Getting Old On Koh Phi Phi

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I laughed at this before I realised they were Gooners
It's official. I'm historical. I'm a relic. An artefact. An antique. Well, maybe not an antique. But I am now quarter of a century old, and it's horrible, I'm getting older so fast. But time flies when you're having fun and there are certainly worse ways to spend a birthday than being on Ko Phi Phi, one of Thailand's most popular island getaways.

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.
Taxi longboats at the pier
Thailand is often referred to as The Land Of Smiles, but the woman at the pier who we wanted to buy tickets from had obviously not been informed. All we got was someone in a foul temper who didn't want to help us in any way. We couldn't understand why we were being told that a ferry ticket to the other side would mean a half-an-hour journey on a bus to get on to the ferry (even though we were at the pier) and then a lift to the town centre at the other end, even though our map showed that we would be right next to the bus station. She angrily waved us away when we tried to resolve the issue and, fortunately, someone on the pier was willing to sell us a ticket that took us all the way to Krabi for about as cheap as a ferry and bus ticket would cost combined, anyway.

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.
Phi Phi Don from the viewpoint
None of us cared for either team playing, spending much of the time engaging in a bit of banter about our respective clubs. Despite being a bit of a visual mess (think cockney John Candy), like all Arsenal supporters, they were actually OK, and as the beers flowed I began get a bit more cheeky, but somehow managing to distance myself from a possible punch in the face.

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.
Mozzies attack
Not that this isn't expected. I was surprised that the clientele was mostly backpackers, not holidaymakers - as I would imagine it would be in the high season. It wasn't long before we found the beach, to crispen up a little. The water is as warm as that on Samui and Tao in the Gulf, but this time loads of debris were washed up onshore, so not really the best beach we had been to. Phi Phi Don, the part of Phi Phi built up with resorts etc was largely damaged during the 2004 Tsunami, but, I'm told, since then it has been built up two, three, or four more times than it was beforehand.

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.
A birthday treat
Again, oh, how we laughed. We had dinner with them that night and arranged to meet up again before we headed off.

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.
The team at Phi Phi Leh, setting for 'The Beach'
It was epic.

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.
Phi Phi Leh from Long Beach
Completely dried out by the sun, the guys hit a bar where you could play Pro Evo and had a major sesh, while the girls went off window shopping. Then we hit an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet - the first Western meal we have had since being in Southeast Asia, would you believe.

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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I laughed at this before I realise…
I laughed at this before I realis…
Taxi longboats at the pier
Taxi longboats at the pier
Phi Phi Don from the viewpoint
Phi Phi Don from the viewpoint
Mozzies attack
Mozzies attack
A birthday treat
A birthday treat
The team at Phi Phi Leh, setting f…
The team at Phi Phi Leh, setting …
Phi Phi Leh from Long Beach
Phi Phi Leh from Long Beach
Phi Phi Leh
Phi Phi Leh
No time for photos, lets eat
"No time for photos, let's eat"
Giant prawns
Giant prawns
Palm trees
Palm trees
This is one of the photos from the…
This is one of the photos from th…
BBQ buffet
BBQ buffet