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Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Koh Phi Phi

We got to Phi Phi from Koh Phanghan by several ferries and a coach across mainland which took up most of the day, but I think the best places always take longer to get to in Thailand! The weather was overcast and even had a downpour for an hour whilst on the ferry.

We soon realised how overpriced accommodation is compared to the previous resorts we had stayed, as is everything else on the island as we continued to find out, but we managed to find a good set of bungalows with a sea view. We settled in and so did the downpour of rain.

Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful little island, largely made of limestone cliffs. It is almost separated into two islands, but a strand of flat land connects them. On this strand lies the largest town on the island known as Tonsai Village. In 2004 the island catastrophically suffered from the tsunami, the centre of the island was washed away along with people and their livelihoods. It has taken them a long time to rebuild the paradise island. I visited 2 years ago and from that time until today I can clearly see how much the village has developed. Where there were once derelict sites with broken coconut trees there are now streets and alley ways full of markets, restaurants, guest houses, shops and more. I felt excited and happy for the locals who I have grown to be so fond off, it is obvious how much they care about their island.

During our 7 days here we managed to fit in a day or so at the beach in-between the constant raining days. We had planned to take advantage of the beautiful marine life by doing snorkelling and boat trips, even going over to Maya Bay where the film The Beach was filmed. But there never came a day which seemed suitable for these activities.

On the 6th day I did a rock climbing tour on one of the cliffs next to Tonsai Village. Although it was raining the climbing location was sheltered by a rock overhang. I did 3 climbs over the course of the afternoon and came back as the sun was setting feeling achy and tired but quite proud of myself.

At our previous resorts we made friends with the local dogs, who belonged to each resort. They added allot of character to each place and where always happy to get attention. There was Rocky our night guardian; he escorted us from our bungalows at Koh Samui to the local bars, than at Koh Phanghan there was rolly polly a big fat mottled dog who roamed the beach and the gardens sniffing out trouble and our favourite was jack who was very excitable and followed Caitlin where ever possible. However at Phi Phi there are virtually no dogs, only masses of cats with kittens, it seemed that every shop porch there was a family of cats living. In our boredom from the constant rain we named our small feline friends, who seemed to enjoy being guests at our bungalow, Joey and Millie and their mother Molly.

Some more highlights from the week:

Made In Thailand – Koh Phi Phi's very own tribute band singing anything you requested and sounded very authentic.

Beach Party - At Bohemian bar our night there included many long island iced teas, fire dancing and a shisha pipe.
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