Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ko Tapu (James Bond Island)

Ko Tapu is a 20m (66ft) tall islet in Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly referred to as “James Bond Island”. (Before our visit, the kids asked, “Who is James Bond?”)

Kayaking afterward

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Koh Panyee

Koh Panyee is a fishing village in Phang Nga Province, Thailand notable for being built on stilts by Indonesian fishermen. The population consists of roughly 200 families or between 1,500 and 2,000 people descended from 2 seafaring Muslim families from Java.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cherry Picking

One of the most important fruit-growing centers in Canada, Osoyoos produces irresistible soft fruits like peaches and cherries.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Osoyoos, British Columbia

Osoyoos is a town in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia near the border with Washington state.


The far southern reaches of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys are the far northern reaches of the Sonoran Life Zone and include semi-desert landscape species found nowhere else in Canada, including scorpions. While the area is not technically desert, it is part of a threatened ecosystem in Canada known as shrub-steppe.


There are two museums dedicated to the dry landscape of the area, both of which label the area as "Canada's only desert", even though it's not technically desert and other areas of BC are similarly dry and hot.