08.25.2015 36 °C
After taking that ridiculous ferry over to the island, neither Kim nor I were in the greatest of moods. We got our bags and walked around for a bit before finally picking the spot closest to us with AC for the night. We woke up late (like 7am) and got to wandering around. These first two were some of the more pleasant bugs in our vicinity.
We managed to make arrangements for our next hotel the previous night with an employee working for the scuba shop I'd be diving with but I decided to put that on hold for a day and just have some down time to read and enjoy the place I was in. Thailand is full of cats and dogs, but the cats like to come up to you more often. This little fellow wouldn't leave us alone and layed down right next to me.
After a bit of lounging, we wandered the island and ran into this little lady. Interactions with the locals is great because they're islanders. Their lifestyle is so laid back and friendly, that every pseudo-conversation is full of laughter and exuberance.
Realizing that we were actually really hungry, we grabbed a spot right on the beach for some Chang (which we would later be told is unregulated in its alcohol content and can lead to disastrous nights) and delicious Masaman curry. That dish is quickly becoming my staple over here. Spicy peanut curry with big chunks of potatoe and onions with veggies and meat (chic, pork, beef, etc).
This little guy wanted to drink my Chang.
Here's a view of the Main Street we used during our time on Koh Phi Phi to give you a sense of how narrow it all is.
We got to our bungalow to relax for the day with this view.
Here's the restaurant and our scuba shop. Really great place with some fun instructors and employees. They really do exemplify the simple life here.
Later that day we rented a scooter to explore the island...
... Right before it started to rain. Good thing it only lasts for an hour or so.
We rode the bike up and over to get to the "view point" hike route.
There are absolutely no markings, so this is what we thought was the "view point."
Fortunately, we found the actual view point. The entrance was through a 3 foot crack in the rock, which led to the other side with a platform of rock and this view. This is the view looking back at Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand.
Here's a view looking out away from Thailand into the gulf of Thailand on the opposite side of the island after another 30 minutes of hiking.
We found Cairne village at the top!!
Apparently a few other people have been here before us... Pretty sweet little place.
Another Pano, of the southern side of the island. This place is beautiful. My favorite place in Thailand so far.
Here's a view of the walk back down through the jungle. Would be absolutely terrifying at night, but it really was a proper jungle hike.
After yet another long day, we relaxed on the beach. These guys walked back and forth with pineapple, mango, or an entire grill set to cook meat for tourists. This entire country is based around tourism.
And yet another beautiful sunset.