Nov 14, 2008
Mar 10, 2009
You can escape the mayhem quite easily though & this is what we did yesterday when we signed up for a half day snorkelling trip to Koh Phi Phi Ley. We chose an outfit called The Adventure Club primarily because they are environmentally friendly & proactive in protecting the delicate ecosystem out in the sea. At present they have started a coral nursery off PP Ley. 3 years ago they sunk 3 huge concrete blocks & then planted baby coral, It has taken well & this experiment bodes well for other man-made coral rescue projects. On our trip there were 5 of us & our Scarborough guide Andy. Cost was 800B which is around £15. Andy is of course a joker & has decided that for today I am to be his victim!
We've arrived on an Island that many people will visualise when they think of Thailand. Koh Phi Phi Don. This place was hit badly during the 2004 Tsunami with every man-made structure in the village destroyed & 2000 lives lost. To come here now its amazing to see how much has been rebuilt - with the exception of a few areas piled high with debris you wouldn't actually know such a disaster happened here such a short time ago. For some random reason I think the place looks like the Caribbean - no idea why seeing as I've never actually been to the Caribbean! There are no cars here & porters with huge trolleys come to visit the ferries on their arrival, locals ride around on bikes which appear to have no brakes & both groups shout "peep peep" to let you know they are coming towards you. The streets are paved with bone-shaped paving stones and are lined with ramshackle looking buildings some off which look like they may topple over at any point. Sitting in the quite fabulous D's Bookstore & cafe I'm looking out at a travelshop/internet/Thai massage place, a stall laden with Nestle condensed milk, countless dogs running littlest hobo style & obviously an Irish bar called Jordans. You know when a ferry has come in as all of a sudden there are porters galore carting trolleys followed by mostly backpapckers off to check into their hotels. This is a party island & I can only imagine the number of Honeymoon couples who have turned up here looking for idyliic paradise to be confronted by tanned European 20somethings drinking quite literally buckets of alcohol through straws. Although our accomodation is really nice the music from "Ibiza Bar" goes on until 4am in the morning; at 7.45am the builders start - so peace & quiet is not what you come here for!