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Published: February 3rd 2012
Back to Nature
I am sitting typing this blog on the veranda of our wooden hut, but it will be a few days before you get to read it. Why? There is no electricity on the island.
. The only noise I can hear are the cicadas humming in the trees, birds chirping and the gentle sound of the sea lapping the shore 50 metres away. An occasional long-tail can be hear purring and of course the friendly geckos.
Our bungalow has a 4-poster bed, adorned by a highly prictical mosquito net, a set of three wooden shelves and a fan. A cold-water shower and a toilet with no flush make up the bathroom.
Our bungalow operators have a generator they switch on from 6pm to 10.30pm. It’s then a mad rush to get the I pods, laptop, mobile phone and camera batteries charged up! Oh how travel has changed!! I’m ashamed to say we have joined the technology trend now when we travel. Other than that we are definitely back to nature for a few days.
It took us 21 hours to get here, taxi, overnight bus,
tuk tuk, ferry and a transfer mid sea onto a longtail boat to take us ashore. It was all worth it when we dropped our bags in the bungalow, cast off our grimy clothes and plunged into the cool water under a blue sky.
From our bungalow we have a view of the famous Phi Phi Don Island and Phi Phi Lay Island (made famous by the book ‘The Beach’.) Although close in distance this island is a world away from the beautiful but crowded island of Phi Phi Don.
The sun is beginning to set over the islands so we’re just off to the bar to while away an hour while watching it dip behind the neighbouring islands and sip a cold Chang beer.
It’s now Thursday, last night turned out to be good in our restaurant, chilled out music, tasty food and good company, we met three people from Finland who were happy to be away from their’ dark land’ as they put it for 2 weeks. Made us realise how spoilt we are to be away for 4 months. At 10.20pm we all quickly
retreated to our bungalows to get ready for bed before the electricity went off. We just made it before we were plunged into total darkness!
We took a walk to the village this morning through the shady coconut palm grove. It turns out that the village does have electricity and internet, so after a lazy breakfast in a lovely little café there, we spent the day on the beach, dipping in and out of the sea, before writing this and returning to the village to transfer it onto our blog site.
After trying the internet we found it was impossibly slow so gave up in the end so still not sure when we’ll publish this. In the meantime we’ve explored a large area of the island, it’s very unspoilt as yet and the people welcome the tourists that due grace the shores
At times on the long journey here I asked myself why I am putting myself through this. Now we’re here the answer is clear, it’s paradise and if it wasn’t so difficult to get here it would be over-run with tourists. It’s as simple as
We intend to spend a few more days here before heading down further south to Ko Bulon leh.
More Photos when we get to the mainland
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