbor

Crushed ice goes into the boat hold

Cha Am Little Shop Resort

Restaurant at Cha Am Little Shop

Lunch at Saap Dii Seafood

I did a nice bicycle ride up to Tung Krajiao Forest Park in  Huai Sai Nuea, Cha Am


Need some snack first

The road in the park is paved, but narrow and steep

Lots of bamboo

Lots more bamboo

Termite mound with moss

The paved road ends at a visitor center. From there, a trail leads north into the jungle.

Animal observation tower

Nice trail

On the way back, looking west toward Burma

Confusion

Huay Thapet reservoir at Sam Phraya near the Springfield Golf Resort



This is a video representation of the ride and hike.



And a topo map.



On the way home, another stop at an Amazon Coffee Shop.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Koh Tao Diving August 2017

We did a three day dive trip out of Chumphon to Koh Tao and around on the Tapana Catamaran with Sainamtalay. We stopped in Cha Am on the way down and the way back.


Ah, the usual pit stop at Amazon.

Lunch at the Thepprathan Steak House. The food was just so-so.

Cha Am sunrise. Always nice.

Phatangko (Chinese doughnuts) for breakfast.

Marriage registration at the Cha Am City Hall.

Mam at Laem Son Beach with Koh Talu offshore.

Laem Son small boat harbor.

Bang Son Bay, Chumphon

Bang Son Bay

Dinner at Jin Jira Resort, Chumphon

Koh Tao Sunrise - Aboard the Tapan Catamaran

Sail Rock

Dorid Nudibranch (Phyllidia Pustulosa?)

Shark Island (Koh Kong Sai Daeng) just off Koh Tao

Mr Kaen gives a briefing

Chef Pom - Dim Sum

This is what a relaxed diver looks like.

Brown-Banded Pipefish

Dorid Nudibranchs (Phyllidia)

Sunrise at Ao Hin Wong - Koh Tao

The reluctant sunbather

Mam stares in to the scuttled (to make an artificial reef) HTMS Prab 

HTMS Prab

HTMS Prab

Aeolid Nudibranch

Koh Ngam Yai

Koh Ngam Yai

Aeolid Nudibranch

Anemonae at Hin Pae


Video Here

Short video of diving around Koh Tao


Sunrise at Chumphon Matapon Pier

Tapana Catamaran

Mr Ngun - Expert Dingy Pilot

Courtesy Kaen at Sainamtalay Diving

Courtesy Kaen at Sainamtalay Diving

The narrowest spot (perhaps) in Thailand near the border with Burma.