Sunday night blues… They come every week when the fun weekend winds down and Monday morning is just around the corner. Well, not this week my little kumquats! We are only two weeks in to the most wonderous month-long vacation! Two weeks to go!
But for my better half, the vacation started bright and early on Saturday morning with a 6am arrival at Phuket airport. We met at Rassada Pier at 8am to take the ferry to Koh Phi Phi. Needless to say, after 2 weeks alone, I was happy to see a friendly face!! We managed to get on the 8:30am ferry, which took us around the southern part of Koh Phi Phi Ley before taking us to the main island Koh Phi Phi Don. After a good two hours on the ferry, we were happy to be in Koh Phi Phi! Someone was so happy to see me, he even carried my heavy backpack to the hotel!!
We made it to our hotel, the lovely PP Insula, located between the two beaches, checked in, dropped off our bags and set off to explore the island. We stopped for watermelon shakes and a Thai pancake for Jil. We walked along Tonsai Beach, checking out all the bars, restaurants and shops. Koh Phi Phi was almost entirely destroyed in the 2004 tsunami – something that is hard to forget when you see the reconstruction, the newly constructed tsunami evacuation center and the tsunami evacuation route signs around every corner.
We got up and did it all again today! Jil brought me breakfast in bed (swoon) which was an excellent start to another fantastic day together. We booked a half-day long tail boat cruise to Koh Phi Phi Ley. Koh Phi Phi Ley is the smaller island to the south of Koh Phi Phi Don and is home to the famous Maya Bay, featured in the movie The Beach (with Leo!). We jumped into the long tail boat with 25 other people and headed to Monkey Beach, where no monkeys were to be seen, and then went to Lao Bileh cove where we snorkelled and swam in the warm, shallow water surrounded by cliffs. After snorkeling stops, where someone claimed to see a large water snake (eek!), and a stop at the Viking Cave, we headed to Maya Bay, which is considered a Thai national park. We broke out the selfie stick for the occasion.
Jil even made a friend on the island, we named him Leo… It felt right. Once we were back on board the long tail, we watched the sun set over the horizon before heading back to Koh Phi Phi Don.
After a quick shower back at the hotel, we headed out for dinner and stumbled upon Le Grand Bleu. It is a beautiful wooden open air restaurant so we settled in for a nice breezy dinner. To kick things off properly, I ordered a Singapore Sling and Jil a mojito. The starter of the day was a scallop risotto that I couldn’t resist, while Jil settled on the calamari and veggie tempura. For our mains, I went for a fish fillet in yellow coconut curry at 30% local spicy level and Jil had the shrimp pineapple fried rice. It may have been our most expensive meal in Thailand, but it was perfect (and still cheaper than one person having dinner in London). After dinner, we decided to try something new! Fish spa!! Jil nearly lost it sticking his feet in the tank, I was almost crying I was laughing so hard. It was very, very strange but my feet have never been so smooth!!
Happy Sunday from the land of smiles!