Next Destination: Koh Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand
So the travel continued and by noon of the next day, we booked our ferry tickets from the hotel worth 600 THB per person inclusive of one way ticket to Koh Phi Phi and a minibus ride that would take us to Rassada Pier or Phuket Ferry Pier (it is actually cheaper than getting a taxi or a tuk-tuk to drive us there).
Weather was still sunny even though the forecast told us the opposite. Upon entering the ferry, a movie was about to start so we found good seats and relaxed. You know what the movie was? TITANIC. And we were about to conquer the sea. Just awesome. In the middle of the journey (travel time is two hours) it rained… yeah, just what the forecast said.
Upon arriving, we looked for our hotel which took us a lot of time because it was drizzling and we also got a little lost. The name of the hotel is Phi Phi Arboreal Resort and it was way up the hill to Viewpoint. (Please don’t ask me about the hotel, it was good but not good enough for what we have paid for. The view from the balcony was beautiful though.)
After a little rest, we roamed the streets and tried to get each turn familiar (which is quite difficult because there are a lot of intersections and shops and restaurants of the the same kind). We walked to the beachside where the real “night life” was and found ourselves hooked watching fire jugglers.
We didn’t stayed there to have a drink by the way because it was more expensive compared to the bars inside the little “city” of Koh Phi Phi. And I found out that this picture below is their kind of “bucket”.
We barhopped and stopped in this happy little bar called Kongsiam with an awesome live band playing (oh, the guy on vocals! 😍 ).
The next day, it was quite drizzling again and we went out a little late for brunch. We stopped by a Scuba Diving shop called Seafrog Diving Center for my short exam (since it was my first time while Kenny was already a certified rescue diver) for an early discovery dive tomorrow.
In the afternoon, we went out for island tour in Koh Phi Phi Leh, Monkey Island and Maya Bay (which we didn’t checked out because there was an additional fee to enter Maya Bay, 400 THB per person if I remember it right.)
It was fun snorkelling even though the fishes seem to love me a bit, I was poked quite a few times! The day ended with another barhopping and food sessions until we got tired and went back to our hotel to rest around 1am.
But…let me tell you about our dinner that night. I am telling you now, if you are looking for the best place to eat local Thai food, go to Papaya Restaurant! This one is the best!
This is their Curry Massaman which is one of their best sellers, it tastes really good you would want to ask for more!
And this is their Fried White Snapper with a very delicious sauce! Price? All cheap in less than 150 THB good for sharing!
Third day, we checked out early and left our bags in Seafrog Diving Center and set off to the waters for our two sessions of discovery dive. We were assisted by Jonathan Giafferi, our French diving instructor.
Unfortunately for my first dive, as we were having my demo of his instructions, I was bitten by a fish! That made me lose my focus. Jonathan saw me struggling with something on my feet and he saw the fish that was attacking me. He pulled me somewhere else and we continued our demo. He thought that the reason why the fish bit me a few times was that maybe I unintentionally bothered its nest of eggs. The photo shows three but it wasn’t just three. I had five bites! 😭
Anyway, the dive was fun! Initially, I had a hard time breathing through my mouth plus I don’t like the taste of the water, it dried my oral mucosa. I focused on my ears’ pressure, I tried to remember all the instructions and after a few minutes, I am 👌!
The second dive was even more wonderful! The fishes, corals, oh! Nature has beautifully crafted the little masterpieces underwater! As much as I would like to explore more, our oxygen is limited and we had to return before we even finished what we have left. It was enjoyable and exciting and lovely! And guess what, I found Nemo and Dory! So you don’t have to look for them. 😁
Tadah! I have a certificate that I survived Scuba Diving! 😂👌👊👍📄
That ends our Koh Phi Phi Islands trip. After diving, we rode the ferry back to Phuket to have a stroll in Phuket Old Town. Follow the next blog! 😆