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20.01.2011 - 21.01.2011
Phi phi don
The rain stopped during the night and we woke to another beautiful day in paradise.
We were directed to wait in front of our hotel for the boat to Phi Phi Island and given an orange sticker to put on our t shirts. At 9:45 a woman yelled “Phi Phi’ and we all follow her down to the beach, wheeling our luggage in the sand towards the long tail boats. We had to pick up our 40 pound suitcases and wade into the water over our knees to put them into the boats and then climb in. We head out to sea and wait until we see a large ferry coming our way. Hmmm. How are we going to get onto this ferry in the middle of the ocean?
It pulls up along side and thankfully the boat staff pull our suitcases up onto the ferry and we just have to climb up around five feet to get in. There wasn’t a ladder but some rails to put your feet onto. The boat was packed to the rafters, with young people lining all parts of the deck. Lana and I head downstairs to sit inside in the airconditioned room while Jane stayed up to get more sun.
In an hour and ½ we arrived at the pier on the island of Phi Phi Don. Chaos ensued getting off as everyone tries to locate their luggage and then we all make our way down the pier to try and locate our hotels. There are no cars or vechiles on the island which is nice, but our hotel is quite a ways down the beach. We hear the name of our hotel, Phi Phi Bayview Resort, and are directed down some stairs to another long tail boat and in less than 15 mintues we arrive at our new home for the next three nights. Out hotel is located at the end of the beach and we are all directed to wait in the lobby as they work through checking everyone in. There is one young man and woman who is yelling and so rude it is absolutely amazing. Check in time is not until 2 PM and it is only 12 and he is demanding his room now! The rest of us are so embarrassed at his behavior. The Thai people usually don’t get mad however they do get even. He was still there after the rest of us were checked into our rooms.
Our cabin is up a number of stairs and has an amazing view over the bay. We have a lovely big balcony with lounge chairs and we are in heaven. We are also extremely hot, it is again so humid here. We get into our bathing suits and head for the pool right away. They had a massage place beside the pool so I went for a ½ hour aloa vera massage to cool down my sunburn. It was wonderful! And only nine dollars.
Back to the room to laze on the balcony and read our books. It was too hot to venture out until around 4:30PM and even then we were sweating like crazy. We decided to walk into the town and head over the other side of the island to check out that beach.
Many shops bars and restaurants along the way. Phi Phi is very much a party island with primarily young people between the ages of 18 and 30 here for the sun beach and partying. Not too much Thai Culture here. The other beach was nice, we had some pizza and barbequed corn on the beach for dinner and then headed back towards our hotel looking at the many shops along the way.