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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Cha Am February 2018

Mam had work in both Saraburi and Chonburi. We spent a night at Jomtien Beach (Chonburi) and then drove on to Cha Am.

Pasak River, Chonburi

View from the Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel

Happy Hour at The Cove Bar

Lunch at Rim Kuen in Samut Songkhram

Rim Kuen - Quite a big restaurant

View of BaBa Beach Club

Condo landscaping is maturing nicely

Breakfast on the beach, Cha Am

Erosion control. South Cha Am Beach

Sai Yoi fishing village

Pa Maew Seafood Restaurant

Pa Maew

Beach Cottage in the classic style. Cha Am

Cha Am Little Shop - great for lunch

Cha Am Little Shop

North Cha Am Beach near the harbor

Ice - Cha Am Harbor

Cha Am Harbor

Cha Am Harbor

Cha Am Harbor - Fishmongers with plaid hats

Live Shrimp

Cycling West of Cha Am 

Tung Krajiao is a forest park on the mountain due west of our condo. I have cycle/hiked in the park from the southwest entrance. This was an attempt to find the northeast trailhead.

Cycling snack

Old Thai highway marker.

Huay Sai Reservoir

These wooden elephants mark the turn to the road that leads to the trailhead.

The trail is just ahead.

Trail through Tung Krajiao Forst Park

Tung Krajiao

Tung Krajiao

Tung Krajiao

The park area is very dry this time of year. There is lots of bamboo.

Tung Krajiao

Tung Krajiao

Tung Krajiao

Made it

Short video showing cycling route.

Back at the condo it's Happy Hour at BaBa Beach Club

BaBa Beach Club

This guy sells traditional Thai coffee on the beach. We call him Carabao.

On the way home. Rest stop at what must be the biggest Amazon Café.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

South Andaman Diving January 2018

We did four days of diving aboard the MV Moana in the South Andaman.

The boat is an older wooden hulled purpose-built dive boat recently refurbished to add restrooms to the cabins and modernize the rest.

The MV Moana

Mr Mee gives a briefing

Coffee Time - Mam at the espresso machine

The dive deck is spacious and convenient

Breakfast at Hin Khao

The cabins are small with not much storage or workspace, but the beds are huge.

Divers enjoy their phones in spite of the gorgeous sunset.

Charge station. Never enough for all those batteries.

The South Andaman

Hin Khao. Our first time to dive here. It is a spectacular spot.

Mam at Hin Khao

Rock adjacent to Hin Khao

Koh Ha - My favorite spot in the South Andaman

Sunset at Koh Ha

Mam at Koh Ha

Fisherman at Koh Ha

Approaching Hin Bida

Another beautiful South Andaman sunset


Mike and Mam with some beautiful soft coral

Tessellated Halgerda Nudibranch

Mam in great form

Hermit crab

Three-lobed T-Bar Chromodoris Nudibranch

Soft coral

More colorful coral

Fish and coral.

Dark Margin Glossodoris Nudibranch

Trailing Risbecia pulchella Nudibranch

Tridachna (Giant Clam)


Can you see the Scorpionfish?

Cornetfish with a school of Fusiliers

Mam with giant sea fan


Lionfish in giant Barrel Sponge

Soft Corals

Mam with some soft coral

Mam and Mike at Koh Ha

Mike - Director of Fish

Brief trip video

That's all folks, until next time.

Nothing like a Chang on ice after the diving's done