The walk to Tonsai Bay.

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Make your mind up time!
Having walked from Palm Beach to Phi Phi Island village, many times on previous visits, we were aware that it is possible to walk all the way round to Tonai Bay. Feeling full of energy, we decided that this time we would do the full walk. The path starts off following the coast and is quite easy going, particularly now that it is paved for around half the distance between Holiday Inn and Island Village. There is a nice viewpoint with a little shelter just as you approach Island Village. Then you pass through a small collection of huts where some locals live. Eventually you arrive at the new suspension bridge which takes you into Island Village and a couple of backpacker type places. Here you have a choice....cross the bridge or follow the the sign that says Tonsai Bay.
Onwards and upwards!
Off we went heading for Tonsai!!!! After ten minutes or so a signpost directed us right into the jungle....no proper path.... and a not well-used track. Alarm bells ringing now, but with Lynda still full of enthusiasm, I didn't dare suggest that maybe this was not such a good idea. After 45 minutes climbing upwards and through what was really quite dense jungle we stopped for a rest and to work out how much further.
It soon became clear that it would be just as difficult climbing downwards and surely it wouldn't be much further, so we set off again. After a another half hour we started to hear the familiar sound of longtails. Much encouraged we trecked on and started to go downhill eventually reaching the sea........and then.......horror!!!!! We had emerged at the Loh Dalum side right at it's furthest out point, and Tonsai Village in the distance looked more than half a mile away.
Still a way to go.
Worse still.....the tide was in and there didn't appear to be any way of walking to the village.....other than climbing back up and finding another route down!
Fortunately, we came accross a little group of locals who guided us through to a pathway that led right in to the village. First stop a large cold beer. It reminded me of the film Ice Cold in Alex when they all sat at the bar looking at their cold glasses of beer.
Something of a nightmare at the time, but another great memory from Phi Phi.

Suitably refreshed and cooled down, we set off for a wander around the village. Re-construction is still evident but very definitely everything is in full swing once again. It's not really our cup of tea around this part but we always make at least one visit just to check on re-development and to buy some gifts for the grandchildren. I think it's fair to say that this part of Phi Phi is mainly geared towards younger folk!!! And of course, it can get very busy with daytrippers here.

Needless to say we didn't walk back to Holiday Inn, but hired a longtail. 400baht, I think....not expensive.
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Make your mind up time!
Make your mind up time!
Onwards and upwards!
Onwards and upwards!
Still a way to go.
Still a way to go.