Our close friend Bee invited us to the secluded Surin islands that are supposed to have some of the best snorkeling in Thailand. You guys remember Bee don’t you? “An isolated thunderstorm rises high into the atmosphere” All you got to do to get there is first fly to Bangkok. Heads up the customs line can be penny dreadful Then catch a plane to Phuket Next rent a car maybe a scooter with a groovy sidecar and drive up the coast four or five hours Then hop on a speedboat for about an hour Transfer to a smaller wooden boat and then transfer to a smaller rubber boat that will drop you off at the Mo Ko Surin National Park Once there get some food, rent a tent, and get some rest. You’re gonna need it. Our first morning on the islands we woke to find that creatures had slithered through our camp while we slept Was this island crawling with monster snakes? We’ll worry about that later. Time to meet up at the gang and see what’s swimming in that crystal-clear water This is Bee’s beaux Ben. Ben has an eye for spotting things underwater. He spotted the Moray Eel and the octopus and the iPhone. The iPhones waterproof case had algae growing on it, so it must have been down there a while This is Kat. When Kat isn’t breaking guys wrists arm wrestling She’s solving tech issues. So she plugged in the phone at the islands only public outlet and wouldn’t you know it, it still worked? But it was locked Kat was determined to figure out who the owner was and returned it to them just to see the look on their face I’ve never seen so many different fish species and the sheer numbers of them was astonishing After an afternoon of coral reef paradise we went searching for whatever animals were slithering in the sand We searched through the grove of man, up the mountain and around the island. No sign of any man-eating snakes This is Ahlee. Ahlee is Moken. The Moken are a tribe of semi-nomadic sea hunters and gatherers Many Moken are born live and die at sea, but this band has permanently settled here at the Surin islands. Ahlee honored us by welcoming us to his village. This is Josh. When Josh saw the Moken children selling souvenirs and trinkets he saw an opportunity to make a few, baht. While the adults are out fishing and doing chores that children rule the village When I saw two of them carrying a human-sized spit, I wondered if they were planning on roasting us. We pretended like we were teachers, but really we just used that as an excuse to be kids ourselves I showed them a video of a wild snake and Josh taught them violets. After wearing us out we said goodbye to our new friends and headed back to camp It’s plausible that goodbyes might have gotten lost in translation among a few Hey guys We’re in Surin Islands in Thailand route without good buddy Hank Schyma… Famous snake catcher and tornado chaser, and we’re going out to look for some some of Thailand’s beautiful snakes So he’s just told us that we should be watching where we step first of all. Bee do you wanna pick him up? I do not want to pick him up. Ouch! oh Wow, that hurts… like something just flew into my nose. What in the heck is that? Last I saw him he was right here. Oh here he is. Oooo. OH! AHHH! Sorry friend I had to do that. Is that like an Eel? It’s like a froggy eel. Wow! If he goes under something he might chill. Ooo! We have caecilians… it’s an amphibian He’s hiding. Yeah What a crazy animal! Slimy snaky amphibian thing. They’re so slimy, you can’t hold them. But it did make you very happy. Nice spotting Kat. Yeah that was cool. Again the next morning our camp was slithered with tracks. This time I was determined to follow them to the culprit The Asian water monitor is the world’s second heaviest lizard after its cousin the Komodo dragon These dinosaurs easily grow to 2 meters sometimes larger Serrated teeth, powerful jaws, sharp claws and a snaky forked tongue These magnificent creatures are just as at home in the trees and in the water as they are on land It was our last day on the Surin islands Not sure where the snakes were hiding but after seeing so much other amazing wildlife. It was impossible to feel disappointed Apparently I was just looking in all the wrong places while out on our last High Noon swim, Ben shouted snake! This is the banded sea Krait a close relative to the cobra. It has one of the most potent neurotoxic venom’s in the world and the cutest little paddle for a tai.l This snake is extremely docile and human envenomations are extremely rare. Still, this guy’s Curiosity can be a little unnerving. I was so excited. I forgot to hit the record button Luckily Bee was shooting b-roll Ahhhhhhh! Ben you’re my hero. Ahhhhhh! How does it make you feel? Banded sea Krait! Thank you Buddha, God, Allah. hahahaha! After another epic snorkel session we thought we’d swing by the Moken village and see if maybe a couple children were interested in joining us for one last swim Our trip to the Surin Islands was beyond words Bee and Ben and Ahlee from Sun Tan Tours showed us that time of our life. As we were leaving early that next day Ahlee brought the Moken children out to say goodbye. Sewadee crub! Auf wieder sein! I’m so sad. So, As you know we found this Sunk at the bottom of somewhere near Surin island on our first day of snorkeling And then we picked it up and then found the phone number of the owner I don’t know how my friend Kat found it, and then this is the owner. We got in touch with him! Hi! Thank you very much. Ok. in one piece.

100 thoughts on “THAILAND ISLANDS VACATION – Snorkeling Paradise

  1. Holy Paradise batman, Beauty everywhere man and the option of exceptional wildlife. Thanks for sharing your trip Hank, safe travels and happy trails man.

  2. Ah Hank living life having fun acting like an adult, some (most) people could learn a thing or 5736478634857936 from you. Next stop has to be New Zealand Hank, trust me you will love our country. Just curious, do you speak any Thai? Mrs Pecos is a very beautiful lady. Thanks for sharing your holiday.

  3. Amazing video. But every plays duck duck goose wrong! When tagged you're suppose to run in opposite directions so the person tagged actually has a chance to sit back down lol

  4. Thank you! It warmed my heart watching you all play with those children. Keep up the amazing work with the videos.

  5. This video was amazing and it gets a thumbs up because i have no other words to say besides how beautiful it was, i was completely blown away by the shots of b-roll you got that makes this video professional, hope you had fun and until then happy trails

  6. well the mystery voice of the time lapsed supercell video has been solved

    on a very very random note. I love your cleans and tremolo on your guitar. what gear do you use?

  7. Hope you are rested enough for the upcoming tornado season! Found out about your channel some months ago. Very eager to follow your stormchasing during may!

  8. Absolutely incredible.. can’t wait till my Thailand trip with friends upcoming summer. And btw Hank, another thanks for helping with my school assignment, presentation will be this week! Cheers!

  9. You have the most soothing cool guy Texas Manly Voice… I could hear you say, "This is Motel 8 and well keep the light on…" -lol. ???☕

  10. Wow Hank. youre videos are amazing. i dont want them to end… i wish i had tornadoes in my country… so i could film them. anyways i got you and i can see all amazing nature things.

  11. Far Cry 3 Flashbacks! Hope you didnt run into Vass or McLovin! Looks like an amazing place. Also I can't wait for your tornado season to really kick in this year. I hope both for the safety and well being of those living in Tornado Alley, and also hope for some awesome footage too. We're just coming out the end of our own disaster season, the Bushfire Season, but still another month or so of dry weather left. Fingers crossed! Can't wait for more content!

  12. It looks like you guys had an absolute blast! You gotta do another video the next time you go on vacation, Hank! This looks EPIC!

  13. How many live on Moken island? It looks as those kids had the BEST time ever! I bet they still are talking about you guys. So the owner of phone was a local? Not that I'm hoping for destructive tornados this year, but I've got my notifications turned on waiting. Be safe!

  14. I just watched a German guy's vlog of Surin islands where he was making light of the latest "snorkelling suit fashion" from North America #CutoffJeanShorts

  15. Hey Pecos, I know that you are a storm chaser and that is what you like and that is really cool, but to give more variety to your channel, why don't you also do expeditions to volcanoes, they are as deadly and amazing as tornadoes, for example, visit mount saint Helens or Yellowstone national park I believe it would be a funny experience, May God bless you and have a wonderful day!

  16. I smiled all the way through your video. And with tears knowing that you have touched those children's lives forever. If every human could see the world through your eyes the world would be beautiful. Thank you for your posts.

  17. Awesome video, thanks Hank. I must say, I was scratching my head for a while over your identification of the banded sea krait since I always thought banded kraits were triangular in cross-section. But then I had the nausse to look up sea krait and, lo and behold…a totally different snake! As if I should ever have dared question your knowledge on the subject!  ?=)  Happy trails, amigo.Ps.   I wish my snorkeling at Koh Samet was as clear as THAT!

  18. well I'm mildly jealous.. o did I say mildly..I think i meat massively. narf.. ah.. warans.
    they have nice teeth..and a "nice"poison… and a lot of small little friends on their teeth…
    they are a slithering ball of "don't bite me, I'll bite you >:]

  19. Dude your narration is as good as your content, or vice versa! I was reluctant to try this video at first because it wasn't tornadoes however, I was once again pleasantly surprised! I'm interested in seeing what else you come up with now.

  20. Awesome film, Hank! Looks like you're living the life. I need to get back to the islands myself.

  21. Hey team at Pecos Hank, we loved your content and think your videos would make a great addition to our video of the month contest! By uploading your videos to you have the opportunity to win a wetsuit and a new surfboard as well as be featured on Outside TV! See you on Campfire!

  22. yo I just wanted to see videos of tornados and stumbled on this guy . its funny,I wanted to go to Texas for the peyote picking . now I know there full of tornados . its a wrapped deal . yo what (if you see this comment) did you film this video with? that slow mo with the doomy blues in the back. priceless . subscribed .

  23. Snakes freak me out but I love lizards! I really need to overcome my fear because snakes are so beautiful ?

  24. Hey Hank, I would have forgot to film as well! Kraits of any kind are definitely an attention getter, but with how curious the banded sea krait seems to be, it makes it a situation that you have to devote all your focus to. Being that remote in Thailand would not be a great place to take a bite from a krait.

    Gorgeous scenery and snakes as always. Would love to see a video of you observing wildlife in Africa or Australia if you are up for either of those.

  25. Why hasn't Pecos Hank been offered a show on discovery or some such channel. You do far better work than the vast majority of those who already have shows and your mix of science, awe and just general good heartedness would seem a perfect fit. Thanks Again for sharing what you do.

  26. Thais are the greatest people in the world. We went on a dive trip is the same general area. There were tons of sea snakes, more than I saw in Fiji, a place renowned for sea snakes. My brother and I chased them around while the girls jumped back in the IRB every time they saw one. The only time they bite is if they get caught in fishing nets and the fisherman tries to get it loose. Otherwise they are as docile as a garter snake.

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