Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan, Thailand
11.18.2007 - 11.22.2007 82 °F
By the way, HAPPY THANKSGIVING and happy 3-month travel anniversary to me! Its nice to be in Thailand, the land of great beaches for this special time of year. Actually, if it weren't for someone else who recognized our "American" accents and wished us a happy thanksgiving, we probably would have forgotten about it. Nevertheless, this is probably the most non-Thanksgiving I've ever had. I had rice with pineapple and cashews for dinner, and then we treated ourselves to pancakes for dessert. No turkey and mash potatoes for us! I hope others will eat extra on our behalf!
Anyhoo, to back track our a little, from Cambodia we bused it, actually took a personal taxi (long story) to Bangkok where we caught a flight to Phuket. After less than a 24-hour stop over there, we took a ferry to the great Phi Phi island. That is where The Beach is filmed and is frequently named one of the best beaches in the world. When I came here a few years ago, we took a day trip to the Phi Phi islands and I remember it being wonderful, crystal clear blue water and white fine sand. So needless to say, we were pretty excited to lay back and have some beach time after all our travels. We spoke too soon. According to our guide book, there was this super cute little beach resort that had nice bamboo huts and bungalows, and was given a "thumbs up" by the guidebook. So we got dropped off there by the water taxi (the only ones to get dropped off there so that should have been a hint) to find a deserted and desolate tiny tiny beach that was totally under construction. What the? We asked the price and found it waaaay overpriced and over our budget. D'oh! So the reception was kind enough to tell us to take a "5-min" walk over a hill to get to Long Beach, where there were plenty of budget hotels. No problem, we thought. So with our bags and everything we started the slow climb..... up and over this jungle area. Seriously, it was a jungle. There was no route just a walked-on mud path that was barely wide enough to fit ourselves. Not only was it hot and extremely humid out, but we literally were walking through this jungle that had steep, slippery inclines and declines that we practically had to slide down. It was trecherous! People were hardly climbing up and were looking at us with disbelief that we were doing this 'trek' with all our bags. We emerged from the path dripping with sweat, covered in mosquito bites, and just gross. Then of course there are no roads or sidewalks, so we had to trudge through sand from place to place to finds things not available or waaay too expensive. We finally found one and not caring that it was smelly and musty, it was close to the beach. We practically threw our bags down, changed, and did a Baywatch enterance into the clearn, warm waters. Niiiiiice! There we watched the sunset and finally could settle. What a journey! Was it worth it? OF COURSE! The beach was fantastic, soooo pretty:
Then started our 1st few days of real 'vacation' from beginning this journey. Our decisions soon came to: should we have a pineapple shake or mango shake?
Should we have a sunset massage or dusk massage? (we settled for the dusk by the beach):
How can you beat that? And some good eats!
Soo.... that was pretty much 2 full days on Phi Phi!!! Laying out, catching some rays, and relaxing. No worrying about anything. Next stop is Koh Phangan where we are now. Another day's journey, another adventure with our accomodations. In Koh Phi Phi... it was kinda gross. Centipedes and strange bugs about, water in our room from the non-insulated walls, blah! So when we got to Koh Phangan and got ourselves to even a worse place, this one covered with ants, an outside "bathroom" area (no sink, just a basin, I could go on and on), we almost had had it. We slept there, but, as is becoming routine, I had all these bad dreams about bugs and ants and stuff. Daaaaaaamn it. Sooo..... as luck would have it (it is Thanksgiving, huh?), we found a sweeeeeeeeet accomodation just down the beach from where we originally were staying. Of course, we decided to splurge for it, but its worth every penny. Guess what? It has toilet paper! A garbage! Tiled floors! A separate shower area from the bathroom (in Asia they are mostly an all in one, so you pretty much are sitting on the toilet while showering). All these MAJOR luxuries we haven't had. And, yes we are paying a LOT, there is even a computer with internet, a TV, and a fridge in our room. And did I mention the spectacular view from our private balcony?
We can't get enough of it! Soooo... life is good! In all honesty, we had to do this. I don't think I could take yet another couple of days, or week, of really bad accomodations. So here we are! Another few days here while we party at the infamous full-moon party!