So we got Dropped off at the ferry point in krabi. Here we bumped in to two Danish girls we know and some Kiwi girls we know too. Everywhere we go we always meet people who we have travelled with. The kiwi girls Izzy and Alex i had kind of arranged to meet in Phi Phi but didn't expect to see them yet. We all sat on the boat which took about two hours to get there chatting. Phi Phi was the worst hit place in thailand when the tsunami hit killing about 2000 people and 5000 people were reported missing. I wasn't to sure what to expect here. I had heard it was meant to be paradise and to some extent it is but since the tsunami has hit there's been nothing but building work going on and now it is full of concrete hotels and guesthouses. I would of loved to have been here before it hit as it was meant to be little bamboo huts for accommodation with only a few hotels. The island was also full of palm trees with great beaches. The beaches are still great but now it's soooo built up it spoils the beauty of the island. It's full of tourists, to many but i shouldn't complain as i am one of them. For the economy i suppose it was a blessing in disguise as now it has such a great trade for businesses with new hotels, bars and restaurants being built everywhere but for me it's just like anywhere in spain. I'm not saying that i didn't have a good time as i did, loved it but i was just a bit disappointed with what i saw.
So we arrived and the next thing to do was to find somewhere to sleep. Everywhere is expensive compared to what we have paid else where. For a room for 2 people we was looking at 1000 baht. Okay so it's only 14 pounds but that's a lot out here. What we ended up doing was sharing a room with the kiwi's for 6 nights. It was 1200 a night so only 300 between us. The streets here are riddled with internet cafes, restaurants, shops bars and people. All great for the party scene. We walked around in the afternoon exploring the island and the beaches. Crystal clear water, whites sand if you could find any where to sit. Some were less quieter than others obviously, but they were a good 20 minute walk away over rocks. The main beach which you would have seen in the brochures is the biggest. When the tide is out you can walk out for about 800 metres until it's neck deep. Whilst walking about we saw Nick, Neal and there new recruit Andy. We arranged to meet up in the evening for some dinner and then some drinks. We ate at some restaurant over looking the sea and then went to some bars to get drunk. Before we left the restaurant a group of about 10 aussie girls walked. All blond and good looking. For mark it was to much as he said another great typical mark quote. " i've got to leave as they are too fit and i don't know what to do with my self" He threw his money on the table and waited for us out the front. He comes out with some great one liners and should probably publish a book on them one day as it would be hilarious. So we left and went to a bar called rolling stone. Here they have a great band every night performing live music. By this time i was fairly drunk. After about an hour in there Neal left so i asked where he was?? Nick replied with " he's gone home as he has s*** his self". Sorry to embarrass you Neal but this i had to get in. About an hour afterwards i had to leave as i was hammered so i went home, spun out and threw up. This seems to be a recurring problem at the moment. Another school boy error. Will i ever learn?
So the next day me, Izzy and alex headed down the beach for some sun. Shortly afterwards mark joins us. We sat on the beach talking rubbish, winding Izzy up that mark has a brother living in Zimbabwe who had recently murdered someone as his wife was having affair. She believed it too. Mark does not have a murdering brother, in fact he doesn't even have a brother so when you read this izzy you will know it was a wind up. One of many. That night we went out for something to eat and watched the football with Nick, Neal, Andy, Izzy and Alex. I don't think the girls enjoyed it as they left for a beach party. After that we went to a bar called the reggae bar. Here they have a boxing ring with locals performing muay thai. You can go in the ring and fight other people but with a face like this why ruin it, eh!. Afterwards everyone went home so i went off to find the girls down the beach bar. They were absolutely wasted where as i was fairly sober. They were trying to get me to dance and i really wasn't feeling it. You know how it is when your mates are wasted and your the sober one. It's just not the same. Here i came close to getting my first piercing but i bottled once again when i saw the size of the needle. They wasn't even sterile so there was no way i was letting him put that threw my nipple. After a bit of persuasion we went home.
The third day was sunday and Ricky Hatton was fighting. I had been looking forward to this for a long time. I met him about 6 years ago in magaluf and chatted to him for a while, nice guy. We got up and went to the pub about 10am, had a few beers to watch the fight. Unfortunately he was out classed by mayweather but you never know what the outcome would be if ricky was on his home soil. "Re-match". That afternoon i spent it izzy and we did a spot of snorkelling on long beach, one of the quieter beaches on the island. That night we spent drinking buckets on the street with the danish girls, four sweedish girls who we know myself Mark and Izzy. I think we was every guys dream being wth that many blonde girls. After a few buckets we headed to the Rolling stone for a sing and dance and then back down to the beach bar again. All wasted again but it was a great night.
Today we went on a snorkelling trip around the island. Here we would visit maya bay, the chosen location to where the beach was filmed. As soon as we arrived i guessed it was here but the beach is tiny and full of speed boats and japanese tourists. As it a national park there are no hotels or buildings there. You can do a camping tour there at night which is meant to be great but we never did. They also charge you 100 baht to go on to the beach, ours was included in our ticket. After there we went to a beach called monkey island. From the boat we snorkelled to the beach. Whilst snorkelling i noticed a huge brown thing on the surface of the water so i swam over to it. No it wasn't a floater!! It was a huge jellyfish and no lie it was the size of a car so i soon got away from that fairly quickly. Why is the island called monkey island? Any guesses? As there are loads of monkeys running around on it. The snorkelling there was some of the best i have ever done, visibility was great and the water was crystal clear with amazing marine activities going on around me. We visited another island with deserted white beaches, turquoise blue water and a lot of fish to see. A piece of coral accidentally ended up in my beach bag which i found on the beach. Any ideas how to get it home without being arrested?. Our final stop was to be best, a dream come true, almost . We dropped anchor and then spotted about 20 or more dolphins jumping out of the water about 10 meters away. About 5 of us jumped in and swam over to them. Every time we got with in 5 meters of where they were they would end up 10 meters in the opposite direction. Cleaver little things. We spent about 20 minutes in the water trying to get close to them but we got called back to the boat. I'm still classing this as swimming with dolphins though. So we headed back to the doc all talking about how great it was to see wild dolphins. There are meant to be black tip reef sharks there but the tide was out so they wasn't around unfortunately. That night we did the same as the night before.
Desperate to swim with the sharks me and izzy went back to sharks point the following day. We swam around searching for them for about 2 hours but couldn't find them. Fairly brave of us i think. Some may say stupid but they are not really that dangerous. Once again we did the same and got wasted again. You may think is there more to travelling other than getting drunk. Honestly, not really. Yeah we do go sight seeing in the day, learn about the culture and participate in different activities through out our time away but there is nothing else to do at night other than party. We don't have to drink every night but some how we do!!
Ok today we are leaving. I have had a great stay in Phi Phi but as i said earlier i was slightly left disappointed with how things have turned out here. Me and mark are off to Phuket which should be interesting and the girls to koh Lanta where we will be meeting up with them in a few days.
If anyone ever comes here look out for the Brewster brothers. Hilarious. Pure typical english lads who Nick and Neal know from back home. Both big, fat, skin heads with tattoos down there arm saying mum, dad and of course brewster. They wont be hard to find.