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Koh Phi Phi Islands

sunny 32 °C

It was sad to leave Krabi Island behind, and the early start made it even sadder, but we gobbled up our last fabulous breakfast at the Centara Resort, snatched up a mini tub of plain yogurt from the buffet for Zavian to have with his lunch (he has become a total yogurt lover on holiday) and hopped aboard our ferry to the Koh Phi Phi Islands. It lasted about 3 hours and and rained a little, but fingers crossed it would be brighter in Phi Phi. We passed some gorgeous islands on the way, including Chicken Island, which we didn't have a chance to visit, but perhaps next time. See if you can make out the chicken head and neck in the second photo.

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We first arrived in Phi Phi's Tonsai Bay, from where we would have to take a longtail boat to our hotel. The Phi Phi Islands are along the western Andaman seacoast. It is made up of 2 islands, Phi Phi Don, the larger of the two and the only one with permanent inhabitants. Phi Phi Ley is also visited for its beaches, and of course, Maya Bay, where the movie The Beach was filmed (hello Leonardo!). Tonsai Bay is the only port, and our hotel was a 40 minute longtail ride away. We didn't really know how secluded our hotel was, and how easy it would be to get back to Tonsai Bay, so I decided we needed to stock up on baby supplies. We couldn't haul all our luggage and baby around Tonsai Bay, so Naim stayed with the bags and haggled with some boat drivers on a price to get to the hotel while I strapped baby on for a mission for formula and nappies. I first checked 7-11 (they are everywhere in Thailand, even on tiny islands!), but no luck. Then the pharmacy next door, who told me I should check the grocery store. I eventually found it and low and behold, all the formula info was in Thai! From my baby item research before the trip, I could recognise the brands and wanted to get Wyeth S-26, which is closest to what Zavian used while we were in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, I couldn't read the age or anything else for that matter! So I had to ask the woman at the register who tried to explain to me in broken English, and I just hoped she was right (then later needed someone at the hotel to translate the directions). So I bought that and some nappies and thanked the lord I stocked up Zavian's jarred food while in Krabi which had a much larger selection compared to NONE in Phi Phi. By then it had started raining hard so I opened up my umbrella (word of advice, never listen to your husband when he tells you there is no need to pack an umbrella for your trip to Asia during monsoon season) and we raced back to Naim. All aboard to the hotel!

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Our hotel in the distance
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It was a good thing we stocked up, as we learned upon arrival that there is no way to get anywhere without taking a boat, as the interior of the island is all jungle and you can't walk it and there are no cars! We arrived at The Holiday Inn Phi Phi. The hotel grounds are lush and tropical and they have a very nice beach, but all the activity is centered around the hotel and the activities it offers. You must eat all your meals there (unless you discover the hidden gem, Jasmin restaurant, but no staff will tell you about it, thank you Tripadvisor), and book your boats at hotel prices (unless you find the same boat guys who work for the hotel but will give you cheaper prices if you book with them, and coincidentally they are located right next to Jasmin). We didn't like the bungalow they gave us, and the baby cot they had for Zavian must have been a child's prison in a former life (it was grey, metal and a recipe for disaster), so I asked the manager if we could change rooms. We read on Tripadvisor that there is a newer section of the resort and we were going to try our hardest to get into one of those rooms! So I followed this tiny little manager man around (who I swear was wearing makeup) and who was probably the most uncheerful Thai person I had met thus far on the trip. He reluctantly let us take the furthest room away in the new section, told us he couldn't put a baby cot in the room and that he really should charge us another 1000 bhat per night for the room, but he didn't, and we were happy as the room was a million times better and had a great back porch with a semi-ocean view where we could chill out while Zavian napped. Some pics of the resort.

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How often do you see a sign like this?
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Or this one?
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Also, we arrived just in time for toad mating season. We, amongst the other hotel guests, were astounded by the extremely loud croaking that began for 2 nights around dusk. We had never heard such a sound, and there were thousands. Here's a pic of a little one that crossed our path.
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Our time here was very relaxed. Maybe too relaxed as after a while we started to get a little bored. Perhaps 3 nights would have been sufficient in Phi Phi. Can't complain too much though! We did some crab searching at low tide, enjoyed gorgeous sunsets from their Sunset Bar, swam and just chilled out.
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Delicious meals on the beach at Jasmin.
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Our big adventure was a early morning longtail boat ride to Phi Phi Ley, to check out some of the amazing beauty, and of course The Beach. IMG_2123.jpg
Viking Caves where you can find bird's nests for bird's nest soup! See the bamboo scaffolding they climb.
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Phi Phi Lagoon, or "Blue Lagoon." The most stunning and serene spot. We were the only boat inside.
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Maya Beach, The Beach, was pretty, but if you arrive after 10 AM is packed with tourists. It is a pretty beach, but there is an extra set of cliffs the moviemakers added to the background, to make it look like a lagoon, which it really isn't. We learned that the residents were really upset after the making of the film, because of some damage to the beaches by all their boats and equipment, but the tsunami later wiped it all out and actually restored the land back to its original beauty. No Leonardo at the beach, to my dismay!
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Tonsai Bay, where we did our baby shopping.
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And take a look at the teeth progression. First in Italy, second in Thailand!
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Posted by jknazef 23:50 Archived in Thailand Tagged beach the thailand phi maya Comments (0)

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