The Best of Everything Thai

Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

I officially love Thailand. Here's why:

- Thai food is to Asia what Italian is to Europe.

- The people are tolerant and kind, in part I think due to their strong Buddhist culture which must surely be the most intelligent religion in the world (ever heard of an Buddhist extremist blowing up a church in the name of Allah/god/Buddha?).

- You can get away with just about anything here that you may desire, so long as you're not a complete dick about it and attract too much attention (i.e. start a fight or try to sell drugs).

- The place is absolutely beautiful and by western standards, surprisingly well developed.

I was really expecting a tourist mad house here on Phi Phi based on what I had read in Lonely Planet. But in fact this place to me has the best balance of all the things I have listed: Amazing beaches, chilled out markets, delicious food and (mostly) friendly locals.

If you're wondering why the previous couple of blog posts have been light on photos, it's because I lost our good camera on the way to Ko Phi Phi - FARRK! On the plus side we haven't really taken a great deal of photos recently and the camera was shit anyway. But we are still are gutted that we lost photos especially of the water festival and full moon party. :(

Oh well, lesson learned

When we arrived on the island we were tired as hell we couldn't be bothered hunting down a good hostel (we also had a a few run-ins with rude staff I have currently have zero tolerance for that for that BS). Instead, we checked into really expensive hotel (well at least by Thai standards at $50ishNZD a night). We were given the choice of sea view or the "mountain view" which turned out to be a concrete wall two feet away from the window with a bit of grass growing on it. It goes without saying that we paid the extra 300B for the sea view. While typing this we are looking out across a sandy bay filled with long tail boats - so worth it.

Ko Phi Phi Don is a small island. There seems to be plenty to do, including scuba diving and boat trips around some of the more secluded islands nearby. We currently don't have the money for any of that right now and are quite contempt just hanging out at the beach. By the end of the day though we were feeling quite sore - Liz got terribly sunburn in her new bikini (I did warn her!) and I have lost feeling in part of my left hand after smashing it at Muay Thai training yesterday.

Second lesson of the day learned...

In the evening we watched the sunset on the beach drinking fruit juice (the fruit here is so good it actually tastes like.... well, fruit!) and eating a Pad Thai. Then we headed back to our hotel's deck for some emergency aloe vera for the sunburn and beers to watch the fire poi show on the beach below. A fairly big night followed - Phi Phi nightlife is pretty crazy; there are buckets for sale everywhere and bars are all along the beachfront. It almost feels like a small scale full moon party.

We liked this place so much that we decided to stay an extra night - this time at a place a bit cheaper and without the view, but still quite nice. Again, we didn't achieve much during the day except chill-out by the beach, enjoy another great Thai meal (mmm Massaman curry!) and drink a few more buckets.

Ironically in the evening "The Beach" movie was playing for free at one of the bars. For those who haven't seen it, the plot is about a young traveler who runs away from society to find his perfect paradise, it was also actually shot here at Ko PP.

I think I may have also found my perfect paradise here.
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