Sometimes you just shouldn't go back

Trip Start Apr 23, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Kinnaree House Ko Phi Phi Don
Read my review - 2/5 stars

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Phi Phi Island was a bit the same as Phuket for us. You can never turn back time...we know that. I guess after what we had witnessed at Phuket we expected the amount of development on Phi Phi but it didn't make it any easier. The setting is still very beautiful with cliffs rising out of the water and the tropical green of the jungle as a backdrop. The beach we had stayed on last time however no longer existed as it had before. Much of it had washed away leaving rocks at low tide and there was now a break wall, presumably as a result of the Tsunami.Where once had been corrugated iron bungalows right on the beach, there was now concrete structures the other side of a paved path.

There were other beaches though and we we wandered around different parts of the island to see how things had shaped up. There was definitely no dearth of very white sand....or bodies to lie on it.Loads of restaurants, bars, shops, clubs, tattoo shops, travel agents...everything you could possibly want to make your tropical holiday run smoothly. Buckets of alcohol were very popular. For $6 you could get a bottle of the local rum, a Can of coke, a bottle of red bull, a heap of ice and a straw. I wasn't quite sure whether the buckets were refundable but I expect they doubled as sand castle building tools or you could simply go and get a refill if needed.

We hooked up with a full day boat trip that visited numerous bays and beaches around Big and little Phi Phi plus a couple of extra islands. It was a bargain at about $18 each, including lunch, snorkels/mask/fins, kayaks and all day coffee, tea bikkies and water. Some of the snorkel ling was quite stunning, especially at Maya Beach (AKA THE BEACH) but unfortunately the weather turned crap in the afternoon and we were hammered by some torrential storms that reduced the visibility. Even so, just being out on the water in amongst some magnificent scenery was very relaxing. There were loads of other boats out doing the same thing but at least we managed to miss the great majority of day trippers that came across from Phuket in the mornings.

We considered diving but in the end the weather and the prospect of limited visibility convinced us to save our money for greener pastures.

We had decided our next stop would be Koh Lanta, a place we hadn't visited last time. It seemed a logical stop before heading to Railay Beach...another favourite last time round. The write ups looked good ...the accommodation reasonable and the beaches clean...
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