Hello from Ko Phi Phi!
Five days ago, we arrived by ferry on perhaps the most beautiful island on the earth. Ko Phi Phi is amazing. For the better part of the last week, we've been filling our days with adventures the like of deserted beach finding, snorkeling, mountain hiking, our daily jungle trek/ rope climb, and SCUBA diving (Dave is extra excited about the italics). So, yah, it's been good.
Here are some highlights:
1. Emerging, at the end of a jungle trail, at a beautiful and empty bay, with crystal clear, turquoise water.
2. Impersonating Leo De Caprio's wonderful performance in the film "The Beach" (which, for those who haven't had the pleasure, is an enchanting little film that expresses the horrible underbelly of human nature. Eye roll. It was filmed here at Phi Phi Le, an island off the shores of Phi Phi.)
3. The lookout point, from which the double bay in the middle of the island and the surrounding hills are presented majestically. Gorgeous. Seriously, being up there was like waking up and seeing Brad Pitt standing naked in front of you. In a good way.
**In my own defense (Tasha) I want to point out that David is doing the colourful typing here**
4. On a more serious point, seeing how the island has grown since the tsunami.
5. SCUBA DIVING. It's like being in space on acid. Loved it, saw man made pyramid-esque faux reefs, lion fish, huge moray eels, little nemo fish, and more. Really cool.
6. MAYA BAY ON A STORMY DAY. Just got back from the half-day snorkelling/kayaking/baywatching (literally) advnture on Koh Phi Phi Lei where "The Beach" was filmed. By far the prettiest place on earth. We were there at an odd time as a storm was setting in over the bay and sunset so we have some wicked photos. The tide out made it extra special. You'll have to wait for our pictures though! Google it if you can't wait.
7. Oh yeah, and realizing monsoon season shouldn't be the off-season. Of the 10 days we've been here, we've seen a few small showers and a day and half of rainy/windy weather. Other than that, clear, sunny skies! And prices are 50% cheaper than they would be high season, and the beaches are deserted. Awesome.
So there are some highlights. Tomorrow we head off to Krabi for 2 nights, a stopover between Kaoh Sok National Park! It's in south central Thailand (hood, right?) and apparently we'll have the opportunity to see clouded leopards, elephants, gibbons, and some other awesome stuff, like TIGERS!! We will report back on the hotel, but we're planning on staying in the main town on the outskirts of the park and then spending a night in a raft house on the lake. Woot!
Signing off, this is Tasha and David.