This is paradise...Phi Phi Island

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Me and Klaire on the ¨Executive Yacht¨

After the crazy and uncertain journey to Thailand, I was happy to get to Phuket Town and get on the 8:30am ferry with hundreds of sunburnt and soon-to-be sunburnt tourists to Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island).  I was ready to celebrate but didn't want to break out the champagne until we arrived at our hotel, Phi Phi Viewpoint Hotel on the east side of Ao Lo Dalam bay.

After a 2.5 hour boat ride with extremely white tourists, I didn´t know what to expect when we arrived at the tiny port.  It was literally tiny AND under construction.  A tiny porter (literally tiny) from the hotel pushed our baggage on a hand cart at a lightning pace to the hotel.

Thai Princess Leia...what?!
  We passed through ¨Tourist Village,¨a maze of tiny shops selling fruit shakes, Thai pancakes, snorkel masks, massages of all types, dives, and souvenirs of all types.  

We were very happy to finally arrive at the hotel, where they upgraded us to a junior suite for free.  Although the infinity pool was (not surprisingly) tiny and much smaller than I expected (like most things Thai), our room view overlooking the bay was impressive.  The difference in tides is amazing...leaving longtail boats stranded on the sand and reminding me of the enjoyable (and politically incorrect) children´s story, 5 Chinese Brothers (i.e. the brother who can swallow the sea). 

After dropping our stuff in our room, we decided to take a walk through Tourist Village to choose a scuba diving center out of the many and grab some grub.

Britney in concert on the ferry ride over to Phi Phi...a good beginning
  We fell in love with the cheap fruit shake stands and developed a loyalty to the one near our hotel.  It was papaya shakes for me all the way!  The signs in pidgin English were hilarious.  I unfortunately did not try the ¨Fece¨(singular) massage, although I´m sure it would have been cathartic!

Based on a recommendation from a diving company, we decided to go to a little hole in the wall (although the majority of restaurants were holes in the wall) called Pearl.  There, we bonded with Malay, the waitress, who enjoyed caressing my elbow (it´s as weird as it sounds) and got a kick out of the face we were both from Asian origins: ¨Same, same¨pointing at me and her.  She commenced to interrogate me about my family, in a loving manner, ¨Your brother?  Where?¨.

Tourists
..¨Boston? You are very separate.¨ Very insightful.  The food was amazing and amazingly cheap...each dish was $2-3.  Claire and I left with motherly ass slaps. 

I decided to go on a night dive, which was a bit disappointing, although we saw a bunch of lionfish, and then Claire met up with me to grab dinner.  At dinner, we were introduced to the alcoholic wonders of Chang Beer, which is guaranteed to make you drunk quickly.  It would play a big role in the re-celebration of my birthday the next night.  My friend in Bangkok was suprised to hear we enjoyed Chang beer so much and described it as ¨the construction man beer,¨which explained so much!  Good times!

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Me and Klaire on the ¨Executive Y…
Me and Klaire on the ¨Executive …
Thai Princess Leia...what?!
Thai Princess Leia...what?!
Britney in concert on the ferry ri…
Britney in concert on the ferry r…
Tourists
Tourists
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (Li…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (L…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (Li…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (L…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (Li…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (L…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (Li…
First views of Koh Phi Phi Ley (L…
Tiny port
Tiny port
Port
Port
Tourist Village
Tourist Village
Look at our tiny porter!
Look at our tiny porter!
LEK Laundry - another LEK ofice?
LEK Laundry - another LEK ofice?
Note ¨Fece¨ massage - perhaps, t…
Note ¨Fece¨ massage - perhaps, …
Me and Malay
Me and Malay
Holla!
Holla!
Buying snacks at 7-11!  (Looks lik…
Buying snacks at 7-11! (Looks li…
All you need to do is knock out yo…
All you need to do is knock out y…
Me at Ao Dalam Bay
Me at Ao Dalam Bay
View from our room at the aptly na…
View from our room at the aptly n…
Ao Dalam Bay - at low tide
Ao Dalam Bay - at low tide
Ao Dalam Bay - at low tide, strand…
Ao Dalam Bay - at low tide, stran…
Our ghetto sidewalk to our hotel
Our ghetto sidewalk to our hotel
Super-cheap and super-tasty Thai p…
Super-cheap and super-tasty Thai …
Super-cheap and super-tasty Thai p…
Super-cheap and super-tasty Thai …
Tonsai Bay
Tonsai Bay
Tonsai Bay
Tonsai Bay
Tonsai Bay
Tonsai Bay
Me at dive site in Tonsai Beach - …
Me at dive site in Tonsai Beach -…
Puffer fish
Puffer fish
Very poisonous lionfish
Very poisonous lionfish
Hairy Crab - yes, that orange thin…
Hairy Crab - yes, that orange thi…
Fan
Fan
Hermit crab
Hermit crab
Puffer fish
Puffer fish
Puffer fish
Puffer fish
Sea urchins
Sea urchins
Go Chang Beer!
Go Chang Beer!
Dinner...Before
Dinner...Before
Dinner...After
Dinner...After