Trip Start May 02, 2009
13Trip End Dec 03, 2009
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The following day we attempted to go back to 'the beach' island, the waves were a lot calmer and this time we made it. For me the snorkeling to get to the ladder to cross into the island was better than the beach (Maya Bay) itself. We then stopped off at some other snorkelling sites and I had great amusement at throwing bread in front of Nia while she was in the water so that all of the fish came right up to her.
Whilst on the island we also went scuba diving. After much persuasion Nia agreed, well was forced, into doing a dive with the possibility of seeing sharks and Turtles, but unfortunately we did not see any, just lots of coral and fish, including 2 lion fish. Nia had some problems equalising on the first dive, which was made slightly harder as we were floated over by a speed boat when we were about 1 foot under, luckily the propeller was not close enough to mince us!!!
From Phi Phi we made our way over to Koh Pha-Ngan on the East coast. There was a bit of confusion as to where we were to get picked up by our guesthouse owner but after waiting 1 1/2 hours we made our own way there!! We once again had a beach hut with good offshore snorkelling, however as we did not have a view of the sea from our cabin we changed resorts and stayed at Moon Beach Bungalows which were quiet, secluded with a small but nice beach and a bay great for swimming, our bungalow had fantastic views across the bay and we felt very relxed and at home which was great after a few weeks of fast-paced travelling.
We went Scuba diving whilst we were on the island at Sail Rock. There was a small chance that we could see whale sharks but unfortunately we were not so lucky but the dive was amazing with beautiful coral, some unusual fish including a blue spotted ray, and we went the deepest we have yet.
We also tried wake boarding (WakeUpWakeboarding) whilst on the island. Basically this was like water skiing but on a snowboard rather than skis. Jamie the instructor was great and we both managed to get up and move around behind the boat. I even attempted a jump after being in the water for 30 mins. Needless to say I fell over!!! We really had a great time though despite being unable to move the next day. Even the Thai massage we had on the beach didn't help ease the aching muscles! Also it was around this time when my flip flops went missing. When you go into a shop in Thailand it is customary to take off your shoes outside the door, and on this occassion somebody had exchanged my new flip flops for a smaller, skankier, almost identical pair which I am now using instead of buying a new pair out of principal.
On our final day on the island we had a cooking class with Tummy at the Haadlad Prestige Resort & Spa. This was a great day and we learned to cook four Thai dishes. Tummy was actually an American chef but he had traveled 8,000km all over Thailand learning to cook Thai and is the only foreign chef to be granted a work permit in Thailand to teach Thai cooking. I recommend it if anyone is on the island.
Sadly it was time to leave Thailand as our visa had nearly expired so we made our way on the overnight train into Malasyia. We enjoyed our rest in Thailand however look forward to our next adventures with the Orangutans in Sumatra.
Hope you enjoyed the blog.
Andrew and Nia