Living the beach life
02.02.2012 - 06.02.2012
Hello my sweets,
What a difference a couple of days and change of scenery makes! After our interesting jungle experience, we were ready for the beach life! And thats exactly what we got!
After and hour and a half on a boat, we arrived in the paradise that is Koh Phi Phi (Pronounced Pee-Pee... hehe). We hadnt booked any accomodation so as soon as we got there, we found a beach side bar, and I sat with the rucksacks while the girls went to go find us our beds for the night. We didnt realise how difficult this would be, as there was so many boats coming in and so many people doing the same thing! We ended up in this hotel on the far side of Tonsai Bay ( The bay we sailed into) in this brand new room which was a bit like a bachelor pad but it was lush! We needed a bit of luxury after the jungle! We got a decent price for it aswell, because it was literally in a construction site, the rest of the hotel wasnt finished as they were expanding but obviously wanted to get some money for the rest of the rooms. It was nice being further up so at night it was quiet and we werent woken by the bars!
There were 2 beachs really close together, we stayed on the Tonsai bay side, but literally 300m away was the other beach... Ive forgotten what its called but that was the main backpacker area. The sea was so shallow because they were both bays but the water was clear and walm! Proper paradise! The town inbetween the two beachs were small winding lanes which really added to the beach atmosphere! really charming if i do say so myself!
On the second day the girls went on a party boat around the island. I was feeling a little sick in the morning so decided not to go, plus feeling a bit homesick (i know, ive only been gone a week but id miss everyone so much!) so i chilled in the hotel for a bit and then in the afternoon laid on the beach, soaking in the sun and going for a dip in the sea when it got a bit too hot... which was quite often! Here I met another backpacker called Steve and chilled with him for the next 2 days. He gave me loads of advice on the whole backpacking thing and it was good meeting someone who has been doing it for a couple of months so he could pass on his words of wisdom to me!! We chilled on the beach until bed time.
The next day, the girls met a few other girls they had met on the party boat and went on a trek around the island. A trek? in this heat? Hell no! You just have to stand out in the sun for 5 mins and i start becoming a right sweaty betty! So I went to chill on the beach (not before sending some stuff to Abby in Oz - my rucksack was getting a bit heavy to handle!) where I met Steve again. We went for some lunch (penne arriabiata - couldnt go too long without having my favorite meal!) and then went up to the viewpoint where u see the famous view of Phi Phi Island. I climbed what seemed like a million stairs (steep aswell!) and my god, i thought i was going to die... note to self, must get fitter! The view was well worth it though!
After a quick dip in the sea to cool down from the climb we went to a local cafe for some of the yummiest fried rice i have ever tasted!! In there, the owner showed us a book on the Asian Tsunami. It had loads of pictures of the devastation it caused. It was surreal to think where we were was destroyed by it. They literally had to rebuild everything again and it shows the strenght of the Thai people, because the just got on with it and didnt dwell on the tradegy. Some thing we can all learn from and realise how lucky we all are.
I had to say goodbye to Steve because the next day we made our way to Koh Lanta. Another hour and a half on the boat and we arrived to manic shouting - reps from all resorts shouting their resort name. We learnt our lesson from Phi Phi and prebooked our accomodation and found our man shouting "Palm Beach, Palm Beach!" Manic but fun! He couldnt say Charlottes name either - kept saying "Sharlotty"! Ah I suppose you had to be there! We took a short trip in a small pickup that had been fitted out with bench to our accomodation. They had overbooked! No need to worry! Upgrade for us! Just meant we were closer to the beach than we were suppose to be, but Im not complaining!!
Koh Lanta is alot different to PhiPhi. A lot less beautiful but the beaches are so much bigger. The sea is deep and clear and cold which is great because it seems so much hotter here! We kept getting stings in the sea - god knows what from but its a small price to pay to cool down! Its a lot less busy here and a much more chilled vibe. All there is to do is chill on the beach! Not that im complaining We wacthed the sunset and it was so gorgeous!
The girls have gone to find a market, I figured im going to see plenty of markets when I travel further afield so Ive found myself a bar on the beach called The O Zone (think Orange tree on the beach) Got myself a bamboo gazebo type thing to stay in the shade, a mai tai and wifi. Happy Sophie!
Tomorow we travel to Koh Phagnan for the full moon party. We thought it was on Wednesday but turns out it is tomorrow! So its going to be a long day of travelling and then straight of to the debauchery of the party! My next blog will have all the tales from it (I can remember them )
I was doing so well with the mosquito bite situation, until about 2 days ago and now they wont stop biting me! Ah a small price to pay I suppose!
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Miss you all so much! All your messages make me very happy
Lots of love,