Asha’s 26th birthday was celebrated in style, on a beach on the far side of Phi Phi Island in the Andaman sea. When you find a place like this, its hard to leave, and we kept extending our time on the island, eventually leaving after 6 days.
When the bungalows were fully booked the staff even let us sleep on the massage platform next to the water – like some poor, lost backpackers with nowhere to go except sleep in a beachside paradise.
Koh Phi Phi has a bit of a mixed reputation. The collecting of islands in the Andaman Sea became famous at the setting for Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie ‘The Beach’ – but I will do another post about that. Its real castaway kinda stuff out here. Soft white sand, warm blue water, coral reefs, jagged cliffs that come screaming up from the depths, bungalows.
Phi Phi’s main town of Tonsai is a bit crazy, and apparently is a bit of a party town. But if you want a real ‘get away from it all experience’, I cant recommend Relax Beach Resort on the far side of the island highly enough.
Get a boat from Phuket to Phi Phi, a longtail boat from the Tonsai jetty, and you will arrive to a remarkable scene. A collecting of bungalows emerge from the forrest, scattered along a sandy white beach. No electricity during the day, a sandy beachside bar, hammocks and massages.
There is plenty to do – if you like not doing much. What did we do for five days? Not sure. One day we went on an 8-hour island hopping expedition on one of the longtail boats. We visited 5 or 6 islands, went swimming in lagoons, hand-fed schools of fish and beach-loving monkeys, and snorkelled till our chests hurt. Asha got bitten by two fish, and had to swim through a sea of jellyfish to get back to our dive boat (unsuccessfully), and I got sunburnt in the shade.
But mostly we just sat on the sand and looked out at the ocean.