So, before we get started on this post, we would like to clarify two things:
1) The "we" now being referred to includes only Kristelle and Steph. Josee-Anne left us last week for a far more Canadian experience (and she better be reading this if she doesnt want a serious ass-kicking).
2) In Thailand, "Ph" is always pronouned "p". So, when visiting a place called Phuket or Ko Phi-Phi, as we did last week, the suppression of giggles is mandatory. So, get your chuckles out, people, because we are about to tell the story of Poo-get and Ko Pee Pee. How childish!
So, on the 9th of August, we flew from Bangkok to Phuket (for 36$, thank you very much). We arrived in Phuket and promptly found a beach... it was not a difficult task! We soon fell asleep in the sun (we had to be at the airport for 5 AM, can you blame us?), which was a huge mistake. When we woke up, Steph's back was fried and Kristelle's front was not much better. So we headed in and slathered on the after-sun. The next day, Steph went Scuba Diving, while Kristelle went back to the beach. This time, though, the brilliant girl stayed under a parasol! Thank goodness for parasols! The diving was, as always, amazing! Loads of unidentified fish and colourful coral. If it had not been for the sea-sickness and the near-vomitting experience at 6 metres on the second dive, it would have been a perfect day. But alas! Anyway, on our last day in Phuket, we did some shopping (naturally!) and walked along the beach. Steph got talked into parasailing, which was really cool.... painful as hell, but cool. They strap you into that harness so ridiculously tightly... let's just say, that if any of you plan of parasailing at any point, a triangle bikini top is not sturdy enough... it'll come right off, I promise!
So, after that lovely experience, we headed to Ko Phi-Phi, a very small island about an hour and a half away from Phuket. Phi-Phi is actually one of the islands that suffered the worst damage during the tsunami, and many places on the island are still being rebuilt. Despite all this, the beaches of Ko Phi-Phi are outstanding. In fact, our trustworthy Lonely Planet describes Ko Phi-Phi as "the prettiest place on earth" and we would tend to agree. White sand beaches, crystal clear green water and giant limestone cliffs off in the distance do tend to make for quite a day at the beach! Another really cool part about the beach on Phi-Phi is that the water is only shoulder deep at most and the waves do not come crashing in on you at every second. You can just sit there in the water and enjoy the cool of the ocean. Great! We spent a few days on Ko Phi-Phi, just relaxing... with the most exciting thing that happened to us being that we got locked in our room on the first day. Steph had to climb out the window to get help at the front desk and we needed the aid of 3 Thai men to finally get the lock fixed (and by that, of course, we mean replaced).
That's about it for the past couple of days. Sadly, Roisin, Callum and Matt have gone home, so we no longer have our favourite Europeans to keep us company. (We're supposed to write about them in a verysentimental way - you know how the male ego is - but we can't come up with anything sappy, so they'll have to settle)
We are now settled in Ao Nang for about 5 days (seems like forever!). Next time on Rice and Noodles: white water rafting, elephant riding, island hopping and Malaysia! See you then!!
Steph and Kris