Leonardo DiCaprio - We Love You!!!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2010

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Ao Poh Bungalows and Viking Resort Bungalows

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio was on the cover of every teen heartthrob magazine to grace the racks at your local drugstore?  Well now he has turned into one of the best actors to come from our generation....but back when we were in high school, every guy I knew with a girlfriend had to take his girlfriend to the movies to see their new posterboy starring in a movie called The Beach.  Now that I have gotten over the fact that he really is a great actor (I never took my highschool girlfriend...) I sat down and watched this movie after my 1st trip to Thailand.  Decent movie, apparently a decent book, but the real reason to watch the film is for the stunning scenery where it was all filmed.  That location is Phi Phi Island in Thailand - Maya Bay specifically - and after that movie was made, everyone who had seen it rushed to these beaches to discover the little piece of unknown paradise.  Now every longtail boat driver lined up on Phi Phi's shores wants to cart you off to Maya Bay to see The Beach.  Guilty as charged - we got on a boat yesterday and took a longtail around all of the beaches Phi Phi Don (the inhabited island we're staying on) and Phi Phi Leh (the smaller island of the two, protected National Park, and island in the movie).  

First off - the water and beaches here on Phi Phi are probably the most stunning and postcard-worthy beaches I will ever set foot on.  This truly is paradise, even for how popular and busy this place can get - there are still many small and quiet and beautiful beaches that you can find yourself on with nothing but sun and aqua blue, crystal clear water and bleached white sand.  When we got in, we found out quick that everything here was about double the cost of what it is on the mainland....either way, we didn't care, it really is stunning enough to want to stay forever. 

We took a longtail from the ferry pier and got out into a cheap bungalow setup on a deserted stretch of small sand.  Ao Poh Bungalow was a little bungalow operation a 45-minute walk over rocky headlands from town.  The beauty of it is, for half the price for a bungalow we were able to watch the tide come in right in front of our balcony and wash right up underneath us.  By midday at high tide, the beach was underwater and everywhere was perfectly blue and ready to explore.  We brought our own snorkels out here from home and what an investment to be able to explore beautiful reefs at our leisure.  We saw porcupine fish, needlefish, black tipped reef sharks, tons of beautiful coral and fish that it felt like we had a living aquarium right out our back door.  Our only problem was that the water in our shower was brackish at best - meaning it had a good mix of salinity to it where you never could feel all that clean....and after 3 days, we opted to move. 

We checked into Viking Bungalows that has a perfect laid back vibe and its own beautiful beach as well.  At any time we can make our way 20 minutes through the trails in the woods or around the rocky headland to town and grab a cheap, cold beer to soak up the days heat.  

So the trip out to Phi Phi Leh was a day spent snorkelling at tons of different spots, relaxing on beautiful hard-to-reach beaches, playing with monkeys inhabiting a small beach, and visiting torquoise bays ringed by 500 foot cliffs on all sides creating some magic beauty that no photo could capture.....but this place will always stay with us....

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