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Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
36Trip End Feb 22, 2008
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We just got to Koh Phi Phi today, which had been widely described to us as 'the most beautiful place in the world', and then in the same breath, 'so busy!', 'soooo expensive!' and also 'soooo many Speedos!'. All the relaxed Lanta folk seemed to have the same distaste for Phi Phi's popularity as they did for Koh Tao's insanely cheap diving. We wanted to check it out though, if only for a couple of days, enough time (most importantly) to make the trip to the beach from The Beach, and get our fill of sun and sand before heading back up to Bangkok for a final last hurrah-goodbye-to-Thailand-we'll-miss-you-soooo-much.
So we are here and it is indeed beautiful and busy, as well as under construction... Phi Phi was one of the hardest hit by the tsunami and is definitely still recovering. There are now tsunami evacuation routes everywhere and restaurants have photos up of their rebuilding processes. It is pretty crazy to be here and to think back to the media coverage of the disaster. The wildest story we've heard so far is from a girl we were talking to at a dive shop today - she said their boat was out in the water when the tsunami struck the island and they had tons of divers in. Basically the divers just got caught in a current that felt a bit like a washing machine, and when they surfaced, they were all at least a kilometre from the boat and had no idea what had happened. The boat (which survived intact) went around to pick them all up, and they all wanted to continue to their next dive, but the captain knew there was a big problem and by the time they got back to the island it was complete devastation. Crazily enough, no divers died; but when you think about it, the further away from shore you were, the safer you were. Anyway, I'm sure there will be plenty more incredible tsunami stories, and I think there is a memorial which we will for sure check out.
There's so many activities to do in Koh Phi Phi! It's quite exciting and over-stimulating compared to Lanta lifestyle. But it's helping us forget that we're coming home in - what is it? A week? Never mind, forget I even mentioned it...