Ko Phi Phi

Trip Start Nov 23, 2006
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Trip End May 29, 2007


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Thursday, December 14, 2006

After a long journey from Ko Samui to Ko Phi Phi, we arrived tired and hot in our new home. We dont actually know the name of the place where we're staying, the sign over the door simply says... 'Restaurant' We dumped our bags in our 'bungalow' and headed straight for the beach, the weather is so much better here, than in Ko Samui. 
There are no roads in Ko Phi Phi, so to get around the island from one beach to another you have to travel by Long Boat. In the evening we ventured into town to celebrate our first night in a new destination, the beer flowed like wine and the party commenced. We went from bar to bar across the island, Irish Bar, Reggae Bar, Apache Bar, Hippe Bar and so on...as the sun was rising we headed home to our comfy new palace (i wish) Instead, 3 sweatly, drunk men slept width ways on a damp double mattress in a little wooden shack with a poor excuse for a fan.

We woke up bright and breezy, got our snorkelling gear and headed to the beach. The water is so clear and there are so many different kinds of fish, I think Dan saw nearly every character from Finding Nemo, he was well chuffed. Later we played a bit of footy on the beach and then headed into town for some food. Ko Phi Phi was worst effected by the Tsunami and walking round the town you can see the damage it has caused, there are loads of buildings being rebuilt and built from scratch.

Being proper travelers we dont really eat in resturants, we tend to eat from the street vendors, although we are not yet 'official' travelers yet, as we dont have travelling beads. I think i'm about a day off, Josh is about 2 and Dan is about a week off (its all about the tan) We will have a official presentation of the traveling beads soon. We ate at a food market (one red, one yellow, and one green curry) and we spoke to a chef who survived the Tsunami, god knows how, as his little kitchen was positioned right on the shore. It was an experience to hear what had happpend from an actual survivor.

Anyway, we've done loads of snorkelling recently, we've been ambushed by Barraccudas and Dan and I saw a Shark, Josh didnt (He'll say he did, but he didnt) As you may alreadly know Dan has an extreme fear of sharks, no matter how harmless some of them may be, when we saw the shark I could actually hear his heartbeat in the water, and his chest was making ripples. We eventually calmed down, 'high fived' and swam back to shore.
Yesterday was a brilliant day, we went on a boat trip to Phi Phi Lei (where 'The Beach' was shot) on our way we went Cliff Jumping, now I confess i'm a little scared of heights and I was shitting myself. We were given special shoes (that looked like plimsoles from primary school) and special gloves (marigolds) to climb the razor sharp rocks to reach the top of the cliff. The first jump was from 12 metres, Dan went first and was pretty impressive, he got up said nothing and just jumped off. Josh and I were like "wheres Dan gone?" Josh was a little more hesitant, he dedicated his jump to Rafa Benitez and Liverpool, then Jumped off. I was very hestiant (getting flashbacks from the top board at Guildford Spectrum), but eventually found my balls and jumped off, a lot of expletives followed. The next jump was from 16 metres, it's a long way up, we watched as our guide jumped from 12 meters head first. (complete nutter) Already a bit pumped from the last one we were more confident this time, we each jumped off and celebrated in the water, it was an amazing experience, but a pretty scary one, Dan and I did one more jump and borded the boat. From the boat we watched as a ginger Aussie fella called Al, was sat at the top of the cliff with his head in his hands, he got up, got to the edge...and bottled it. He did this about 3 times and after about half an hour he finally jumped off!

We then travelled further towards Phi Phi Lei and snorkelled around the edge of the island, there was loads of coral and amazing stuff, our nutter of a guide could free-dive about 7 metres, it was unbeliveable, i've never seen anyone dive as deep as he did, without oxygen. He also picked up a sea catapillar and pretended it was his penis. He then pretended to play with his penis. (you get the picture) It was very funny. Our boat took us the side of the island, where we got off and walked through the jungle to Maya beach on Phi Phi Lei. This beach was amazing, its nearly totally enclosed by rocks and the water was really, really warm. It was a little too busy for my liking, but we stayed for a while and eventually it was only us and another boat left, the place was so peaceful and tha water was just crystal clear.
Earlier in the day we met up with these Australian guys we met before in Ko Samui, we randomly bumped into them, so our quiet night in turned into another large one. Were thinking of going on a fishing trip soon, which should be a laugh, but for now we gonna chill and continue to beat the Aussies at vollyball.

Well since I last wrote on here we have played the Aussie in a momentous game of vollyball, that if televised it would have been reapeated on Sky Sports every year as one of the greatest sporting matches of all time. The stakes were high, if the England team lost, we were going to be sleeping on the beach, the Aussie's wanted our blood... and our plush bungalow. If the England team won, we were going out for a steak dinner, courtesy of the Aussies!! Having lost to them 5 minutes before we were a little hesitant in taking their bet. However, there was 2 of them and 3 of us, and we knew that if we played to our full potential it would be a dead cert. Plus we really wanted a change from eating rice all the time, so the temptation was too great. We started poorly going 6-1 down within the first 10 minutes, but we showed classic brit spirit and determination that you guys at home would be proud of. We were playing first to 15 points, however, you had to win by 2 clear points, and the game went to 14-11 to the Aussies. We held our nerve, it was their serve and we had to pull together, a lenghty rally took place, there were limbs everywhere, a cloud of sand and sweat blocked our vison, Danny dived low to his right and clawed the ball over the net to win our serve back!! It was Joshes turn to serve...our secret weapon. Josh has an immense serve to his disposal, we nicknamed it 'The Tsunami' as it destroys eveything in its path. So he threw the ball up, served...and it went out. The Aussies had their serve back it was match point again. We eventually won our serve back again and the game went to 14-14 and then to 15-15 and it was my turn to serve, its no Tsunami, but its effective, I served an ace and it was match point to the England team for the first time! Up went my second serve, it went deep, the Aussie's couldnt cope, they shuffled about, but couldnt get it over, WE WON!!! We ran into the sea and celebrated our victory!! The Aussies took defeat really well, and later that night they watched as we ate our delicious meal. Later that night we won some beers off them playing pool! They've gone now, its sad we no longer have a source of free food and drink :(

We've laid low the last couple of days, saving our pennies, in what was a pretty boring day today (bad weather), one highlight was when dan got beaten up by a fly. We were on our balcony, peacfully reading a book, when Dan had finaly snapped and decided to take revenge on the irritating flys. Earlier I had told him that to kill a fly the best way to do it is to slowly crush the fly, like a venus fly trap. So with the fly perfectly placed on the ledge, Dan slowly began to move his hand toward the inoccent fly, as Josh and I watched intensly...just as Dan was going to send the fly to an early grave, within a split second, the fly flew up around Dans hand and towards his face, it hit him on the cheek and he flew back on his chair and banged his head on our bungalow! Very funny... we laughed for ages.
By the way Merry Christmas everyone, if you check our travel pod on Christmas day we will post a special christmas message.

Check out our xmas carol - 'Merry Christmas Take 2'
 
Hello again, Its Christmas Day!!! We had a heavy night last night, which involved yet more buckets of Thai Whiskey, but we managed to watch a flame show at Apache Bar which was pretty impressive!! At one point they were so close to us we got sprayed with parrafin, not the safest of shows but we escaped with no major injuries. Today we climed out of bed and up a mountain to the highest viewpoint in Ko Phi Phi. It has been an amazing day, not a cloud in the sky!! The view from the top was fantastic, and a great way to spend christmas day. We got home, exchanged gifts and chilled out by the pool. Later in the day we all went for a Thai foot massage, it was very relaxing almost sleep inducing. Later were are gonna have our Christmas dinner, no turkey i'm affraid, but we may treat ourselves to a nice juicy steak! Tommorow we leave Koh Phi Phi and head for the party island of 'Koh Pang Nang' (however you spell it) it will be a long boat, bus, boat, bus, tuk tuk, taxi, bus journey that will no doubt take all day!!
 
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