Phang Gna Bay
Our sea kayaking trip with John Gray (the famous Hong by Starlight tour) approached Phang Gna Bay from the south. This time we drove off the Isand of Phuket and headed off towards the North East following the sea.
Highlight of the trip for me was the time we spend slowly wending our way deep into the mangrove forests. They are so dense that they would form a formidable protective sanctuary when the Thais used to flee from the coast to hide during the many piratical raids and Burmese invasions.
The Sea Gypsies are regarded as the region's original settlers yet they have no official status in terms of Nationality. This is very much an on-going Political debate with various organisatins working hard to bring about recognition to these people. They originally migrated northwards from Malaya bringing their mainly Muslim religion with them.
Thailand is 94.6% Buddhist with 4.3% Muslim with the other 1.1% made up of Christian and other religions. The Muslims are mainly found in the southern part of Thailand with Phuket and areas of Phang Gaa being popular.
This was an unforgettable trip but made all the more wonderful because of the people on it and their boundless appreciation of what they were experiencing and seeing. Great Day!!