Falang Fight Club and the Russian Ladies' Beach Skimpathong Team

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View from Long Beach at Sunset.

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.

A bar in Ton Sai - Craig looking worse for wear, me preparing for a night of spring roll piracy.
He was smarting as he'd had a wad of Thai Baht stolen from his pack at a meal stop on the bus down from Bangkok. He felt a little better by the time I've told him of my previous misfortunes; my sorry theft-strewn tale seems to have that effect on people. Craig is a good bloke, straightforward and charismatic without artifice; one of those guys it's just easy to like.


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.

A female falang pugilist gears up for a feisty bout in the Reggae Bar ring. Tasty
It's all good.


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.

A shiny-faced Me with Urugayan ladies Cecilia (left) and Francisca. It's about 4am, hence ropiness of all concerned.
It's a beautiful place and, like my time in Patagonia, being there just felt “right” in some indefinable sense. On the island, the notion of being an outsider was temporarily placed on one side: it seems  holiday hedonism is an all-inclusive pursuit.


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.

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View from Long Beach at Sunset.
View from Long Beach at Sunset.
A bar in Ton Sai - Craig looking w…
A bar in Ton Sai - Craig looking …
A female falang pugilist gears up …
A female falang pugilist gears up…
A shiny-faced Me with Urugayan lad…
A shiny-faced Me with Urugayan la…
Steve in cowboy hat, looking on as…
Steve in cowboy hat, looking on a…
Me on Maya Beach. Im supposed to …
Me on Maya Beach. I'm supposed to…
Armed and dangerous. Dont ever tr…
Armed and dangerous. Don't ever t…
The Apache beach bar by night (of …
The Apache beach bar by night (of…
Beach party revelers - a crabs ey…
Beach party revelers - a crab's e…
Katelyn, an American girl I met wh…
Katelyn, an American girl I met w…
A bit of Long Beach in the daytime.
A bit of Long Beach in the daytime.
The view out from Long Beach - jus…
The view out from Long Beach - ju…