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// MAY 2016
The land of smiles
Patong
Phang Nga Bay
Phuket
Maya Bay
Ao Nang
Ao Nang
Ao Nang
Koh Phi Phi Don
Phuket

Maya Bay


8th of May 2016
On our way to magic islands…

Our taxi driver appeared earlier, next morning (again at 6:45, instead of 7:15, which was the new arranged time).  So, he had to wait for us a little bit and when we were ready, we met him at the reception desk.  

We started our trip, driving towards Rassada Pier, where from the ferry was going to take us to the Phi Phi Islands.

We arrived at 10:30 in Koh Phi Phi Don, τthe main island of Koh Phi Phi archipelago and after dragging our suitcases on the central, narrow road of Tonsai Village, 

 


we arrived at the board tour agency Sleap Aboard Tour.

We left our luggage there and went for a walk to see the village.

We had plenty of time till 3:00 in the afternoon, when our tour would start.
So we enjoyed some coffee, then some beers and then…coffee again. 



 

Truth be told, we kept every body busy at the reception of the hotel Chao Koh Phi Phi Lodge.
We wanted to book a room only for a few hours to relax and refresh ourselves, after returning from Maya Bay, next day. So, as you can understand, bargain price needed some tough negotiations.

When we managed to achieve a reasonable price for the room, we took with us some beach towels, absolutely necessary for our tour, and went to the pier.

We embarked, the two of us and about thirty youngsters too, and our tour started. 


Yellow goldfish all over the place!!!

Our first stop, while we were still aboard, during our tour to Phi Phi Le, was at Viking Cave for snorkeling in amazing waters, while the golden fish surrounding us were fighting to catch small banana pieces, thrown to them from the boat.

We were bitten lightly by them, since they confused us for food too!  
 


We returned to the boat for afternoon tea and fruits and after having taken some photos of another small bay, while sailing, we arrived to the famous (from the movie “The Beach”) Maya Bay, in Phi Phi Ley Island. 


The famous Maya Bay…

The first picture we had, when still aboard, was rather disappointing.  

Our tour boat moored in deeper waters and we were brought at a rocky edge of the bay by a boat tail. The tide was low and we started walking towards the beach.  

The surrounding rocks towering above our heads were coloured with beautiful shades of green and orange. 

 


And then, suddenly, I had a perfect view of the beach in front of me.
I realized that I had the real picture of it, during low tide, and not the picture that I had often seen in various photos before.

The water had decided to go and… hang out somewhere else, so we could see white sand and uncovered white rocks everywhere.  

What was left from the water had created small pools which were reflecting the sunshine.
There were only very few people at the beach, all coming from a small number of boats that were moored in deeper waters.
Some were enjoying the surrounding views and some others were just walking into the small pools.   
But in any case the pictures around us were idyllic and magic.  

 


Magic pictures

At some point all the tour boats left and only our own tail boat was still at the beach.
A lone sailing boat, moored further away was our only company.

While the night was falling, the colours were changing and the voices were lowering. We could hear the singing of the night birds and the whistling of the breeze through the trees.

The sound of the waves had started cuddling our ears, since the low tide was reaching its end.  

The dinner was served at the beach at around 20:00.

Thai Cuisine. Chicken Penang (medium hot), mixed vegetables in oyster sauce and steamed rice.  

After dinner, we were all given a small bucket full of rum and coke, for free.  (We were told that this is the local way of consuming alcohol in Thailand). 
The cocktail which was running free made us all lightheaded and cheerful.  



Uplifting cocktails!

What followed next was a delicious chicken barbeque accompanied with garlic bread.

At 23:00, while returning to our tour boat, we had the chance to watch the phosphorescent plankton.
By the time we arrived with the little tail boat, some of our co-travelers had already put gears on and with underwater cameras were ready to explore the sea and enjoy some night snorkeling, while taking photos of the amazing plankton of the area.

Our age (52 and 66 years old) didn’t matter at all.  
We participated in everything.
And then we slept under a starry sky…
In sleeping bags…

I counted all the stars…I counted positives and negatives too and I came to the conclusion that the balance was ok…

It didn’t really matter that we generally are not very fond of organized trips…That particular one had suited us perfectly.  

And luckily enough, gastroenteritis didn’t remember me!
Either wise, I would have to apologize for completely destroying the magnificent phosphoresced plankton…  

Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7
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Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7
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Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7 days
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Population: 68.860.000
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