I don't want to leave!!!!!!

Trip Start May 16, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

There is something about Phi Phi. It is so laid back. Maybe it is the fact there are no cars here. Most of the people here are so nice.(I will not bother to tell about those who have not been, lets just say they got no more bhat from me) I have become friendly with the internet cafe couple, and two restaurant proprietors. The are so warm and welcoming. I cant say enough about them. Even the "girls"(lady-boys) that work the desk at the hotel have been very hospitable. Speaking of lady-boys there is no shortage around here. I would think that they would be in BKK or larger city instead of this rather small island. It is an interesting phenomena, to say the least! The other night there was a "cabaret" show at the Apache Bar. There was a whole parade of lady-boys that were making the rounds handing out flyers. I was at one of my "regular" restaurants watching a movie and heard this commotion, only to turn around and see a sea of sequins and hear these deep voices. Guess you had to be here.

Another thing I have noticed here are there are very few dogs. I asked the guy at the internet cafe the other day why. He said the island is heavily Muslim and the Muslims are not fond of dogs. There is no shortage of cats though. And there must be some gene in the population because I've never seen so many cats with deformed tails!?! Either short or crooked. I cant imagine all these cat tails were injured at some point.

Today I was all mopey because I planned to leave tomorrow. I rearranged my tickets so I do not have to spend the night in Phuket. I will be staying in Phi Phi one more night!!! Thank goodness Thai Airways does not charge a change fee!!! This is my third switch. So tomorrow will be my last whole day in Phi Phi. Its time to move on, I guess.

I also asked around about the Tsunami yesterday. I have not to this point because I figured the locals get lots of questions. I had assumed the Tsunami came from one direction when actually it came from the opposite. Phi Phi is "almost" two islands. There is a low lying sandy strip that connects the two main land masses of this island. Both sides of the island have large bays. One is more enclosed than the other, I figured the Tsunami came from the more open bay. I was told the water was about 9 feet deep and after about 15 minutes after the Tsunami hit the water retreated. I found an aerial picture today that showed the damage soon after the Tsunami hit, I will try to photograph it and post.

Another aspect of this trip i'd like to share is the litter. Not just Thailand but also Turkey and Bosnia were covered in litter. Bosnia especially. I wrote that off to they had other things to worry about with the war and all. But Turkey and Thailand are very littered. Its quite sad. Yesterday when we went snorkeling there was a big drift of trash near where we snorkeled. The guide even said that in a little bit it will dissipate. Most was floating on the water but i did see a bit of trash on the ocean floor. I think the locals and the tourists are to blame. Sad part is that its so easy to control. Just put it in a can people!!!!

Guess that's it for now,

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