Bikini's, Beaches, Booze- I like B's

Trip Start Jul 20, 2006
Trip End May 10, 2007

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

It felt like we were swimming in the tropical fish tank at the dentist office. Yellow fish with black stripes, purple fish with orange lips, and turquoise fish with green tails. Not to mention the color of the water in Maya Bay resembled a precious gemstone- a cross between an emerald and an aqua marine.

Jenn, Limor, Monica and I hired our own private long tail boat to tour the islands of Ko Phi Phi, famous in the west for setting the scene of the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" in the late 90's. Stunning cliffs hang over the bay of blue waters which was the best snorkeling spot i've yet to ever see. Our long tail hired Captain, named Sok, loved his day as he took four bikini clad girls from our island beach front resort in Ko Lanta to various lagoons and bays along the way, including Pilah and Ko Phi Phi Don where the aftermath of the 2005 Tsunami is very much still visible, with coconut trees missing their tops.

We ended up in Ko Lanta, an island that was not on the agenda, but very happily indeed with beach side bungalows on beautiful grounds. Our first two days were spent bobbing up and down in the bathwater ocean, and our last day was spent hiring motorbikes to tour the island,  riding elephants through the jungle, and bandaging Limor with duct tape from her fall off her motorbike. We had come across a pristine stretch of white sand beach, warm water, and an ocean front lifestyle and opted to stay there for 5 days.

Off to Railay via ferry boat, a great way to travel and tan at the same time. We arrived in knee deep water, with no dock and had to carry our luggage to shore, which proved hilarious for some of us, and not so much for others. We settled on the East Bay after a brief look at Tonsai Beach where the clientele was too high to move. It was a night to party, which we accomplished very well, but had to part the next morning. It made me sad to see Jenn and Limor leave, but was thrilled to have them here and to hear all the gossip from home.

Monica and I stayed back and spent the day kayaking around Railay; going through caves with sapphire waters and around islands with grey and green birds. At sea we felt some drops of rain and the ocean starting getting rough, and before our tiny kayak got stuck, we got back to shore - admiring the awe inspiring limestone cliffs along the way.

Back on the beach, we met two fellow Oregon Alumni and spent the rest of the night with pina coladas in our hands and our feet dug into the baby powder soft sand. Our drinks were adorned with pineapples and fresh orchids, and by the end of the night my hair looked like a tropical garden.

The beaches are gorgeous, but you pay for it. I think my favorite line of the past 10 days was, "it is so much cheaper in the north." My mission to spend $25 a day seems unreasonable, but we are still managing to move around. A 12 hour night bus brought us back to Bangkok and was accomplished with great patience and little sleep, both for the bumps in the road and the Greek man named Gregorios from Mikonos.

Such is the story for now...and the adventure continues....
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