Phuket and Phi Phi Island
We were so sad to leave Chiang Mai but thankfully, we were only half way through our trip. Next destination: Picturesque Phuket. First I have to clarify the pronunciation as I can here giggles from here. It’s not pronounced Foo-ket and certainly not Fuk-et as a couple of friends enjoy referring to it as. The “H” in Thai is silent so it’s simply “Pooket”
Katathani resort is one of the very few resorts right on the beach of the island of Phuket. There are many beaches on the island so we were delighted to learn ours was one of the most secluded and quiet ones. Yet we are only one little but very steep hill away from the buzzing small village of Kata: hundreds of little shops, tailors, restaurants and prescription eyewear stores (nope, we don’t get this last one either.) It was already late when we got to our hotel after a 2 hour flight and 1 hour drive. We checked out the place then walked to Kata to have a very disappointing first Thai dinner in an otherwise lovely beach front restaurant.
Day 2 in Phuket was a speedboat trip to Phi Phi Island. Remember our Thai pronunciation lesson from easlier? With the “H” silent, giggles are totally allowed for this one. It is “Pee Pee” as in “Little Johnny had to go pee pee on the island”. But the dazzling beauty of this place is no joke. Aqua water, lime stone rock with shear cliffs covered in lush green foliage. It’s a dreamy place.
Our first stop was on a small deserted island where we had about an hour to enjoy the beach and snorkel around the water.
Next was another snorkeling stop but this time in the middle of the sea by a coral wall. There were many fish swimming around us but the snorkeling in Roatan kicks Thailand’s snorkeling butt, hands down.
Afterwards it was time for lunch on another island. Delicious buffet on the beach. Yummers! Off again we went in the speed boat for a swim in the middle of a secluded cove.
Our last stop for snorkeling was in the middle of nowhere which was jam-packed with tiny, nasty jelly fish. Needless to say we were both in and out of the water before you can say Jelly-fishy 3 times… These buggers sting like a be-atch!!
The final stop was in Maya beach. Remember the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio from 2000 where he hears rumors of a beach paradise where a very small secret community lives? That paradise is Phi Phi Island filmed on Maya beach.
The reality now is it’s crammed with boat loads of tourists. It’s so busy it’s difficult to look past the people to see the extreme beauty of the Island.
Another 45 minutes of a bumpy but exciting speed boat ride brought us back to the pier leaving me with a super stylin’ reverse raccoon sunburn on my face!!