Krabi > Koh Phi Phi Don
08.17.2015 - 08.17.2015 35 °C
Our third day of travel began waking up in a room much too cold, which was a godsend given the humidity. Have I mentioned how humid this place is? Our windows had so much condensation you couldn't see out of them. And when I opened them, this mangie fellow freaked. There are cats everywhere, with the occasional dog. They all seem to look alike..
We took a short walk down to the river before breakfast to take pictures of some of the sculpture we saw last night at the night market and to enjoy the view.
From there, we wandered into the heart of Krabi Town to get some good breakfast -- soup and curry. While walking back to our place, we stumbled upon a temple and had to check it out.
Those dragon stairs sucked after a big meal....
We hurriedly said goodbye to our host, who was still lounging on the couch in the lobby as his grandfather smoked a cig at 8am and headed off to catch our shuttle to the pier.
I read a travel blog before I left on this trip that began commenting on how superficial a lot of social media has become. We post the good or the terribly bad, but none of the in between. There is no sense of journey or lull. So, true to that notion, here's our two hour ferry ride and the people we rode it with.
Side note... This. This is not ok. This is like the man bun, but way, way worse.
Our ferry took us from Krabi Town to Koh Phi Phi and straight into a rain storm. The view was spectacular as everything changed from ocean and sun to dark clouds, rain, and jagged islands reaching far into the sky.
After a bit of rain and another beer, and the sky cleared up. Our "taxi boat" showed up to bring us to our resort, which is a long wooden boat with an old engine strapped to a metal structure turning the propeller.
The "long tail" boats are everywhere. Getting to and from any place criss-crosses a handful of other long tails and speed boats, usually getting quite close to one another.
We got to our resort, and after a brief disagreement with the host with the amount of time we would be spending here, we were taken to our little hut.
After getting settled, we opened the door to the balcony and this is our current view..
The place is beautiful, tranquil and exotic. I went snorkling and immediately became enfatuated with the sea life. Schools of fish, some silver, some white, others look like a neon light show - teal body with a red underbelly, an aqua blue stripe along its spine and yellow tipped fins. They're absolutely gorgeous. I was out for over 1.5 hrs and immediately felt the effects of this sun on my back, even after twice applying 55 spf sunscreen. Oops.
A small meal at our local restaurant and it was off to bed in our mosquito net covered bed. Tomorrow, snorkling around the island and more adventure.
Important note: we are NOT in Bangkok and didn't hear about the bombing until the next morning. It seems like with the timing, we were already safely in Krabi Town drinking beers in an eccentric Rastafarian bar before anything went off. We will be checking in on the news and with the U.S. Embassy to get their recommendation on safety in Bangkok in the upcoming weeks. If it is too dangerous for foreigners, we will unfortunately, most likely skip the city and reorganize our trip. But for now, we're in a very safe place, far away from any twisted minds and any danger. Keep your thoughts with those that lost their lives and/or family members.
Until next time!