Edit Blog Post
Published: April 16th 2009
View at breakfast
Arrived in Phi Phi around 10am - lots of ferries depositing holidaymakers.
Touts all the way along the pier- bungalows, water taxis.
Walked down the beach walkway and spoke to an English guy in a dive school who gave me a map of the island and was very helpful.
Decided to go with a plushish place by the beach with a swimming pool and a nice big room, bathroom and TV. Only a fan though which has been ok so far - 1100 bhts.
Phi Phi is unlike anywhere else in Thailand I have been. It s so geared to taking your money for everything - even sitting on the beach which I am not being critical about but everyone wants you to buy something from them and gone is the old Thai welcome and relaxed atmosphere. The beach is like spring break with water taxis and speed boats everywhere. The surrounding views are beautiful but it is not the relaxing place I was expecting.
I am staying one more day - will spend it by the hotel pool which is very pleasant and peaceful but will be making my way to Long Beach tomorrow which
is geared more towards peace and relaxation!
After an early breakfast this morning I wandered around the island taking pictures and there are definitely traces of what happened in 2004 but not a huge amount. There are areas that are derelict, areas with old bungalows that look as if locals now live in, buildings under construction and a great swath of new completed buildings. Looking around people would have had no chance as there is no high ground and the network of small alleys all look the same and don’t really lead anywhere.
Anyhow, they are back on their feet and making the most of it! Glad I spotted the Tsunami evacuation sign - which didn’t really seem to lead anywhere…
I am going to spend the day getting a tan!
Tot: 2.842s; Tpl: 0.04s; cc: 14; qc: 50; dbt: 0.0354s; 2; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb