Getting Old On Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi Travel Blog› entry 65 of 117 › view all entries
May 23rd, 2007 – by: dan2105
Before we could hit the beaches on Phi Phi, however, we had to negotiate our way from Ko Samui, head across the mainland to the Andaman Coast and arrive in Krabi, departure point to Phi Phi. Rather than book on a joint ferry and bus ticket, we thought it would be cheaper and more flexible to sort each out ourselves.
That night we went for a few Changs in a bar owned by a couple of Arsenal supporters to watch a very average FA cup final.
Feeling a little groggy the next morning, we took a cockroach-infested ferry across to Ko Phi Phi. After a little searching, we found a bungalow that suited our needs. Seen as it was my birthday while we were in Phi Phi, we wanted to splash out a bit on a nice one - it's generally more expensive on Phi Phi. There are no roads on Phi Phi, which provides a relief from all the crazy motorcyclists, but it's still built-up like you wouldn't believe.
As we looked for somewhere to eat that night we bumped into the same couple we had been bumping into since halfway up the east coast of Australia. It was very peculiar to see them in different locations hundreds, maybe thousands, of kilometres within one country, but to see them in a different continent was quite bizarre.
Then the big one: my b-day. Initially, it was welcomed in with grey skies and thunder, threatening to turn my 25th very stormy. Fortunately, it passed, and it wasn't long before we were giving our resort pool a whirl. We took a walk up to the highest part of the island to get a view of the island. It was exhausting, and it seemed hostile mozzies picked up on this and went in for the kill. Despite covering ourselves in repellent, we got absolutely devoured.
After the sun vanished from sight, we hit a massage parlour (no, a real one) for an oil massage. Apart from the pop-reggae tunes blasting in from the neighbouring bar, it was quite relaxing. Then that night we went out to a posh seafood restaurant beside the sea, where we had giant prawns and fish-skewer kebabs.
Kyle had bumped into a friend she knew from uni and, along with Katie and Charlie, the couple we had met seen about a hundred times, we chartered a longboat to take us to see Ko Phi Phi Leh, used to film some of the film, The Beach. We set off early, as to avoid the swarms of tourist boats that head out there around 9:00, and it was a great idea that we did, because after about an hour of having the place to ourselves boats upon boats moored beside ours.
In the afternoon, as a group we again took a longboat, this time to Long Beach, a much better beach than the one we had visited the day before. It seemed that if you paid the extra quid or so you get a much more secluded beach, with much nicer sand and sea, a bit more peace and quiet and an awesome view of Phi Phi Leh.
Saying goodbye to our room the following morning was certainly emotional. It was the first time we had had hot showers for about two weeks, and just the luxury of having proper towels and a TV seemed unreal. We could have easily got used to it, but the bank balance wouldn't allow it. Plus, it was time to hit the last island we were to visit while in Thailand, Phuket.
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