The Poons in Koh Pu!
Trip Start Jan 08, 2013
17Trip End Mar 31, 2013
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To get here we took the ferry to Koh Phi Phi, pronounced Pee Pee. The girls were very amused that we took a boat to Pee Pee in order to get to Poo!!!!!
The first leg of the trip was on a conventional ferry boat, which was very nice and civilized. When we got to Phi Phi we transferred to a traditional long boat which is about 5-6 metres long. This trip was a lot more "exhilarating" and we all got totally soaked as we bumped and wallowed out way across the sea to our next destination
Koh Pu has about 1,400 inhabitants and is about 5 miles long, no tarmac roads, no telephone lines and very little in terms of a commercial centre.
That's all for now and the girls will be along shortly to add their thoughts........
Koh Jum - by Ruby & Zara
After catching a large boat from Phuket we were met and taken in a long tail boat to the island of Koh Jum. The journey started off quite calm but then as it became more rough, we were sprayed with salty sea water. We got soaking wet! We stayed in a place called Banyan Bay Villas, most of the room were built of wood and were on stilts. We overlooked the bay which had yellowish sand. We could borrow kayaks to explore around. One day we saw loads of starfish.
Zara - The restaurant had really ice food. For breakfast I had fruit and yogurt every morning because it was really nice. One time we had a Korean BBQ but Gangnam style wasn't even on the play list! We also had a seafood BBQ which was lovely, mum and dad loved the crab!
Ruby - The staff were very friendly. Nai , the chief coed us delicious meals whilst Jacky was at the bar serving drinks.Whilst we were there we hired mopeds and toured round the island
Zara - One day the owner of our accommodation, Kitima took us on a trip to show us how natural rubber is made.
1. Each rubber tree has a pot attached to it. People cut away to make a pathway for the rubber sap in the tree to drizzle down the trail into the pot
2. They collect all the pots when they are full
3. They tip them out into a big tub made up of 50 of the pots. They mix it with water and vinegar until it forms a liquid.
4. They pour this into a big tin. It takes 20 minutes for the substance to harden. Next they tip it out onto a mat and they trample on it. ( they even let us have a go at this, it feel like a foot massage, we liked it!)
5. It is now 3x bigger than it was. They put it in a flat mangle(roller) after this it goes through a second mangle which has grooves in it to create ones in the rubber.
Ruby - One day we took a long tail boat out to an island. Near there we did some snorkelling. We saw some amazing fish, all different colours. We saw jellyfish, rainbow fish and Zara saw a massive pipefish about a meter long!We relaxed on a beach and ate lovely fried rice. Zara made a sand city with a church in the middle. We both climbed on rocks before snorkelling again. It was a lovely day out.
Zara - On our last day we walked about half an hour to a beach. It was really nice and hot that day. We had a little swim and Ruby and I made sand bath bombs, they were really good because they dissolved in the water just like bath bombs! Dad and Ruby went to find a cafe. On the way we saw some really weird houses/ tree houses. One was like the size of a garden shed and it was held up by 4 pieces of rope holding it at each corner. I wonder if it can stay up like that? The one next to it was a really tall proper tree house, it was cool!Later on Ruby and I made a meal for a mermaid using shells, stones, sand, mud, seaweed and little bottles. Mine was especially for my Eliza and Ruby made hers for Florence (our cousins).
Belìnda - we had such a lovely time in Koh Jum. It was well off the beaten track and not spoilt at all. I wonder when the Russians will move in on this great place! Our hosts were so so friendly and did all they could to make our stay a good one. We even met the chief of the village who stopped by for a few drinks one evening (The population are mainly Muslim as he was but he seemed to enjoy this privilege!)