Our boat to Phi Phi Island had free tea, coffee and cakes which was a treat! We made the most of them on our 2 hr journey. Then we had a hard walk along the beach with our backpacks for about 15 minutes but finally we made it to our hostel. A 4 bed dorm rihht on the beach so you step outside and have a sea view. So beautiful. It was so quiet along the beach, it felt like there was barely anyone on the island. It was perfect to just play in the sea, read a book and relax.
Outside our hostel they were giving a fire show. Fire poi with synchronisation down to a tee. Afterwards they lit a skipping rope on fire and anyone could jump through it. Bella was brave enough to go for it and she did fine. I was not going near the skippimg rope but did have a go at the fire limbo. Not when it got too low though! The local boys could go as low as like 10 cm or something crazy! And one even carried a girl under. They must get a lot of practice! We then went to a bar down the beach from our hostel. It was packed! I couldn't believe where everyone had come from. It's obvious Phi Phi is a party island focused on the nightlife.
Another day of relaxing amd Bella got a tattoo from bamboo. It's how they do tattoos in most of SE Asia with a lomg bamboo stick. Pretty cool actually. Me, Lisa and Stu from our dorm room climbed up to Phi Phi Viewpoint where we got the best view. Trees were covering the sunset but it was still beautiful. Lis and I got eaten alive by bugs and mosquitos though! Nightmare.
That night England were playing again. A game that was prtty vital they would win. It was on at 2am this time so we went out for tea had a few drinks and then headed to the Irish Pub to watch it. They had huge tv screens and enhlish commentary. it was absolutely buzzing. We had our faces painted and eeyone was chanting for England. It was ace. As you can probably tell there were ALOT of English people on Phi Phi. England ended up losing but it was still an ace night. I hadn't expected it to have been so busy and fun! We finally made our way to our beds at about 5am. Exhausted!
We woke up with a jolt on Friday as we had booked a boat to hire and were running late as we had all slept through Lisas alarm. Whoops! We grabbed our swimmers amd ran to the port where we found Fin our sailor for the day. We were all feeling slightly fragile after the crazy night we had had. The waves didn't help either! It ended up being an amazing day though. First stop was to Monkey Island. We fed the monkeys some bananas. They didn't seem particularly friendly to be honest. One stole a whole bag of crisps from someone. Then we went to Maya Bay where The Beach was filmed. It's as picturesque as it is in the movie. Shame about all the tourists really. We went for a swim here and couldn't believe we were swimming in the same water Leonardo Di Caprio had swam in haha!
It was after Maya Bay where we all felt particularly ill and slept on the boat for 2 hours just bobbimg on the water in a bay surrounded by islands. We woke up and decided to swim to a nearby beach to wake us up. One of those beaches that look quite close by but it actually takes ages to get there! We collapsed on the beach for 15 minutes before deciding we had to head back to Fin. We had a couple more stops and a couple more swims. A lovely last day for Lisa before she heads back to Scotland tomorrow. We have had a full packed 2 weeks. I have loved having her here. It's just been ace having someone from back home who has filled me in on 1 and a half years of gossip. She knows me and I know her so it's easy to travel together and yeah its just been great! Safe travels Liser!!
Bella and I continued on our road. Next stop Bangkok. We slept in the airport there as we arrived late and the trains weren't running again until 6am. I don't mind sleeping in airports though. Think I've just got used to it! We actually slept in and headed for the trains at 9am after a cup of coffee. We had 2 chamges to make on the train but it's a very easy system to use. I've found them all very similair actually. Our hostel was more like a hotel which I'm not really a fan of. It was very nice and clean but hard to meet amd talk to travellers. We walked around Bangkok and quickly decided we would have rather stayed on the islands for a bit longer. It's a very big, busy and dirty city. We got a boat down the river to see the Grand Temple but we weren't allowed to go in as Bella was in shorts and I was in a vest top and that's disrespectful to Buddha. So we walked around the markets nearby and got some sticky rice and mango. A Thai delicacy. Very delicious! We headed to the night markets in the evening only to realise we were a bot shopped out from all the markets. I bought a new bag anyway. Just a small one.
We decided we didn't want much longer in Bangkok so booked the over night train to Chiang Mai for the next day. I think that was one of the best experiences to be honest. I wasn't expecting much but it has been so comfy. In each section there are 2 sets of bunk beds each with a nice pillow and blanket. It was me, Bella and a Dutch guy in our section. It's quite small and very cosy so we got to know the Dutch guy pretty quickly haha. We got dinner and breakfast as we rattled along the train tracks. Going to the toilet was a struggle. They only have the squat toilets which is bloody impossible when you're moving around on a train! They weren't the nicest of things but other than that it was a great experience! I loved falling asleep on the train. Now I'm back in Chiang Mai. Think we may stay here for a week before I head to Vietnam to chill out on a beach before I head back to reality! Less than 3 weeks til my flight back to London!