|Clear Water & Sandy Bottom At Nai Yang Beach|
Our first anchorage was Nai Yang beach, where life is very sweet. The water is exceptionally clear, the bottom is sandy and a reef wraps around both corners giving reasonable protection. There is a great afternoon market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, mini marts, cheap massage and literally a hundred restaurants either on the beach or lining the one and only road.
We had great wind on our sail to Nai Yang and then the following day to Ban Thap Lamu. 8 to 12 knots, usually from a friendly direction, so our sailing moments have changed into endless hours of delightful sailing in flat water.
Ban Thap Lamu
|Neil inspecting a squid and net boat, all so neat and tidy. Fish trap street|
Third day we were still sailing! Some sort of record we're sure. Ley has been trolling two lines each day with no fish caught, maybe a change of lures is needed. Most of the sailing is forward of the beam and much of the time we are dodging fish traps, fishing nets and fishing boats, so we are kept busy. Our planned anchorage is in the channel behind Ko Ra, north of Ko Phra Thong. As we approached the bar at the entrance we had incredibly clear water and could clearly see the sandy bottom in 5 metres of water- quite nerve racking as the bar crossing takes over 10 minutes, and is more than a mile . Once inside the estuary we motored along a winding channel until we dropped anchor. The mainland here was covered in mist and clouds, The jungle grew right down to the water and the bird calls and scenery reminded us of Ill Ouen in New Caledonia.
|Our only neighbors, in the misty inside channel.|
Magic in the Mist
|Windward side semi-enclosed lagoon, leeward side opposite where we anchored, just beautiful.|