Day 1: To Phi Phi Island from Phuket
We had a lot of holidays while teaching in Thailand.
Luckily, before I left Chaiyaphum, I was able to see one of Thailand’s most beautiful and touristy islands: the Phi Phi Islands.
Some of the girls from Xplore Asia decided to go to Phi Phi for a few days.
The three of us that were in Chaiyaphum: Dina, Amy, and I, took a bus from Chaiyaphum to Bangkok on a Friday night after school. We went to go meet the two other girls from Xplore Asia.
We all met at the airport early that Saturday morning. Our flight wasn’t until way later that morning, around 6 am so we had hours to kill at the airport.
We just hung out at the airport. I ended up getting Burger King and we all took small naps every here and there.
I loved living in Thailand but I really loved when we’d go to Bangkok. I’d always splurge and find some western or comfort food. I mean, Burger King and McDonald’s aren’t my favorite places on the planet but for some reason when I’m abroad, I like trying their food. I enjoy trying new food and usually when I go to Burger King or McDonald’s, their menu is different than the menu in the US. For example in South Korea, they had a shrimp burger and mozzarella sticks at McDonald’s.
From DMK airport in Bangkok, we flew to HKT in Phuket.
The flight from Bangkok to Phuket was I think around $50, which was a bit expensive but we were also going during peak season.
An hour later and we walked out of the airport in Phuket and we got scammed. Shocker.
They tried to make us pay extra to go to the pier that would bring us to Phi Phi island from Phuket.
Thankfully, we were a bit more experienced with scammers since living in Thailand for a little over a month.
We hopped in a van after doing some negotiating and they took us to the Rassada Pier.
After an hour-ish ride, we were at the pier. Next, we had to book our tickets to the Phi Phi Islands and our return ticket for our journey back home.
To Phi Phi Island from Phuket, it’s about 29 miles (46 km) and it was about ฿500 (~$15).
The ferry from Rassada Pier took about two hours and the water was alluring. It was hard not to stare into the deep blue sea; it was mesmerizing.
Once we docked at Ton Sai Pier, we were all famished. We walked around for a bit gazing and breathing in the fresh island air. We came across a Dublin Pub. I love seeing Dublin pubs or anything that really reminds me of home or family. We never got to go to the pub but walked by it quite a few times because our Airbnb was up more near the viewpoints. We went to a nearby restaurant called Pirates House Restaurant. They had Indian and Thai food.
From there we walked to our accommodation: PP Ingphu Viewpoint. Four of us stayed there while the other found a hostel that was close to us. It was about a ten-minute walk from the pier.
The island was filled with foreigners and vendors, of course. There were bathing suits, souvenirs, ashtrays- everything you could think of, they had. phi phi island from Phuket, rassada pier, pp ingphu viewpoint,
After settling in on the infamous island, we chilled at the beach and got to unwind a bit. We also went to this restaurant that was on the beach that had a pool overlooking the water- beautiful.
The water was lukewarm and clear- my favorite! We lounged by the glistening water for hours. It’s funny cause I always say how I am not a fan of the beach. Then I realize it’s only cause in Boston, the water is always cold and dark so I guess my thing is that I just don’t like beaches up near Boston LOL.
We went to a random bar called Dojo Bar and one of the workers took a few shots with us. He was a cool dude. Every day when we’d see him and he’d say hi to us.
The start of our 5 days on the Phi Phi Islands had officially begun.