Ko Phi Phi
28.11.2008 - 01.12.2008
The island of Phi Phi is one of the most famous tourist traps in Thailand. It is equally popular for its striking seanery and its boistrous nightlife. After over a week of floating around quite little islands, both Niamh and myself were looking forward to a place with a little bit of life.
To amuse ourselves on the first day we decided to take a sunset snorkeling trip. The trip started at two and began with a visit to monkey beach before dropping us off at a couple of excellent local snorkeling sites. As an added bonus we also got to see Maya Bay, which has the beach from the film 'The Beach'. Unfortunately, our time here was tainted by the fact that there was torrential rain for the duration of our stay on the island. On our way back to Phi Phi, we were supposed to see what was billed as an incredible sunset. But due to the unsettled weather, low lying clouds had obliterated the sun in a veil of impenetrable greyness. Despite getting off the boat shivering and grumbling about "typical Irish weather", we had both enjoyed the day.
The next day I went diving (more about that later) while Niamh relaxed in the sun. When I got back we spent the day on the beach before heading out that night. At this point we had been in Thailand about a week and I still hadn't had a bucket - which I was quite distraught about - so we headed out that night to finally try some. For those of you who dont know what a bucket is here is a description - take one childs sand bucket, fill with a half bottle of SongSam whiskey, add ice, pour a can of coke and a little red bull. Surprisingly enough, it tastes quite good, a little too good. Towards the end of our bucket night, I fell backwards off a table, bruised my back from my right shoulder blade to my right hip and bounced my head off a stool while kicking myself in the eye with my knee. Smooth I know, and this was before I set my hands on fire with sambuca, twice.
I managed to survive the night, but woke up the next morning with what can only be described as a 'bucket head'. The remainder of the one and a half days we had left on Phi Phi was spent enjoying the undoubted buzz of this little party town before jumping on yet another boat to our next destination Ton Sai beach, Railay.