Falang Fight Club and the Russian Ladies' Beach Skimpathong Team
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Three days after the event and Craig is still mock-miffed about the spring roll I pilfered from him on a boozy night out. Mugging like a pro, he acts out the scene to Steve the Kiwi at our beachside table:
“So Dave swoops in and says: “That's mine” and bang - he takes my spring roll before I can say anything. I was gutted - you just don't do that to a mate...”
Steve, resplendent in cowboy hat and shades, pulls a face of the truly shocked and all I can do is smile and let them get on with it. When you have two big personalities like this together, I find it's best just to step back and let them duke it out in a war of wits and put downs.
I met Craig, an English guy of 29, on the way to catch the ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi.
Upon arrival at Ton Sai Harbour we ended up bypassing the hotel touts and, with full packs, slogging an hour down the undulating coastline to Long Beach. Here, we came across Paradise Pearl Resort and found it was pretty much perfect for our requirements: off-season discounts, beautiful stretch of white-sand beach, tranquil whilst retaining a stock of bikini-clad eye candy. There's also a beautiful view across clear turquoise water to Phi Phi Leh, the limestone island upon which lies Maya beach, used as backdrop for the film The Beach.
Steve, a former pro tour golfer, shows up a few days down the line, just in time to jump aboard our boat trip over to Phi Phi Lay to see Maya Beach and do some snorkeling. He and Craig ignite an immediate jokey rivalry and nights out in Ton Sai become competitions, divided equally between chatting up girls and taking the piss. On one notable Apache Bar beach party night, none of us get back to Long Beach until way past sun up the next day.
The Reggae bar also becomes a regular haunt for cheap booze and ringside seats for comedy Falang Thai boxing - it's kind of like Fight Club without the secrecy and with occasional all-female rumbles.
When the time comes - I'm truly sorry to leave Phi Phi and Long Beach in particular.
I'd like to extend thanks to my principal co-conspirators in paradise: Craig, Steve, Francisca, Cecilia, Jenn, Cateyln, the Russian Ladies' Beach Skimpathong Team, the Falang Female Thai Boxers' Union and finally, to Koh Phi Phi itself - Jewel of the Andaman, Tsunami survivor and utterly gracious host...
Like a devout Buddhist, I just know I'll be back.