Ko Phi Phi - Day 56

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Boat trip today. Nearly missed the boat after forgetting to set my alarm, just made it in time!
We first went to Maya bay which is the famous beach from the movie "The Beach" on Ko Phi Phi Leh. Ko Phi Phi Leh is a smaller more rugged version of it's bigger sister Ko Phi Phi, with towering heavily eroded limestone cliffs. Kayaked from the boat to around 40m off the beach, but the place was absolutely packed with tourists, so I decided against landing and turned back to the boat. Wasn't overly impressed with the beach to be honest, thought it would more spectacular, don't get me wrong it was beautiful but not as jaw dropping as I imagined it to be.

Went back to Ko Phi Phi and we stopped just beside a coral reef. Snorkelled over to the beautiful multi coloured coral which was teeming with life, fish, sea urgines, star fish, sea cucumbers and other species I couldn't even name. Best reef I've ever seen until I get to the great barrier reef in Australia which I'm sure will top it.

We then visited the tiny Bamboo island with its beautiful shallow reefs. This was my favourite place of the day, very few tourists, and it's what I would call a typical island paradise. A truly amazing place, with palm trees, white powder sands and the turquoise waters of the Andamen sea. Wow, what an island!
Once again back to Ko Phi Phi and Monkey bay, didn't see any monkeys though. But a great mature reef with coral towering above the ocean floor. The visibility here wasn't as good the other places visited but the coral was really impressive, it's literally another world down there. I can see why people get obsessed with diving, it takes you away from our land based world into another world which feels completely unconstrained by gravity. It's an intoxicating feeling.

In the evening I felt compelled to visit the Reggae bar again to watch the Thai boxing. The difference this time was that amateur Thai's were boxing rather than pissed westerners. Managed to get a ringside table, some great bouts. The best being a fight between two toned but relatively light weight fighters. At one point, they both kicked each other in the head in unison. The force was so great that one of the fighters was kicked over the ropes out of the ring and the other fell to the floor inside the ring. They both got back on their feet and carried on. I was told that the bouts here are sometimes staged, but this was truly brutal stuff, can't of been staged. What a fight!
Been on the road for two months now, excluding my African adventure. Only 8 months to go, before I go home for Christmas! Then my South American odyssey commences which includes attempting to summit the biggest mountain on the continent,. Aconcagua in Argentina. It's only 7000 metres! I've just received confirmation that I have spot on an expedition which begins on 12th January. Hopefully this will be the 3rd of the seven summits for me.
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