The Beautiful Islands

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Similar to the situation with Ti Lor Su Falls, which started the trip, we had seen photos of Koh Phi Phi and Railay and just had to check these destinations out for ourselves.  It was the low season, so our hotel was moderately priced.  Of course, since we had just finished traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia for 4 months, the prices seemed insane.  Our room was about 800 baht for a nice room with AC and a slightly obscured view of the beach, which in hindsight isn't terrible.  I preferred the $5 a night we spent in Sapa, but Thai beaches are frequented for a reason and prices reflect that demand.

We had several days to enjoy the island before heading to Railay, so we made some plans for snorkeling (one day trip, one night trip) and plenty of beach lounging.  It was the rainy season, but we had great weather most of the time.  Our primary goal was to get some sweet tans before heading back to Bangkok and working for the first time in 8 months.  There was plenty of sun for that, and photo opportunities abounded.  I should mention that some of my friends went during the high season recently and it was apparently a totally different place.  When we were there, it was what I would call a slightly touristy tropical paradise with some less than friendly locals and medium-range prices.  My friend Fernie said in the high season it was much more like Cancun with the full array of rowdy spring breakers and high prices.  But kayaks and hikes can still provide a fair amount of seclusion and the snorkeling was great, particularly the night dive.  I'll post that as a separate entry.  Here are some photos of the island and its stunning sunsets.
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