April 10, 2005
The entire city is not actually built into the water, as one small part (where the mosque stands) is on a small island. Behind the mosque you can see a big tree. This one is only still standing because it is an Iron Tree - and the wood of those cannot tolerate water.
Most of the sea gypsies are Muslim (hence the mosque). They live off the fruits of the sea, which they also sell, and off the tourists who come to visit them.
If you arrive, you will soon have a whole bulk of people around you trying to sell you something. Just say "no" if you don't want anything. It is also easy to get lost in the many small alleys... stay with the group if you don’t have much time.
From journal Phuket - Holidays in Thailand