Our first destination in Thailand was a place called Krabi where everyone gets a ferry across to the Phi Phi Islands-Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lei (where the beach was filmed). As soon as we arrived we got a taste of the monsoon season. As we sat in an office sorting out somewhere to stay a huge gust of wind swept down the alley street in front of us and all the shop keepers jumped up and pulled their shutters down as the biggest down pour of rain started. Stranded in a tiny office with other travellers we all sat thier for about half an hour and waited until the rain pasted.
After dumping our bags we went for a walk around the main bit. We were both a litte shocked to find loads of building work still going on after the tsunami and to see the piles and piles of rubble and dirt still left sitting on the ground. As you stand on the beach and look up you can see the ramains of dead palm trees all with thier tops ripped off where the water came and tour them away.
On a happier note we went out that night and stumbled across a bar holding a half moon party!!! After a few Chang beers and a 'bucket' or two we watched an amazing fire show and sat back on the beach! The next day we'd booked to go on a snorkel trip around the islands and at 8am the morning after the night before it didn't seem that appealing anymore! Due to the bad currents in the water we were told we prob wouldn't be able to reach the bay where the film 'The Beach' was shot (so we were gutted as this was the main reason for going on the trip)! As the boated set off I knew I shoud have gone and boat some sea sickness tablets before we'd set off! Feeling rough we both jumped into the water at the first snorkel site but there was nothing to see so we jumped into one of the boats kayaks. Ian managed to row us into a beautiful bay surrounded by huge rock walls coming up out of the sea! The water was so clear and it was really peaceful floating around all the way around it! Back on the boat and before the boat had even started up again I had my head over the side off the boat chucking up and before long Ian joined me there too!
Another of the sites the boat dropped us at was a tiny little beach called Monkey Beach - as you can guess from the name it had monkey's on it. There were so many tourists about taking there photo's and of course we joined in. After spotting a tiny little baby one, one eating some fruit and another attemtping to drink out of a water bottle and then empty can of Pepsi we went over to one sat on its own. Ian bent down to take a picture of the cute little thing and it put his arm out towards him wanting to play with the camera. Out of nowhere about 10 other monkeys jumped out of the bush screaming at Ian, thinking he was going to attack the little monkey! I don't think I've ever seen him move as fast!!!
Next stop is a week on Koh Samui..........! Love to everyone back home xxxxxxx