Friday 20 January: A real highlight of the Upper Gulf is the laid-back provincial capital of Prachup Khiri Khan. Clinging to a wide island-studded bay there's good inexpensive seafood, a temple-topped mountain with a looking-glass shaped rock arch from which it gets it's name - Mirror Mountain, fantastic scenery and even free entertainment - swimming and diving monkeys in the temple moat.
Also, there are very few tourists, a large Chang beer is only 40 Bhat and I have a large and comfortable reasonably priced (250Bt) en-suite room in the Yuttichai Hotel.
I'll stay for a few days.
Photos of Prachup Khiri Khan.