Krabi, Phi Phi and bye bye Thailand
Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
21Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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The next day we up bright and early ready for a day trip by speed boat to the Phi Phi Islands, we walked through the clear waters onto the boat and took the 40 minute trip to Monkey Bay where we snorkeled in the clear blue warm water seeing beautiful exotic fish of rainbow colours. After that we then made our way past the Batu caves where they collect the ingredients for the famous bird nests soup we then made our way to a beautiful lagoon that in the morning is deep enough for everyone to dive off the front of the boat into (everyone accept for me – chicken that is!) – we swam in the crystal clear waters, a welcome cool down after being on the boat with the hot sun burning our skin. We then stopped at the breathtaking Maya bay, white sands and the clearest water, mostly untouched by any type of development and left to nature to run its course, if only we could have stayed there for a week (or a year!), I’m sure all the other people visiting felt the same - I think this was partly where the film the beach was made, which I don’t think is ‘so cool’ but thought I would just let you know! After that we made our way to Phi Phi Don island for a quick lunch, another beautiful island, a lot bigger than the other islands so far with plenty of restaurants, shops and places to stay but the feeling of a paradise getaway had still been retained and not ruined by the addition of tat and fast food – the last time I mention that I promise
That was our last day in Thailand, a really nice day to end the last five weeks. The next morning we woke up bright and early for a 9 hour minivan journey over the border to Malaysia, travelling over ground meant that there was lots to see and plenty of time to daydream and think about all the wonderful things we had seen so far. We arrived here about 6pm yesterday, got settled into our hotel room and took a trip out to the Little India area of George Town for dinner. The smells of the spices wafting down the street, the colourful saris, the Indian music blaring down the street, an attack on all senses all at the same time, if there was any drowsiness from the long journey, it had all disappeared
Today has been our last day in Penang before we move on to the Cameron Highlands tomorrow, we tried to make the most of the day and followed the map of George town looking at all the sights along the way, a Chinese temple built in 1820, the marina where we watched all the container ships with ‘made in Malaysia’ products making their way to their destinations, Fort Cornwallis which was built when Penang was part of the British commonwealth, the town hall, the park, China town and even the shopping plaza. We have really enjoyed our time in Penang, it doesn’t seem to cater for tourists but that is what we have loved, the mixture of Chinese buildings and Indian influences, the sounds, the smells, the fact that you have to be careful that you don’t fall down the open drains that line the streets, the shop houses which look like buildings built in the 50’s, the most delicious mango lassis that we had at Edelweiss café today where they make their yoghurt themselves (we were lucky enough to be given the recipe) but probably most of all the fact that unlike Thailand, things aren’t as easy here for a tourist and you have to make the effort….because really life’s nothing without a bit of effort…..