As beautifully done as it is, the Hong Kong Wetland Park is yet another form of carefully cultivated/tamed nature. It’s the kind of access to nature that is tourist friendly complete with frequently cleaned bathrooms, vending machines, and paved trails. Just outside the park, I found a banyan tree with roots growing along the grid of the pavement along with some weeds poking out between the cracks. The contrast between wildlife inside and outside the park made me giggle a little.
My family and I spent part of our Christmas vacation exploring Phang Nga Bay through John Gray’s Ocean Canoe company. We highly recommend booking a tour through this company! Our guides were great and also helped us make a kratong that we later lit inside an open-air cave inside one of the islands. Simply, a magical day.