Aug 29 - We be hongin' it...

A "hong" is a room or cave in the Thai language. For her birthday, Sue decided she'd like to go exploring, so we departed early for the motor sail to Ko Phanak. We took extra gas for the dinghy, and stopped at every beach and cave we could find on the east side. One spot even had a ladder to climb up into the cave, no doubt for the many tourists who visit daily. The limestone overhangs and coloring were amazing. Turning the corner to go around the north side of the island, we encountered a strong chop, so decided exploring the north and west sides of Ko Phanak would have to wait until NE monsoon season. By late morning we had seen quite a lot and the tour boats began piling in. Time to go. We motor sailed back to a mooring in Ao Po and after a nice swim, had a wonderful dinner with Bruce & Alene (Migration) at their condo (named Sumptuous Villa). The autopilot got a good workout, but I needed to bleed a bit of air out of the system, otherwise it was good to push a button and have dependable Otto steer. It was a great way to spend the day, and Sue was smiling...a lot.
Pic: Sue with headlamp on ready to explore.

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