Day 24 and we woke up to yet another massive rainstorm! Its all I seem to write about. We spent last night watching episodes of Peep show on the telly after Luke got his Ipod hooked up. We ventured out in the rain and headed for the beach. This was the choppiest sea we had seen thus far, proper waves which would take you out. We spent a good hour or so trying to get far out to sea and to have a go on a boogy board Luke 'borrowed'. Later in the day we would find out from our hostel owner that a month ago, 5 tourists were killed when swept out to sea! In the evening we had a quiet one, went out for a decent meal and chilled out in our fancy room for another night and watched a couple of films.
Day 25 and we were up bright and early (7am) for our ferry to Ko Phi Phi. For once it wasnt raining on a day we were travelling. The ferry was about 2 hours and relatively plain sailing apart from luke telling us, how to tell if a slice of cake has been baked well or not (we bought cake on the ferry for breakfast). Apparently you put it to your ear, squeeze it, and if the cake squeaks, it means its good, believe that if you want! We arrived on Phi Phi mid morning and checked into a dorm at The Rock Hostel (just over 2 pound a night). We then headed for the beach, had a swim and lounge about and headed back to the hostel. We went out for some dinner in the evening and then me Burns and Luke settled into an Irish pub for 4 and half hours of football. The girls at this point did something else like wander around town and look at flip flops and other things but not actually buy anything. The football went extremely well, Liverpool winning as did Arsenal. When 130am rolled around we headed back to the hostel where we learned that in a game of would you rather, Helen thought it would be cool to be black (we thought this might be racist, but apparently she just meant to have tanned skin!).
Day 26 and we again went swimming early doors in the sunshine and decided to head up the mountain in the afternoon to go to the viewpoint. We headed up about 500m up the steepest steps imaginable. Once at the top, the view was epic. The shop at the top had all sorts of before and after pictures of the Boxing Day Tsunami a few years ago and how it destroyed most of the island. Burns came out of the toilet with loo roll stuck to his sweaty brow. The girls ruined the fun by telling him it was there. We rested for a while then headed down the otherside of the mountain to a secluded beach. However, we soon realised that the trek down would be a lot harder. For starters, the path was just slippery mud and rocks, there were mozzies everywhere, Helen broke a flip flop and kept falling over, and it took about an hour. We were all very glad to reach the bottom and dieing to get into the water. We got a water taxi back round the island to the main pier. Once back at the hostel, we met some other travellers, Matt from Watford, Rachel from Guildford (she knew one of Helens friends back home) and Thomas the German. We headed out to a fire show by the pier, and then after went to The Reggae bar which has a boxing ring in the middle, and offers people the chance to fight each other and get a free bucket of alcoho. Luke was well up for this, and wisely me and Burns declined his offer (if you dont know Luke he's built like a brick s**t house and is very strong). Luckily for Luke, Matt (who with no disrespect, is quite skinny) accepted his offer, then told us he had never been in a fight before. Before hand, they agreed some ground rules, no elbows no knees (they werent allowed boxes for their privates either). I was in Lukes corner, Burns in Matts, the ref gave his final instructions, provided them with pads and helmets, and the fight was on. They both started out punching each other, apologising, asking if the other was ok, and then hitting them again. Luke just about edged a tense first round. As Luke staggered over to me I felt like Mickey out of the Rocky Films, he looked a bit dazed and was like "I dont know if I should punch this guy or not, I've only known him a few hours!" I told him, "If he hits you, hit him back!" Matt won the second round and made Lukes lip bleed and Luke retaliated with a late shot after the bell. He claimed it was an accident but the crowd booed him for it. The third round was again close, but Luke just about edged it and was declared the winner. The real winners however were us watching, bloody hilarious. For their troubles they got a free bucket of Whisky and coke. We then watched several more fights including a few pro ones which were awesome and included some epic knockdowns. There was even a girl on girl fight which was funny as they weren't very good. I got a real laugh out of watching this one.
Day 27 and it was decided we do a boat tour of the local islands which included some snorkelling and other activites. We left Phi Phi at 11am and headed for Monkey beach where people were hurling bananas at monkeys to make them eat. Not as good as it sounds. The second stop on our boat was Shark point, we all got out and snorkelled. Well, I say "all", Burns lasted about 5 mins, got back in the boat and was promptly seasick (on a choppy, yet anchored boat). This brought all the fish to the surface and made for some excellent viewing. After swimming with the fish for a while (no sharks seen) we headed for Bamboo island, chilled out and swam some more. Our Final trip was to Ma Ya Bay, which is the location from the film, 'The Beach'. We got to a cave and were told we had to get out of the boat and work our way across some sharp and dangerous rocks to get there. This was a real challenge with several people falling over. Once on the beach, the sight was awesome, but wasnt quite the same as there were about 50-60 tourists there, but very nice location none the less. Whilst we were playing frisbee we noticed that there was a guy lieing face down in the shallow water and hadn't moved for a good few minutes. After about a minute of watching him, we realised this could be serious so we started to head over to see if he was ok. Suddenly he popped his head up as he was practising holding his breath! Needless to say we all felt a bit stupid! We then boated back to Phi Phi and had a lazy evening as we were all shattered! Once back at the hostel I felt shattered and fell asleep.