20.01.2012 - 20.01.2012 31 °C
I was supposed to be going to bed early last night as I knew I had an early start this morning but .... it rained and I mean really rained and I was stuck out in the town so after 2 hours and waiting for it to stop I decided to make a run for it. I didn't get very far as a band in a bar I ran past was playing a Bon Jovi song and I like them so that was it, another planned early night down the pan and cocktail bucket consumed. The nicest thing I have found about Thailand so far is that you are never alone in a bar for very long, and rain makes it fun as everyone is wet through, laughing about it and huddled inside.
I went on a day trip to Bamboo Island and Phi Phi today by speedboat and it was a brilliant day. I've been to some lovely places before but honestly these Islands are beautiful and the pictures just don't do it justice.
We started off at Bamboo Island and for the first time I saw the white sand and clear turquoise sea that I love so much. I snorkelled a bit by the shore and saw a few brightly coloured fish but preferred just sitting on the beach taking in the view.
Next we headed to Phi Phi Ley around the lagoon then viking cave, here we were able to snorkel in deeper water, some divers were diving underneath us and the water was so clear I could see them and a million fish, I have no idea what type they were except fish and they were different sizes, I haven't seen them on a fresh fish counter before and they were very pretty. Now I like snorkelling and being in the water and I like watching fish from a distance but I don't like it when they get very close. The tour guides threw chunks of pineapple at us in the water and fish like eating pineapple (???) so if you were unlucky and got a piece thrown at your head you had fish in your face literally. Luckily I'm a quick swimmer so I was out of there like a shot to calmer water and actually really enjoyed myself and felt quite smug.
Maya Bay was next. Maya Bay is the beach where 'The Beach" was filmed so I was expecting great things. On arrival I just laughed, it's a tiny bay and every inch of it was packed with daytrippers. Even to get to the beach was an effort for our driver. Imagine a lorry trying to park in a gap suitable for a mini then remember boats are not static they move, well that's what our driver had to do and he did it by nudging the other boats out of the way. A quick photo opportunity for those who wanted it and we were out of there on our way to Phi Phi Don the main Island for some lunch and exploring time.
I had a good walk around, it doesn't take long the Island is very small and there are no roads or cars to contend with. The beach we were dropped off at was Tonsai Beach, pier side and that was full of boats as you would expect but I walked across to the other side of the Island and the beach was just gorgeous, only a few longtail boats disturbing the peace. I was suprised at the amount of rubbish in piles on the walk through. Such a shame as the beaches are just beautiful but the very small town just seemed dirty and bearing in mind this Island has been rebuilt after the Tsunami I would have expected it to be more cared for. I'm pleased that I only visited for a few hours rather than a few nights as I had initially thought I would.
Final stop of the day was Monkey Beach. Not a monkey in sight, not sure if I was just unlucky or if the monkeys have done a runner , so we snorkelled again. This time I did freak out. I saw jelly fish lots of them and omg so many fish and they weren't scared of me swimming towards them, usually my trick is wave my hands about in the water and they swim off but not these one's, they were swimming into my mask and touching my skin so I got out and will remember next time to look from the boat and assess the number of fishies before I jump in !
Another boat again tomorrow, I head back via ferry to Phuket ready for my flight to Chaing Mai.