|Longtail boat in Loh Dalum Bay|
|Ko Phi Phi Don from the Viewpoint (186 metres above sea level).|
You can see Tonsai Bay (left) and Loh Dalum Bay (right) with the cliffs of Phi Phi Don
|We did the hike. It was a piece of cake.|
|A decorated long tail boat.|
|Gorgeous sunset at Loh Dalem|
Our diving was good, but not spectacular (JLM: Except for the turtles!]. Our day trip to Maya beach, however, was spectacular. It began as you would expect, we walked through some back alleys, past the town’s dump (literally), and then under some peoples’ houses into waist deep water, and only then did we get into our long tail boat. From there, we motored around stopping occasionally and without apparent reason. After some inquisitive looks from the passengers our driver/tour guide/captain would grunt and nod towards sea. We soon learned that this meant snorkeling! And great snorkeling! Crystal clear waters, blue skies, and super buoyancy made each stop better than the last. Just floating around was great fun (which was good, because while snorkels and masks were provided, fins were not).
|Ahhh, made it. |
Our boat. Waist deep. At least the water was warm.
|And we're off (along with a few other afternoon longboat tours)|
|Perfect snorkeling bay|
|Gorgeous blue waters, soaring limestone cliffs|
|Riding around in our longtail boat|
|Did Leo play in the surf? I did.|
|Did Leo lounge on a private beach? We did.|
|Did Leo get to Phi Phi Leh by colorful longtail boat? We did.|
|So did all the other tourists. (But there actually weren't very many people.)|
|Heading home as sunset.|
|The sign reads:|
Free Bucket. For anyone!!!
Who volunteers to fight Thai Boxing for FUN!!!
Will be protection such as head guards. Thank. You.
|These guys went for it. Hey, free bucket.|
|It was a messy, sloppy fight. But fun to watch.|
Afterwards we heading to the beach, lined with clubs sporting the latest in neon and laser technology. With their music blasting, there was a club for every taste; techno, house, drum and bass, reggae. The music was so loud in fact, that at any given club you could easily hear your club’s music, and the music from each of the neighboring clubs. Somehow, we just weren’t feeling it. Though we weren’t 100% lame, we did get a drink: virgin mango shake. And it was delicious.
* Though each time we toasted to his birthday, the little Thai man would wink, giggle and clap his hands, saying, “Yes, birthday, birthday!” Whatever, we’re always happy to celebrate.
** There are three daily ferries from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi: 8 AM, 11 AM, and 2:30 PM. Initially he told us the 11 AM was sold out. We hemmed and hawed over the other less desirable times, and suggested we’d just show up at the pier and buy our tickets there. He insisted – slamming his beer down for emphasis - that not only would the boat be sold out, but that the price at the pier was be higher than his price. As we sat around considering our options he made some other calls, and found some tickets on the 11 AM. And you know what, when we got to the pier the next day the 11 AM was sold out, and the ticket did cost more at the pier! Good thing we listened!
More Ko Phi Phi photos are available here.