Published: October 15th 2007October 14th 2007
What an amazing, beautiful, fun, gorgeous place in this world!! We truly enjoyed fabulous five days, part of our "holiday" since the school kids were on a holiday, staying on and exploring Phi Phi Island. Lots of snorkeling-so many incredible species and colors of fish, more than I have ever seen on a snorkeling trip before. Such clear water with visibility up to 30 meters!!!!! We took off from Ao-nang on wednesday morning by ferry for FREE because we know the Thai hook-ups! Our friend Yai hooked us up with a discounted room on Long Beach (Hat Yao). But before we got there we went on an unepxpected trip to the infamous Maya Bay (where the movie "The Beach" was filmed) after we dropped off 90 percent of the passengers. There were only ten of us snorkeling at Maya Bay (Ko Phi Phi Leh). We saw numerous species of fish all colors of the rainbow plus some. We spent an hour snorkeling and some extra time circling the island. We then arrived at our hotel via long tail boat from Ao Ton Sai bay, the major village on Ko Phi Phi Don. It was a very nice bungalow situated at the
Our friend Yai
She has continuously befriended us and has been generous and kind towards us.
top of a very steep hill but offered an amazing view through the trees out onto the Andaman Sea. We pretty much just beached it for the day and then hiked it to the village from our hotel which was about a 30 minute walk through jungle, beaches, rocks, and hotel resorts every once in a while. in the village that night we ate at a beachfront BBQ restaurant and enjoyed the fresh catch of the day.......Swordfsh steaks! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm grilled in a garlic pepper marinade and of course Mai Sai Pong Churot (NO MSG!) ON Day 2, we took a long tail boat out privately to Bamboo island and Runtee Bay. The sun was shining intensely as we explored the various waters around the isalnds as well as out in the deep sea with visibility reaching 30 meters again! as the day progressed, the snorkeling got better and better as we ended our four hour trip at a beautiful coral reef in Runtee Bay. We then beached it for the rest of the day and crashed hard for a nice afternoon nap. Its tough but someone's gotta do it! we ate dinner at the hotels beach front and enjoyed some
on our way to the hotel
this was a long tail boat ride to our bungalow "The Phi Phi Beach Resort" CHECK OUT THE WATER MAN!
curry dishes and white russians which soon became the favored drink throughout the rest of our trip. Day three- we ventured to Lo Dahlum bay which is on the opposite side of Ao Ton Sai (the main village). Everywhere you look scuba diving companies were set up, vendors selling all sorts of items, restaurants, and guest houses/hotels all crammed tightly in the village along with long tail boat drives constantly saying "boat, boat, taxi?" we eventually made it to the beach though and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon watching people around us, reading, and swimming under the shade of an umbrella of course. OH yeah Jordonne got a wicked sunburn on her back on our second day. We both picked up some new books. Apparently both Jordonne and I are reading the most we have ever read in our lives because we have both finished two books since we have arrived and both within a matter of a week or two. That night we enjoyed dinner on the beach front again! fresh white snapper and curry dishes with rice. Oh yeah, white russians too. We ventured yet again to the village through another trail we found that goes up and over
the view from our beach at the hotel
that is Phi Phi Leh in the distance. That is where Maya Bay is........uninhabitable. Only day trips.
the hills of the island. That night we went to a bar named "Carpe Diem" to watch a spectacular fire show. There were about 7 or 8 performers twirling and whirling all sorts of batons and bean bags on ropes and other unidentifiable things all lit up on fire. Each performer went one at a time dancing to the thumping music that accompanied their performance. It was quite a fascinating art and dance they put on as we couldn't even fathom how fast they were swinging, twirling, and whirling these things around their bodies. They performed for about an hour and continued even after the show was over. Day Four- We ventured back to the village and to Loh Dahlum bay to rent a kayak. We paddled to "Monkey Bay" and snorkeled for about an hour. We found some coral reef and were swarmed by hundreds of fish. We also watched the monkeys tear through garbage that washed up on shore. We paddles some more around the cliffs and through mini canyons before making our way back. We also witnessed an Eagle or what we think was an Eagle descend from the sky above and plunge his claws into the
water to catch his lunch. This may have been the first time I have witnessed something like that which was very cool and impressive. Jordonne and I then hiked it backto find a very secluded beach on the east side of Ko Phi Phi. Were were two of about 6 on the enitre beach. We hung around a little as monkeys knocked coconuts out of trees and made screeching noises once in while. We ate dinner one more time on the beach and relaxed in the luxuries of our room for the night as Jordonne made friends with a stomach bug. Day 5- we left our hotel after enjoying a relaxing morning by the pool. We went into town one more time to buy some souvenirs and attempt to eat lunch at a restaurant before we left. Jordonne was succesful. I was not. Note to self "don't order pizza at a Thai restaurant 30 minutes before you have to leave". I did fulfill my craving later that night at a Thai-Italian restaurant back in Ao-nang. Last week of teaching ahead of us and a vegetarian chinese festival to go to tonight. We will update you again sometime. LOVE YA LOTS
AND MISS YOU ALL. drop us a line. LOVE ROB AND JORDONNE
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