(February 1st 2013)
After 2 weeks traveling the south of Thailand and the capital city of Bangkok I’m pleased to tell you we’ve arrived on Koh Phi Phi and are busily preparing to receive our Ocean Sports group! There will be 12 of us in all, counting the trip leaders Warren and Alexandra, and we’re starting here with a week of diving in the local marine park as well as longer day trips out to the surrounding islands. We’re staying at the newly renovate Paradise Resort on Long Beach, away from the chaotic townsite and where we’ll have spectacular sunsets every night. Am I making you wish you were here with us? Good! Sign up for our next trip *wink wink*!
It’s hard to believe this tropical paradise was the site of such devastation after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. All I see are beautiful beaches, fusia flowers and turquoise waters. The limestone jungle-covered cliffs rising up out of the sea are a spectacular site and underwater the reefs are vibrant and full of life.
There is nothing fancy here, the shops and restaurants are very rustic – this isn’t a wealthy part of the world but the people are resourceful and do lots with the little they have. No one seems to want for much, despite having so much less than we do back home. It’s a good reminder to be thankful for all that I have, for the opportunity to come here and experience a new culture, and especially to appreciate the important things. So what if the toilet paper is crappy and the power cuts in and out? I get to be here experiencing it!
As always friends, stay tuned!