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Koh Phi Phi Travel Blog

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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.

When you think Thailand, think...
Walking around Phuket when we got there around one in the morning really put us off to the place-lady boys, drugs, ping-pong shows (don't ask, but it doesn't involve paddles, a green table, and a net), tacky strip clubs, extortionary prices on beer, and a general feeling of filth and unadulterated hedonism had us finding out options of getting to Ko Phi Phi as fast as we could.

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.

The Canadian, The Brit, and me!
We ended up just taking a boat last minute to the island. The boat trip itself was scorching hot, all of us rubbing sun screen on each other and in awe at the tens of thousands of huge jellyfish we saw over the side of the boat. I've always been fascinated by these creatures, but after being stung a few times in vietnam, it was nice to see them from a distance this time.

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.

Who says you can't have fun with sunscreen?
He had terrible jokes, and amazing tattoo he'd just gotten, random stories he'd casually throw out there of hookers he'd had, and a tendency to get really drunk and wander around on his own, insisting that everyone would remember him because of his tattoo. We caved in and ate at a more epensive American joint where I got very strange looks at the smile radiating from my face when a bowl of ranch dressing was placed in front of my and my giant plate of french fries...you have no idea how much i've missed this stuff!

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

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Love it :)
Love it :)
When you think Thailand, think...
When you think Thailand, think...
The Canadian, The Brit, and me!
The Canadian, The Brit, and me!
Who says you cant have fun with s…
Who says you can't have fun with …
The HUGE jellies! So pretty though
The HUGE jellies! So pretty though
The boat ride over
The boat ride over
Almost there, almost there!!!
Almost there, almost there!!!