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Published: March 24th 2012
Ko Phi Phi
Arriving by ferry
20th March ’12 Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi
Another minibus, another ferry and we arrived in Ko Phi Phi which felt like the big city after the peace, quiet and lack of people in Ko Lanta. We were staying in the bustling ‘town’ right by the food market – with a balcony overlooking the fish stall….. but only 5 minutes walk from either of the two beaches. The whole place has a Carribean look and feel and it is mega hot! This place is tourist central with loads of bars and everything geared up for the young back packers – you could even get a free bucket of booze if you volunteered to put on the boxing gloves and go a round in one place! Still the setting is lovely, a beautiful bay, white beaches, lovely offshore islands, gorgeous sea and lots of boat trips to The Beach.
21st March ’12 Ko Phi Phi
Today we booked ourselves on the sunset boat trip – in the hopes it would be cooler then. The trip left at 2pm and we were really surprised that there were only 14 of us on the boat, this was great though as
Ko Phi Phi
One of Phi Phi's beaches
we all had plenty of room up on the top deck. There was free water, tea and coffee and water melon was brought round and we even had a vegetarian fried rice meal.
The boat sailed round the cluster of islands off Phi Phi and made a stop at Monkey Beach so we could get off to see the monkeys and take pictures. We carried on until we reached a snorkelling area with lots of fish. Howard had a go and I mainly just got in and swam – well battled the waves anyway! Howard spotted a turtle on the bottom so gave me the mask for a look but try as I might I just couldn’t see it. It was then onto THE BEACH…… which whilst stunning did not really look like the one in the film, we found out that Hollywood had actually superimposed another island into the film shots so it looked more like a tiny cove. The fact that Leonardo wasn’t there and several hundred tourists were kind of spoilt the illusion slightly! The sea was also very shallow and there were lots of sharp stones in it, which I guess the film makers would
Ko Phi Phi
View from the balcony
have removed as otherwise there would be no way they could have just ran out into the sea.
The fact that it was shallow but still with waves meant getting in and out of the small boat that brought us in was challenging and for those of us with short legs just getting over the side was a performance and trying to get back in again required assistance!
After THE BEACH we had another stop where the small boat took us into a lagoon and the water was so clear you could see lots of fish, including big bright blue ones, little Nemo ones and lots of sea anemones and sharp black spiky things. We then went further out to sea and watched the sunset before sailing back to Phi Phi.
All in all it was a great trip, the scenery was stunning and the people on the boat really friendly and thanks to the sea sickness tablets I wasn’t!
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