Longtailing with Jamiroquai...aka the Perfect Day after 10 AM

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Our longtail boat

I think I had 4 goals for the rager the night before:
1)  Don´t lose my camera and money
2)  Find our way back home
3)  Can´t tell you #3
4)  Wake up at 7am the next day to beat the huge tourist crowds to Maya Bay (where The Beach was filmed) on our very own longtail boat

I´m happy to say that we completed all 4 goals, but I forgot to put in a stipulation for not being incredibly hung over.  I guess like most things Newtonian, Chang´s supernatural alcoholic punch comes with an opposite but equally powerful hangover.  Suffice to say, we beat the ridiculous crowds of pale Asian and loud European tourists by about 30 minutes but had to spend about 25 (glorious) minutes of those napping...it was worth it.

It was a great set-up.  We rented the longtail boat for supposedly 6 hours and it came with our awesome driver, who was wearing a pimp purple velvet hat.

Me on the Beach
  Not surprisingly, I took to calling him Jamiroquai since he could speak oh, about zero English, and us, not enough Thai to save our lives.  He also curiously wore long pants and long sleeves even though he always had to jump in the water. 

Anyways, after a fruitless effort to tell him we didn´t want to snorkel in one of the gorgeous spots (Me: ¨Vroom! Vroom!  We go to other beach!¨which was met by affable but uncomprehending smiles), we decided that we would stay in a place until we were bored with it and then get back in the boat and let him take us wherever he had in mind, which turned out great!  We first went to Maya Beach on Koh Phi Phi Ley where I got to live out my Beach dreams amidst thousands of annoying tourists and a rather incalcitrant hangover.

Jamiroquai! Vroom! Vroom!
 

We then went to an absolutely precious snorkeling spot on the other side of Maya Bay.  After not wanting to snorkel at the third spot (the rocking of the waters was encouraging some sort of gag reflex), we headed to the north side of Koh Phi Phi to Monkey Beach, aptly named for its ravenous simian population.  Claire and I took a much needed nap there.  Then we headed off into the open ocean and soon assumed we were for some reason headed back to Phuket.  We didn´t worry too much because even if we didn´t want to go back to Phuket, we couldn´t really communicate so decided to go along for the ride.  We ended up at this nearby island, Bamboo Island, where the cutest little girl was living.

After a good amount of time, we called Jamiroquai over, hopped back into the boat, well over the time we were supposed to have the boat.

The cutest Thai girl in the world!
  On our way back, Jamiroquai stopped in what seemed like the middle of a large bay for our last snorkeling spot.  It was a great way to cap off the day and 2 days of Thai enjoyment.  We headed back to our place and grabbed some (a lot of) food, then headed back for our much needed nap.  We ended up waking up at 8 pm to rain and decided to stay in and watch another bad movie on Starz!  An absolutely wonderful day (after 10AM when the hangover nausea had subsided a bit)!

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Our longtail boat
Our longtail boat
Me on the Beach
Me on the Beach
Jamiroquai!  Vroom! Vroom!
Jamiroquai! Vroom! Vroom!
The cutest Thai girl in the world!
The cutest Thai girl in the world!
Jamiroquai at work!
Jamiroquai at work!
Tonsai Bay - tons of longtail boats
Tonsai Bay - tons of longtail boats
Festive-looking longtail boats
Festive-looking longtail boats
Excellent cloud formations
Excellent cloud formations
Me entering Maya Bay
Me entering Maya Bay
That´s how clear the water was
That´s how clear the water was
Me on the Beach minus Leo DiCaprio
Me on the Beach minus Leo DiCaprio
Like a beer commercial
Like a beer commercial
Is that another black-striped yell…
Is that another black-striped yel…
Snorkel series
Snorkel series
Chilling on our boat
Chilling on our boat
Entering another lovely bay!
Entering another lovely bay!
That´s the color of the water, fo…
That´s the color of the water, f…
Huge karst cliffs
Huge karst cliffs
Viking Cave - which is being const…
Viking Cave - which is being cons…
Karst cliffs
Karst cliffs
Inhabitant of Monkey Beach
Inhabitant of Monkey Beach
Can I take your order?
Can I take your order?
Monkey Beach
Monkey Beach
On the way to Bamboo Island
On the way to Bamboo Island
More beautiful water
More beautiful water
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island