Our next stop was Krabi for one night so we could catch the ferry to Phi Phi. The weather in Krabi was cloudy and rainy, apparently the typhoon was still affecting the weather, so we were hoping the island would be sunnier. Phi Phi is as beautiful as everyone said, and thankfully the weather improved for us. There aren’t any roads on the island which made a nice change 🙂
Every night the beach comes alive with beach bars putting on a fire show – they use circus equipment like poi, devil sticks and poles which they set on fire. There was also a burning skipping rope and a burning hoop! We had a great night dancing on the beach (although Kels had 25 bites on one leg the next day!).
The following morning we went on a boat to other parts of Phi Phi. There were about 20 of us crammed on to a long boat! We had the chance to swim and snorkel but the highlight was going to the infamous Maya Bay (where The Beach was filmed). It was pretty busy as lots of tourist boats go there each day but it couldn’t take away from the beautiful blue waters and towering cliffs. (Sadly we didn’t have the iPod so won’t be able to put any photos up of this!).
Now we are on the ferry heading to Koh Lanta, our last new stop before heading to Bangkok for our flight home. Excited and sad in equal parts.
Lots of love xxxx
After Koh Chang we went on a very long journey to reach Khao Sok National Park – van, ferry, van, overnight train, taxi! The train was definitely an experience, we each had our own little bunk with a curtain to pull across. The bottom bunk was converted from seats into a bed at night time. We slept surprisingly well despite seeing quite a few cockroaches and the awful toilets!
When we reached the national park we spent the first night in a treehouse! We had to keep all the doors and windows shut so the monkeys wouldn’t steal our belongings. Here we went on a 2 hour guided canoe trip – a lovely 18 year old lad rowed us down the river and pointed out all the birds and flowers. There were a few rapids, one larger one when we ended up floating into a bush!
Our next night in the national park was spent in a floating hut in the middle of Chieow Lan Lake (it was literally kept afloat with bamboo and empty plastic barrels). We could swim and kayak and soak up this amazing place. We were told that the water in the lake was the same water in the showers so washed our hair in the lake as all the locals were doing!
Got quite a bit to fill you in on! After Chiang Mai we went to the island of Koh Chang for some sun and sand. Our accommodation was converted fisherman huts on stilts on the river and to get to the beach you had to kayak for 5 mins. It was a great location and we spent 4 nights here sunbathing on the beach and relaxing. Cordelia was happy cos there 2 lovely golden retriever dogs at Baan Rin Nam – Brownie and Santa – who spent most of their time splashing about underneath the huts 🙂 On one day we kayaked to the other side of the river and then walked to a water fall for a swim. We had a great time here and didn’t want to leave!