I’ve never done a beach holiday and when my friends said that they were going to Thailand and would be spending a week of their trip sitting on a beach, near a pool, with a few cocktails…what the heck, let’s give it a go!
Arriving at Krabi airport, I took a boat to the Phi Phi Islands. Phi Phi Islands consist of Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest and only populated island and the island where we stayed; Ko Phi Phi Leh (also known as Ko Phi Phi Lai), the location of the “The Beach”; Ko Phai (‘Bamboo Island’); Ko Yung (Yung Island); Bida Nok and Bida Nai.
We spent the first day lying around on the beach. Actually, we spend most of the week lying around on the beach. We did go on a trip on a long boat to Ko Phi Phi Leh, where we spent some time swimming in the bright bright blue ocean. Oh, and we visited Maya Bay, the location of “The Beach”.
We also spent some time at the main town (Tonsai Bay) doing some shopping and experiencing our first “bucket”. We did some snorkelling near the hotel and saw some of the famous coral and some awesome fishes but no sharks! The rest of the time was spent swimming, lying on the beach with a book, eating the wonderful Thai food and enjoying the cocktails. It was exactly what I wanted, though not perhaps something I could do every holiday.
After spending four delightful days on Phi Phi, I headed back to Australia. But first, I stopped overnight at Nai Yang beach, one of the smaller beaches on the island of Phuket. Very different to Phi Phi, it was here that I could see how the Tsunami would have devastated the island. Nevertheless, the food was great, the massage wonderful, the beach was beautiful and the people were extra friendly.