Marooned

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Saturday, October 14, 2006

My last day on the island I gambled the weather staying as OK as it was in the morning to go on a boat/snorkeling trip around some of the surrounding beaches and islands.

The long boat was filled with a group of three Irish plus another big group of Israelis still making me wonder if they travel anywhere else given the number of them I've met.

The first stop was Monkey Beach which, you guessed it, was a beach covered in around 20-30 of the hairy simians one of which took the opportunity to leap onto the front of the boat then hop from it to my head then back onto the beach again to the amusement of it's mates it seemed as well as everyone else.

From here we scooted over to Phi Phi Lei the smaller sister island to Phi Phi Don where all the accommodation is due to Phi Phi Lei being part of a marine national park. It is also home to Maya bay a.k.a 'The Beach' but also a.k.a an over touristed mess with over 15 speedboats parked up dumping wave after wave of tourists onto the beach adding to the layer of rubbish and debris that was floating on the water's surface. I know it was part selfishness not wanting to share this beautiful beach with a huge crowd of others but it did leave a sour taste in my mouth and that was without even going in the water.

Motoring on to the other side of the island for some snorkeling we seemed to be swimming with just as many humans in the water as fish though we did see some pretty funky looking ones and more giant clams.

Heading back past Phi Phi Don we made another stop for some more snorkeling at a quieter spot this time before arriving at Bamboo Island a little way to the north east for lunch on the deserted beach.

Perhaps this was to the good fortune of the absent crowds though as the heavens soon opened up with a torrential downpour seeing us all sheltering in the little fisherman huts lining the beach who kindly offered as hot tea and coffee as we tried to wait it out. An hour later with the rain showing no signs of easing off we decided by a unanimous decision (the boat driver alone) to just go for it with everyone donning the life jackets more to try and keep a little rain off than anything else.

Back on dry land I had a great som tam and sticky rice dinner before running into Shirly who I'd traveled with in Laos/Cambodia who was now here with her cousin, Danni, and Elliot from Australia.

With Elliot and I wasting some time watching a fire show while the girls had a cat nap we were soon all out checking out a few more of the bars around the island as we drank and danced the night away on my last night in Thailand.
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