THAI BOXING DOWN THE PUB

There’s a bar in Koh Phi Phi with a boxing ring (why not?!), where tourists are encouraged to give Thai boxing a go. If they challenge each other, they’re automatically eligible for a free bucket of alcohol each, and on an island where buckets are practically the currency, you can imagine how popular this is! It was highly entertaining to witness the uncoordinated swinging of fists (the men) along with the competitive cut-throat kicking and scratching (the women). However, when we were treated to a real Thai boxing match with professionals, the drama, and obviously the skill, took on a whole new level. It was impossible to look away at this enthralling and artistically brutal sport, whilst you could feel the audience clench with each devastating kick. Though no matter what kind of a bloody, pulpy state they left each other in, we still caught them embracing and sharing a beer together afterwards…

Stunned but impressed,

Charlotte & Sarah x

IF YOU PLAY WITH FIRE, YOU WILL GET BURNED

After the tranquility of Rantee Beach, we headed to Ton Sai, Koh Phi Phi village. If you like to party, this is the place to be. It’s a stunning setting for relatively peaceful days and hedonistic nights. The tide comes so close to the bars and hostels that at points you may find yourself wading through the water in your finest party attire, then later dancing on a small sandy island as the tide retreats in the early hours.

Fire shows are the main source of entertainment at beach parties. Watching the professionals is an impressive sight to behold, but far more anxiety-inducing is watching drunken backpackers try their hand at it for a free bucket of whiskey.

If there’s one thing we learned on Phi Phi, if you play with fire…

Charlotte & Sarah x

THE PROS & CONS OF A 1* BEACH HUT

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We write this from beneath the mosquito net. Or ‘the net of fear’ if you will. We don’t ever want to mislead in our blog and so we’ll be straight with you, we’re wimps. We are not hardened to cockroaches and the bats whose home we have invaded by entering this hut. It’s the middle of the night and we are anxious. The mosquitos are circling like hungry sharks, we know they’re aware we’re under here, they are a rare breed of super mosquito that show no fear of deet or beatings. The net provided had gaping holes through which we could fit our head and we rightly assumed that a mosquito could do the same. We therefore had to fashion a contraption… Continue reading

PEACE ON PHI PHI

We stayed in Phuket only one night, sadly unmoved by Patong. We saw too many bright lights, McDonald’s signs and overcrowded beaches of boozed up tourists. We did, however, meet some incredible Thai people. This is something that we’re finding is easy to do as they’re some of the kindest, friendliest people we’ve ever come across. We chatted with some ladyboys who were more than happy to point us in the right direction for food, whilst Bee, a young Thai woman who worked at our hostel, chatted with us for a few hours, helping us to improve our pronunciation of the limited Thai vocabulary we know, and giving an insight on the islands and where’s best to visit.

We’d heard that Koh Phi Phi had become very developed in recent years and that most areas were noisy and crowded. Whilst we were we keen to spend some time in Phi Phi town, we were after somewhere more remote initially. Further round the coast, Rantee beach certainly didn’t disappoint. The secluded beach was a haven, with little more the than scuttling of crabs and soft ocean waves disturbing the silence…

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Sunrise on Rantee beach… Continue reading