Beach after beach after beach…
It’s an understatement to say that Ko Phi Phi’s smaller sister islands surrounding it have beautiful beaches.
Allison and I took a boat tour to Ko Phi Phi Lei and Bamboo Island. There were just 9 of us on the boat, including other tourists, our driver/guide Mr. Dang and his assistant.
Our first stop on our boat tour was to Monkey Beach.
It’s a tourist trap for monkey pics. The monkeys seem like they’re used to people; and the tourists feed the monkeys so much, they weren’t all that hungry.
Allison tried to give fruit to the animals, but they didn’t take it. Clearly, we weren’t the first tourists to arrive on Monkey Island with food.
We rode around on our longtail boat, as our next destination was a little while away and Mr. Dang kept pointing out great photo ops. He kept saying, “Good photo! Good photo!” At first not everyone took out their cameras… then we realized he was right, and knew exactly where the beautiful spots were so we snapped away, cameras in hand. This is me taking a self-protrait from my seat right on the tail of the longtail boat.
We went off to do some snorkeling, then to our next slice of paradise.
After nearly an hour, we arrived at Maya Bay. This is the beach where the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, “The Beach” was filmed.
We had lunch and hung out on Maya Bay.
Then, Mr. Dang took us to another location for some more snorkeling, after which we cruised to Bamboo Island.
We capped the day off by watching the sunset over the rocks from our boat:
Then it was back to the dock at Ko Phi Phi.
After dinner, Allison and I ran into T&E in the maze of the Ko Phi Phi market and nightclubs. (It’s not a big island.) I had been worrying a little about coordinating plans. I’ve decided to stop worrying about the situation now though, and just let go and do my thing. I have to trust that everything will work itself out in the end.
I really am having a blast. I’ve been seeing so much but also surprisingly I’ve had some time to relax. I’m almost done my third book, and I have 2 more to read while on vacation. There are book exchange shops everywhere, and once Allison and I finish reading our books and exchanging them with each other, we then exchange them with the shops or other tourists.
Anyway, tonight it my last night with Allison for a few days. Tomorrow I’m off to Phuket island, then to Bali, and she and I will reconnect after a few more stops in Beijing, China. What would we do without email?