17 March 2009 | Koh Pan Yi
On the 14th Richard and Irene duly arrived amidst a downpour. Typical! 15th we went to Ko Yao Yai; bought prawns for dinner, some as big as sm284'Eall lobsters! 16th saw us at Koh Yang, and a pretty sharp storm. However the anchor was down.
Today, the 17th, went first around James Bond Island, then off again to Koh Pan Yi, which is a Muslim stilt village which was originally all fisherman, but today is a major tourist trap. Huge restaurants all built out over the water and hundreds of shop stalls, all selling the usual stuff. We hired a 'longtail' for the first time to take us all up-river at the very top of Phang Nga Bay, about an hour's ride through mangroves winding past enormous 'Karsts', and we drove through a huge cave, the biggest yet. On our return we saw 'Neanderthal' cave paintings of recognisable fish. Lunch was on the stilt restaurants, very expensive to catch all the tour boats. However, we all felt the day worthwhile. As I write this, we are enroute South again to a 'safe' anchorage to avoid the worst of tonight's storm which is already coming up behind us, and the wind has changed from SW 5kts to NE 17 kts and rising fast. We are under full jib at present. No main. Temp has dropped to only 32 deg; barometer 990 dropping.