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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We went to Phi Phi (pee pee) from Krabi with a view to chilling out on "the beach". I wasn't a huge fan of the film, but I do fancy Leo so why not visit the site of the film with it being so close and all...
Our boat was supposed to leave Krabi at ten but it ended up being half past before we got going. The ferry was grand and was an hour and a half at most until we reached Phi Phi Island. There were a few things we noticed straight away. First, everything, including the streets look new. Second, the signs indicating the tsunami escape route (took me a bit longer to notice this), and third, sections of the town look like nothing much has been done to rebuild after the damage.

We bumped into our Scottish pals Jared & Helen from Ko Tao on the little island paradise. Our few days in Phi Phi were spent relaxing and eating at some of the tastiest restaurants. The vibe is very friendly and there are plenty of stalls, dive shops and eateries. We were tempted to go diving again...but it is twice as expensive here.

On one day we all took a day trip to "the beach" or Phi Phi Leh. It wasn't a blisteringly sunny day, which in a way was preferable for being stuck on a boat in the sea. The first stop was a place called monkey beach, where dozens of tour boats had stopped and unloaded tourists keen to get photos of the very boisterous monkeys. Personally I wasn't interested as these monkeys were aggressive compared to the little fellow in Krabi. 

After that we crossed the sea to get to the rock mass of Phi Phi Leh and here saw a cave system where a few locals are permitted to live. Their job is to maintain the island park status and also catching quotas of a certain cliff bird to sell to the Chinese as an edible delicacy.

Next was a stop in one of the bays for some great snorkeling and ok kayaking... I got to see some of my favourites again, including the longfin bannerfish (Gill - Willem Defoe's character in Nemo) 

Finally we stopped in another bay with a narrow access route to Maya Beach, set of The Beach. It's not idyllic when there are hoards of tourists and the weather is overcast and drizzly. However, it was worth a look at "just because". All in all, Phi Phi was another paradise island, sigh. 
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ann markham, co. limk on

fab photos and so many tourists about then again thats probably their biggest industry !!!! absolutely stunning photos thanks !!! xoxo

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