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Ao Thalane – Sea Kayaking.

After days weeks of physical laziness I was ready for some sport. So I booked a full day kayaking tour around (and inside) Ao Thalane. It is a peninsular with huge karst rocks and mangroves along the open sea.

Start to a day of kayaking at Ao Thalane.
Start to a day of kayaking at Ao Thalane.

Crossing a few hundred meters at open sea we entered the karst-walled canyons. These rocks are huge! Wide and narrow channels form a complex labyrinth inside the peninsular. Passing through some small entrances, one suddenly gets into amazing lagoons. With bright sunlight from above and green covered limestone at all sides these are magical places.


After a good lunch and a rest at the base we headed off again to explore two caves. Low tide was approaching and the water level fell fast. The tidal range can be up to five(!) meters here. We were headed in the direction of the main land, thus facing a quite strong current. After some easy paddling in the morning the trip started to be a proper workout. Yeah!

Paddling against a heavy current.
Paddling against a heavy current.

Finally, we arrived at the first cave. And after some fight with the muddy entrance we were rewarded with a limestone cave with big stalactites and stalagmites. That is home to a lot of bats. Afterward we paddled through a passage that is only accessible at low tide. It is amazing how many beautiful hideaways nature has created in this region.

Inside the cave.
Inside the cave.

Back at the open sea we could watch some monkeys trying to catch crabs at the shore. And enjoy the beautiful scenery once again. All in perfect sunlight weather! Felt good to use my muscles again (at least the ones in the upper torso). Great day! Filled up the lost energy with some amazing food at one of Krabi’s great night markets…

Happy greetings

Published in World Trip I Asia Thailand


    • Michael

      Yep, it’s a great landscape! And I guess you would like it here, too. But you have chosen to change your travel partner :-( However, enjoy the road trip and all the rest of your travels. Hugs + take care, Micha

  1. Georg

    jaaa.. geile Bilder.
    Und ja nich nachlassen mit dem Training.. Im September musste fit sein… :-) Freu mich
    Beste Grüße G

  2. Michael

    Danke! Und fürs Protokoll: Dich Bürohengst steck’ ich doch locker in die Tasche ;-) Freu’ mich auch schon! Die Tage kommen ein paar Scans aus dem Rough Guide “First Time Asia”…
    Aloha, Michael
    PS: Alles weitere per Mail (kann aber noch ein paar Tage dauern, Reisestreß, verstehst Du?).

  3. Heike

    Hej Micha,

    endlich Bilder vom Paddeln… :-), übe mich auch gerade im heavy paddling, leider ohne Kajak. Der Sommer kleckert hier so vor sich hin, bei dir sieht es wettertechnisch und naturmäßig nach Klotzen aus. Ich würde sagen, alles richtig gemacht, viel Spaß im kühlen Nass und auf der Weiterreise.

    Vi hörs, Heike

    • Michael

      Hejsan Heike! Wie “heavy paddling”? Neue Trendsportart in Deutschland von der ich noch nichts gehört habe? Danke für die guten Wünsche und ja, ich gebe mir allergrößte Mühe, alles richtig zu machen :-) Dir einen Spommer, der noch richtig hinklotzt!
      Ha det så bra, Michael

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