Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
5Trip End Apr 08, 2011
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Note: The operator skipped Hin Klarng (open sea snorkeling) because it was under restoration and Loh Samah Bay (don't know for what reason).
It's snorkeling again!
Another version of us!
In this trip we met a couple from Singapore who had the same name as us! Yes, us! We got to know when the operator asked for Joel, and we both put up our hands. Then when both of us having the same name, his girlfriend offered to use her name - Jasmine instead! Their names were also Joel and Jasmine! What are the odds of that? We became friends instantly, and because they have ran out of battery we helped them to snap some of the pictures!
After Bamboo Island, we proceeded to Koh Phi Phi Leh the smaller of 2 Phi Phi islands, the other one being Phi Phi Don. The former was undeveloped, where you can see its natural beauty whilst latter has been developed, populated with resorts and restaurants.
Note: There were some paintings on the walls of boats resembling Viking ships but the boat did not stop and show us the paintings. When I research from Internet, we can actually see the paintings on the wall. If you are going there, try asking the operator if we you can see wall paintings.
Paradise on Earth
Our next stop, Phi Ley Bay. It has one of the most beautiful view as you enter, tall limestones flanking on either side, to form a big lagoon.
Continuing our next stop in the itinerary was Loh Samah Bay. It was suppose to be snorkeling session, again they skipped it and went to Maya Bay next, which was located at the other side of Loh Samah Bay.
Note: When I came back and researched online, some boats actually drop the passengers at Loh Samah Bay, and after that you can walked across to Maya Bay (both are connected) through a ready made pathway. Very disappointed again we didn't get to do the little adventure where you will walk pass a cave and a flight stairs before reaching the other side.
Instead of going straight to the Maya Bay the operator drop us on the outskirt and secluded area of Maya Bay where he claimed was much beautiful and away from the crowd. We spent about 10-15mins there snorkeling before we eventually docked at the picturesque Maya Bay. It was really beautiful and we took plenty of pictures of this paradise.
From Maya Bay we stopped at Koh Phi Phi Don for lunch at one of the restaurants. The food were all ready, buffet style, and you can eat all you can. It was rice and dishes. Other operators also engage the same restaurant because other tourists also had their lunch here. Here we met another couple from Malaysia. After finishing our food, it was time to explore the island but we didn't have enough time to explore all because we were only given 90mins. I know we missed out on the View Point where you can see the hourglass shape of the island and also the Tsunami monument. We only managed to walked down to one of side of the island and back. Real frustration.
Monkey Beach (outskirt)
Again the operator said that it was dangerous to stop at the Monkey beach because the monkeys were dangerous and violent. He had an experience where he had to bring one tourist to clinic after one of the monkeys bit the tourist for feeding the monkey. So, this time around, he just wanted to avoid all trouble and stopped us on the outskirt near a limestone cliff to do our snorkel. It was fun here because we got to snorkel round the big limestone rock and see a huge coral underwater where we got to see plenty of fish.
Note: Very frustrated with the tour operator J Mansion, they were very rushing and spoil the entire trip. Avoid them at all cost. I would suggest to hire private boat yourself and explore Koh Phi Phi at your own leisure. You can travel to Phi-Phil islands even if you are from Phuket.
Nopparat Thara Beach
We headed home to Nopparat Thara beach after that. It was an unsatisfied ride home cause there were so many things that we missed out on during the Phi-Phi trip. We will definitely return in future. After reaching the beach, we told the operators that we wanted to explore the area and we will go back on our own. After whole day of being chased about, finally we got sometime on our own. Our Singaporean friends decided to go back earlier, whilst the Malaysian friends joined us. It was a decision that we did not regret because the beach was splendid, a long stretch of white sand beach, littered with casuarina trees all over the place with majestic limestones in the background.
Around Ao Nang again
After freshen up we meet up with our new friends at McD nearby our hotel and brought them the massage parlor we went yesterday because they were tired and wanted to have a good massage. It cost us only 250THB for a 1 hour massage. It was Thai massage where their specialty was to crack your bones to release the stress. The masseur were good (at least mine was) and I can recommend highly enough.
Outside the restaurant, we stumbled upon this handicraft master where he was busy using a chisel to carve an elephant from a leather.
We met the gang again when they decided to have a drink at the pub area. The pub was full of lady-boys, and were fighting for business. The pub that we frequented was much more 'happening' full of customers but the one opposite was totally the opposite, not a single soul. Some of them even desperately to do pole dancing in order to spice up the attraction, but to no avail. My wife had pina colado and the cocktail was in the glass shape like a woman's body. On that day, it was also Joel's (of Singapore) birthday, and his girlfriend and the Malaysian couple threw a surprise for him that they managed to buy a cake for him. We celebrated his birthday together before we said our good-byes.