You can breathe here - but it'll cost you extra
Took the ferry from Koh Lanta this morning to the famous phi phi islands. It's the place where they filmed "The Beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio.
On arrival you have to pay 20b to "help keep phi phi clean" that should have been a warning of things to come.
The town is like a rabbit warren got we got completely lost looking for our hotel. Turns out there are two October hotels anyone we asked was sending us to either one like a ping pong ball. Two hours later we were still walking around with our heavy back packs and seriously pissed off by this point.
We decided it made better sense to leave me with the bags and for Jason to go off on foot to locate the hotel. Normally, as I have a better sense of direction its me that would do this but we have discovered that the anti sea sickness tablets send me loopy. As we had just disembarked another choppy ferry crossing - I was of no use to anyone. In fact it was my fault we were lost as I had been reading the map upside down.
At this point we got ripped off again, the charge for my bottle of water was 30b. It's 7b in the supermarket, and usually 15b in a restaurant so you can see how inflated the prices are on Phi Phi.
Hotel located but we couldn't check in till 1.30 left our bags in reception and went for a walk very very beautiful beach.
Here is me modeling my new Sid James style hat. I have a new nickname too "Carry on Phi Phi"
Booked about excursion to visit four islands later that afternoon sunset cruise good value 400b included snacks.
Met a nice couple of kids from Glasgow who were here on the way to living in Australia. Cheryl 24 youth worker and Chris 27 - joiner (not a couple just travel buddies) really nice people. The excursion company tried to split us up to even out the boat numbers so I said that we were "family" and to authenticate the blood line I said "look look same skin"
I.e - white ( he's just got here and he is Glaswegian)
It worked and we were allowed on the same boat.
First stop was Monkey cove. I am no animal rights activist but it was really sad and tragic to see whole families of monkeys living amongst what can only be described squalor.
Someone needs to go over there an clean it up - it was filthy. The monkeys are quite tame in that they know that the hundreds of boats that stop here bring food and drink so they try to pinch people's water bottles. But all the empty cans bottles etc just get left there/washed up and no one cleans them so its really polluted. Here is Cheryl with a cheeky monkey.
Next stop beautiful cove for a quick swim shallow could touch the seabed lots of black fish one girl off our boat got bit by something then Jason got nipped too so that was it for me, back on the boat fast as possible.
Next stop for an hour of relaxation was at "Maya beach" where the film "The Beach" was filmed. I'd read on trip advisor that it would be jam packed but I think the afternoon trips are not so poplar as it wasn't that packed. It was just nice to be around normal people who had worked hard for this holiday and were enjoying themselves as opposed to snobby "travelers" who wouldn't touch this place with a barge pole as its "too touristy"
Stunning soft white sand and amazing rock formations. It was quite busy with tourist boats but I had an hour to chat with Cheryl while the lads went off exploring. It was great to have a conversation with someone other than Jason. We haven't really been able to mix with anyone else on this trip. The hippie set are not particularly friendly.
I realised that I've missed Girly chats, I got the feeling she had too especially as Chris is not her boyfriend just a mate. She seemed very homesick. They are going to Cairns to work for a year. We talked about how this Trip will no doubt change her, I felt like her older sister giving her advice etc it was lovely. Good luck on your journey chica.
Very funny moment trying to decend from the longtail boat at Maya beach. I was the last one off and Jason said "be careful it's a bit rocky" and that point I missed a rung off the ladder and fell backward into the sea. Smacked my arm and twisted my ankle I the process but it was very funny afterwards - pure embarrassment factor of the whole packed beach seeing my ungainly decent.
Here are some pictures of Maya beach.
Blagged into a 5* resort next morning and used the pool was nice to see how the other half live!
Only stayed one night on Phi Phi, that's enough really. On our budget...the till would have been done in if we stayed any longer its expensive.
Off to the mainland Ao Nang next to do a few day trips and a Thai cooking course. Not long left now....sad face.