This is paradise...Phi Phi Island
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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.
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.
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?¨.
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!