Catching a few sun rays on the deck of the boat and getting soaked from the spray of the sea as we drew closer to Koh Phi Phi. This little island was destroyed by the tsunami in 2006 and after visiting it in 2007 I was excited to return to this quiet little island with a real community vibe.
Well, it's kinda changed! It's now a tourist Mecca, with small roads filled with stalls selling everything a traveller could ask for... Clothes, friendship bracelets to add to the collection, flip flops, sarongs, books and nock off headphones. Stepping off the boat we were greeted by a flock of Thai people waiting to sell us hostel and hotel rooms. We made it through and eventually found a cheapish dorm to stay in. 250 baht each £5.
The little roads ran black with sewage in some places and the smell was pretty nasty, although having said that we met a girl from Harrogate called Sam, who had just travelled from India and she didn't even notice it! It's such a shame what this place has become in order to accommodate holiday makers. Its now an Asian version of Magaluf or Ibiza! No cars or mopeds on Phi Phi, just people on bicycles or foot. A nice change! ☺
We spent the couple of nights of phi phi, getting drunk and watching fire shows on the beach with travelling friends we had left in other countries! We must have said bye to Steph and Hannah about 4 times now!
The stunning views from the top of the island were an amazing reward after the swelteringly hot climb up the hill. Ice creams at the top made it even better! The same man owner the cafe at the top that i spoke to 6 years ago who told me his story seeing the tsunami hitting his beloved island.
Love Jo x