After visiting the beautiful and iconic Koh Phi Phi some years ago (yes for a moment I was Leonardo DI Caprio fighting drug-lords, sharks and copping off with impossibly hot French girls- I wish) it was time to explore yet another Thai Koh. This time heading to the stunning Hong Island (or Honk or Konk Island as I was convinced it was named for weeks until my girlfriend smugly informed me of it’s correct name).
This is a small island off the coast of Phuket, very relaxing but also full of adventure (and alas also full of other tourists like me hoping that the beaches will be deserted- nope they weren’t).
I went for the more adventure side of things as cooking in the sun has my attention for all of 2 minutes before I am
A – bored out of wits or B – petrified of the cancer possibly growing in my skin (I watch a lot of tv- those adverts always get to me).
So first off- snorkeling- floating through serenely calm clear waters. Hmm, did I mention the other 50 tourists in an area the size of my living room? And there must have been a lot of rain before we arrived as while the water was warm and inviting, the visibility was not that great, being about to spot just a few confused fish (ooh was that a bit of plankton I just saw?) and a lot of bodies very nearly crashing into each other in the murk. It did give us time to try out our disposable underwater camera, not used since the late 90’s, that I found stashed in my suitcase, not the best of quality but fun to see my girlfriend look so blurry that she looks suspiciously like a mirage/ghost/hologram.
Realising that the snorkeling was not working, next off was kayaking- a chance to break away from the crowds. The island was small enough to kayak around most of it within an hour and a great vantage point to see the beauty of the rugged coastline with low-ceiled caves and sheer cliffs overgrown with lush green vegetation.
The highlight was paddling into a huge lagoon through a small gap in the rocks, it had crystal clear water and at points was shallow enough to get out and walk about and gawp at the peaceful haven that was ours for all of 2 minutes (damn those other tourists following us in here).
After leaving the calm serene lagoon we noticed a huge dark mushroom-looking cloud formation heading our way. After staring at it for a while our slow-holiday-brains clocked that this was a huge storm coming in with speed and spectacular anger and while it would have been amazing to watch, we were quite rightly sure that our little plastic kayaks would be no match for Mother Nature.
Time to head back before we are stranded on this little island with the gaggle of other tourists.