The town of Cape Panwa is a small little town surrounding the hill beach front that extends out to the Andaman sea, Phi phi and Lanta island. Its a quiet town scattered with a few local harbours, a old aquarium and some nice fancy hotels. The water is as blue as it can be but it reminded me of Hyeres in France, like a long forgotten tourist town. Its attractions old and rundown, rows of small travel shops offering island tours and a long walkway thats somehow seems not meant to be empty.
The docking post I suppose or for fishing…not sure what it was for but it gave quite a great view, like standing in the middle of the sea.
During our time at Cape Panwa, we managed to rent a scooter without our licence. We previously couldn’t do it in Karon perhaps because its more commercialised and there was more police around, hence we spent quite a bit on transportation while in Karon.
We drove pass the old aquarium hoping to find a peak up slope for a good view of the ocean. Instead we drop past what looked like a dried up pool and several small jacuzzi pools. I SAW turtles but I wasn’t sure so we stopped to check it out, the pool turned out to be a sad replacement for a descending pool/ fake beach. In the shade I saw about 15 turtles huddling in what little water collected at the end of the pool. The little Jacuzzi pools also had turtles of various size but no water.
Then I noticed something, all the turtles had a defect…they either had a fin missing or their shells crushed badly I soon found out that this was a home for handicapped turtles that had been perhaps affected by the local tourism and fishing on the area. Its just sad to see all these turtles have their life taken away from them for our selfish greed. I struggle to think whether it was truly helping them by putting them into a small little pool or have them free in the ocean where they would die anyway due to their handicaps.
Water started rushing in and the little ones started swimming and flying around in the pool, I was momentarily happy to see them delighted by the water. But I can’t help to feel sorry for them.
The reflection and foam makes it tough to see but the bigger turtles have some of their fins cut off.
Further down I saw a small path that seem to lead to a bright spot, I presumed it was the view from the cliff, so I walked over there and I found MORE turtles! This time they were hatchlings, ranging from newly hatched to probably a couple months old. They were so cute and the tanks here were bigger, they were happy and whizzing all over the place!! It was a delight to watch them, it seemed like they were flying in the water.
I know I shouldn’t have but who could resist holding a real baby turtle in their hands?!? I held it momentarily and put them down.
We droved off after that and found a nice little cliff side restaurant that had a nice view of the mountains and the mouth of a river. We parked our scooter there to have lunch.
I’m just never sick of fried chicken in other southeast asia countries. Strangely hate the chicken back in singapore, I shudder to think where these chickens came from and how they pumped them with chemicals. Poultry in southeast asia places like thailand, Indonesia and vietnam uses more local chicken that are free ranged and chemical free. These chickens had a happy free life before they met their doom in my tummy.
And I preferred that.