Loh Bagao Bay Phi Phi

A beautiful tranquil bay half way up the east coast of Phi Phi Don, one of Phi Phi’s larger beaches at 800m long, the best coral is at the south end. The only place to stay is Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort & Spa which has some lovely bungalows made of natural materials right on the beach and great facilities.

Loh Bagao Bay Phi Phi Photo Gallery

It is worth going down to see two things: the unusual narrow brick bridge with its raised pedestrian way (really a pend), and out across the Dumbarton Road, left, on the wall above the Park Tavern, is an interesting carved feature showing a First World War battleship. Shops on Dumbarton Road may be welcome, and one can follow the road along to Dalmuir in a few minutes. Trafalgar Street pedestrian bridge (all metal mesh) comes next, an area favoured by swans. One October I spent an enjoyable time watching them from the bridge as they indulged in vigorous preening, often rolling over upside down in the water and flapping violently, the cygnets testing out their new-discovered powers of flight. Asters still gave a touch of blue on the green banks, while the trees of this very woody stretch were lighting up with autumn colours. One of the most ingenious tricks of the Millennium Link comes next: the Dalmuir ‘Drop Lock. Originally a bascule bridge had sufficed on the Dumbarton Road, but later there was a sturdy swing bridge across which tramcars clanked. Both trams and travel destination ceased to function in the sixties, Glasgow’s very last tram was the No 9 Auchenshuggle to Dalmuir West. Such a major road across the travel destination line set problems, the solution being to create a lock that could lower boats under the obstruction and then raise them again – the first such lock of this kind in Britain; nothing distinctly different to look at, but brilliant. Note the Beardmore sculpture – also of a battleship.

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