Will you be my model?

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Had a real bout of indecision when I woke up about where my next stop was going to be. The girls I met on the bus (who I got rid of pretty quickly as all they did was moan) recommended Railey beach. I read about it online and it wasn't really the unexplored paradise they had suggested and took an hour by long tail boat. This is basically a narrow wooden boat with an outboard motor attached at the end of a long pole (hence long tail). I decided that because it was going to cost me double and take longer to eventually go to Phuket for my flight I would go to Phi Phi as originally planned.
    I got picked up with a couple who were in the middle of a massive argument which was slightly awkward for the 10 minute journey to the pier. Once on the boat I saw a couple go past and a part of me sank thinking here we go again another couple. But then the girl did something unexpected and sat down alone next to me and started chatting. She was awesome and so similar - I coudn't quite work out why she had split off from the guy until she made it very clear they were not together just going the same route. Unfortunately I was not so sure the guy had got the message. 
    They decided to come to the same hostel as me and we ended up spending about an hour choosing rooms. There was a pool at the place which was a major draw but it was green. There is something altogether unpleasant about swimming in something that you can't see more than 2 foot through and is green. I ended up getting pretty itchy from it which only confirmed my dislike of green things. My bungalow bathroom was so small you could touch all 4 sides when you stood in the middle. I ended up missing Angelika and Tino for dinner and got hassled the whole time at dinner by a patron, the owner, and both waiters. Sometimes I think I give out the vibes which only weirdos can hear and they all come straight for me.
   The next day we go to the beach which is wonderful as expected. White sands and calm blue water. I think in a way I have been way too spoilt as it just felt like it was another great beach with non of the impact I had when I first arrived in Samui. I think Chaweng was my favorite beach as the water was actually deep enough to swim and there was enough sand that you weren't right on top of people. There was a girl in the water who clearly had a crush on the guy next to us. She was froliking on the sand as if she was being filmed so we tried to dare Tino to take his huge camera and ask her to pose. But he was rubbish and too shy.
   Tino and I then climbed up to the lookout which is 180m above the beach. I really noticed the effect of the Tsunami with routes all over the place on how to get to higher ground. Phi Phi was hit by the full brunt on Boxing day although you would hardly know it as it is built up again and continues as if nothing happened. Climbing in the middle of the day was an effort as was carrying my entire belongings (about 9kg). I am paranoid about theft still but also a day pack is just way too easy to pick up so it came with me. It felt like the never ending road and was pretty steep. At the top you can see both bays and the classic post card view - although I doubt my camera would capture it the same way.
   There was something about Phi Phi that I just couldn't gel with for some reason. The beach was amazing but I didn't swim in it. I missed Ko Tao even though it was less pretty. It just felt like it had a more authentic vibe whereas Phi Phi felt like everyone was out to impress others.
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London Correspondent on

Chaweng, schwing!

Interested to hear how busy it is there... are the beaches lovely and empty or full of tourists jostling for towel space?

The water looks a beautiful turquoise though. Very holiday brochure, good job!

On the other hand, green pool looks pretty disgusting, I can't believe you ventured more than a toe in! Reminds me of the green slime they dunk morons in on Saturday morning children's telly!

xoxo

London Correspondent on

Forgot to mention, that evacuation warning is just about as comforting as those 'danger: unexploded bombs on beach' signs you get on some parts of the British coastline. They may as well add a cartoon shark for good measure!

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kellyroundworld on

Yeh Phi Phi is pretty holiday brochure material. There weren't as many tourists on the beach as Chaweng in Samui and Phuket. Yeh I am not keen on green water - it was the same in the pool in Pai. I could be a kids TV presenter!

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