We had the most amazing week on koh phiphi, the four of us agreed that it was definately one of our favorite places!
There were no cars or scooters on the island, just peddle bikes, all the streets were like winding, interlinked market streets with lots of restaurants- western food was the same price as thai for once, so we had quite a western week.
The weather luckily was boiling, such a relief coming from rainy Koh Lanta, and our hostel was so nice, it was the only one to have a beach bar and decking out on the beach where you could sunbathe on bean bags all day, listening to radio one! Although it was right next to a dupstep club, music started at 8.30pm and finished at 3.30am, it was so loud our room shaked, but we didnt mind particulary as we went out every night and we started not to even notice the nise by the end of the week. We were planning to go to Phuket for a night, but every person we met had avoided us against it, so instead we stayed an extra night in Phi Phi. We had met so many nice people.
We went on a snorkling trip to Maya Bay, where 'the beach' was filmed, it was stunning!! And we swam with phosphorecent plankton after dark. We also became close with one of the thai boys who was in the evening fire shows along the beach, i jumped through a ring of fire, was carried by him under a two foot fire limbo (so scary)...
At the end of the week jess and I had to say bye to celia and kristina after an amazing six weeks, as we were getting a transfer to Langkawi in Malaysia, and they were stopping off at singapore before a few last weeks in Bali- it was emotional.
Langkawi was really nice, the hostel we stayed at was really friendly and sociable, Sam who worked there took us and a few others out on a fishing trip on our first day, i caught three fish!!! Then in the evening he cooked a fish curry for all of us, my fish tasted incredible. The next day he took us and another couple in his car on a tour of the island, we jumped into a waterfall, went to a buffalo park; ate a buffalo steak then rode a buffalo, then went to the cable cars up the mountain. The views from the top were stunning, you could see the whole island, we also got a discount as Sam used to work there.
Our last day on langkawi we spent on the beach, as we wouldnt be sunbathing again untill our last two weeks in fiji :(
We had another tranfer to penang, we had planned to spend two nights, but when we arrived we really disliked the place and booked a bus for the next morning to the cameron highlands (tea plantations, strawberry farms, butterfly gardens...).
We are now in the cameron highlands and its such a nice change from cities and beaches, really relaxing, and colder so we can snuggle up in a hoodie and free cups of tea! The hostel we are at is lovely too, there are a whole range of travellers here from our age to much older, so it has a realy comforting family feel.
lots of love xxxxxxx