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Kayaking and capsizing on Ko Phayam

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Today we got up early because we could hear noises inside and outside our hut. Inside was a giant lizard and outside was a dog digging. We need a sign on our door which says 'wildlife not welcome'. Anyway we had some breakfast at our place, Chelsea had pancakes and honey and Liam had museli with yoghurt and banana whilst we did some research on moving on to Bangkok and made a reservation at a guest house with good reviews. The Wi-Fi is powered by solar power in the morning and is slow so it took a while but we are a little more prepared for the shock that will be Bangkok.

For the rest of the day we decided to rent a kayak and a snorkel and explore the sea further out. Yesterday's snorkel experience was not great as the water was murky from the sand so we thought further out where there are no waves it would be clearer. We set off shakily in our little kayak which we think in hindsight might be a one person kayak. Once we got past the waves it was really calm and deep but really clear. We paddled north to the rocky outcrop as that apparently has the best snorkelling. It was quite rocky and rougher so we didn't get out of the boat, even though Liam stuck his head under with the mask on and nearly tipped us over near the rocks. We paddled back along the coast to where we could see the seabed was sandy and decided to go for a swim. Liam tried to get out of the kayak first, needless to say it capsized which meant we were both in the water, the boat was upside down and all our things were floating around. We managed to gather up our T-shirts, Liam's hat, our sun cream and snorkel mask and turn the boat the right way up. Chelsea got back in but when Liam tried to get back onboard we capsized again. We turned the boat but after a third time capsizing we realised we had both lost our sunglasses.

Chelsea got in the boat and Liam tried to find them with the snorkel mask on but we had drifted and had no idea where they had gone.... They are lost so we will both need to invest in some new ones but there will be some really cool fish swimming about around Ko Phayam.

Liam decided he couldn't get in the boat without making it capsize so we decided for Chelsea to row and Liam hold on and swim along side back to shore. All the while this was happening just bear in mind that we were being repeatedly stung by jellyfish. We got back to where we could stand up and got back in but every time a big wave came we capsized and got stung repeatedly again until we gave it up as a bad job. Anyone on the beach watching would have had a right laugh! We kayaked for about and hour and a half and then decided to get our towels and sit in the sun reading our books for the rest of the afternoon. We have decided that we are not expert kayakers and it is probably best we don't turn pro. It was really fun when we were capsizing and paddling but when we saw how big the jellyfish were we we're a little scared.

We went back to the hut to get our beach stuff and when we were climbing our stairs Liam swore loudly and ran off. He had seen a snake on our banister, red white and blue apparently. We couldn't find it and daren't go in our hut so went to console ourselves with a drink at our bar extremely alarmed. We sat in the sun for the rest of the day, Liam swing in a hammock and Chelsea found a deck chair.

When we were ready to go back we crept into our hut and we couldn't see any snakes. We went out early to the next place on called Friends again. One of their specialities are pizzas, they have a pizza oven and make them to order. We shared a pepperoni, salami and mushroom pizza and some chips. It was amazing and the chips were real chip pan chips like mums make.... A real treat.

We came back and had a beer and a slow night. Tomorrow is our last day so we are planning on having a beach day all day (once we buy some sunglasses from the village) so it might be another boring read.

Posted by Chelsandliam 04:40 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand ko_phayam

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Hello again you two. I think you are right not to turn pro in kayaking lol, and i bet there was someone watching your antics from the beach. It sounds like you spent more time in the water and getting stung by the jellyfish than you did in the kayak. You are definitely more suited to land lol. Try to keep the bad language down a bit Liam, you might offend the lizards and snakes hahaha.
Sorry to hear you both lost your sunglasses though.
Thank you for the lovely surprise today, nan and grandad really enjoyed speaking on face time xxxxx
Hope you both have a relaxing day tomorrow ready for your overnight bus journey.
Love and kisses always xxxx mum & dad xxxx

by Bev

Hi ya guys, wots going on wid dr & mrs dolittle, wot eva did u say 2 that snake liam, imagine its thawts & feelings, its even english by the sound of it (red wite & blu) lol, did the dog find wot it was lukin 4? Hey liam.... If u manage 2 catch that lizard chels cud av a new bag hey hey xx or i wudnt mind 1! Just kiddin lol, anyway glad u enjoyed yr dip (deary me) u shud be an advert of how not 2 do kayakin, (bless ya both) glad u ok tho, we'll keep prayin, we laff out loud wen we read yr blogs, av a safe jrny to yr nxt dest' pls God , lve ya both c & s xxxxxxx

by chris & shell

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