Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand
09.05.2010 - 13.05.2010
Let’s see if I am able to stick to my new rule of 3 nights maximum in a place. I arrived at Koh Phi Phi Islands with my backpack sticking to my shirt as sweat drips from my face. I miss the Hilton already. What feels like another life ago was just a measly 4 hrs at best. “Flash” packer Trish is no more and it is now sticky, sweaty backpacker Trish once again. I must admit, I love the change because it sure keeps things interesting and makes me appreciate everything.
As I made my way off the boat I began to wonder where I would stay for the evening and next few days. In traveling you make mistakes and learn as you go. Lesson learned here is DO NOT listen to the people offering you free transport to a cheap accommodation that is just 10 minutes walk. Why transport then? I did not come here to trek up a hill and stay far from everything, not to mention I would never find my way back at night. There we were, myself and 2 other girls that got suckered in as well, about to check in at this far away place called Snow Whit when I took it upon myself to say “No, we can not stay here so please bring us back down.” The girls agreed and after an hour round trip and much more sweat, we arrived back at the pier and were given a refund (surprising). We trekked around for a bit and found some bungalows near the beach. They took one room and I took the other. I settled in, took a shower and continued to sweat then got my bearings and headed out to arrange some diving.
Princess Divers was where I stopped first and I didn’t need to go any further. I instantly began a conversation with Justin who happened to be from the US. Sold! I will dive here tomorrow. He knew I didn’t know anyone and offer to have a beer with me, however, took it back realizing he had to play poker that evening. No worries. He said after the dive we would and he also told me of a great place to get some good feed. I signed up for 2 dives at 7am the next day and walked to Papaya Restaurant. I didn’t see anything and roamed a bit then found a girl Kate promoting what I thought was a tattoo parlor but also a bar. I had a drink and a free shot and chatted with her some more. What a small island because she knew Justin and he even walked by us as we chatted. Later, I got take away at Papaya, the papaya salad, and ate it with her as she worked. It was so good and the garlic stuck with me all night. Funny bit about the place is the cats in the fridge were a bit alarming but totally legit in that they don’t have food in that fridge but just some drinks. The cats are smart because it is darn hot on Koh Phi Phi Islands.
11pm came quickly and I called it a night as Kate was finishing work and about to head to the beach. My day would begin early with some diving off the Island. The bungalow was cute but HOT!!! Hard to sleep but I managed to get a few hours and headed to Princess Divers at 7am. There I met Tina, she was doing her Advanced but on the same boat as us. She was from England and we chatted about both going to Krabi next for some more fun and adventure.
The diving was great. I was buddies with Justin and we had 2 German girls with us as well. We hit 2 dive sights, Koh Bidah Nok and Malong, both off the Phi Phi Islands. Between dives we headed over to the cove where they filmed “The Beach” for lunch and some swimming. I can’t get enough of diving as I wanted to be a mermaid once again.
Later on, Tina and I met back up for some shopping, food and then decided to stay a few days to do a wreck dive on Wednesday. We agreed to depart on Thursday for Railay Beach off of Krabi. Guess my maximum 3 night stay would be broken to 4 nights but we had to wait to do the Wreck Dive. After our day of shopping and roaming the island we headed up to the island’s viewpoint for sunset. What a great view and a way to release body toxins through massive amounts of sweat. We made our ways back down before dark and showered up before heading out for the night. We stopped by to see Kate and got a drink and shot then off for some grub, free wifi then some bars and met some other English people.
As the night grew later, we wandered over for some drinks at the beach where all tend to go around midnight. Around 1am, they walked me back to my hot bungalow and I tried for some shut eye. My morning plan was to get up and find a new room because it is too hot in the Bungalow.
OH MY GOD! I woke up around 9am not feeling the best, no it had nothing to do with the few drinks that I had as it was all stomach, no headache at all. I signed up the night before to do some rock climbing at 1pm and I just hope I can feel 100% by then. I almost splurged on and Air Con room but settled on another fan room that seemed cooler down the way a bit, right across from Tina’s place. This is where my day took a turn for the worse and the stomach pain grew almost unbearable to say the least. I managed to get myself out of bed and stopped by the climbing place to warn then I may have to change my plans. After that, the pharmacy for some pills to stop my frequent bathroom runs. I loaded up on some water and asked about the Wreck Dive at Princess for the next day. At this point, the pain was getting too bad and I headed back for a nap and hoped to feel better in 2 hrs to go climbing. Things were not looking good for me. I curled into a ball in bed for hours and in tears and prayed to feel better and not die before the next day. Getting sick is no good, getting sick on holiday is not good at all and getting sick on holiday in a 3rd world country really just sucks.
No climbing today. I have no energy or strength and they would not let me go after I told them my symptoms. There is no toilet around their anyway. She told me that all I can do is rest and give it time. I think it could be the salmon that I had the evening before, or the spicy papaya salad. My stomach does not like the spicy stuff so much. Lesson learned, stick to plain rice and no sauces. I never can feel like this again, not to mention feel like I lazy person wasting her holiday. I texted Tina and Kate on my situation and asked them to check on me later. Tina brought me crackers and water, the only thing that I ate for the day and I feel a bit at ease knowing someone was there and knew my situation.
Guess what? No climb refunds so I pray tomorrow I feel better to go and may have to pass on the Wreck Dive. After spending 22 hrs in bed and what felt like very near death, I woke feeling about 70% at 6am but knew diving was out. I couldn’t get on that boat and enjoy it at all. I rested more, hydrated and attempted my 1pm climb. I enjoyed it really but wished I felt better. I managed to make it up 3 of the 4 climbs and knew that I would climb again. I was with 3 others, one other American guy that was having a midlife crisis from what I gathered and took on a 18 year old Thai girlfriend. I am not judging because love has no age limits but what made it worse was neither one could speak the other’s language, rather just the language of LOVE. The other guy, Sebastian, was from Columbia but studying in Arizona and we just laughed and made jokes.
After the climbing, I met up with Tina to plan for our escape to Railay Beach in Krabi the following day. We were going to catch a boat to Krabi town then taxi to another and boat again but plans changed. Tina needed to wait for her Advanced diving card so we opted to chill in Phi Phi at some book café for hours of free wifi and took the 3pm boat straight to Railay. I was stoked on this because it was less hectic. Call it a coincidence but as we left it began to rain. I think the island was sad to see us go. Railay here we come! We met a fellow traveler, Hannah, and we all decided to search for accommodation together, maybe even splurging on an air con room. The rain is coming down and we hope our backpacks are okay outside and covered up. The arrival to Railay was very interesting as we had to move onto a longboat and then walk to shore in knee length water and rain. Just another interesting part of travel. Life is good, expect the unexpected!
The Dish is out...