We sadly said goodbye to our beloved Koh Lipe, pledging to return someday, and headed to Koh Phi Phi, which promised beautiful beaches and dramatic limestone cliffs (the location of the film, The Beach). To get there we just had to take an easy four hour boat ride. The night before had been extremely windy, waking us in the middle of the night, and causing the water to become very choppy. I wasn’t that concerned because the ferries we’d previously taken had been large, not easily affected by rough waters. This boat was no large ferry though. To our shock we boarded a rather small speed boat to make the journey. We were the last to board, per usual, making us sit in the front of the boat. Within five minutes, we’d been banged around and completely drenched with water. Every bump had me gripping the railing, a new gallon of salt water thrown in my face. After thirty minutes, they had everyone put on life vests. That couldn’t be a good sign. Did they think we could capsize? Or someone could get thrown out? Lord knows if someone was going to fall out of the boat it would most likely be me.
Four hours of this would’ve been bad, but this ride turned into SEVEN. Seven of the worst hours of my life. Drenched, cold, my hand throbbing from holding on, my head aching from the giant bumps. To make matters worse, we hadn’t put on sunscreen, not expecting to be uncovered and definitely not for seven hours. We should’ve put it on once onboard, but the sky was overcast and our main concern was holding on rather than lathering up. Needless to say, we arrived in Koh Phi Phi exhausted and completely fried Summer Rental style. As you can see from the picture, it wasn’t pretty. Luckily we found our hotel quickly. I had to condition my hair three times to try to get out the knots and then remained in bed the rest of the evening trying recover. The real low point though came when we opened our bags and found all of our freshly washed clothes completely soaked. Jolian declared it his worst travel experience, which if you’ve heard some of his travel stories you know that’s a big proclamation.
Koh Phi Phi is really gorgeous, but so far we’ve had a hard time enjoying it what with our blistered foreheads and aching bodies. We had a thai massage on the beach yesterday which proved to be painful, but seemed to help. At least I got some awesome sunglass marks out of it. I hear the raccoon look is in this season. Lucky me.