Two nights in Krabi
After a very short ferry journey North of Langkawi we arrived in Thailand! Kate was over the moon to be back in her favourite country! From the ferry port in Saton, after a very dodgy over crowded tuk tuk ride (where Ed had to hang off the back), and a 2 hour wait we had yet another six hour bus journey to Krabi to endure. It was all worth it once we got to our cheap, clean guesthouse, streets lined with market stalls offering every fake item you can imagine, street food vendors selling their culinary delights, endless massage parlors offering an array of treatments all under two pounds…pretty much anything you could ever want and all at an affordable price.
Just had a quiet first night after our hectic day of actually 'travelling' (you really wouldn't think traveling round the world really involved so much actual traveling?!) Spent the evening sat in an Irish Pub catching up on the news in the vast selection of photocopied English newspapers available to read.
The next day we spent some time exploring the area of Au Nang beach where we were staying. Ended up spending the afternoon getting massages and treatments by the sea, which was fantastic and we could have spent all day there but after two hours and three treatments each, costing under ten pounds for the lot we decided we should get to the pub!
Spent a crazy night out in Krabi with Canadians Steve and Carly who we traveled from Langkawi with. Ended up on a strip of Go Go Bars with Thai women challenging us to the nail game and dragging us onto the bar to pole dance with them!! Fantastic fun….but someone had one too many Changs (very strong Thai beer) and we had a ferry to catch to Koh Phi Phi the next day!!!
Two nights in Phi Phi
The first thing that hits you as you get closer to Phi Phi is the unbelievably clear waters!! We thought Fiji was amazing, but its nothing compared to here!! It can only be described as being as clear as the purest mineral water but with the most beautiful blue colours you can imagine! I just hope the pictures do it justice!
We stayed at Hat Yao or Long Beach as its known, facing the silhouette of Koh Phi Phi Ley in a seriously overpriced, hot and smelly hut. Since the Tsunami hit in 2004, Koh Phi Phi has almost got back to the way it was before although prices have tripled - even for small huts! There is still some debris of boats, houses, trees and general rubbish in the middle of where Phi Phi was worse hit, next to a memorial garden which is very sad with letters and pictures of those who died.
We hired a long boat (main mode of transport around the island) to take us to Phi Phi Ley which is the main islands little sister, a national park and uninhabited, for the day as it's the best place for snorkeling and also the setting of the film 'The Beach'. There's not much more to say about this as the pictures should say it all!
We enjoyed a few chilled out beers on the beach whilst watching fire dancing and prepared for our next ferry journey the folllowing day to Phuket!