In the last 3 and a half weeks in Thailand, I have been to umpteen islands: Ko Samui, Ko Pha ngan, Mu Ko Angthong Marine National Park, Ko Tao, Ko Nang Yuan, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta, which is where I am writing this post from. While the islands in itself are beautiful tropical islands, I somehow like the experience of watching these islands from a different perspective, which is from the boat.
And since all these places are small islands with limited air connectivity, the main mode of transport to these islands is by boat. Some of these boats are air conditioned, large, have 2 upper decks, while the others are small, move slowly and have basic facilities. The perspective more or less remains the same, but the cost and the luxury factor varies.
The standard thing on such a boat trip is basically taking a sun bath on the upper deck of the boat. People who come from cold countries waste no opportunity to get a bronze look and get ready with all their sun tanning lotion. In a short while, the deck turns into a tanning studio. While the sun tanning happens, one can watch the different islands around you flow past you, different kind of boats who are either on fishing trips or tourist trips, the shimmer on the waters and feel the thrill of watching the entrance to an upcoming island. I totally love these boat trips as they provide such a new perspective to you.