Sunday, April 05, 2020

Poda Island @ Krabi [Thailand] #podaisland #islandsinthailand

Lunchtime is usually between noon to 2 pm and even though it's only about 1.16 pm at this moment, i was famished as snorkeling at Chicken Island had trained too much of my energy! 

This must be quite the norm but i am still amazed by the skillful maneuvering to squeeze into a "lot" despite the lack of parking space along the beach. You can click the video to check it out! 

Disembarking; we were at Poda Island! As you can see, there's no proper jetty; hence, do note to wear only slippers or snorkelling shoes! I prefer the latter as you can wear them throughout the tour and there's less likelihood of getting your feet injured for being barefooted.

Isn't the view stunning!? 
That cliff at the background should be where Phra Nang Beach is. 

Given the relatively late timing, i had assumed that staff members from the tour operator would have had already set up for lunch. Boy was i wrong.

See how all the guests were just crowding around the table. To me, that's unprofessional; you don't just keep your customers waiting without saying anything. The least they could have done is to let us know that lunch would be delayed and to come back around ten minutes later. 

Simple lunch which was edible and quickly devoured.

Time to check out the rest of Poda Island with our renewed energy! Don't you think that Poda sounds like Bodoh which is Malay for stupid? Haha.

Too many stones and i am not going to step there with my bare feet. I so regretted not wearing my snorkelling shoes even though i did bring them along for this Krabi trip

Super low tide; the good thing is that you can attempt to stroll all the way to the point where the water is deeper. Problem is; water resistance can be a pain in the ass and it's no joke under the hot sun. 

Another key advantage of low tide; the closer proximity to marine creatures like the purple lipped clams. In the past, i actually didn't know these pouting lips were actually clams! 

Starfishes were in abundance on Poda Island!

That's how far i had walked out from the island. That little black dot was Alex who decided not to join me as the weather was just too warm for his liking. Asshole is a typical Singaporean who prefers air-conditioned places! 

Strangely, we realized that water from the island was seeping out from the ground into the sea. It would have been quite normal should there be a natural stream but there wasn't and they appeared midway from the beach.

Found a pretty seashell; nope, didn't bring it back. Aside from a possible hefty fine if you are found out; i do believe in "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time".

Towards the other side of the island.

Toppled tree with its roots exposed; use a bit of imagination and it did seem like the roots were stretching out towards the sea for some water to quench their thirst. 

Chicken Island has no chickens; there were a few on Poda Island though. Maybe someone can bring a family or two over so that Chicken Island would feel more appropriate to be named as such?

Store that sells drinks, snacks and even attire. Maybe for reference and comparison sake; the coke was priced at 60 baht. That's more expensive than Phra Nang Beach; maybe it's a glass bottle? 

Ko Ma Tang Ming - off Poda Island, it's a towering rock big enough to be named an island; just like Ko Rang Nok off Phra Nang Beach

Another beautiful piece of scenery in front of me. Frankly, photos can only do so much; you have to see it to believe it. That's why this COVID-19 is stressing me so much as i can't travel at all during this period! Some of my friends had it worse as they have a tendency to travel out of Singapore for leisure every month! 

We still have over 20 minutes to spare and i decided to snorkel at this area; maybe i can catch some marine creature hiding in the rocks and crevices that were exposed with this low tide. 

A molted crab! 

Tons of sea cucumbers but i am not too sure if the one in the first photo is a sea cucumber as it appeared a bit too long. No way am i going to touch it as it could have been a poisonous sea snake or an eel. 

I gave up snorkelling as the water was simply overly shallow for me to submerged and there were too many rocks that made walking a pain; i almost cut myself! 

Rules and regulations; yes, collecting shells would mean a fine of 1,000 baht! Feeding fish would incur the same penalty too; no wonder i don't see people bringing out bottles filled with stuffed bread. 


Evacuation route in the event of tsunami; as the region was badly affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, it's good to know that precautions are now taken to prevent the repeat of the heavy death toll faced in 2004. 


Last photo! 

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Location
Poda Island, Krabi,
Thailand.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Lei Yue Mun (鲤鱼门) - Seafood District, Place to Catch Sunset and Buy Kai Zhai Bing! @ Hong Kong

Lei Yue Mun is actually a relatively big area that encompasses a sector in Hong Kong Island and a zone within the Kowloon Peninsula. Our focus today shall be the one at the Kowloon Peninsula area; accessible via the Yau Tong MTR station.

鲤鱼 refers to carp and 门 can mean door / gate. According to Wikipedia and a few online sources, 鲤鱼门 is the name of the water channel in between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula and while i am unsure if there used to be a lot of carps in the area; there's a fishing village and people do visit for the seafood.

Why did i visit as Lei Yue Mun isn't your usual Singaporean tourist-spot? To keep the story short, i was searching for places to buy Kai Zai Bing (chicken biscuit / pork baked cake) and chanced upon a stall located in Lei Yue Mun. What intrigued me was its status as a seafood district and i thought; why not a visit.

It was about an 8-minute, non-sheltered walk from Yau Tong MTR station before we finally got to the main street leading towards Lei Yue Mun seafood district. Be ready for the pictures!

There were already quite a number of seafood restaurants and shops along the street but i think business wasn't good. Timing was about 6.00 pm on a Monday and the dinner crowd should have descended by then. For seafood in Hong Kong, my understanding is that people would commonly think of Sai Kung.

Going into the proper district which has narrower, non-vehicular pathways with seafood shops and restaurants flanking on both sides. I can imagine how cramped it would be on a busy day; which i would prefer as it's easier for me to take photographs!

Eye-popping amount of seafood in glass tanks and the variety was so wide! I am thankful Alex didn't join me as we might be persuaded to have a seafood dinner and i doubt it would come cheap; given the higher standard of living in Hong Kong.

For a moment, i thought these were cooked prawns submerged in water! This begets the question; how would you know whether the prawns were ready for consumption after boiling them? Maybe have to wait until no movement.

Along the empty street; more staff than customers.

One of the posher seafood restaurants; the kind you can hold weddings or elaborate parties to celebrate your parents' birthday / anniversaries.

Is this the Chinese pastry shop that i was looking for? Nope, it isn't but it has chicken biscuit / pork baked cake too! Best of all, you can sample for free!

Although the pricing for the chicken biscuit / pork baked cake is much cheaper (HKD$10 for 6 pieces) than 瑞香園餅家 (HKD$8 for 2 pieces), there was this off-putting nan ru (fermented beancurd) taste i don't like.

Here's the shop for 瑞香園餅家; click here for my review and pictures of its crispy and deliciously addictive Kai Zai Bing (chicken biscuit / pork baked cake)!

A basketball court in the middle of the seafood district. Maybe it serves the residents in the nearby fishing village. My memorable moment here was almost stepping into a pile of dog poo!

Some of the restaurants had a great view of the breathtaking cityscape on both sides of Victoria Harbour. If weather permits, you may even catch a spectacular sunset.

Noticed the signage pointing towards a viewing point; of course have to go!

Just slightly beyond the seafood district, it's a pretty good place to chill out after a heavy dinner. There's even a lighthouse and if you choose to walk further inwards, you can even visit the 200 years old Lei Yue Mun Tin Hau Temple! For more photographs, click here.

Lighted neon signboards when i left; the next time i come, i shall ask my Hong Kong friends for recommendations. With the amount of cash in my bank, it would be better to go with a local-recommended eatery!

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Location
44號 Lei Yue Mun Praya Rd,
Hong Kong

Map

As above.

Floor Map
As above.

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