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Phuket & Ko Phi Phi


We’ve been busy this past month! We wrapped up our Thailand adventure by going to Phuket, exploring some of the islands, and then returning to Bangkok for a few days. Then it was off to Nepal to explore Kathmandu and trek through the Himalayas to Annapurna Base Camp. We’re currently staying in Pokhara for a couple days and sorting out our plan for our next destination – India!

We flew from Chiang Mai down to Phuket, a large province in Southern Thailand, and got to explore a good chunk of it. Our first few nights were in Phuket Town, and somewhat like Chiang Mai’s Old Town, it was definitely real Thailand and not a super touristy section. We spent our time here walking around and relaxing a bit. One night we even stumbled upon a local arts festival, where we saw elementary to high school age kids performing traditional dances, singing songs, and playing in bands.

After Phuket Town we went to Ko Phi Phi Island, which one of the top places Elly wanted to see in Thailand. It definitely met our expectations. The island was more touristy than anywhere we’d been so far, but that didn’t detract too much from the actual beauty of the island. Plus, we knew what we were getting into. We took the 2 hr long ferry from Phuket over to the island and the first day we spent exploring the island and the beach. The island is super small – there are no cars and you can easily walk from one end to the other.

The main thing we did here was a sunset boat tour which ended up being one of our favorite days of the trip so far. The first stop on the tour was to a place called Monkey Island – which is exactly what it sounds like. It was so cool – tons of monkeys running around everywhere!

The 2nd stop was at a place called shark point – again the name says it all. We snorkeled here and only saw one shark but also saw a ton of colorful fish. Then we finally headed over to Maya Bay which is a main tourist destination in Thailand and it was easy so see why – easily one of the prettiest places we’ve ever seen. It was made famous by the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. After spending the afternoon at the beach we got to see the most amazing sunset from the boat. We ended the night by snorkeling in the pitch black – and when we would wave our hands through the water the glow plankton would light up.

After the tour we experienced the crazy island night life. All along the beach every night are fire dancers, buckets of alcohol, drinking games, all to blasting EDM music. The fire dancers were really fun to watch – twirling fire and throwing it up as high as they could in the air.

After 3 days on Ko Phi Phi we headed back to Phuket to meet Elly’s friend Jackie. This was a really fun week! It was nice to see someone we knew and we spent the week lounging on the beach, eating delicious street food, doing another island tour, and playing with more elephants! We stayed on Patong beach the whole time which was pretty crowded but that was fine. Right off of Patong beach is Bangla Road – which gets crazy after dark. You can’t walk 2 feet without someone trying to get you into a bar for a deal on a drink but it’s still fun to experience.

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