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Ko Phi Phi

Written on: Sunday February 3rd, 2008

A journal entry from: Southeast Asian Adventures!

I am officially a beach bum now... I can't seem to get off these wonderful Thai islands! It was a long trip from Ko Phangan to Ko Phi Phi, but it proved to be worth it. I was surprised by how busy Phi Phi was, and there's still a lot of construction going on as the island is recovering from the 2004 tsunami.

On the boat ride over to Phi Phi, I met 2 Canadians who said they'd found a cheap place to stay, which is quite rare. I decided to head off with them in search of the cheap bungalows. It turned out to be quite the adventure! After a 2 hour hike through the jungle in a skirt and flip-flops(that includes half an hour of wandering around aimlessly), covered in mosquito bites, ants and sweat, we found the bungalows! I was completely exhausted from carrying my huge pack up hills, down rocks and over logs, and relieved to find out that they had a cheap bungalow available.

We stayed on Toh Ko beach, a secluded patch of white sand with only 15 or so bungalows. My bungalow was on the edge of the jungle, complete with scorpions, gigantic bugs, lizards and monkeys.

I wanted to go diving off Ko Phi Phi, but it was pretty pricey, so I opted for a snorkeling tour of Ko Phi Phi Ley instead (where The Beach was filmed). Early morning snorkeling was great and I even saw a few reef sharks, but in the afternoon the beach got hectic with huge boats full of tourists rolling in.

After a few days on Phi Phi I decided I had to head to Ko Lanta, which was strongly recommended to me by Mr. Bryan Rite.