Sarah and I had 5 days to enjoy Phuket and Ko Phi Phi before heading up to Chiang Mai for our photo shoots. It was too short of a trip, but we managed to cram in a lot. We are DEFINITELY coming back here for an extended period of time next time.
We had to experience the craziness of Phuket first and decided to stay in Patong Beach. We lucked out and had a gorgeous hotel in the quieter northern section of the beach.
The hotel rooms opened up onto a patio that had steps into the pool and a swim up bar and we were in heaven here.
Yeah, this is what happens when you have two photographers and a waterproof camera and some alcohol in the pool☺
Of course in every country I manage to find a pick-up soccer game. I was the only girl with a group of Europeans, but I held my own☺ I even scored and had an assist!
We then hired a driver to take us to the Elephant Camp. We were able to buy buckets of bananas to feed them and to play with them.
Sarah found one her size to feed and it STILL dwarfed her☺
We didn’t ride them or watch the “monkey show” because we honestly just wanted to meet them and take photos, which pissed off our cab driver since he makes commission on taking us to these places. We got into a huge argument with our driver, but we didn’t let it ruin our day. Instead we had him drive us to the huge Buddha Statue at the highest point in Phuket.
It is still under construction, but is going to be stunning when it is finished.
You could walk around and see how they are placing the curved, carved marble pieces together and it is quite the architectural feat.
The head of the Buddha Statue is covered with curved spiral marble carvings. The spiral in their culture is a very spiritual symbol.
The Thai LOVE their gold. Most of the statues we saw were gold and were of either monks or their gods. In this case, Ganesha.
Sarah and I had to buy sarongs to cover our shoulders here , which is “Temple 101” and we knew better. That’s why we always pack our own when we are traveling.
We decided to over compensate for our lack of attire by making as many prayer offerings as we could☺
Here is a portrait of the King and Queen of Thailand. Apparently the King is in hospital and lives there permanently now.
Here is a shot of the craziness of Patong Beach. I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life!
Sarah and I decided to spend our last two days in Ko Phi Phi island. This was the best decision we have ever made and the best scuba diving I have experienced to date.
We found the best dive shop run by some French people and had the most EPIC dive experience ever. Not only did I play with an octopus, sit on the sea floor with a leopard shark and swim through canyons of hot pink coral, but in between dives we ate fresh local Thai food and visited the lagoon where they filmed “The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio. SO AMAZING!
I booked this little hotel called Phi Phi the Beach Resort. The only way to get there was by water taxi, since there are no roads or vehicles on this island. We had FULL service, not only did they carry our bags off the boat, but they even carried us!
Here is a portrait of the water taxis that we took everywhere. Even to go out to the bars at night! I literally had to walk waist deep in the water with my clothes on to take a taxi somewhere.
The only other time I have seen water this green was in Zanzibar. This was how crystal clear and gorgeous the water was here. Imagine how the diving was!
People would walk around the markets with rare exotic animals to hold and take photos of. I held a lemur, which I am now obsessed with and want as a pet. Here is the cutest baby monkey I saw.
A view of our hotel from the water taxi. We honestly found THE BEST hotel on the island. We had our own private bungalow on stilts, a private beach where the fisherman would bring their catch for dinner and grill it right there for us, and live music and fire dancers to entertain us. Truly paradise!
This is how we walked around everywhere…in our bikinis. We even waited for the ferry with our luggage on the docks this way. It was a pretty surreal island and we were devastated to have to leave.
Here is a view of all of the water taxis waiting for work from the main dock.
Here is the sunset view from our hotel in Ko Phi Phi. We raced down to the beach to take this photo and almost missed it. Now you can understand why we did not want to leave this place!