27.03.2009 95 °F
we're now in phuket, which is like a mini bangkok. After ko samui we got the ferry over to ko Tao which is a small island north of ko samui. We stayed in raised bungalow's right next to the beach, which was cool. The beach was awsome and the sea was nice and blue! the island is best known for diving, so one day we went on a trip with the whole group snorkeling all the way around the island. the boat itself wasnt the best as it was only a small fishing boat and as it was st. paddy's day the night before everone was feeling a bit sea sick! The snorkeling was amazing and the coral was full of fish and also sharks! Baby sharks swam around us, it was pretty scary but apparantly they dont eat humans so were still here now with all of our limbs attatched, which is good! Charly swam into the shallow coral and cut her foot up, but after some lovely iodine shes fine now. When it was time to leave ko tao, the trip was going back to bangkok and was ending there, but as we'd had such a great time down south on the islands we decided to leave the group and travel to ko phang gan, which is another small island in the area. We were also travveling with a few people from the trip aswell as they decided to do the same thing.
We got the ferry from ko tao to ko phang gna the next day, we stayed in these really nice bungalows again that were right on a deserted beach! We walked down the beach for aroudn an hour and got to the main town where they have all the fullmoon parties! unfortunately we wernt there at the right time to go to any, but was cool to see the island anyways!
After ko phang gan we travelled by ferry - bus - small jeep - goat - and finnally mini-bus to get all the was across the southern part of thiland Phuket (where we are now). After a mad journey and some crazy taxi rides we stayed a night in phuket then travveled the next day to ko Phi Phi. There are two islands ko phi phi don and ko phi phi le. The second one is the island where the film 'the beach' was filmed, which we took a trip over to and it was just like paradise! We stayed in a really nice hotel in phi phi which had a nice pool and free all you can eat breakfast in the morning which was pure luxury to us! The island was cool as there are no cars allowed so there is just small cobble streets and nutter locals on push bikes! We met back up with two people from our trip on phi phi and stayed about five nights. The island was hit by the tsunami in 04 so there was parts that were still being re-built, so we visited the small tsunami memorial which was moving. One day we rented kyaks out for 4 hours which cost us around (300 THB = 6pounds!) we paddeled all the way around the bay to a part called monkey island, but unfortunately after two attempts to see them they had all gone too bed too early for us, so we didnt see any! I also managed to get us stuck on a rock and snapped the paddle trying to shimmy us off! (oops). Weather was amazing on the island apart from the odd tropical downpour. When we kyaked out we saw a huge wind funnel out at sea, it looked like a tornado and was sucking water up into the sky! amazing! I also managed to get nice and sunburnt the true british way, and then bought some moisteriser which was actually some 'white lotion' which the thai women use to make their skin whiter so they can look like geishas, (which is the complete opposite of what we were going for!)
Anyways we are having an excellent time out here and we will be leaving back to bangkok in a few days and then off to sydney a few days later! cant wait for OZ but we have just about climatised here in Thailand so will deffinatly be coming back at some point!
Hope all is well back home, and the weather is good (hee hee).
Take care, Charly and Josh x x x