Beautiful Koh Phi Phi

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Saturday, April 10, 2010

After one night in Phuket, we catch the morning ferry to Koh Phi Phi where we will stay for 8 nights....we are all excited to get to the beach and are curious to see if the island is as beatiful as everybody says....we hesitated going there because of the crowd in the main and only village, a like 900 meter long and 500 meter wide and strecht of sand, full of tourist shops, dive shopd and restaurants. It was very strongly hit by a 5 m high waves during the tsunami in 2006, the whole village was destroyed. It was hoped that the recontruction would be made with a better eye to the esthetic....but no, everydody is buildings his little shop or restaurant anywhere, which makes it a friendly chaos. You arrive in that beautiful bay surrounded by huge cliffs, full of boats and fisherboats and can see right through the transparent water, beatiful fishes all around....snorkelling is going to be great!! We get a chance to walk around in the village before the longtailboat brings us to the hotel, which is 30 minutes away, in a secluded bay. Well, the village isn't that bad, actually fun for a few hours. Not too crowded (low season is approaching fast, it's right after the Thai New Year). But it's true that we wouldn't want to stay in the village. One of the positive points of the village is that there are no cars, no motorbikes, the only motored vehicules here are the boats! So everytime you wanna go somewhere you take a little boat!
After 30 minutes on the longtail, admiring the many white beaches on the way we arrive at the hotel, via the beach! It looks really great, beautiful water, like on postcards, trees half hanging in the water with hammocks....I think we will have fun here!! The bungalow is right on the beach (and after a few days the beach is in the bungalow...i,possible to keep sand out!!!!!) and we all hurry to get our bathing suits on and our snorkelling gears.....waowwwwwwwwwwwwwww......we can hear the girls screaming in ecstasy through their tubas at each fish they see. You just walk into the water waist deep, look down under and it is alrady full of life! A little further over the coral it gets even more exciting. OK, we are going to book a full day with a boat to see the different snorkelling sites and beatiful beaches...we'll let Michael organize that, that should keep him busy for a while!! After the beach, time for a nice cleansing shower to get the sand a salf off.......hmmmm, how nice...until you open your mouth and realioye that you are showering with salty water.....yuk! The soap doesn't foam....hopefully we will not have to be salt sticky for 8 days.....but in the end it is not too bad once you are dry!!!!
After dinner we get back to room via the beach...full of crabs! We had seen little ones in the afternoon but those are huge, scuttling around like crazy in every direction.....we just have to catch some....and it becomes our nightly ritual...find the biggest crab of the day!
Next day we decide to walk to Tonsai, the litle village. It is a 30 minutes steep walk to the top, which has a nice viewpoint, and then another 30 minutes down. At the top we are rewarded with a magnificient view of both bays and ice cream, yeahhhhhhhh! There's a picture up there from the two bays right after the tsunami and it sends chills down my must have been horrible! Two waves of 5 and 3 meters arrived from opposite sides and hit the village at once...They have now installed a huge siren in case of emergency and tsunami evacuation routes.....Down in the village we quickly realize that it is the Thai New Year's Eve....everydody is splashing water all over the place (reminding the holy water poured over the Buddah during the ceremony) and within two minutes we are soaking wet, which is actually pretty nice because we were just so hot from our walk! The whole village is one big party, with loud music all around and some people (tourists) already on the drunken side....not really our scene... we leave the center of the place and get to where the festival is quieter..the girls hace fun splashing everybody with water bottles. It is not very confortable sitting down soaking wet for lunch, but well....
Back at the hotel we hear about the trouble in Bangkok and after getting messages from home decide to cancel our two days in Bangkok before flying to Dubai. We decide to spend those 2 days in Phuket, our main worry being not to be able to drive to the airport in Bangkok, depending how the situation evolves. We find a really great 4 stars hotel on Kata beach for half the normal price(1st week of the low season) and book a deluxe room for the girls and.....a jacuzzi villa for ourselves!!! Decide to leave Phi Phi 2 days earlier to have 4 days in Phuket. Ok, all arranged!
Next on the programm is our snorkelling trip...each spot is more beautifull, colourful fishes all over, they come and eat bread and bananas out of your hand (see little video. It is so funny, it tickles all around you, I can't help laughing all the time. We are a bit disappointed not to see any turtles but for that you need to go diving. Margaux is really keen on going but is all disappointed because the minimum age is time maybe! We stop on several beatiful beaches, including the famous Maya Bay, where the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo di Caprio (Leeeeoooooooooooooo!) was filmed....well, it is a beautiful beach if you pluck of the like 3'000 tourists walking around on it!!!!!! What a joke...worse that Disney World!! Anyway, at least we can say we went there (are you guys all very impressed???)! All in all it was a great day, saw lots of things. The rest of our stay is quiet, eat, swim, sleep, eat, swim, sleep, etc....After 6 nights (no airco but luckily also no mosquitoes) we are actually all really to head to the hotel in Phuket, looking forward to fresh nights and fresh water showers!!!!! We also miss the possibility of getting out, since the village is far away. So we have to eat every lunch and every evening at the hotel and after a while it gets a little boring...don't misunderstand me, it is paradise, but I guess even paradise you want to get away from from time to tme!!!Just don't know what to expect of Phuket since it's one of the last places on earth we would think of going, but well, I guess as long as the hotel is nice you don't have to get out and see the crowd.....we'll see!

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Grandpapa on

Salut tous, Grandiose votre périple, dois je me procurer un disque dur spécial pour les photos ? On se réjouis de vous revoir et écouter les impressions.
Sommes actuellement chez Chris et Mumu. Ama va travailler au salon des inventions dès demain et jusqu'au dimanche inclus. D'après les dernières nouvelles les problèmes a Bankok se sont déplacé vers un autre quartier de la ville et ne concerne donc pas toute la ville. Renseignez vous par contre au sujet de l'aéroport de Zürich vu qu'a la suite d'un éruption volcanique en Islande, l'espace aérien au dessus de l'Europe est actuellement fermée. Pas de panique, mais dès que vous êtes a Dubai, renseignez vous. Gros bisous

Stéphanie on


Tout bon voyage de retour! Grosses bises à vous tous

karin on

Lieve Nath, Michael en kinderen,

GEWELDIG julie reis!!! We genieten van de foto's en de verhalen.
Wat zal dat wennen zijn voor jullie om straks weer naar huis te gaan, terug naar het normale leven.....
Hier in Europa is inderdaad het luchtruim al enige dagen totaal gesloten vanwege vulkaanas, enorme chaos.
Geniet van jullie laatste weken,
Gros Bisous van ons allemaal, Harold, Karin, Wieger, Jippe en Fransje

Oscar Nijhof on

Hoi Nathalie, Michael en kinderen,
Wat een geweldige reis en wat ontzettend leuk dat jullie dat via een verslag op internet met iedereen delen. Ik kreeg via mijn moeder de link en heb met veel plezier mijn halve werkdag nu gespendeerd aan het doorlezen van jullie verslaglegging.
Nog een leuk weetje voor jullie daar, maar als alles goed gaat word ik in november 2010 vader, en mijn vriendin Marjolein natuurlijk de moeder.
Liefs en veel plezier nog even!!!

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