20.02.2011 50 °C
Its amazing how the beaches keep getting better and better. Yesterday we did an island tour to 4 small Islands: Poda Island, Chicken Island, Top Island and Railay beach (can't remember the name of the island). Huge pillars of limestone jut out from the water like icebergs. The sands are whiter than we've ever seen and the water is crystal clear. In the last blog I mentioned the jelly fish and how we kept getting stung by the microscopic sealife. Well this time, the jelly fish were the size of soccer balls, looking like huge balls of pink cotton candy. And this was the place we were snorkeling in..."ok...jump in" eek. These are the ones that could hospitalize you if you got stung. After a few daring people jumped in, Diana and I joined them. I was furiously looking around for the squishy balls of death while trying to pretend like I was enjoying all the pretty fish when something bit my back. Of course I squealed through my snorkel and whipped around expecting to see a giant pink ball behind me...but it was just a lil fishie
I've never been so dark in all my life with all these beach days. Diana and I are slapping on the sunscreen like its going outta style but still I keep getting darker. I've also never felt sun like this before, I hate to say it but its kinda like torture...lol I'm so dark, I'm darker than the Thai people who ironically buy creams with bleach in them to whiten their skin.
We're now on the island of Phi Phi Don , the only Phi Phi island that is inhabited. Its an impressive lil island that is completly commercialized. The brick pathways lead you on a maze through the village filled with young people. There's ATM's on every corner and even a 7-11. There is a variety of food to accomadate every ethenticity. Last night we went to a pub where I had the best beer battered fish and chips I've had since England! with a pitcher of strawberry daquiri MMm for less than $8. There are even book stores here, Diana said she's never been so excited to see a book store in her entire life as she was when she saw it here. We're running a lil low on our reading material since we're reading like its going outta style, a book every few days.... But then we found this place, all the books are used and all of them are best sellers, so we eached picked out two
Today we're off on another tour. Thailand really likes their tours...."oh good price, deal for you" ha its not so shop around. We learned our lesson from the last tour we payed 500baht and they told us "same price for thai people, good deal for you" and found out others were paying 350. boo. Realistically its only a 3$ difference. 500baht is like 15 bucks so still cheap but knowing that you were ripped off is no fun.
Anyways, back to today's tour...we're heading to the famous "beach" from the movie "the beach" with Leonardo Dicaprio so exciting. we're also going to shark point where hopefully we'll swim with some more "vegetarian" sharks my Mom said she thought we would have posted a picture from the shark I saw.....ha. When I saw that shark ...and remember I've never seen a shark in my LIFE....my first thought was NOT to get a picture....ha ha. So THIS time, yes I will try...just for you Momma! "Just stay still lil fishie....say cheezzzz"
We are having a wonderful time on our journey and continue to have lots of laughs with each other. The other night at dinner I said to Diana "So tell me something new...." We both laughed
Ok off for another painful beach day....wish us luck!
Therese & Diana