02.01.2007 - 04.01.2007 33 °C
This is the life. I'm currently lying down in my Phi Phi island bungalow having just spent the afternoon on the beach and in the sea. More on that later, I'll go over the last couple of days first.
After our Kata beach experience we decided it was time to head to somewhere a bit more lively so took a taxi to Patong beach. We had booked into a hotel just a bit out from the centre called QVC holiday resort (nothing to do with the shopping channel!) so were dropped off there and checked in.
Initially we had booked into standard rooms (which were absolutely fine) but Muk and I decided to upgrade to deluxe rooms with a sea view - these rooms are fantastic. Big balcony overlooking the Andaman Sea - not much can beat a view like that.
Anyway the first night in Patong was quite interesting to say the least! We went to a thai boxing match - not as gory as I had anticipated it to be, but the categories include kids and it was a little disturbing seeing eleven year olds in the ring. The highlight of the match had to be this south african dude with a name very similar to Simon Cowell who KO'd his opponent in one swing! Good fun to watch for the most part.
Patong is full of both old and young western men walking around with hookers which is also quite sad to see, but then again this area is famous for that too. Still makes you cringe when you see it though as no doubt that's the only reason some of these people have come here. What makes it okay here if it's not at home beats me...
Our second day in Patong was a major chillout day. I fell asleep in my room around 10am and woke up at about 4 so by that time it was time to go and meet Jez who'd wandered into town. Had some dinner after booking a ferry to Phi Phi for the next morning.
We ate in "Mr Good's Seafood Restaurant" and it lived up to its name - I had crab which I had to choose myself from a big tank of them out the front. Very tasty!
After dinner we wandered down Soi Bangla, Patong's main street. I had to get some tshirts as I had discovered the hard way that breathable berghaus tshirts provide absolutely no protection against the sun (my chest was like a tomato after a day in the sun even though it was covered up - all my exposed but suncreamed bits were fine!). Managed to pick up three very decent fake designer tshirts for 500 baht, around £8. Had a drink and then went to bed.
Early start today - we were picked up from the hotel at 7.15am and taken to Rassada pier in Phuket town to catch the ferry to Phi Phi. Very pleasant ferry ride - took about an hour and a half and we docked at the main port in Phi Phi Don at about 10 o'clock.
Found some accommodation - I've got a beautiful air conditioned bungalow right by the sea and the beach - couldn't ask for any better really. After walking through town we dumped our stuff in the bungalows and then took to the beach where we spent most of the afternoon. Going to head back into the main bit in a little while after having a bit of a kip - must be getting old
Walking around here it's very obvious that the place was totally obliterated by the tsunami - lots of rubble in a lot of places and foundations on open ground where bungalows etc used to be. The cleanup is is full force though and although bits are still looking pretty bad there is absolutely no reason not to come here as the island still has a great atmosphere and beautiful scenery.
Next stop is probably going to be Krabi in a couple of days. Just vegging out here for a while - why not eh