Glorious weekend!

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 apart, I was happy to see my husband!!IMG_9579 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. IMG_9618IMG_9662IMG_9600IMG_9665IMG_9663IMG_9660IMG_9664 After a good two hours on the ferry, we were happy to be in Koh Phi Phi! IMG_9634 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. IMG_9632IMG_9669IMG_9668IMG_9667IMG_9666 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.

After a short break (and a little nap for a jet-lagged traveller), we made our way to the beach for the sunset, dinner and a fire show. IMG_9658 It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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. IMG_9932IMG_9919IMG_9920IMG_9921 After snorkelling 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. IMG_9929IMG_9933IMG_9924IMG_9785IMG_9926IMG_9925IMG_9794IMG_9931IMG_9930IMG_9782
Jil even made a friend on the island, we named him Leo… It felt right. IMG_9927IMG_9783IMG_9928 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.

IMG_9917IMG_9916IMG_9874IMG_9915IMG_9923IMG_9922 The views were breathtaking.

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). IMG_9934IMG_9937IMG_9936IMG_9935 After dinner, we decided to try something new! Fish spa!! IMG_9940IMG_9938IMG_9939IMG_9941IMG_9942IMG_9901 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!

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