Where "The Beach" was filmed
This past weekend, EVERYONE on the trip traveled to Phuket
, Thailand together! There were about 20 of us, and we basically took over the plane on the way there and back! We all stayed at separate places though. The girls all shared a 10 person room at a hostel in Phuket Town and most of the boys stayed right on the beach. Phuket was almost the same as Bangkok, except there was not quite the amount of poverty and it was very geared toward tourists.
We arrived in Phuket on Thursday night at around 9 and our hostel sent a van to pick us up. Friday morning, we decided to walk around Phuket town to see the "historical sites" marked on our map, but once we realized that we couldn't tell which sites were historical, we got on the bus to the beach! Katie and I got our hair braided! As soon as we got off the bus, two ladies came over and said they would braid our hair for 700 baht each.
We told them 200 each. We eventually bargained all the way down to 250 each! It was awesome! We spent the whole day on the beach and then went to a Cabaret that night. We kept hearing how amazing it was, so we decided to try it. The whole thing was put on by ladyboys who could not lip-sing or dance, but had really awesome costumes. We laughed the whole time. It was really awesome! haha.
The next day, all 20 of us chartered a boat for 1,000 baht a person (that is about 30 US) from 8am-4pm. We went to a small group of islands off the coast of Phuket called the Phi Phi Islands (pronounced Pee Pee). They were absolutely gorgeous! We first when to the beach that the movie called "The Beach" staring Leonardo Dicaprio, when he was still famous, was filmed.
Then we went snorkeling at another island. The snorkeling wasn't the best that I have ever seen, but it was still pretty sweet. For lunch, we went to the main Phi Phi Island. This whole area was hit really bad by the Tsunami. The restaurant we ate at had alot of pictures of the destruction and many buildings around it were still being rebuilt. It was really scary to think that I was right where the Tsunami hit, but it was good to see that it was being rebuilt and to meet survivors. We didn't get to talk to them much about it because they didn't speak English that well. After lunch, we went to "Monkey Beach" where there were about 8 monkeys! They came right up to us when we got off the boat (looking for food) and took pictures with us and everything! It was so neat! When we got back to the main land, Margaret and I had to use the restroom really bad.
Margaret and I snorkeling!
..but all we could find where the kind that are just holes in the ground! It was awful! We decided that we need to be potty trained again....
On Sunday, our flight left at 10pm so we had all day to explore! We decided that we should rent motorbikes because they were all over the place, and everyone kept telling us how awesome they were. We took a "tuk tuk" (a small cheap taxi) about mid-way down the coast and to rent the motorbikes and ride to the southern point of Phuket to check out the beaches there. It never really dawned on us that we had no clue how to drive motorbikes! They just gave them to us right on the side of a really busy street. Katie made a wide slow turn onto the road first and Margaret tried to do the same at the same time.
Here is a picture of what Phi Phi looked like after the Tsunami. All of the staff were wearing the shirts hanging above the painting.
..however, Margaret just ended up running into Katie at full speed and not stopping once she ran into her! It was really scary at the time and all of the locals came out and yelled at them for not going slow. Katie just scratched her leg...and we laugh about it now. Also, I had to ride one for two people because it was all that they had left, so it was really heavy. The first time I tried to get off of it, I lost my balance and the whole thing fell on my leg! It hurt pretty bad, and I have a big bruise on my foot...but it was really hilarious! Then, I was behind Kevin and Christine (they shared one) and we were turning in the middle of an intersection, but it is weird because they drive on the wrong side of the road so a right is like a left,
and Kevin almost ran into something and looked like he was going to fall off and so I stopped really quickly and fell off behind him so that I wouldn't run them over.
Good thing I wore that helmet!
A bunch of cars had to stop and people kept yelling at me in Thai! One guy got out and helped me pick my bike up though. At the time, I thought that I was going to die, but now I can't stop laughing about it! I still can't believe we thought we could drive those things! I was shaking the whole time. It was definitely challenging.
The beach that we ended up at was gorgeous! Katie decided that she was going to go climb on some of the rocks, and a huge wave came and knocked her into the water and she cut her foot really badly on a rock. I couldn't look, but I held her hand while Kevin fixed it. She couldn't really walk on it and we had to push her around in a wheel chair once we got to the airport. They decided that she might need stitches and to get it cleaned, so I went with her to the hospital in Singapore when we got home at 2am.
The rocks that Katie fell off
It was very strange because they made her sit down and me fill out the paperwork for her. They didn't ask any medical history, only things like where you were born, your race, and your religion. We waited until 4:30 and then they told us it was going to be 2 more hours! They looked at it and said that they didn't think that she needed any stitches but that she needed to get it cleaned, so we went home and she went to the school doctor this morning. They gave her some antibotics and she is ok, but on crutches. Needless to say, it was a very painful day for the two of us!
All and all, it was an amazing trip! The whole group really got a chance to bond and see some GEORGIOUS beaches! I LOVE Thailand! :-)