Relaxing and luxurious as it was, we were reminded of the Tsunami a few years ago and it is strange to think that the whole area was destroyed, it's good to see that the locals have got back on their feet again, the area is buzzing.
For New years eve we hit the beach, again. The fire-throwing here is way better than on Ko Phangan (although the buckets are more expensive), I also had a go at fire skipping this time. Luckily I didn't suffer any major injuries although I did get whacked around the back of the legs, it doesn't hurt though. When the countdown began we were at the Ibiza bar, pistol in one hand, bucket in the other. When midnight hit, the whole town erupted into the biggest water-fight ever. I had left all the valuables in the safe in the room but had kept my phone with me and yes, it is ruined.
The party went on until ten in the morning (although we stayed until about three) and it was awesome, maybe even better than the partys on Ko Phangan, it's a close call.
When we woke the next day, sore-headed and still wet we looked over the balcony to see that the fun hadn't stopped, every one was still throwing water around, only this time, the kids were in on it! For the rest of the day we wandered from street to street spraying anyone (even police) that stood in our way. When the new years parade inched by us, no one could resist, and the entire parade got a good soaking. I felt most sorry for the backpackers coming off the boat, all their possesions in tow, they took the worst of it. No one, not one person, was allowed to be dry.
The next morning, again with a sore head we went snorkeling. The visibility was pretty dire but we saw some good stuff, the water at Bamboo island (Ko Paddy) was crystal clear and the fish swam all around your legs, how lovely!
Most exciting though was the trip to Maya Bay, the location where the film The Beach
was shot. I guess they must have used a lot of CGI because it was pretty hard to visualise Leo taking drugs and killing sharks there, but it was beautiful.
We've now booked tickets to Bali, instead of going to Laos.
We weren't aware that we would be celebrating two new years when we set out, but here we are in Phi Phi and it's Songkran (Thai new year). Essentially, the Thai people (and everyone else) drench each other in water for a day or two; water pistol sales go through the roof! When we arrived we headed straight for the beach and soaked up the rays, the weather is currently very hot.