Sawa dee Kaaa….
Koh Phi Phi, pronounced “pee pee”, presented us with a panorama of high limestone cliffs, clear aqua water and white sand beaches. Nighttime brought out the fire shows, twirling fire staffs, kerosene flying everywhere and poi spinning. Bringing out the primal fascination of fire, mesmerizing us with the patterns and magic of fire. Did our first scuba dive in Thailand near Maya Bay, the place where the movie The Beach was filmed. Unfortunately “the beach” on the movie has turned into exactly what the plot didn’t want it to, a mass of tourists and boat tours every day, all day.
Best bar in Koh Phi Phi? The muay thai bar, this is where customers of the bar can challenge other costumers. Hmmm drunk tourists suited up with boxing gloves and a boxing ring, definitely creates an entertaining show!
Koh Phangnan is the most relaxed of the kohs, beaches and beach bungalows everywhere. First night we arrived at 9pm. By 10pm we were “crabbing” with the locals, learning the fine art of picking up a crab when only armed with our headlamp and bare hands as we awkwardly tried to battle with the pinchers. The crabs were victorious when it came to Jordan and I. However, the locals treated us with their catch and around midnight we were trying to suck out whatever meat we could from their tiny barbequed bodies.
The Full Moon party was an overload of fluorescent clothing and thousands of mostly “farengs” showing up for a good time. The classic drink at the full moon party? A bucket. It is a mixture of alcohol and mix in a sand bucket with about four straws to share with others. Thousands of people at this beach party all tumbling down slides, playing jump rope (the rope was on fire), and burning limbo. The amount of flip-flops and shoes left on the beach was enough to shoe all of a small country.
Koh Tao, which translates to turtle island, is Thailand’s diving mecca. Koh Tao was where we did our two-day free diving course. Freediving is diving on one breath of air. After much practice in the classroom learning to breathe properly, apparently normal breathing just isn’t good enough; we headed out to try out our new skills. First day we battled with our internal instinct to survive, pushing all the way to twelve meters. How far can you go without asphyxiation taking over? Makes you appreciate the ease of breathing again above the surface. Day two most people reached 20 metres on one breath of air, and by day three some of the divers were reaching 30 metres only after three days of training.Throughout our travels Jordan and I have now come to a new appreciation of a Canadian winter, who knew one would miss hoodies (bunnyhugs for the Saskatchewanees) and snow.