Southeast Asian Adventure Part 4: Ko Phi Phi

Continuing on the recap of our trip…

After two weeks of backpacking and site-seeing in Bangkok, Luang Prabang, and Siem Reap, we were eager to hit the beach for the final week of our Southeast Asia adventure. We had two such places in Thailand lined up, and the first one to visit was the island of Ko Phi Phi.

It took the better part of the day to reach Ko Phi Phi. Flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok and then on to Phuket, car ride from the airport to the Ao Port marina on the east side of Phuket, and then a 90 minute catamaran to Phi Phi Island Village, a nice resort on the northeast part of the island, fairly isolated from the more hectic center.

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We were there for about three days and did relatively little more than eat, drink, and hang out by the pool – which was just fine.

Saturday (4/2): Arrival. Greeted with a nice Pina Colada. checked into our villa, relaxed at the sunset bar, filled up at the “highlights of Asia” buffet dinner.

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Sunday (4/3): Relaxing breakfast, checked out the activities center, bummed around the pool most of the day, and again filled up at the “Regions of Thailand” buffet dinner.

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Monday (4/4): Breakfast, two-dive scuba trip to Maya Bay near the island of Ko Phi Phi Leh. Due to the recent storms, the visibility and amount of marine life was a little less than stellar, but compared to diving in the frigid waters of the Puget Sound (where I did my certification dives), it was pretty amazing (and warm!). Meagan did some snorkeling while I was down below. My dive buddy, Jan from Germany, was really nice. Ko Phi Phi Leh, incidentally, is the location where they filmed the Leo DiCaprio movie “The Beach”. It was chosen for its unspoiled and idyllic setting, which was indeed quite amazing, but the amount of tour boats there now kind of take away from that. Fortunately, since we were parked a little offshore, we didn’t have to pay the entrance fee.

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After diving, we relaxed some more back at the pool before finishing off with a non-buffer dinner at the beautiful Ruan Thai restaurant overlooking the rest of the resort. I started the meal with a spicy caiparinha that nearly destroyed all my taste buds.

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Tuesday (4/5): Departure day. I got up early to take some sunrise photographs. It was a little cloudier than the day before but it was still quite beautiful. We had one last tropical buffet breakfast before checking out and catching the catamaran back to Phuket Island.

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Our first two weeks of adventure in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia was a ton of fun, but it was nice to wind down the trip with some mellow beach relaxation. And even though we were sad to leave Phi Phi Island, we were happy to know that we had a few more days of bumming around in store.

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