Everything and everywhere is reached on foot or by bicycle, which I for one didn’t mind. Some of us did have our views of this element, what with people on the cycles like to get in the way, but if a mix of opinions isn’t on the go then something’s wrong. One part many of us agreed on is that a lot of time shouldn’t be devoted. Two or three days on the island will suit you just fine.
There are a few highlights, all of which can happen at the drop of a hat, I’d like to share. For me it included seeing another pet gibbon and having some good coconut ice cream, but there’s also a consistent nightlife I surprisingly could handle and some visible snorkelling (they don’t allow flippers but you might want to bring your own mask), it was the spots working the sunlight that had me happy to have made the journey.
Moving onwards, and losing three of our number, we eventually departed for the next highlight. To be factual we were all on an add-on tour provided by ThaIntro which included a live aboard experience to Maya Bay, most commonly known as ‘the Beach’. Danny Boyle filmed his flick The Beach here and at one point, under the shroud of night, I was convinced Tilda Swinton was going to jump out and bring me into her cult. That aside, much of everything else was stunning.
However, this is where I must give into morality; if the opportunity to do a live aboard of Maya Bay is granted, turn it down for a day trip. The experience was great, this I admit freely, but only up until the point where we returned to the boat for the night. This was achieved by jumping from a rope ladder into a dingy whilst seawater was hitting the rocks. The crew were comforting after this, for which I am appreciative, but being a teacher of water safety I can’t in good conscious put anyone else on this path; Maya Bay is still pretty fine during the day.
This all out in the open, I’ll just add that everything else wasn’t a bad decision made whatsoever. It’s important to find a positive in your steps, no matter how many or few there might be. Thailand is manic and exhausting, but that’s just how it is, and if Phi-Phi’s a possibility then climb aboard. Just be sure the boat is seaworthy first.