Coming from the laidback island of Koh Lanta, I was surprised on the chaotic Tonsai Pier as we docked at Koh Phi Phi Don. A hundred or so tourists rambled towards the narrow entryway tugging their huge luggage with them. Lost and dazed, I stood on one corner and waited for my buddy to wake me up from this dream, but no, it was real. The pandemonium was real that I could almost feel warm bodies surrounding me, and then someone instructed me to pay THB20 (US$0.57) for the entrance fee to the island.
|Traditional Thai long-tail boats|
|Ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi|
|Swarmed with tourists|
Starting from the pier up to the far end of Tonsai Bay, hundreds of shops, restaurants and hotels lined the narrow road; the organized chaos totally blocking the magnificent view of the picturesque landscape.
Food prices are relatively expensive here compared to other parts of Krabi which is reasonable because of the island’s isolation. After searching for the best local eats, we found an eatery that sells Thai food at a reasonable price. Located at the market, Pa-Noi is a melting pot of locals and travelers alike for all-day hearty meals.
|Pa Noi Thai Food located at the island's market|
|Fried rice with chicken - THB70 (US$1.97)|
|Pad Thai with chicken - THB70 (US$1.97)|
|Fried chicken with basil plus egg - THB90 (US$2.50)|
We did a sunset trip to the neighboring islands on our third day (which I will recount on a separate post) and mostly lazed around the other days (only leaving our bungalow for meals and beer run). We also did a lot of walking around the island and just followed where our feet led us, like getting lost on the alleys and reaching Loh Dalam Bay one afternoon.
It started on a dirt road, and then we passed by a quiet community, and then a water reservoir, and then woods again, and then madness. The trail seemed to never end. And have I told you that I do not have any inclination to any form of hiking? I was cursing and almost went into crying when the signs led us to more uphill and downhill dirt paths.
After the torture hike (well, that’s what it was for me), we finally reached the entryway to the viewpoint wherein we were asked to pay THB30 (US$0.86) for the entrance fee. Good thing was that I brought my purse with me which had THB100 (US$2.85) in it, imagine if we trekked that far only to realize that we didn’t bring any cash .
|Koh Phi Phi recovered well after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami|
The viewpoint was, well, a nice way to see the whole of the island that is suddenly becoming a huge tourist hub. We sat on one of the huge rocks and laughed on our predicament earlier; whether to go on or go back to where we started, either way, we’d still hike.
Going back to our resort, we found out that there’s an easier way to reach the viewpoint, there’s a hundred or so concrete steps from the main town. Laughter went on for minutes as we didn’t utilize our uber techie maps, we really are the best travel researchers in the world! Haha.
|My secret swing at Koh Phi Phi|
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