|Just arriving near the water... this is what we are greeted with...|
|Let's catch the ferry!|
|Beautiful day to be alive!|
|Enjoying some drinks by the water!|
|Grub @ Papaya - Pad thai, green curry and rice!|
|Buckets on sale? Yes, please!|
|Just chillin' on Phi Phi island|
|Please help me with this hangover fruit juice|
|Our room @ Bodega! Clean and cheap!!|
The next morning, we were promptly picked up from our hostel en route to the John Grey Sea Canoe Adventure that we had pre-booked from home. This whole-day excursion had come highly recommended on numerous online travel sites so we decided to check it out. While quite pricey, it was absolutely worthwhile. We chose the Hong by starlight option and it was definitely the best excursion of our 2 week vacation! After picking us up, they drove us to the wharf where we met the staff and waited for the rest of the group to show up. After loading us up on the boat, they served an all-you-can-eat fruit and salad lunch with local delicacies which we ate on our way to the caves. The panoramic of the voyage was simply amazing, with islands of all sizes sprouting out from the sea to greet the eyes with a hue of colours that just can't be put into words. Once at our destination, we jumped our our sea-canoes with our own personal guide to explore the many caves and lagoons in and around these tiny, yet gigantic islands. We were welcomed by monkeys, bats and absolutely gorgeous weather as we paddled leisurely on the clear blue-green water. Back on the boat, our guide helped us make a banana tree and leaf offering as the sun was setting in the horizon while explaining the meaning and history of the gesture and the material used. A true scrumptious Thai feast was then brought up for our enjoyment before setting back out onto the sea-canoes one last time to light and put afloat our offering. By this time, it was dark and the many lit-up floating offerings made for quite a beautiful, yet serene atmosphere. The one-hour boat ride back to the wharf concluded this spectacular excursion before being taken back to our hostel by the lovely staff. Exhausted, yet completely fulfilled, sleep caught us as soon as we hit the pillows that night!
|Pictures can't reflect the actual beauty of this place|
|The caves are only accessible during low tide!|
|Hello Mr. monkey!|
|Making our offering|
|Cute kissing birds made out of a flower|
|Our Guide lighting our offering|
|Kelly teaching us about the ingredients|
|Our prep stations!|
|Famous Cabaret Ladyboy|
The next morning came way too soon, but there was still a lot yet to do and see! After breakfast and a fresh fruit juice courtesy of Bodega, we rented a scooter and set out to explore other parts of the island. We stopped for an elephant trek, then visited the southern tip of the island before crossing to the other east side of the island to check out the Big Buddha on top of the mountain (our scooter barely made it up). We then chose a random local restaurant to have dinner before going back to the hostel and Bangla Road for one last sortie.
|Getting ready for one of our many massages|
|Bye Bye Bodega/side street|
|Jen is ready to go|
In any case, if you are planning on visiting any of these areas, please feel free to ask us questions! We'd be glad to help you plan your trip with some recommendations!