We had heard that you could barter with the fishermen for dinner. This is one of those ideas that Alex grasped onto, as he does, and he was determined to make it happen. One day, when we shared our anchorage with a bunch of other fishing boats, Alex decided it was time. He set his sights on the friendly boat that had waved at us on the way in. He figured out how to say “fish” in Thai by looking our Thai / English dictionary, then hopped in the kayak. Eric equipped him with a few beers in a bag as “payment,” and out he rowed.
It really feels like I should knock on wood before writing this post. We’ve been generally healthy, and have had no major catastrophes. (Knock. Knock.)
The Hole in the Boat
I suppose you can guess where this is going.
Eric and the big boys had gone ashore in Koh Lipe, and Sawyer and I were hanging out in my cabin in the boat, playing cards. All of a sudden, the boat lurched and there was a loud crash and splintering sound. I jumped up on deck to see a medium sized ferry backing away from the boat, and a man perched on the bow and holding his palm up at me, shouting “It’s OK! It’s OK!.” Our boat had been hit right at Alex’s cabin, on the port (left) side of the bow (front).
The final installment of posts about our charter! You can read Summary 1/3 here, or 2/3 here. (For anyone wondering where we actually are — we are leaving Dalat, Vietnam tomorrow morning to head back to Saigon, where we will visit with Eric’s friend. We are considering settling in Saigon for the rest of our trip.)
16. Koh Hong : December 28th, 2014 – Koh Hong was the beginning of our venturing in Phang Nga Bay, a picturesque area that is characterized by towering rocky cliffs and an endless number of small islands. When we first started out on the boat, I found navigating by sight pretty doable. Match what you see in front of you to the islands and land on the chart. Not too hard. But the second I got up here I was lost. There were so many islands that I found it impossible to figure out where we were on the chart at any given time. Good thing we had an expert on board.