Phang Nga Nature Tour

Bamboo Rafting, Elephant Bathing in Phang Nga
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Wat Suwan Kuha is situated off Phuket-Phang Nga main road, a dozen kilometres away from Phang Nga Town. This temple was built inside a huge cave at the end of the 19th century and features a large reclining Buddha, several Buddha statues and images, and a big Chedi containing the bones of the Na Takuathung family (founders of the cave’s first ever shrine). A second cave, located behind the first one, has a chedi and some beautiful rock formations ready to be explored. 

Wat Suwan Kuha is famous for its colony of long-tailed Macaques that are scattered around the entrance of the cave (they are not allowed inside). The miniature monkeys wait patiently to be fed by the visitors who can purchase fruit and peanuts from the vendors by the cave’s entrance. Feeding the monkeys is great fun for children and adults alike - just remember that these are wild animals, thus their behavior can be somewhat unpredictable at times…

After this pleasant cultural experience, we head on to the camp at which we secure our belongings in safe boxes before venturing on to the next activity: bamboo-rafting on the river. The rafts are about four-by-one metres in dimension, with two seats for passengers and a spot at the front for the captain – if you could call him that – to handle the controls, which come in the form of a large wooden pole. 

The experience is simply great and the relaxing drift down the river, which is flanked by lush vegetation, is a great opportunity to spot various botanical and zoological species (with help from the trusty guide, that is). We even sampled some local acid drops fruits named ma-fai (a.k.a. look-fai), that our guide plucked from a tree on the river bank.

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