Holliday on the island Ko Phi Phi in Thailand


 
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A few days later I bought a railway ticket for 217 Baht (5 Euro) 3, class for the 12 hours trip to Sura Thani, because the rain is not going all the way t Phuket. When it went dark, I pitched my tent in an empty house.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Next morning I got a bus ticked to Phuket for 220 Bah. Now I understand, why the train is not going there. The roud went through mountains and very nice and green landscape.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Many times we stoped at small villages, were people offered elefant rides or guidet jungle tours. The next time I would stop here for a while.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
After 5 hours of driving, the bus stoped for a 20 minutes lunch break in front of a restaurant. Later on we passed the City Khaolack Beach.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Here it was nice and green too and I saw many places where I could camp so this was my plan B, in case I did like Phuket.
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From the Bus station in Phuket I escaped as quickly as I could. Many TucTuc or Taxi driver were ruining my nerves. They wanted 300 Baht to take me to the harbor Rasseda, from wich the ferry to Ko Phi Phi was leaving.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Outside the bus station I asked another motortaxi rider. He drove me 7 km to the harbor GPS N07°52'21.0" E098°24'52.6" for the normal price: 20 Bah.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
At the harbor, the rip of of tourists continued. 300 Baht was the price for the ferry to the island and back. Most of the tourists payed 1000 without even blinking their eyes.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I managed to push the price down to 800 Baht but not further. It was still double the price from the internet.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Just as the ferry was departing and the ropes were allready losened, the tickedseller agreed to my offer: 300 Baht return. Later on at the island I saw many shops offering a return ticked for only 250 Baht ;)
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
After two hours the ferry arrived at the world wide known Island Ko Phi Phi. All the tourists left the ferry in a hurry and were welcomed by a guy who charged them 20 Baht waste toll each.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I dont know why. The tourists dont throw their wast into the landscape anyway. The old tires, big boxes of washing powder and other stuff laying around the beach came from the local people and the hotels.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Only a few restaurants cleaned up the space just in front of their houses. I waited untill all the tourists and the cashier were gone, before I entered the island.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
The island was wonderfull. Big green palm trees offered nice places to camp. Most of the demage the Tsunami has coused a few years ago was gone.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
While many people are still searching for paradise, I had found it.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Just a few meters later, people crashed onto me. Taxi Boot? Taxi Boot? No thanks, if just arrived yet. To be continued...
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I left the harbor and walked past many hotels, shops and exchanging offices, who offered really good rates. There were also small supermarkets.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Here I could get one liter of drinking water in a light blue plastic bottle for 10 Bah, a pack of coocked nudels for 25 Baht and a pack of biskits for 15 Bah. To use a toilet was 20 Baht everywere.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Most of the restaurants charged from 60 for Rice with egs up to more then 200 Baht for fish.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
The prices of the hotels on the island were expensive, compared to Thailand standarts. One night with many alien people in on little Dorm room was 400 Baht per person. A room for two people with air condition was more then 1000 Baht per night.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Here my small 10 Euro tent payes of after only one night. Unfortunatly after three months of use, one of the sticks was broken.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Luckily this was not a problem. I could easily repair it with some tape.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
To have a tent is very importend here, otherwise one gets eaten up by millions of Mosquitos during the night.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Talking about night: After dawn, all the beach ares (prices from 50 to 200 Baht per day) are taken away.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Then most of the restaurants at the beach turn on loud music and make a big party every day.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
If is is full moon the party is called fullmoon party, if not, the same happening is called fire party or half moon party ;)
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Many local people try to entertain the mostly drunken tourists with their fireshows. At the end they walk around to collect some money.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Some tourists even join the show and start to jump through a burning ring or over a burning rope.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Because they are drunk and the sand is hard as a rock, many of them break their leg doing so. The same people who are usuarly carry their luggage are waiting in the evening to bring the tourists to the hospital. There is also a golf buggy for emergencys.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Every girl who takes of his shirt at the party gets one bucked of beer for free. For the same bucked, boys have to be completely naked.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
This makes all of it a realy nice place to take photos and poste them on facebook.
The party continues untill 3 o clock in the morning. Then the very loud music, which even cen be heared at the mountain, gets switched off.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
This leaves everybody 2 hours to sleep, before at 5 o clock in the morning the speakers of the islamic moschee wakes everybody up again, even there are almost no muslems on the island. To take care of each other is not usual here.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Nevertheless I spend many relaxing nights in my tent high up in the green jungle beside the Viewpoint, who cost 20 Baht admission fee during the day and offeres a wonderfull view over the island.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
While walking away from the party, man allways get harassed by many whores, who sit half naked in front of their massage studio. With a crying vioce they allways ask every few meters Were you gooo? Want Massage? I have Ruuuuuuuuum many Ruuuum... If one sais no, they star to shout at you.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I think it would be much better for the image of the island if it would be illegal to go on the nerves of tourists. People who want to buy something, will ask for that anyway.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Some of them quickly agree to get a tattoo as a life long reminder of the drunken state at the beach in Thailand. Amazing, how many tourists here walk around with fresh tattoos or broken arms and legs.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
While looking for free WiFi, suddenly a beautifull girl said hello to me. Because here people start to talk to you every few meters, I ignored here and went on.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Does she wants to seel a boot trip to me? Or does she belong to a diving shool here? No it was Sarah!!!
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
We did not see each other for a loooooooooooooong time and now she had even changed here hair so I did not recognize here.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Now she was standing in front of me and introduced me to her friends Miri and Uli.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
They just came from Indonesia and had left their luggage at a hotel allready to get something to eat.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Because the hotel charged them more then 1000 Bah, they did not have money for a restaurant left.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
At the supermarked, we found nice china nudles and biskits. Lucky we could devide them by 4 HAHA.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I was happy about some companie. We went swiming in the glas clear water, enjoyed the fire show and talked for hours. Time was running.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
After another night together at the viewpoint and a nice meal at the restaurant of the many tourist boats that arrive at the island every noon, we started to explore and walked to the Loh Moh Dee Beach.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Here we were the only tourists. We found nice shells and a big coconut wich fell exactly in front of our feet and luckily not on our heads.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
This was the chance for Miri, to practice the surwiving experience, she had learned from TV.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
With a rusty nail she cleared the real nut. Then she opened the three holes so everyone could try the nice coco milk.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
At the end she threw the nut onto a big rock to open it and get the nice flesh inside.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
When we pitched our tents in the evening at this wonderfull beach, a extremly unfriendly man arrived.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I thought he was drunk. Moving his hands through the air he steped one meter in front of me he shoutet we should go away.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I simply answered him "no", turned around and ignored him, but he did not go away. Ok again but this time louder: "NO!!!"
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Finaly he disapeared. We thought the problem was solwed, when thre man arrived. Endlich verschwand er. Wir dachten schon das Problem sei damit gelöst, als drei Männer erschienen.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
One of them was holding a long stick and long hair. His dark face was painted with white strips. Indianer war painting?
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
What kind of child play is this? Did they want to scare us this way? I did not know if I should lough or not.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Insted of introducing them selfes and explaining what they want, the clown startet to shout as loud as he could as well.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I answered very quietly and friendly, that only dogs are barking, not humans.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
He kept shouting that we should go away. It would be his property. I explained friendly that this was a mistake, and showed him the end of his property. The beaches public property everywere in Thailand.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Bäääääh Tourists!!! He spit in front of me. This was the true thing that most local people think about tourists.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Their money is allways welcome but not the people. He threatened me with his stick.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
If we wont go away, some man will kill us during the night. Now the whole situation started to became dangerous.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
We started to pack our stuff. The girls did not want to camp here anymore anyway.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Quiet and shocked by the agressive behavior of the local people, we left this wonderfull beach.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
In front of the Viking Resort we got permission to camp and spend the night.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
The other day the girls took the ferry and left the island, hoping they will meat friendly couchsurfer people. They had many different offers.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
At the same time for a man like me it was impossible to get any couchsurfing place here in Thailand. This was different in Chile, Argentina or Brasil.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
A few days later, a russian guy asked me for cigarettes.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
No but if he knows a good place to camp here? He knew a place: High up at the view pint. Haha thats were I am every night.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
If I wanted to go klimbing with him? Of course. He was living on this island scince three weeks for free and knew a nice place to klimb.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
In the evening I saw some wild monkeys in the bushes. As I wanted to take a photo, Alexej threw a stone towards them.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
The monkey ran away and I was very dicapointed. I told Alexej, they are soooo sweet. He asked me if I would eat monkey meat? No!!! More wild monkeys appeared.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I took some photos. More and more monkeys came. They came closer and closer. Suddenly on of them jumped towards me and hissed aggressively
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I steped back a few meters, when a second monkey started to attacked me. Alex threw some stones and prevented me of being bitten. There is also a big risc to get rabies.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Thank you! Do you know a restaurant were we can eat monkey meat?
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Usuarly the monkeys and geckos on the island life in a cage and tourists have to pay if they want to touch them. To take a monkey on the arm for 30 sekonds is 200 Bah, 5 Euros, more then I earn.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
On my way to Rantee Beach I met some poor tourists from holland but forgot their name.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
They had been renting a scooter in Phuket, to discover the island. When they returned the scooter, the owner suddenly wanted 35 Dollars for a scratch, wich they did not take a photo of when renting the bike.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Now here at the island they had been renting one of the beach ares. Like many of them it was not in perfekt condition but they used if without complain about it.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
When the sun went down, they had to pay again, because the owner said they had destroyed it.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
As if this was not enough, they got attacked by wild monkeys.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
The animales jumped on to thair shoulder and tryed to steal some food right out of his hand.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Then another monkey jumped on the other shoulder and started to pull on his backpack. I grabed a stick and Ein weiterer Affe sprag auf die Schultern des anderen und zerrte an dessen Rucksack. Ich schnappte mir einen Stock and brought out.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
If I hit one, may be we will have monkey meat for supper. The monkeys seemed to understand and run away.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
There are easyer ways to get food for them. Many long tail boats stop on their way to Maya Beach at Monkey Beach, so the tourists can feed the monkeys.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
During low tide it is even possible to walk over the sharp coralles to mokey beach. Otherwise there are also canoes for rent.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Everywere at the island big signs offer a tour to the world famous Maya Bay (known from the movie "The beach") for 400 Baht and more.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
I actualy wanted to swim to this island. The sea was quiet and the distance not too far. May be a few kilometers.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Only the sharp shark teeth that one can buy at the souvenier shops stoped me from swiming so far out ther.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Insted I negoshiated and booked a Longtail boat trip for the next morning at 9 o clock for 350 Bah. Longtail boats are driven by old car engines.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Even they are not modern speed boats they go quite fast. All of us (14 Passengers) got very wet.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
We slowly passed the viking cave and stoped for snorkeling at a rocky beach.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Our destination Maya Beach is located on the Island Ko Phi Phi Leh and looked a lot different from what we had expected. Insted of nice green nature as seen on the advertise signs, the beach was packed with thousends of tourists.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Everyone who wanted to leave the boat had to pay another 100 Baht admission and people arriving by speed boats even 200 Bah.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Hunderets of boats were parked beside each other, so many that I could hardly see the beach.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Realy nice were the 30 minutes we were allowed to snorkel in front of Maya Beach.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
In the deep, clear water we could dive between hundereds of colorfull tropical fishes. A wonderfull nature experience.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
The tour endet with the advertised meal: a very very very small portion of rice and two bits of ananas. Anyway I would allways do it again :)
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
A few days before my flight back to europa I left the island and took the bus.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
For 200 Baht the bus brought me back to Sura Thani. From there I took the night train for 217 Baht back to bangkok.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Lucky the train was not full so I could sleep.
 
Escaping the winter - summer hollidays in Thailand
Relaxed and with a few hours delay like allways we reached Bangkok after 12 hours. The life in Bangkok went on like normal, even the government had stoped the demonstrations with police man and soldiers. No need to worry.
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