'The' Beach

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand - Landing in Phuket, there was a worried brother looking at the sheepish looking white faced pale gingerman walking from the bathroom at Phuket bag collection to where brother Dave was waiting!! I was very ill! Exhausted! Weak and needing to rest. We were the last to leave the arrivals hall and before we even attempted to grab a mini bus ticket to Phuket town to find our hostel, we were offered a free mini bus ride if we booked a boat ticket to Phi Phi through an agent. The price was fair. So after ten minutes of agreeing all this, we were then told, oh there are no more mini buses, they are all full, but if you pay more money, we'll get you a taxi! We were both not impressed, I told them we were not paying anymore money for a taxi and told them they needed to cover the cost. The woman and the mini bus man just laughed!! So in my irritable state, I threw the boat ticket at her and asked for a refund! She quickly pulled out some cash and offered to pay for our taxi to Phuket town. I guess every now and then, spitting the dummy does help. 

Phuket town is about a thirty minute drive from the airport. We found our hostel and I could barely climb the stairs to our 12 bed dorm that only had 6 mattresses and was completely empty! There was wifi, so while I slept all afternoon, Dave boy was happy to relax as well. When I say I slept, I literally did, all day and most of the evening. We did pop out for some food and to see Arsenal v Spurs but I was thoroughly spent and needed some rest! 

I was still feeling pretty bad next day as we caught the two hour boat to Ko Phi Phi island. The boat was hot and sweaty. I slept most of the way but woke up with a very wet tshirt and a thumping headache. Luckily, as we had no booking on the island, they sorted out our accommodation through a random guy on the boat. We found a cheap little cottage away from the party beach. At the dock, some dude with a cart pushed our bags to the little cottage area and the place was pretty good! Two beds, mosquito nets and sadly, I slept the next two day!! We only had three days in Phi Phi. I tried to encourage Dave boy to go drinking and avoid my sickness but in true family togetherness, he endured my sleeping. During those two days of sleeping, we did venture out for food/water/sights but I was not up for very much. The only positive was that I was losing body mass. I was getting to a size I am expecting to be after India, not a month before I travel to India. 

Ko Phi Phi is stunning! Turquoise water, white beaches and a very laid back relaxed atmosphere. There are no taxis, there are no motorbikes and no one hassles you! Perfect!! Where we were staying had beautiful views of the main beach and bay and stunning views at sun set!


Our last full day in Phi Phi we booked a half day trip to go to 'the' beach. The book by Alex Garland was based on a beach in the Phillipines but written for Thailand and of course set in Thailand also. A half day trip was perfect, although my concern was whether we would endure more noisy drunken children. We were very lucky! We chose an early morning departure and were joined by a very quiet couple from Sweden but then a cool South African couple on holiday for two weeks, a Canadian brother and sister and a young German girl. That was it and it was a pretty quiet start. After a while we all got to know each other and we were all busy talking away. 

We stopped off at a couple of points to jump in and go snorkelling but in the end we reached our desired destination of 'the' beach (Maya bay). When on reaches the shore, the beach is covered with thirty long tail boats and boats. The beach is packed full of tourists and only a few aspects of the actual area seem recognisable. But, it's still a great destination and we had around 80 minutes to wander around, relax ad take pictures. Brother Dave and I hung in the shade and floated in shady area of the sea. It was a great way to spend one of our last days together. 

On the way back to Phi Phi, we saw some monkeys on a random monkey beach and then were back at Phi Phi. we organised to meet everyone else later on for dinner and drinks. 

Dave and I relaxed in the afternoon, found some lunch as my western appetite was coming back and then chilled in the evening till we met the others. 

We went to dinner together and then watched some fire juggling displays on the beach at Phi Phi. We went for a few more beers and watched some random Thai boxing. Dave wasn't feeling so great so headed off early while the canadian brother and sister (Jill and Justin) and the German girl (Sazha) and I spent a couple of hours chatting in a random pizza shop. I was pleased to again, meet some like minded people in the party central of southern thailand!

Dave boy and I made our way back to Phuket and then our flight back to Bangkok. Dave treated me to one last night in a comfy hotel with a hot shower! 

On his last day, while Dave was sleeping in, I left at 730 am to get some cash out and then go hand in my India visa application! I had given myself enough time in Bangkok to hand the application in and then collect my passport before my ongoing flight to Sri Lanka. Annoyingly, the coming Wednesday was an Indian holiday so I couldn't hand in my visa! So, I have a week in Bangkok of doing nothing!! Yikes!!

For lunch we went to the same place where we had lunch our first day together almost eight weeks ago! Amazing how that time just flew by!! 

Dave and I chilled for our last day, we watched a movie (Act of Valor) and I joined him at the airport. He treated me to one last dinner and i said goodbye to him at the international departures area. 

It was a fun packed and great eight weeks! I hope he had fun and got a glimpse into the travelling life. I know for certain he will not miss the bus trips, but I know he enjoyed meeting great people, enjoyed the tasty food and having the sun on his face for most for most of the eight weeks!! 

It was a little deflating making my way back to Bangkok city centre. I spent the next three days being completely unsociable, spending most of the day in my hostel bed, relaxing and recharging my batteries. 

I spent one night in a cheap hole in Khao San road before I couch surfed with a very fun South African girl called Bokkie. Our first night out, we ate on Khao San road then met a friend and a friend of her friend for a beer. One beer turned into 8 beers and we did an accidental 'dine and dash'. I had mentioned it in drunk conversation, how some guys go on a date, pay before hand but for a little excitement, convince his date to run on a dine and dash mission. Bokkie got it into her head that we were going to do that. Seeing as I was sleeping on her couch, I followed her and we expected the other two to pay and we'd simply pay them back. We found out next morning that they left too! Oh man, bad karma. Bokkie missed her alarm and phoned in sick to work! We had a rough day of being hung over!

I can't believe I will say this, but I think I'll miss Bangkok. The city is a comfortable place to live, and if you're there long enough, you can get past the fat balding old men with young Thai girls to see a fun and sweeter side to the city. The place is still crazy and I am grateful that it is letting me go. 

I leave South East Asia after three months of adventures. 

Next destination, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 
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Man! I am so far behind on the blogs...I bet you are ready to disown me! Anyway..glad to hear that you are feeling better and starting to inflate again!

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