Poi, Parties, and Muslim Prayers
25.06.2013 - 27.06.2013 30 °C
Party central. If you are looking to travel to Thailand for beautiful beaches, clear blue water, and parties, then this is your island. Stepping off the ferry from Phuket, you are led through mazes of markets in search of a guest house. Not only are the Thai people looking to sell you their goods, food, and massage, then you need to add in the Aussies looking to take you diving. Quite an interesting mix. After finding our guest house, we set off to take a dip in the sea and find a cool place to lay on the beach. As day turns to evening, the tourists head to the clubs to party it up and watch the locals play with fire...fire poi that is. This continues until about 5am and then they do it all over again.
The locals are mainly Muslim on the island and so five times a day, you can hear the Muslim prayers over the loud speaker no matter where you are on the island. The locals tolerate the young party goers but you can see the discomfort they feel when people are walking around the markets in just about nothing due to the extreme temps.
We fortunately met a couple from Ireland and England on the beach our first day and asked if they would like to share a long tail boat to explore Koh Phi Phi Ley(the island where "The Beach" was filmed). They gladly joined in and we set off the following morning. Our guide, Bob Marley, took us to some of the most beautiful coves to swim and snorkel in and drove us completely around the island. The minute you jump in the water, you feel as though you are in an aquarium. The fish come right up to you and kiss your skin.
Sunset led us to a magnificent viewpoint where you can take in the whole island. Ko Phi Phi was hit very hard in the tsunami of 2004 and you can see why when you hike to the viewpoint. The majority of people are packed on a small strip of land between two stunning beaches leaving no where to run when an influx of water takes over. This island is great to see and experience for about two nights...then it's time to hitch a ferry to your next destination.