Boat, Bus, Boat.. Koh Phi Phi!
We woke up at the crack of dawn today to embark on a long day of travel. Our destination was the island of Koh Phi Phi and we had an array of transportation methods to get us there. First we took a from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani where we boarded a bus to chauffeur us to Kerabi and finally we floated on a ferry to the island of Koh Phi Phi.
We arrived at the Phi Phi boat docks in the late afternoon where a surplus of wooden long tail boats waited to take us to our hotel. We tried to haggle with the overabundance of boat drivers but they were all stuck on the same price. I quickly learned that bargaining was not in their vocabulary.
We tossed our bags on board and hoisted ourselves up a rickety metal ladder into the boat. It was a short 5 minute boat ride along the coast to a stretch of beach called Long Beach.
We unloaded our stuff and checked in to our next temporary home; Blue Sky Resort.
We got a great deal on a little beach bungalow, a 50% discount, because we agreed to allow them to shut off our air-conditioning from noon to 5pm each day. The things you’ll do to save a buck.
This is one of the first hotels that we’ve stayed in that did not have a restaurant attached to it, so we decided to roam the boardwalk to see what was out there. Luckily right next door to us was a big resort which had internet, wifi, a restaurant and spa; perfect. We could save money and stay in our budget bungalow and head next door to the big fancy resort for all the amenities! What moochers we are!
We sat down at P.P. Family Restaurant and enjoyed a gorgeous view of the ocean, only a few feet away. We ordered some traditional Thai cuisine and indulged in a delectable dragon fruit smoothie!
We walked up and down the Long Beach strip getting price quotes on boat trips, fishing, and scuba diving, which were all pretty expensive. We watched a nice sunset at the Buddha Bar, the only bar within walking distance of our hotel.
As we were racking our first game of pool we met Lupe. A 20 something nurse from Los Angeles. None of her friends could afford to go with her but that didn’t stop her from venturing out into the world by herself.
We grabbed a drink talked for a while and were surprised how much we had in common. As the night fell we lounged on the beach outside of the Buddha Bar, chatting with our new friend and watched fire-spinners entertain us with their flame dances before calling it a night.
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