– YOU, come!
|Tham Morakot. Before.|
You may ask yourself how is it possible he saw the sun from within a cave? The sun was brightly shining, my friends, and I could easily see it as Morakot is a cave, but it has no ceiling. Technically, if you prefer, it is a completely closed lagoon, which can be only reached through that trap I had been swimming in. The perfect hideaway. In fact, the pirates hopping the Andaman Sea and the Malacca Strait used this place as a repository for their preys.
At the time I arrived at Morakot two groups of Westerners (Englishmen and Germans) were already enjoying the place with gaping mouths. The turquoise water was gleaming, the limestone cliffs adorned with shrubs and flowers revolved everywhere around the lagoon. Everything was peace and quiet. I decided then and there that this was a place I could stay in for years, doing nothing else than taking care of the pirates’ treasures.
As we were all quietly admiring the beauty reserved only to the bold ones, we felt the earth starting to shake and we heard a sinister sound coming from the tunnel. We looked at each other, everyone having the same scary thoughts: earthquake? Tsunami? Sea monster? Saruman’s evil orcs?
|Tham Morakot. After.|
Then the guide whistled and the soldiers regrouped, lining one behind the other, forming two disciplined rows. One hand on the rope, the other taking their pants out of their asses, they resumed the military chanting, and marched towards the exit. Bye-bye. Soldiers versus Pirates: 10-0.
However, the tourist boats leave Pakmeng at 9 am. If you manage to get to Morakot by 8 am, you have one hour of peace. After that you continue to Koh Kradan. This way you will always be ahead of THEM. The boat should be no more than 1,000 thb for a half-day trip. Drinking water and snorkeling equipment included.