The Beach

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2011

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

We decided to go completely across the South of the island from one ocean to the other. Off the Andaman coast lie some incredible islands known for clear waters and obviously Koh Phi Phi (PP) for Leo's The Beach. It was a whole day travel and we were equipped with how much things should cost as well as a bungalow name and price for when we got there from Fernando and Sara. (Seriously don’t want to think about how much we would have spent in our ignorance!) We arrived an hour earlier then we expected so were quite happy after a boat, 2 buses and another boat.

PP feels immediately very different to Ko Phangan, the geography makes it so and to fully appreciate this look at the picture of us at the top of the island from the lookout. We arrived at one beach which is directly opposite another beach with a 5-10 minute walk of land that separates the two beaches. This piece of land is where the town is with all the accommodation, bars, food and tourist information. We found our bungalow and negotiated a 'good price’ and went in search of food. Right near us is a place called the Orange Place whose walls are covered with peoples recommendations on paper: ‘come here, eat the massaman curry and try this and that!’ So we did just that, for the bargain price of 3 we ate like kings, I did indeed try the massaman curry which was yummy and Anish had fried noodle and we knew then, that we would be coming back here regularly during our stay. We met two boys there who had likewise just arrived on the island and to their dismay (and our luck!) they were paying double what we are for the same style of bungalow one door down twin sharing. They were horrified and in the spirit of sharing good vibes, we took them to our place and with the whole ethos of ‘look we bought friends for your business’ they offered the same rate as we had bartered for for them for the next few days. They were chuffed and we felt like we did a good deed!

We explored a little, unlike Koh Pha Ngan PP has small tiny streets and does feel much more touristy, but not tackily so, just in that there are a huge amount of dive shops, the diving is meant to be amazing here but Anish has his foot firmly on the ground, we simply cannot afford to do anymore. There is no need to get motorbikes here really because the town is so concentrated, we hunted around for some good deals for our visits and also found a man who almost cut a price in half for our trip to Bangkok from here! Predictably so, we spent the evening at a massage place and decided that the massages here are very different to Malaysia, we have had so many in Malaysia that we were used to the pounding and reflexology there. Thai is so different; they do more stretching and pushing with their bodies and our own. It still left us feeling light and relaxed and was just as enjoyable!

We made the trip to Maya Bay (The Beach) after having spent an evening at a restaurant who played the film the night before! Was brilliant and refreshed my memory, I love this film! Incidentally one of the Brit’s on the tour had never seen or read The Beach but knew it was the thing to do, so did not understand any of our references…strange?! Anyway it was amazing, gorgeous HOT day and lovely people to chat with. The snorkelling was incredible and we had a lot of fun zipping around with our masks, the guides kept throwing bread in the water and the fish kept eating it and eating us, was like the fish spa we have a lot of in South East Asia and they have started bringing the idea to England I see too. They pick and tickle and it was really funny watching everyone squirming around and giggling!

We relaxed on the hot beach, drank beer and listened to wicked music on the beach at night. It was a real party island and there was a lot of bars and music to choose from; we went from a drum and bass one to a cheesey classics one, to a rocker one. brilliant!

Ko Phi Phi is such a beautifully safe island, full of amazing beauty. At no point did we ever feel worried about crime, which is interesting because I am a complete paranoia after our problem in Cusco, Peru. We spent some time watching the fire dancers and them practicing poi during the day. They are SO FAST, it is incredible. The viewpoint was magnificent by the time we sweated our way up the island for forty minutes (to discover there was an easier 10 minute walk up on the other side!) it was really sad and interesting to hear the man at the top talk about the sad Tsunami that devastated this island in 2004. More then 3000 were confirmed dead and missing. He said that he saw it and watched it from the top of the island.

Phi Phi was one of my favourite islands, the food especially at the Orange Place and all over the island in fact was out of this world, the people friendly and the vibe is so chilled out. A complete haven in the bustle of Thailand. 
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Jigna on

Wow the fire dancers are brilliant! And great pics! Where you getting this artsy fartsy stuff from! Love Anish's new haircut, a new man!

dhara on

these photos make me a bit sick. AMAZING!

roopa_anish on

thanks guys, it was really fun! miss u both millions x

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