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Sunday, February 4, 2018

South Andaman Diving January 2018

We did four days of diving aboard the MV Moana in the South Andaman.

The boat is an older wooden hulled purpose-built dive boat recently refurbished to add restrooms to the cabins and modernize the rest.

The MV Moana

Mr Mee gives a briefing

Coffee Time - Mam at the espresso machine

The dive deck is spacious and convenient

Breakfast at Hin Khao

The cabins are small with not much storage or workspace, but the beds are huge.

Divers enjoy their phones in spite of the gorgeous sunset.

Charge station. Never enough for all those batteries.

The South Andaman

Hin Khao. Our first time to dive here. It is a spectacular spot.

Mam at Hin Khao

Rock adjacent to Hin Khao

Koh Ha - My favorite spot in the South Andaman

Sunset at Koh Ha

Mam at Koh Ha

Fisherman at Koh Ha

Approaching Hin Bida

Another beautiful South Andaman sunset

Diving


Mike and Mam with some beautiful soft coral

Tessellated Halgerda Nudibranch

Mam in great form

Hermit crab

Three-lobed T-Bar Chromodoris Nudibranch

Soft coral

More colorful coral

Fish and coral.

Dark Margin Glossodoris Nudibranch

Trailing Risbecia pulchella Nudibranch

Tridachna (Giant Clam)

Octopus

Can you see the Scorpionfish?

Cornetfish with a school of Fusiliers

Mam with giant sea fan

Cuttlefish

Lionfish in giant Barrel Sponge

Soft Corals

Mam with some soft coral

Mam and Mike at Koh Ha

Mike - Director of Fish

Brief trip video





That's all folks, until next time.


Nothing like a Chang on ice after the diving's done



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cham Am - Christmas and New Year 2017

As usual, we spent Christmas and the New Year in Cha Am


Christmas at Café Amazon

It's corn season in Pak Chong

Suwan Corn Farm

Condo Kitchen

Breakfast at Cha Am Beach

Enough to eat there, Michael

Wat Sai Yoi




Cycling through the fisherman village at Sai Yoi

Tom Yang Gung at Pa Maew

Progress at Baba Beach club

Yes, it was chilly at the beach

And on the balcony

Christmas at Raya Resort

Cha Am fishing harbor

Vendors near the blue crab draw bridge

Blue Crab Draw Bridge

Cha Am Fishing Harbor

Chucking Clams

Christmas at Ban Bang Kate

Michael and the Giant Custard Apple

View of Khao Nang Panthurat Forest Park

Ordained tree and spirit house

Rice, ready for harvest


Tham Khao Nang Nuan Dharma Practice Place 


The next several photos were taken at one of the strangest places I've ever seen.




Unfortunately, the cave was closed







Back to reality....


Yes, a horse

Cha Am Little Shop and Resort - great food.

Baba Beach Club

Margarita

So we remember how big the pizza is next time.

That's our place. The one with the lights.

Last sunrise of 2017

Rice porridge for the New Year

The real Mr. Donut.

Ready for firewords

Confined water

New Year Sunrise - 2018

We had a little New Year celebration at Wat Nong Chaeng in Cha Am


Buddha Images

Donation box

Lovely old wooden ubosot (ordination hall)

Small shrine

Happy New Year