Richard left Phuket then me, Bas and Bert left by ferry the same morning. It was weird not having Richard there, I didn't wanna hang around!!
I knew whatever happened in Phi Phi it would be so much different to my haphazard first visit with Beca and I'd be some kind of "safe" (from myself;) with the boys.
We hadn't pre-booked anywhere to stay "we'll do it when we get there". I'd read reviews on a few places in our price range (around 500tb, £10) and they all looked rough so we hoped for a little bargain miracle on arrival ..
One of the places I had already checked out and avoided booking was Golden Hill Bungalows, the reviews were awful. Of course we ended up staying there "it's the only place within our budget". I'm so glad we got to check it out for ourselves, we loved it there!!
Wild monkeys jump on the roofs in the morning, the family owners were lovely and their little twin daughters were so cute!! "Jack nearly drowned one of them in the pool and made her cry", oopsy.
The pool was great for chilling in the day and for meeting new people too - lesson learnt, don't always disregard somewhere because of reviews (some people just like moaning about everything!!), check it for yourself.
Phi Phi welcomed me with open arms this time .. I knew the layout of the island, what to expect, the kind of things that could potentially go wrong .. we had nights of pure madness on the beach "he just stripped and did the fire limbo, backwards, naked holding his balls!!" but we did some "touristy" things too so this visit was all the more special.
Bits from Phi Phi part 2;
- One of the first nights on the beach I told the boys I was "going back to bed" only to be discovered hours later outside a tattoo parlour with pen all over my neck "Bas! You've saved me, take me home friend!!". I woke up in the morning in panic mode "is it a tattoo? oh fuck oh fuck!!" Thankfully it was only blue biro!
- The following night I pulled the same "going bed" card and went and got a bamboo tattoo of a "tiger claw" behind my ear. I'd known I wanted that the previous night but the artists had been smoking bongs in the back room "don't tell anyone" so were too smashed to design what I really wanted (I hadn't been on the bong with them that night, swear;). This night though as soon as the guy drew it I was like "do it, do it now!".
I loved getting my bamboo tattoo done, it feels like they chisel it into you, it's weird like you take the pain because you know how pleased you'll be with the result. I woke up chuffed with my new artwork that next morning.
- We started pretty much every night in the Reggae Bar watching men (and women) of all shapes and sizes boxing for glory and a free bucket .. I didn't go here once on my first Phi Phi visit - big mistake! It's the best place to start every night, no two nights are the same as it's always different people fighting.
Some have fun with it, some go a bit coco and batter each other - you see many things you won't forget!
Hugo, a wicked guy from our place had met some beautiful model girls (well done Hugo, think they were from Brazil?) .. they had a fight with each other and really went for it while looking flawless the whole time. They were great, really fun girls and they made the men in the crowd very happy that night!!
- Bas and I did a 1/2 day tour to "the beach where The Beach was filmed", it was a brilliant experience, loved it! We swam to Monkey Bay, went snorkelling, kayaked, had a meal on the boat at sunset and of course visited the main attraction, Maya Bay.
So many people told me it would be "too crowded" and "tourists ruin it" but I didn't feel like that at all. We had plenty of space to take in the beauty of the bay and jump around trying to recreate the famous group jumping shot from the end of the film. We met two fab girls, Hannah and Nicola on that trip too, it was ace to meet some fun girls to hang out with as so far on my trip girls hadn't been so easy to find!
- On the 2nd last day we met two Brummies, Jack and Dean at our pool, they were messing about and I thought "uh oh, here we go, mental Brits!". As it turned out the moment I started talking to them I loved them, funny guys with story after story!
I'm not entirely sure how Dean has coped through their years of friendship with Jack being as off the wall as he is. We partied together that night on the beach and someone (not me, swear;) covered Dean in orange face paint "sorry mate, you've been tango'd" ha ha.
Before that final night party Bas and I went up to the viewpoint. It feels like a million steps high and the sweating at the top is not pretty "sorry boys, I didn't just get out of the shower, promise" but it's well worth the walk.
I went up with a fun group including Adam and Carly, more cool people from our bungalows. I looked out over Phi Phi and Maya Bay with a happy/ sad heart, thinking of the times I'd had on the island, the new people I'd met and would keep in touch with and the people I'd be gutted to leave the next day.
Phi Phi part 2 was many things, I loved it!! I had to tear myself away, leaving my travel buddies Bas and Bert in hope of seeing them again soon. Making my way to Bangkok, the crazy city I love, to meet James "my friend of a friend from home" I had mixed feelings.
Leaving the boys I'd shared so much with behind was like a chapter had closed, would I see them again? I hoped and thought so ... but for now I had to focus on moving forward, turning my attention to Bangkok and what lay ahead with James, my fellow Welshman.
*** When I started blogging my trip I planned to write regularly but "living it" takes up more time than I have to write so I'm well behind here, leaving Phi Phi takes me to the first week of February - I have 4 more posts to come on Thailand, covering 4 more places before I went on to Laos in March.
All of this is written from memory, it's nice to go back through my pics and re-live it all again as I share "Larasstory" - thanks for reading, for any feedback and sharing ***