Sparky Travels

September 17, 2009

Ko Phi Phi

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Visa sorted it was time to head to Ko Phi Phi. A short ferry ride landed us in what can only be described as a paradise island. No sooner had we arrived then we bumped into Jo for the 3rd island in a row. Our hangovers from the previous nights hostel drinking had kicked in so the evening was uneventful other than a distinctly average meal and failure to meet Jo in town. Our hostel was pretty dingy and in the process of refurbishment but very cheap and central. The mosquitoes seemed to like it too.

The next day was beach day but prior to that we traipsed up to the viewpoint to get a view of the island. See attached pic. In the evening we sampled the local drinks and somehow ended up on the dreaded buckets. The next few days were a carbon copy of that with strolls to the beach mixed with eating and drinking. Ko Phi Phi is a charming little resort/island with a younger and more chilled out crowd than Ko Samui. The lack of any roads makes it all the more relaxing other than the ding-a-ling of bicycle bells on the paths

On the 16th I finally managed to do a Thai cookery course at Pum’s Cooking School. I booked a one course course to make Phad Thai and it was just me and the chef. Phad Thzai is a really simple dish to make and my teacher didn’t speak English very well so it was all over a bit fast. Probably not vlue for money but I got a cookery book and I must say it was very tasty.

I’d been planning to do a diving trip since the Islands are reknowned for their variety of underwater life so I managed to book a taster trip for the morning of our departure. Due to it being low season there was only me and two americans doing the trip which at £70 was pretty cheap. I was mildly apprehensive of diving since I’d rather not trust my breathing on a piece of aparatus. This wasn’t helped by one of the americans having a panic attack as we were practicing the safety skills and signals. He recovered pretty quickly and we headed down into the deep blue sea. At first it was mightily disconcerting breathing through a tube but I got used to it within a few minutes. Not long after we were getting to see a world I’d only seen with the aid of David Attenborough’s voice and I’d say it was jaw droppingly beautiful if my jaw hadn’t been clenched tightly around the regulator. After an hour or so for lunch (where people went to the beach from The Beach, I didn’t: beach fatigue, never seen the film, tour groups invading the place.. etc) we did another dive, which felt much more natural. Over the two dives I saw so much sealife including a Leopard Shark, Lion Fish, corals, Nemo, puffers, groupers and many more that I couldn’t name. I enjoyed the experience but I don’t think I’m a diving convert. It seems a lot of money for the experience though I’m glad I’ve done it once. Maybe my thoughts will change and I’ll give it another go on my travels, watch this space.

A couple of hours later we jumped on the ferry to Krabi, with sand still in my ears.

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