It’s happened. We’re back in Phi Phi.
Its something we’d talked about ever since we left, how much we’d like to return and finish the trip there. So, last minute and completely spontaneously, we did it. Fed of relentless torrential rain in Cambodia and rumours of more flooding in Kancharaburi (another destination we discussed) we decided to bite the bullet and booked return flights to Phucket. From there we jumped on the boat to Phi Phi and by 5pm we were back at HC anderson and planning to meet Chris Davies and co. Feels like home.
We had three awesome nights with the Eastbourne guys. Sure, the weather was wet and news of a heatwave back home was slightly frustrating but Phi Phi is just as beautiful in the rain. The vibe is just as chilled out and the nights are equally as crazy.
We ate at Papaya again after the awesome meal we had there in August and once again it didnt disappoint. My fried veg with chicken was enough for 3 people to share. It was a veg mountain containing all 5 of my 5 a day and for just 100bht. The cat sat in the fridge as it did before and I must re-enforce my high recommendation of this place.
Far too much pre drinks and ice tea buckets (buy 1 get 2 free in Irish bar!) resulted in a very ill me, a bar dancing Rhiannon and a broken phone for Michael who decided lone night swimming with your iPhone 4 in your pocket is a really good idea. Great night though.
Almighty hangover as a result. The weather was ridiculous so we rented a DVD player and watched hangover 2… Followed by Harry potter and then a film on the rooftop at Banana bar. Cotching in the open air on lazy cushions drinking shakes and eating fried rice. Was a pretty great day. We finished at slinkys for a fire show (guys on tightropes doing double spar- very impressive) then we popped to a tattoo shop and I finally got ‘inked’.
I’d got so close in Chiang Mai and decided against it, but I’ve had the last few weeks to think about it, and I was so sure. So, I took the plunge. Thai writing, along the base of my right foot, spelling the names of the five members of the family. I love it. I got it in bamboo too rather than by machine, expecting the worst I gripped Michael’s hand expecting blinding pain… Only to find the whole thing pretty bareable! I think I was almost disappointed. :)
For our final day we visited the viewpoint and took to the beach- the place never fails to astound me. Chris also decided to tattoo, at the same shop I went and rhiannon got her trager pierced. Body modifications all round!
Dinner was at a posh seafood restaurant overlooking the beach- fish fresh of the barbecue. Just can’t beat it. Pre drinks, Dojos, Slinkys and Stones. A standard night in Phi Phi and what a way to end the trip. Saying bye to the guys was very sat at 5am- it’s a while til we see them again.
Boat at 9 tomorrow, away from paradise and back to Bangkok for our final night…. This is all happening so quickly.