The Stories We Could Tell

Ko Phi Phi

A quick boat ride from Phuket gets you to Ko Phi Phi (pronounced Pee Pee). This island is amazingly beautiful – it’s no wonder they filmed Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” here. This was also the scene of great devastation from the Tsunami in 2004. As you can see from the photos, the heart of Phi Phi where the majority of hotels, nightlife, eateries, and locals live, is just a small strip of land with water on both sides. Photos that we saw post-Tsunami showed that piece of land had been truly rocked by the waters. Half of the buildings were knocked completely down. It was really inspiring to see how quickly the city rebounded. Besides the few photos we saw, one would never know a Tsunami even hit there. New hotels and restaurants have been built, and the city is once again thriving.

The most memorable part of our visit was boat tour around Phi Phi and the surrounding islands. Pops hired a local gentleman to take us out for the day on his long tail boat. Captain Bai gave us a great tour of the area complete with stops at all of the best snorkeling spots. The fish were massive, plentiful and so colorful. I wished I had a waterproof camera! We stopped at one of the small islands that served as location for much of Leo’s “The Beach.” Captain Bai said he even met the big star when he was in town and jokingly called himself a “Thai copy” of Leo! LOL Bai, not quite! Our boat tour ended on a very wet note when a huge rain squall suddenly appeared. It rained unbelievably hard for 15 minutes. We had to wait under the tiny boat canopy while the crazy storm passed. The rain finally stopped but left some massive waves in its place. Our ride back to Phi Phi was insanely choppy and supper wet. It was as if we were each drenched with a 20 pound bucket of water every time we hit a wave. All we could do was laugh. By the time we finally hit land we were thoroughly soaked and our sides were sore from all of the laughter! Too much fun!

The next day, we chose an activity that didn’t involve water and hiked to the top of Phi Phi island. The hike was tough, but the views were well worth it. Once we reached the top of the mountain, we could clearly see the entire island. The water is turquoise and the landscape is just stunning. We finished our day by celebrating the King’s birthday with the locals  – another big party in Thailand. We got to see more fireworks and even signed a card to the King! We finished the night with a stop at a club to see one of the famed fire shows. Pretty cool!  Young brave souls swing massive fireballs around their extremities – fun to watch, but not on my list of future careers!

All in all, Phi Phi was a big hit with us, a place we look forward to returning to soon!

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January 6, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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