We had a morning flight out of Singapore to Phuket, Thailand! (And it is pronounced poo-ket.) We came to a little surprise at our gate… We were already in the terminal, but they had another security checkpoint right at our gate. So we lost out water bottles and mosquito spray. Feels like we’re in the US again with all of these silly restrictions.
After we landed at the Phuket airport, we took a taxi to the ferry terminal to head out to Koh Phi Phi Island (koh-pee-pee island)!! There were no seats left, so we sat on some benches across from these really loud and obnoxious French Arabs… That was a long 2 hours!
Once we got to the island, we walked around looking for a place to stay for the next couple days. It was really hot and with heavy backpacks, it wasn’t the most enjoyable time. All the hostels and guest houses we stopped at were booked, so we walked away from the hustle and bustle of the port area and found a little resort. It was a bit of a splurge for us at about $53 per night! A cute little room with a porch and a 2 minute walk (if that) to the water!
After we dropped our stuff off in our room, we walked around a little bit and got some smoothies. My Oreo smoothie was delicious! We found a trail out to Long Beach. It was a nice, long walk/hike through the jungle and past some beaches and bungalows… Worth it! We found a nice spot in the sand and I headed straight for the water! Oh my goodness! The water felt soooo good! Somewhere right between cool and warm… Perfect! Karima joined me a little later and we were chatting with these two girls from England for a while. While we were chatting, I kept feeling these little pokes. Apparently, there’s a little organism in the water and their bites feel like mosquito bites, but they don’t leave any marks.
After we got out of the water and dried off, we walked back and stopped at a little restaurant for dinner. We got a little table with seats on the floor facing the water. Beautiful view!! We were also watching some guys practice for the fire show that happens every night. Pretty cool!
Day 2 on Koh Phi Phi
Our second day there, we slept in a little bit and then found a little restaurant for a small breakfast, coffee, free wi-fi, reading, and people watching! We hung out there for quite a while. Not too bad of a view either!
Then we walked around for a little shopping and I got a cute little delicious cupcake! Shopping here is all about bargaining, which I’m not particularly good at I don’t think. But they came down on their prices pretty easily, so it wasn’t too bad! The smoothie of the day was apple!
I had heard about this in Korea, but one of my co-teachers said it’s cheaper in Thailand and since I was planning on coming here I should just wait. So awesome! You first go in and have your feet washed and rinsed by a woman about 15 times.
Then she takes you over to a little tank filled with tiny fish. Once you put your feet in, it takes a little bit for the fish to get used to you and then they just dive in for the buffet of dead skin on your feet! It tickled sooo much!
It was hard to stay still, but if you move, you’ll scare the fish away. I eventually got used to it, but I would still get surprised by an overwhelming tickling sensation when the fish would try to get in between my toes!
There were also two little Chinese girls in there for their 2nd day in a row… They LOVED it! 🙂
Then we spent another lovely afternoon on the beach and stayed until the sun started setting!!
For dinner, we got dressed up in some cute little dresses and went out on the town! After a lovely meal of fried noodles, fried shrimp, and a mojito, we took a little stroll around to check out what else was going on. We stopped and watched a little bit of a fire show, had some ice cream, and sat on the ocean wall while looking out at the boats and the stars. A lovely time for our last night here!
Day 3 on Koh Phi Phi
We got up early this last morning so we could take one more trip out to Long Beach. Halfway there, I was thinking about the ferry schedule, the time it takes to get from the ferry terminal to the airport, and our flight later that day. We couldn’t remember if our flight was at 5 pm or 7 pm. If it was at 7 pm, we could take the later ferry like we planned, but if it was 5 pm, we’d have to take the early ferry and wouldn’t make that if we went to the beach. So we walked back to our room to check and found that our flight is going to be at 7 pm. (A good lesson… Make sure you KNOW when your flight times are!) By that time, it was too late to walk back to Long Beach and actually be able to enjoy ourselves. So we just had the buffet breakfast at our resort… Not the greatest. Then we just did our own thing until we had to check out.
After checking out, we left our bags at the desk and ventured off for a couple hours before our ferry was scheduled to leave. We ended up just getting some fruit smoothies (strawberry!) and sitting on the beach close to the port.
There were a few women there that were laying on the beach topless. It’s so strange to me, coming from Wisconsin and Korea (where Korean women are so modest, with the exception of really short skirts), to see women here not care about showing themselves off at all. I love my boobs, but I’m not willing to show them off to a whole beach full of strangers and wandering eyes. If we were at a beach where everyone was topless, then maybe… but I don’t know. I also think it’s very important to respect the culture of different countries when traveling, especially considering that it is against the law to go topless on a beach in Thailand and it makes Thai people extremely uncomfortable. (When traveling, make sure you look into what’s appropriate and not appropriate for dress attire in the places you’ll be visiting!) There was also a woman there, who was as dark as a Crayola Brown Crayon, caking on her sun oils and soaking up as much rays as she could… Yikes! I do like a little color, but this just looks revolting to me and potentially really dangerous!
Then we headed to the port to catch the ferry back to Phuket.