For the love of Thailand
Koh Phi Phi Travel Blog› entry 82 of 98 › view all entries
As I point my camera and shoot the familiar island scene, I can't help but smile and think 'This is paradise.' Out of my entire trip, I've been most excited to see Thailand, and Ko Phi Phi in particular, and now that I'm here I almost can't believe the stunning beauty. When my plane landed in Phuket from Chang Mai two days ago in the middle of the night, we were told that the weather was crap and to expect rain, which dampered my excitement just a bit-whenever I'm really excited to see a place, I want at least that one perfect photo-the one that can put all the ones I've looked up online to shame.
Having said this, I couldn't believe the blessing of the sun when the guys I'd met on my plane and I woke up in Phuket; I was absolutely beaming.
I woke up earlier than the boys to a freezing room since they wanted to take full advantage of the A/C and walked down the street, bargaining and comparing prices for trips to Koh Phi Phi. I found a few good deals and was able to get the price down quite a bit as it's low season and people are still a bit afraid to come to Thailand due to the recent conflict.
Once finally on the island we all paid a conservation fee and were dragged to several hotels before we agreed on one that was still a bit pricey, but better than them trying to cram three of us on one large bed. The next two days consisted of drinking, playing games at bars on the beach, and lounging in the incredibly warm water that was more the temperature of a spa than the ocean. On the boat to Phi Phi we picked up another guy, this one from France whom the boys quickly dubbed "Steve French," supposedly after some character on a tacky show they watch back home.
I hit it off with the Canadian guy my age and we spent lots of drunken time wandering around different bars. The boxing was super intense to watch with competitors from all around the world. Some were definitely better than others, but it was all good fun. Dragging ourselves home in the middle of the night ended in a hotel room covered in sand, but a nice, sound sleep