06.30.2019 - 06.30.2019 96 °F
This morning we had been told we had to be at the bottom of the hill at 8:30, but we got a call at about 7:30 that our driver would be there at 8, so we had to kind of scramble. After he picked us up, he made a couple more stops to pick up others, then we drove for about 45 minutes or so, to the other side of Phuket. There, we got on a large speedboat with way too many others - we were crammed in like sardines. The brochure said 4 islands and 8 points of interest (??...) Not my shining moment as far as excursion choosing, wouldn’t do this one again, but overall we had a good day.
We first rode in the boat for about an hour, to get to Monkey Beach - and the name means it. We were not allowed to take anything to eat or drink off the boat, and were discouraged from taking anything other than what we planned to hold on to, and we saw why! A monkey drank a bottle of juice just like we would, and rummaged through a guy’s shirt and hat before finding and eating a bag of food someone had brought (not from our group). They were fun to watch, and this was also a beautiful beach with great swimming conditions.
After that, we went around to the other side of Phi Phi (fee fee) island, where we ate lunch. It was a Muslim restaurant, so we had to take off our shoes and wash our feet before entering (even though it was open-air), and there was no pork or beef (it was chicken and seafood and I liked it, though Nudi didn’t think it was spicy enough). After lunch we had time to go to the beach (opposite side of where boats were parked, and almost deserted!) for a bit before getting back on the boat. It was hard to swim, though, because the water was only about knee deep, even way far out!
There are so many boats that come here, that they all back in and bumper up tight together - if there’s a space that looks like it MIGHT be big enough, they just back in, bumping/pushing the other boats! :0
We then went to an area off land where we had some time to snorkel. This really redeemed the trip - probably the best snorkeling I’ve ever done. So many beautiful fish, corals, etc!
After that, we rode again for awhile, stopping near a few places to hear about them (but I couldn’t really hear and his English wasn’t great, so I’m not sure...) including a beach that is no longer open because of too many visitors/ preservation, and a beach (same one?) where some movie was filmed and apparently the next Fast and Furious will be filmed soon.
Our last stop was Khai Island, where the sand and setting were beautiful, but near and in the water there was so much coral and the water was so rough that it was hard to walk or swim, so we found a little bar playing Bob Marley (and with a ‘real’ Bob Marley juggling beer bottles in the sand out front) and relaxed in the shade for most of our time there.
We got dropped at the bottom of the hill when we returned, so hiked up, got cleaned up, and went back down for dinner, then up again. We were going to taxi, but the place we ate tonight was right at the bottom, so it seemed a little silly (at least at the bottom it did!). When we got back, there was a bottle of wine waiting for us from our host - we decided to chill it and drink it tomorrow.
We again played cards on the girls’ balcony before heading in to the “air con” as everyone here and in Europe call it.
Can’t believe tomorrow is our last day in Thailand!