Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
7° 41' N 98° 46' E
Dec 08, 2007 05:57
Distance 47km

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Paradise

The ferry ride over to Ko Phi Phi to join the girls wasn't bad at all (I had conjured up some random images having seen Thai transport).  We arrived pretty much on time and I had my man waiting for me to take me to the resort in my taxi boat.  Great wee things.. if you place yourself correctly as to not get soaked.  I was over there soon enough and was greated by the girls who were snorkeling when I came past in the boast and spotted me.  I made my way up the 'keep fit vertcile five-hundred' staircase (thankfully then had a pully for my rucksack).  The resort was great.. cheap fr Ko Phi Phi but fantastic.  The stairs we worth the sweat.. I had never seen a view like it.  I can still imagine it now.. I miss it. 

I settled into the room (Ilona had been sharing with Sarah, but was going on a Yoga course for a week on the mainland so I took her place in the room).  I joined the girls on the beach for some glorious afternoon sunshine and lunch.  Ilona had to leave fairly soon so Sarah and I lounged in the baking sun and cooled off every so often in the sea.  I have to say.. I have never experienced heat like it.  Not even in the Caribbean, or even in Australia (with the ozone layer).. it was so intense I was in the water every 10-15 minutes.  Crazy.   

The next day as Ilona got into her Yoga routine, Sarah and I took a day-trip around the Islands.  The boat trip was certainly one to remember, before and after I was nearly thrown out.  We're sure that Sol, our boat chap, was trying to race the other boat and was going at a heck of a speed.  The choppy waves (the weather wasn't great that day) mean that the small wooden boat was crashing against the water and literally soaking everyone, namely Sarah and I.  We soon enough moved to the back of the boat where the was a bif of space and watched in relief (bad I know) that we weren't the couple at the front, who may as well have swam to the island.. they might have been drier.  The first stop was Monkey Island, it was a lovely place, although I tried to ignore the face that it was packed with tourists.  That's the problem with these tours.  We quickly found it where it got it's name from as we peered though the crowds to find dozens of wild monkeys.  The tourists were feeding them with bananas they bought from the nearby stall.  My guess is they were sick of them as they turned their back hen people were shoving them in their wee faces.  Sarah and I got some delicious barbequed corn on the cob and were tucking into it when we were blatently spotted by one of the monkeys who came running after us 'that's what I want' it was thinking.  We managed to out-run it and then it came for us again, in the end Sarah gave up the last bit of hers and the monkey though it was Christmas tucking into it like there was no tomorrow.  After that we headed to a nearby snorkeling hub.  There were hundreds of tropical fish swimming around us, not intimitated at all.  Sarah and I unfortunately had leeking snorkel masks so we decided to swim to the nearby beach instead where we found a small settling.  Someone had built a hut and there was reminants of people having stayed there.  Next stop was Phi Phi Lay (where 'The Beach' was filmed).  Having ritually watched the film the night before we were extremely excited to be going there.  We made two or three stops around Phi Phi Lay before actually getting to 'The Beach'.  It was stunning, ever so slightly different to how it looked in the film, but that's to be expected.  We found out when we got there that we couldn't moore the boat at the beach as it cost 200 Bhat per person.. complete rip off!! so Sarah and I swam there instead.. it was a fair jont but we managed it.  Everyone else from the boat just decided to snorkel around the boat.  It was a shame that we couldn't take our cameras there but hey ho.  We had a look around the beach which had a small snack hut and toilets built there.. obviously lots of tourists visit there.  There was also someone living there.. to protect it I expect as it's now National Park.  It began to rain which was a shame as we couldn't appreciate the full beauty of it but it was still a fab experience none the less.

Photos / videos of "Paradise":

The Port on mainland Ko Phi Phi again My taxi boat over to Long Beach Ko Phi Phi Me boat The beautiful Island The view from our Guest House.. can you believe it?! Beautiful sunset View from the table at our restaurant (in the Guest House) Phi Phi Lae.. where The Beach was filmed Sunset View from restaurant View again and again last one.. I promise! Long Beach Our boat trip Sarah Me (still slightly ill) Beautiful Ko Phi Phi James Bond Island (apparently) Blue sea Sol (our crazy boatman) Beach Monkey eating Sarah's corn Sarah and a local man who's family was running the barbeque The local chap and me! His gorgeous grand daughter Monkey Beach Me at Monkey Beach again Sarah and he shells Sarah Boat trip Our lovely, rocky, leaking boat Beach hut Cliffs Phi Phi Lae again Viking Cave Again.. see the lady at the end? No idea how that things stays up Phi Phi Lae Sol steering the boat Phi Phi Lae again.. gorgeous turquoise waters Sol.. fishing Ouch Maya Bay (where The Beach was filmed) again (Sarah and I had to swim to the shore) Me The amazing view from our Guest House restaurant A relaxing area in our Guest House Puppies!! (mum this is for you) Feeding time Finding a cool spot in Sarah's shadow (poor wee blighters were roasting) Puppy The both tried to get in on the action Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi Ko Phi Phi at night (forgive the shaky shot.. rocky boat) and again