After an hour by minibus to port, then another hour in a speedboat with twenty other people, we made it to Maya Bay, the famous beach cove from the movie “The Beach.” It is the only beach in the world that I know where you have to pay money (400 Baht per person) to walk on. The majority of our boat mates disembarked on Maya Bay, but for the rest of us, we stood on the boat which went back out into the bay and floated there for a while, allowing the beach goers to enjoy Maya Bay Beach and allowed us on the boat to swim in the bay around the boat.
The next stop was the Monkey Beach. We sailed along the Viking Cave and anchored down on a beach riddled with those macaque monkeys. I didn’t really care about the monkeys, but I disembarked with the rest of them and strolled along the beach shore until we had to return to the boat.
Next we sailed around Koh Phi Phi a bit more before we stopped in one of the bay’s for snorkeling. I had never in my life snorkeled before. The fact that I don’t know how to swim was probably the defining factor as to why I had never snorkeled. But, this trip has been filled with all sorts of adventures that could have killed me that my heart told me to try it out while my more rational brain part screamed CAUTION you don’t know how to swim! It was fine though, if not a bit terrifying. I donned my fins and mask and a lifevest and hopped off the boat into the middle of a wide bay with nothing but water around me, no land in sight. And I was scared. I was, not going to lie. My very trusty friend John helped me along the way and I was able to dip under for three goes and look at all the pretty fishes.
After snorkeling we anchored down on Koh Phi Phi Don for lunch. We ate a buffet-styled lunch and after had a bit of time to explore a few of the shops on the island. We didn’t have much time to explore the whole island, which I think is one drawback from doing a day trip like this, but I saw enough of it to know that all the shops sell the same things as all the other shops on all the other islands in Thailand.
So after Koh Phi Phi Don, we made beach on Khai Island, a every small island that is nothing but beach all around, for swimming and more snorkeling. I was able to relax on the beach here and take a dip in the water with all the beautiful tropical fishes. After Khai Island we sailed for about a half hour back to port, then the minibus back to Karon Beach in Phuket and our day trip ended. It was lovely and we were exhausted, which was a good sign for us that we enjoyed ourselves.
I don’t have very much to say about the Big Buddha other than it was very peaceful walking around the temple and that Buddhist like to make their Buddha statues huge. We stood at the temple for about an hour or so, then instead of walking back, we hopped on a tuk tuk to Lamai Beach. When we got to the road that led to the beach, we found a really cool street market, which we decided to walk through before heading back to our resort. We ended up trying a bit of street food there. I had these two curry puff things, one chicken curry and the other vegetable curry, along with a banana pancake with chocolate syrup drizzled on the top, which was so good!