On our relaxing island getaway on Koh Phra Thong, Mitch and I met two girls, Rebecca and Irina, with whom we decided to travel to our next destination: the famed Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea.
From Koh Phra Thong, we took a longboat back to the mainland and then took a one hour speedboat ride to one of the Surin Islands. Although we chose the less modern beach on the island, Ao Mai Ngam, it was still relatively busy, but that didn’t detract from the incredible beauty of the place. Everyone stayed in tents, and we were lucky enough to snag beach front property with incredible views.
Our days consisted of short hikes, snorkeling, and reading on the beach. After supper with Rebecca and Irina, we played the card game “Danger” that Irina taught us that she somehow always managed to win… 😉 The only negative thing I can say about our stay was that the food was sort of… terrible. By night three, all of us were ordering the instant ramen noodles and adding chili and soy sauce to create our own “stir fry.” This didn’t matter so much, though, since we had such wonderful company and were in such an incredible place.
Day 1: A Short Snorkel and an Afternoon Hike
Day 2: Morning Snorkel Trip and an Afternoon Relaxing
We were so excited to finally be using our GoPro underwater video feature that we didn’t get any photos of our snorkeling from the second day — darn! I have also been having trouble getting enough bandwidth to upload videos to YouTube to share here, so videos will have to wait until later! We saw so many beautiful fish — giant parrot fish who you could hear munching on corals, queen angelfish, moorish idols (Gill from Finding Nemo), and so many more. I’m seriously bummed the video uploading isn’t working and that we didn’t take photos! Anyway, here is a less interesting photo of much less beautiful creatures:
Day 3: Return to the Secret Cove and Second Snorkeling Trip
The morning of our third day, Mitch, Rebecca, and I returned to our favorite little cove for a quick swim and some sunny reading. In the afternoon, we reconnected with Irina for our second snorkeling session. This time, in addition to filming, we did take some underwater photos!
Day 4: Morning Mangroves and Goodbye!
We spent our last morning in Surin quietly wading through the mangroves on our beach looking for blacktip reef sharks. We were really lucky and saw quite a few, catching them on the move on video and photo.
In the afternoon, we packed up and took a speedboat back to the mainland, and said goodbye to our wonderful friends Rebecca and Irina. We had such a wonderful time on the island, which was made even more special because of the friends we made. Until next time, Surin!