We checked out of New Hut and waited on the road outside for our transport, bye bye paradise. So the journey went as follows'. Bus - bus - boat - bus - tuk tuk - bus, then boat to Phi Phi.
Once on the boat we slumped into our seats. After a couple of hours sleeping on the boat we had arrived, and it did look amazing! We pulled into crystal clear waters and white glistening sand, all I wanted to do was jump straight in for a refreshing dip. Once the girls had got off the boat and we had taken our bags off, we went down the island entry pier and had to pay 20 baht entrance fee, this is because PhiPhi is a national park and is surrounded by marine national parks.
One noticeable factor as we step off the boat was the lack of any tuk tuk drivers and taxis touts. There were no vehicles at all, just bicycles. At first this was very refreshing, but then we had to carry our bags quite far to the huts in the mid afternoon sun.
We found some cheap bungalows near the beach, they were fine, rustic and cheap!
Once we had settled and changed clothes we decide to go for a walk and get something to eat. We found a nice man doing BBQ skewers and a range of other Thai specialities, so we ate there and liked it so much we returned many times over our stay. On the way back to the huts we managed to bump into Rory who we had meet in Koh Phangan. Rory was with a jordy lad called Jason who looked like he could handle himself, he was a typical rugby lad. There were all out on the lash (getting drunk). We organised to meet them for a days hike up to the view point the next day, though lets see how people are feeling tomorrow shall we!
It was time to turn in for the night, so I was off to do the regular bathroom routine. All of a sudden everyone hears me shouting "HOLY ****, THATS ONE ******* MASSIVE SPIDER!" running out of the bungalow in a frenzy, It was the size of my hand! Soon followed by Row running out of her bungalow shaking and squeeling "Where? Where? Where?", and slapping herself as if it were on her. Row has a massive fear of spiders. One of their destinations is Australia famous for their many spiders, so before she left England she had hypnotherapy for her fear, not so sure it worked so well. We managed to calm Row down and lied to her "it wasnt realy that big it just took me by surprise", she didnt want to see it which was wise. It was massive and we were all a bit un-nerved by it, so Me and Row were off on search of new accomodation. We hadnt given any details or handed over any money so we could of just left if we found anything, unfortunatley everywhere was full for the night, but would have rooms in the morning. Whilst we were out Lil and Izzy decided to get rid of the spider, they didnt want to kill it so they asked a local if it was harmfull, it wasnt and apparently they eat them. So it just went down the drain followed by a bucket of water, this is what we were told! But they just swept it out a crack in the bamboo not wanting to harm it.
The next day Row (the not usualy early morning riser) was the first up with her bag on, "lets go!" she repeated! We headed round the corner and found a Dutch woman who was letting out rooms for 250Baht. We had a fan, shared bathroom, and solid walls which looked spider proof! Bags down and showered we were ready for breakfast, 7-11 once again gave us a healthy mix of yoghurt and banana cake & honey roasted sun flower kernels.
We bumped into Rory and Jason who were a little hungover, but they were ready to hike to the View point. Rory seemed to have a good night as he woke up in a completely different guest house! No he didnt get lucky, he just managed get into the guest house next door, find a bed and fell asleep on it. Luckily he managed to slip out and wasnt charged.
The climb was not too rough as it was all paths and steps, but it was hard going because by the time we got going the sun was at its hottest. The faces we saw coming back down had joyful smiles plastered across them, was this because of the beautifull views or was it because it was so God damn hard and they were laughing at us?
As it turned out it was a mixture of both, the views were truly breathtaking!
There was view point 1, where we rested for about 30 minutes then kept going to view point 2. At view point 2 there was a man with a shop selling ice lollies! YEY! We rested and spoke to him about his plans to make a garden with a swimming pool in it.
After we spent a long time at the view points and took many pictures, we had decided to go in search for this wonderfull secluded beach. We had directions from the man at the 2nd view point, but maybe he had spent too long up here by himself in the sun as he was talking to himself alot. We tried to follow the directions he had gave us anyway, but somewhere we went wrong and added probably 2 hours to our walk, and ended up back in town! We did see monkeys and adopted a dog for a while, which was nice.
In the end we headed to the main beach! A few hours were spent on the beach. Myself and the lads went for a little dip trying to avoid the jelly fish, whilst the girls just lazed on the beach. Within an hour a storm had rolled in. The skies went black and the wind picked up "eeer there's a storm brewing". We headed back to the guest house to seek shelter. On the way we saw a woman nearly have her life taken from her, as a big coconut palm leaf came out of nowhere like a javelin and speared the floor. If that had hit her she would have been out for the coconut count!
After surviving the storm and seeking shelter we were soon to meet the lads again for our evening meal. BBQ was on the menu! We had a whole rang of goodies from shrimp, chicken kebabs, fish cakes, crab sticks/balls, rice and of course the spring rolls, and this was just for me and Lil!
The night was once again good company mixed with good food in amazing settings. Tomorrow we have a snorkelling trip organized.