Via Surratani and Krabi to Koh Phi Phi

Trip Start Nov 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 17, 2014

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Flag of Thailand  , Changwat Krabi,
Friday, December 27, 2013

After about an hour and a half we arrived on the mainland where we got into a comfortable big bus in which we drove about 4 hours to get to the pier at Krabi where we got the boat at 1:30 pm to Koh Phi Phi. We arrived at 4:30 pm at the pier of Koh Phi Phi where we were helped by someone from our guesthouse with our bag-packs in a little push car as it was a 15 min walk to our guesthouse Uphill cottages.
After a long shower, some walking around, dinner and a drink later we went to our room to relax as it had been a long traveling day.

After breakfast at our usual place from 3 years ago called Harmony we felt like walking to the viewpoints. It took us about an hour and a half to get to all 3 points. We met Lars and Sorn on the first one so we walked together. After that we wanted to go to the beach which we had discovered last time we were here. But as they are really badly indicated (or not at all) we must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. And after more than an hour and a half walking on paths we ended up near our village. So we had a drink and went to another beach nearer where we stayed and enjoyed the sand and water.
We had dinner at one of our favorite little restaurants here, "Garlic". Than we went for a walk through the hectic little village full of party people and went for a drink.

We got tickets to go for a boat trip around the islands so we got up at 8 and got to the boat around 9. We got some breakfast and lunch afterwards on the boat. We went to Piley Bay, Loh Samah Bay where we did some snorkeling in the middle of fantastic fish, really like swimming in a aquarium and of course Maya Bay where the famous film "The Beach" with Di Caprio has been made.
We had come here before and the boats in which we came were not allowed on the beach itself at that time. Now 3 years later they are allowed, ridiculous of course but what the heck, money is King in the world, let's just destroy everything "just because we can" !!! Anyway, our tour was still quite nice and we were back around 2 pm. Lars had come with us in the morning but most have eaten something wrong the day before 'cause he felt sick in the afternoon. We went to the beach and enjoyed ourself there and had a early night after dinner watching one of our series on the computer.

Andrea felt like sprinting up the mountain to the viewpoint for exercise after breakfast and so she did while I felt lazy and read the newspaper on the net. As I had thought about getting a small tattoo with the old bamboo technique on this island I went to see where I thought they could tattoo the small Ohm I had in mind. I found one and we did it straight away. I love it and it is in comparison with the machine tattoo I have on my back. This you practically don't feel while they do it. Andrea loved it so much that she wanted the same, so we wen't back and she got hers. She didn't agree about the no pain, so I get to get her a painkiller ! :-)
Anyway, now we're both happy about our small Ohm's.

We thought that today we would try another beach so we walked together with Lars and Sorn partly over the mountain and through the jungle. Absolutely beautiful ! On the way we found this resort called Viking, really well done and completely in forrest wood, wauww what a job. So we got to Long beach, a nice beach with beautiful water. In fact it looks like the beach we discovered last time we were here, 3 years ago. The only difference is that there there were 4 people, here about 100. Lucky it's real long. There was a real nice place to have lunch, so we enjoyed that. I received a weird mail this morning with a booking summery of a flight I would have booked from Kuala Lumpur to Sohor in India. It worried me a little cause it looked real genuine, after some vague reaction on my reply and making it clear it wasn't me and I never given any information I thought I better go and check my account. Nothing had happened on my credit card so it probably was a phishing mail. Weird though.
Anyway, we went for dinner together with Lars and Sorn up the mountain in a nice restaurant with a good view over the village and sea.
It was a good dinner, we had a big fish which was miammi. After that we walked down to the beach where the party had started with great dance music and all kinds of fire shows.
We stayed there until 1 am and really enjoyed dancing and watching the shows and crazy people having fun ! At 12 off course lots and lots of fireworks and we've bought and sent our own hot air lampoon into the sky.
It was a really great New Year's Eve !

1st of January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR to our family and all of or friends, thank you for being there when needed in good and bad times !
We love you !!! That all your dreams may come true !!
Off course we didn't get up very early this morning, still we felt energetic enough to go and try another beach at the other side of the island.
So we climbed back up to the viewpoint and looked for the path to go down to Rantee beach which took us about an hour to go down slippery paths through the jungle, a real one difficult one this time. We saw a nice green snake but Andrea wasn't to impressed and took off like roadrunner :-) . Anyway the beach was real beautiful and only a few people there that had come by boat or stayed at the beautiful but lonely bungalows. We stayed a couple of hours, had lunch at the only little restaurant/bar with a waiter who called everyone brother and thought he was a Jamaican ! Than we went back before the sun would go down and the mosquitos would eat Andrea as they love her :-) Lucky enough for me they prefer her skin to mine hahaha. Got back quite tired and after showering and a dinner in our favorite restaurant "Garlic" we went back

Today we were going to take the boat at 11:30 to go to Koh Lanta, so we got up and got our luggage together and had breakfast at "Harmony". We read a bit there and than walked to the pier where there was quite a crowd of people leaving the island in different directions. After a bit of pushing and pulling we managed to get into our boat and after an hour and a half we arrived at Koh Lanta.

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Vero, Didier, Mauro en Andres on

Nice pics! We blijven het gek vinden dat jullie in short en ontblote armen op het strand kunnen kerst en new years eve vieren ��. Hoewel ... De UGGs zijn deze winter in België ook nog niet moeten boven komen, vandaag 14 graden! Geniet alvast verder van jullie fantastisch avontuur.

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