The weather had been pretty hostile for a few days, delaying our plans to go to Koh Phi Phi. We finally arrived through heavy downpours, to the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi Don. The ferry moored in at the port in Tonsai Bay. The island consists of two stunning Limestone cliffs joined by a large isthmus of white sand which is now home to numerous resorts, bars and shops, etc. Like most Thai islands on the Andaman coast, Phi Phi was badly effected by the 2004 Tsunami which wiped out most of the island's development. Most pf the damage has been repaired and is un-noticeable, however some areas still bare the scars.
The weather was beautiful when we arrived and set out on foot in search of some cheap digs. Most places we passed were quite over-priced at around 800 Baht so we headed to Kinaree Guest House, where Warner had stayed on his previous visit. It was clean and had hot water, air-con and a tv. After a refreshing shower we headed out to explore the island a little. We headed for the beach and sat watching the sun set drinking beer and chatting.
The following day we took a hike up to the Phi Phi viewpoint atop one of the Limestone cliffs. After climbing up the steps for 20 minutes we thankfully reached the top where the views were magnificent. The view stretches to encompass both bays and the town, all the way up to the opposite Limestone cliff. The beautiful turqoise waters led out to the horizon. When you see a postcard of Koh Phi Phi - this is where the photographer stood.
The walk back down was of course much easier and much cooler as the sun began to set. We ate in a quiet part of the town and in the evening we had an early night, aware that we were leaving early in the morning. We only have two more days in our apartment in Ao Nang left before we leave. We will be heading south to Satun and then across the boarder, into Malaysia.