Grudgingly we checked out of the Hilton Arcadia Resort following three nights of luxury and relaxation and awaited our mini bus transfer to Phucket ferry terminal and the boat to Ko Phi Phi.We were pleased to see the transfer bus arrive after organisingit through with a slightly shady man at the port the previous day, but we duly boarded the extremely full ferry and found a space on the top deck.It was a very warm afternoon and the sun was high in the sky.So hot indeed the deck itself had reached an uncomfortable temperature.To ease the burn on my cheeks I sat on my flip flops only for the thong mark now to be permanently melted on the back of my shorts.
Arriving at Phi Phi we had the standard Thai welcoming committee "Taxi, Taxi", "Hey man where you going, Where you from", "Ah Whiskey", "Watch, you want watch, good price".Thankfully we knew we wanted to head for long beach and sorted out our accommodation and long tail transfer with what seemed like the local mafia before being picked up and dropped off at our own little beach hut in paradise.The hut was clean enough with private bathroom and three yards from the stunning long beach; turquoise water, white sand and a great view of the Ko Phi Phi Don Island in the distance.I may as well have a Beer Chang.
Most of our time here was spent relaxing.We did venture into the small town along the precarious coast line walk in our inappropriate footwear (I still have the bruises) to book a day trip for snorkeling and swimming at some of the nearby islands.Before you all feel too sick you will be pleased to hear we had to cancel the trip one day due to the torrential rain.Still the next day was a scorcher and off we set.
First stop was Ko Phi Phi Don and MalayBay, where a lot of the film The Beach was shot.Very nice but extremely busy and the litter around many of the beaches really was a problem. The dramatic limestone cliffs emerging from the water though is a sight to behold.From there we went to shark point, which turned out to be not that far from where we were swimming the previous day.Only reef sharks swim there though (vegetarian) and none out when we were there.After a lunch of rice and chicken we cruised out to BambooIsland which has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth I have ever been.The sand, water and outlook were all completely stunning.
Following on from BambooIsland we sailed round to the other side of Phi Phi from where we had been staying and were dropped off at MonkeyBay.As it sounds a beach where lots of monkeys live.We fed the monkeys who happily took watermelon from your hand.Very cool but the litter at this beach was terrible.Sorry sounding like an old fart now, I better have another Beer Chang and relax.
We could not really decide what to do after leaving Ko Phi Phi but finally decided to head for Krabi town and the boat to Rai Ley.You guessed it another amazing beach.