Island-Hopping Phuket – Langkawi Part 2
The Butang Archipelago, a group of about 50 islands and islets, is largely National Park, and offers dozens of fairytale exploring tours underwater and on land. Koh Rawi has waterfalls inland and those which directly fall over cliffs into the sea. Koh Hin Ngam – the island is called the island of beautiful stones, and true to its name over and over covered by stones smoothed by waves , the only place where this occurs far and wide! Koh Bitsi, Koh Tanga, Koh Chuku, Koh Pueng, Koh Adang ….. names that imply instantly the Bacardi-commercial feeling, and the exceptionally crystal clear water with underwater visibility up to 50 meters and sloppy said “fish soup” confirms this only.
The journey continues aboard the SY Nakamal, in southern direction. We see Koh Tarutao located in the Tarutao National Park in Thailand’s Satun province to the left and Pulau Langkawi on the horizon – visible and only 6 nautical miles in the distance, but already on Malay soil and therefore we adjust the time on our watches, to plus one hour. The currency is the Malayan Dollar or Ringgit. Money changers and ATM machines are readily available everywhere. Plenty of excursions are on offer, a cable car ride to the second highest peak of the island the Mt. Cincang, from where one has an breathtaking view over the forest covered mountains and the islands capital Khua. Numerous waterfalls, a pilgrimage site – the mausoleum of Masuri is to discover, and a crystal blue natural pool surrounded by jungle. Beach resorts offer all amenities and organize trips to stunning nature reserves, limestone rock ecosystem discovery pathways, a Sky-bridge, small cozy villages, many beaches and of course …. shop until you drop!
Duty-free goods of all kinds, practically forcing purchases! Whether you crave for chocolate, cheeses, Spirits, premium meats, foreign cars, technical gadgets or original perfumes. In the island capital Khua everything is available in all imaginable varieties. A charming little town! Despite the hustle and the bustle everywhere, the charming character of this coastal town has been preserved through the many still existing older two-storey houses. Restaurants cater to all tastes and prices, and culinary cravings can be satisfied as usual in Asia – on almost every corner.