Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

Trip Start Oct 03, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Orange Tree and Pirate House

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Monday, February 9, 2009

We stayed in Ko Phi Phi for a week as well.  Ko Phi Phi was hit by the tsunami in December of 2004.  The island was devastated by the tsunami, nearly all of the infrastructure had to be rebuilt.  Darren had been there before the tsunami and didn't recognize much from before. 

Ko Phi Phi was a busy and well traveled island.  We snorkeled quite a bit off Long Beach (Hat Yao), relaxed on Loh Dalum Beach and played volleyball before sunset, and kayaked to different bays of the island.  We took a snorkel trip through our accommodation which didn't turn out to be one of our better trips.  Our boat driver didn't speak much English and didn't tell us the names of the places we snorkeled nor did he tell us anything about them.  We made the best of the trip and saw some beautiful places; Loh Samah Bay, Pi Leh Bay, Maya Bay, and Bamboo Island.  We did see some clown fish while snorkeling and one of them tried to chase Darren away from the sea anemone.  The clown fish did the same to Kristi, so we figured it was protecting its young.  It was the funniest thing. 

One of the guys Darren played volleyball with was a dive instructor for Phi Phi Dive.  He told us about the black tipped reef sharks over on Long Beach.  We had been to Long Beach before, but didn't snorkel in the right area.  After talking with Jo Jo, we went over to Long Beach early one morning to see the black tipped reef sharks.  We did end up seeing several sharks and two of them were very close.  Jo Jo did tell us they were not harmful, so that eased our minds a bit.  We saw several different kinds of tropical fish.

After staying on Ko Phi Phi for a week we decided it was time to move on.  Darren read about a national park in southern Thailand that sounded like paradise.  After speaking with a few ex pats at volleyball, we decided to make the journey south. 
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