Traveller ground zero - Koh Phi Phi Don
Ko Phi Phi Don Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
November 29th, 2009 – by: cja17
Even though I had chosen an over-priced bungalow on the (theoretically quiet) edge of town, Christian was still woken first by the "I think I'll have an early night" types at 2am, and then by the "why don't we go down to the beach before we go back to bed" crew at 5am - this is a fine place to be in your 20s with baht in your pocket. By chance I met the guilty parties (5am division) the following afternoon - the lovely Jo and Charlotte from Yorkshire - Jo at least had recovering from dengue fever to celebrate, but no excuse for Charlotte - bad girl.
Still, had to be up at 6am, so a 5am wake-up call wasn't all bad. Wandering through town to the dive shop, a few, strangely-contented looking travellers lay asleep on pathside grass verges - ending up sleeping in the gutter back home would be a night out that didn't go to plan, but here it seemed a lot less tragic.
By 7.30 our dive boat was motoring steadily towards Bida Nok, South of Phi Phi Ley for a nice couple of short dives - great to refresh the buoyancy skills and get ready for next week. Lionfish, boxfish and eels aplenty, with the odd jellyfish to avoid and the odd turtle not to. Missed out on the reef sharks this time, but the lovely people at Adventure Club Divers are taking me shark watching at 5am tomorrow, so fingers crossed...
Overall, if you can stretch the budget (and it is a stretch), Koh Phi Phi is still worth the time, and takes absolutely no effort - just don't come seeking solitude...
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