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Phi Phi Island & Maya Beach

Sunday 21st June:

Had my toast for brekkie & realized I didn't have enough sunscreen for the day so ducked out to a Mini Mart in the next block to pick some up, before getting picked up at 8am. There was already another 10 people in the van & I squeezed in the front seat next to a guy from Malaysia.

We drove by Karon & Kata Beach & although the beach looked OK I am glad I am at Patong as not much there & you have to walk quite a way up some hills.

Arrived at Chalong Bay where our boat leaves from & waited for the other people. The boat is a HUGE speed boat with 4 outboards & holds about 50 people. Hired some flippers for 100 B to go snorkeling. Met 2 sisters from Melbourne & chatted with them before we set off. It was an hour over pretty rough bumpy open waters of the Andaman Sea, & talked to this lovely couple on their honeymoon from Canada for most of the trip. We managed to get to sit out the front of the boat in the open which was so nice. Most people were inside with not as good views.

Arrived at Phi Phi Ley Island & went into Maya Bay. This is where they did some of the filming for "The Beach" & it is just beautiful with brilliant blue water & this cove is surrounded by sheer vertical cliffs covered in lush vegetation & with a white sand beach. Water temperature was beautiful & had a swim. We had about 45 mins at this island.

I head off inland to see what I could find & it was only a short distance to walk to the other side of the island to Loh Sama Bay. You walk across this shallow coral lagoon with clear water, over a plank bridge, up a vertical wood ladder to a platform to peek out at this beautiful cove where a couple of boats were moored & people were snorkeling. You could climb down another vertical ladder into the water to go snorkeling but there wasn’t any time. Was running late to get back to the boat & lost my sunnies running back to the boat. This place was so beautiful but a little spoilt by the number of tour boats that all pull up together – instant crowd!!!

Headed off around the island & pulled into Pileh cove where there were hubdreds of brightly coloured fish which were fed some bread & they went crazy. This cove was just beautiful with beautiful green water & so clear that you could see the bottom.

Next pulled alongside Viking Cove where locals lived in small wooden hats in this massive cave. They had bamboo ladders everywhere to find where the swallows have laid their eggs so they can collect them to sell.

Next stop was Monkey Beach on Phi Phi Don Island where they lured monkeys onto the boat with bananas. One of them had this cute baby attached. They pooped on the boat & were a bit scary – one ran over my foot. The ones on land still were fighting with other & were really mean & vicious. As the boat started to reverse out the mum & baby attached made a run for a branch & swung herself into shore. The other couple had to jump overboard & swim in – monkeys looked strange swimming – bit like a cat swimming!! Found out at the end of the day that a lady on another boat had bitten by a monkey & had to get taken straight to hospital to be treated for rabies.

We went down a little & then jumped overboard to do some snorkeling. Water temp again divine & saw hundreds of small bright green fish with a black strip. You actually jumped into the water that was full of them. Saw big clams, coral, another beautiful big purple fish with bright orange lips & a green stripe. When I had enough of snorkeling I floated around in my life jacket

Next stop was Phi Phi Don Island a much bigger island first– this one was badly affected by the Tsunami in 2004. We hopped & off & went to a restaurant where lunch was provided. We had 6 dishes on each table – fried onion rings, fish, sweet & sour fish, stir fried chicken & cashews, spag bog & followed by fruit. After lunch I walked through to the other side of the island – all lanes full of shops, tour booking agencies & cafes for the resort & backpacker guests.. It led to another nice beach.

To get to the next island was 45 mins over rough open water bouncing up & down. It was so hot & I have put on so much sunscreen so many times as I don’t want to get burnt. Arrived at Khai Nai Island which is small & is just a day stop off beach. Very pretty with unusual rock shapes & white coral sand. The beach is covered in pairs of deck chairs & umbrellas which we were told we could use for 150 B $5.50 AUS !!!!!) I sat in one & along came someone to collect my money & I offered 75 B as I was only going to use 1 chair & not 2 . He refused to do that so I had to leave my chair!! Had another swim & snorkel ( not good snorkeling here), walked around the island ( very small) & on the other side found some deck chairs & it was totally deserted. Plonked myself there for an hour & enjoyed the view !

The last leg home was another very rough 20 mins. Got dropped back to the hotel by 5.30pm. Was a great day!!!

Headed out for dinner & ended up at Savoey near the beach , one of the many seafood places with live lobsters & crabs outside & the most massive prawns I have ever seen. All seafood is priced by weight & the big prawns were 200 B ( $7.30)for 100g. My 1 prawn weighed 150 g & was 300 B ( $10.80) & I had it cooked in garlic & butter. It was yummy but very expensive & of course was not enough to fill me. Walking home I bought a pancake with banana & choc sauce for 40 B ( $1.50), which was very yummy

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island


Monkeys on our boat

Monkeys on our boat


Cliffs of Phi Phi Island

Cliffs of Phi Phi Island


Monkey swimming to shore

Monkey swimming to shore


Eating banana

Eating banana


Khai Nai Island

Khai Nai Island


Khai Nai Island

Khai Nai Island


Khai Nai Island

Khai Nai Island


Landing place at Phi Phi Lei Island

Landing place at Phi Phi Lei Island


Climbing ladder to Loh Sama Bay

Climbing ladder to Loh Sama Bay


Me on Phi Phi Lei Island

Me on Phi Phi Lei Island


Loh Sama Bay

Loh Sama Bay


Ladder into Loh Sama Bay

Ladder into Loh Sama Bay


Tide coming through the rocks below the ladde

Tide coming through the rocks below the ladde


Long tail boat

Long tail boat


Phi Phi Don Island

Phi Phi Don Island


Maya Beach - the water really is that colour

Maya Beach - the water really is that colour


Maya Beach

Maya Beach


Boat trip

Boat trip


Walk across Phi Phi Don Island

Walk across Phi Phi Don Island


Pileh Cove

Pileh Cove


Seafood Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant


Prawns

Prawns


My dinner - nice but not enough!

My dinner - nice but not enough!


Banana & Choc pancake

Banana & Choc pancake

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Thailand

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