Koh Phi Phi Don Afternoon
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The snorkel made us very hungry so we took the guide to find a restro. On the walk down the beach, we bought a coconut to drink. Very refreshing as it had been soaking in ice.
The guide joined with us for lunch at PP Nice Resort and we all eat various curry and Thai spicy!! It was great, and the view was amazing as it always is in Thailand. Just down the beach from PP Nice was Joe's favorite spot. He noticed a secluded little beach surrounded by soaring cliffs. Only along this beach there was a stand of coconut palms and they look amazing. That foto is not the background on my computer.
On the return trip, we were against the waves and had some incredible impacts when landing in the trough of the waves. The captain was happy we didn't complain at all and after 45 mins or more we landed at a little island with white sand and very chill environment. The number of people was huge so we rented chairs in the mass of people. It felt nice to relax a bit after all the motion from the boat we were both feeling a little 'green'. We had only about 45 mins on the island and the black clouds starting rolling in. We quickly jumped on the boat to head for Phuket Town, but in 5 mins the squall hit us. The rain felt like pins in the face, but we wanted to hurry back to the pier. The pictures don't show how hard the squall was, but it didn't ruin our fun at all.
I think every country has a beach that they refer to as a 'top 10 beach in the world'. Ha, Thailand is one of the country's that do not lie about this. It is fact and you can observe this for yourself if you wish.
Why did we book a private speedboat? Well two reasons, we are impatient and don't enjoy to wait for slow, lazy tourists to haul their lazy azz outta the hotel at 7:45am. The second is that the same tourist are sometime ignorant and obnoxious and insensitive to their host country. There were other advantages, we got picked up in a car instead of a tour bus. Our guide had pimp'd his Honda civic. It was slamm'd low, upsized rims, brembo brakes, enormous aftermarket amp's etc. Very funny, cuz Joe and I both enjoy automotive technology.
The guide drove us to Phuket Town where boat 59 was waiting with the captain. In only the time it took to step aboard we were on our way! We passed by a couple of islands, and made fast time to Koh Phi Phi. Our first Island was uninhabited Koh Phi Phi Leh where we went first to Maya Bay. We arrived and were amazed at the bay surrounded by high cliffs and with a perfect crescent beach of white sand. We wasted no time and as soon as the captain slowed we spontaneously and simultaneously dove into the water and swam to the beach. Actually I think we mis-judged the distance and we were tired by the time we got to shore. Joe had serious salt burn in the eye so the captain beached the boat to give us fresh water and our digi's. We first headed up a trail to see the other side where you can enter the snorkel spot via a hole in the rocks.
Our next stop was at the snorkel spot where we saw sooooo many fish. Great colors and a huge variety. I can not name all the fish, but some we saw were, clown fish, Sea urchin, Bannerfish, Moorish Idol, Yellow tail Coris, Angelfish, and other reef fish in every color. The captain kept feeding them so the fish just swarmed us, very nice.
Joe's favorite place was Pilah Laguna, and it was a big surprise. Our boat entered a narrow gap in the cliff and as we entered, the laguna opened in front of us.
The final stop on Phi Phi Leh was the Viking Cave. This cave is jealously guarded by the guys with permits to harvest swallow nest. The nests are exported to China at a very high price as the key ingredient in bird nest soup. The guards are allowed to shoot those that dare trespass! We stayed in our boat. Hahaha.