Cause baby you're a firework....
Trip Start Dec 21, 2010
18Trip End Feb 05, 2011
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Where I stayed
Sand Sea View Resort
It was a lonnnng day and arriving in Phi Phi surprised me, shocked me, overwhelmed me. I was here in 2006, exactly 2 years after the Tsunami and I fell in love with a recovering community blessed with beautiful natural surroundings. Turning right out of the pier and then first left, I stayed at Charlie's (I'm sure you'll know it if you've been here) with my gals, Giada and Nicole, and that's pretty much where Phi Phi ended, there was not much after Charlie's
I was impressed that straight off the boat they're now charging 20 baht per person to maintain the island - I hope the money goes to what they say
We did become very friendly with the travel agent lady (out the pier, second block, first shop on the right corner) - she found us our places to stay, helped us with all our questions, booked our ferrys to Phuket etc. My best part about travelling is making friends with the locals and just sitting chatting to them for ages, really eye-opening
New Year's Eve
After finally securing our accommodation for the next 2 nights we headed to the main beach for a long overdue and overpriced lunch, much like the rest of Phi Phi which is overly touristed now. We ate at the Twin Palms restaurant which is where Prawn and LongLegs stayed- adorable bamboo huts but club-volume music played right there (Apache bar) until the early hours but didn't really bother the kids. Spent the afternoon on the beach but not really managing to swim as the tide was so low you could walk out nearly 200m without the water getting deeper than your knees, not ideal for cooling off. Again the beach was just rammed full of South Africans, at first we were like oh a South African and by the end we were like oooh that person isn't South African as literally every second person was
Anywho, for New Year's dinner we found a tit little restaurant which did Thai pizzas, so while it's kinda western, we felt justified! We tried the Massaman pizza and Green curry pizza, not to bad really. The waiter then had a tantrum when we asked him to return our change which would have been a 30% tip...? Something was definitely lost in translation there! Dan and Luke wrote a poem for the wall of recommendations in the restaurant so be sure to look out for ours if you ever go there :) Think it was called D.M.C's.
The beaches were rammed full of bucket-drinking loonies so we just grabbed a few beers from Palm minimart (Giada & Nicole, you wouldn't recognise it- lots more lights, shops and roads all around it, see pics below, crazy!) and watched all the fire dancers and fireworks, fairly chilled because one huge party on Ko Phangan was plenty thank you very much! There is absolutely no health and safety here as Apache bar set up about 3 huge boxes of fireworks in and amongst the people on the beach and come midnight, they just started going off for a good 10/ 15 mins- MAD!! We were a little further away but not more than 5 metres and were getting hit by all sorts of shrapnel. Luckily Justin found some girls to cower behind....true story!
We headed to bed but the kids stayed and partied on the beach and were also treated to a live sex show opposite their hut, albeit unintentionally by the participants but they really should have closed their curtains...
Ah, new year's day was beautiful and clear
Late afternoon I found a game of football that the villagers play everyday on a slightly uneven grass pitch and managed to catch a game. Basically 8 a side, 7 minutes, 4 teams and first goals wins, winner stays on. Our team drew the first couple and then managed to get a 4 game winning streak before we lost and by that stage it was getting dark so it was all over, definitely a highlight of my trip so far even though I had to borrow some of Jacqui's running shorts which looked like hot pants!
And Seb if you're reading this, yes I scored one so get Adam to add one to my mediocre tally on the golden boot please.
Jacqui went for a sunset jog around the island, just like a lot of the locals, and investigated all the nooks and crannies of the various resorts and generally being nosy :)
That night we went in search of the self proclaimed 'World Famous pad thai' restaurant which was a tiny little place with only 3 tables which were unfortunately all full
We settled at Tom Yam restaurant which finally for the girls understood what 'no spicy' meant :) Dani had the perfect hotness Green Curry! i.e no hotness.
After that it was all about doing some shopping, mainly pearls for Queen Jacqui and the kids were buying presents for the family. Managed to get a sneaky nutella and banana crepe before dragging our weary bodies home for some sleep before another earliest ferry to Phuket tomorrow. Have mixed emotions about heading to Phuket but being open-minded about it...