Trip Start Apr 09, 2006
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THANKS to the kids for a great reunion. I can't say how much it meant to me. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Phuket / BKK and have a safe journey home through Seoul and Dulles (yikes!).
I have now moved on after spending three short days in Phuket. The three of us took a day-trip our last day to Ko Phi Phi (pronounced ko pee pee) and surroundings and saw some of the local color. I liked it so much I came back here after leaving them for a few days. The island is much more chill than Patong Bay / Phuket and I don't plan on doing much of anything here.
I arranged for an early morning ferry to Phi Phi the night before departure and was dutifully awake at 7AM to catch the minibus to the port. I was the first to be picked up. The driver then proceeded to drive in circles for approximately 45 minutes searching for his next pickup location. He was jabbering on his cell phone and running out to ask directions and finally found it. The rest of the minibus was filled with a single group who were on their way out for a day trip. When we finally get to the port the driver yanks me out and starts speaking Thai to me - the only words I understood were "ferry go" and he seemed quite excited. He slapped a sticker on my shirt (the ferry companies all do this here), tapped a Javanese guy on the shoulder and pointed and said "go". I understood I was to follow that guy to my ferry and do it quickly as the boat was leaving.
It wasn't until I was on the boat and it was pulling away from the dock that I really looked around. I was the only non-Japanese person on the boat. After finding someone who worked for the ferry line, they explained that the boat had been rented by a single tour group and that I had boarded the wrong one. As we had already left the dock (by about 10 feet) I was stuck. LUCKILY, their first stop was also my destination - Ko Phi Phi Don.
For the next hour and 20 minutes I sat and watched them, one by one, standing in the same place on the boat for a photo. Left foot slightly forward at an angle, head cocked to one side with the right hand raised making the peace sign. Of the 450 on the boat, at least 150 of them must have posed for that same photo. This is clearly cosmic retribution for all my bitching and moaning about tourists!
P.S. - insert excruciating story here of Jerramy defending himself against the quick and nimble sea urchin.