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Ao Lo Sa Ma

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  • Day14

    We got up early and headed out as it was a clear sunny morning. We went down to the beach to have a morning swim and take some photos. We wanted to go snorkeling but had too much stuff to leave on the beach, so decided to go for some breakfast and leave the rest of the stuff in the hostel. This was a great idea as breakfast was fantastic. Izzi had eggs, bacon and huge hunks of toast and Tom had eggy bread, maple Syrup and fruit. We then went and brought a couple of GoPro bits from a shop and then headed back to the beach to go for a snorkel. We found an area where some people were learning to scubadive and joined in, feeling great that we could use the same bit of sea and not have to pay a lot of money to do it. We'd bought snorkels the day before and they were brilliant. After snorkeling, we headed back to the hostel to get ready for the afternoon of island touring, and had a brilliant Pad Thai with a thick mango smoothie and an iced tea (this one was really odd, imagine making a Twinings peach fruit tea, pouring it over ice and then adding milk). But then it was time for the Island tour.

    We walked down to the longtail boat and met 4 others who were on the tour as well. We set off and the moment we left the harbour it started pelting it down with rain. It was mental, skipping over the sea with the rain crashing around us. We headed for our first stop, monkey beach, which is a cove where monkeys live on the cliffs and in the trees around the beach. Another boat had peanuts, so we took some and fed the monkeys that came down to the water. It was amazing to see them in the wild and be so close to them! We got back in the boat and headed off to the island south of Koh Phi Phi, called Phi Phi Lee. First stop there was a place called "blue lagoon" where we jumped off the boat and swam for a while. Beautiful place! We then headed round the corner to another bay where we could snorkel. The fish here were brilliant and we followed parrot rainbow fish, angel fish, powderblue surgeonfish and loads of sergeant majors. We swam up to an empty beach too, and for a couple of minutes we were by ourselves on our own Thai beach! The boat then took us to Maya Bay the setting from the film "The Beach". Until a few months ago, this was a huge tourist destination and hundreds of people flocked there every hour to walk on the beach. It got to the stage where 80% of the coral there had died, so the government banned boats and people from entering that part of the bay, and since then it has started to re grow. However, we snorkelled in another area further back from the bay and the amount of fish was incredible! They were swimming around some food and we could barely swim for the fish that circled!! We spent an hour there taking photos and swimming around. It was brilliant! The guys driving the boat cut up a pineapple for us to eat.

    After snorkeling here we sat on the boat for about 45 minutes waiting for it to get dark around us, then the boat drivers told us to jump in and wave out arms around. There were plankton glowing in the dark wherever you moved the water, it was absolutely incredible.

    After heading back to the shore, we grabbed some dinner and then headed to the fire show. This was insane, guys just dancing around with sticks or balls on fire, standing on top of each others shoulders spinning fireworks and fire, and at one point walking across a tight rope while spinning wheels on fire... Absolutely insane and nerve wracking but well worth seeing.
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  • Day15

    Maya bay

    February 19, 2017 in Thailand

    I am officially running out of descriptive words!! This place is stunningly beautiful, the crystal clear water is sheltered by 100-metre high cliffs. The downside is, its packed with tourists! They reckon that at any given time there is probably about 30 plus speedboats visiting.

    It was still incredible to see. This is where the movie,the Beach, (with Leonardo de Caprio) was filmed.

    Me and Roedolf swam out quite deep to escape the crowds and have a couple of moments of pure beauty to ourselves.

    We spend about an hour here, then we were gathered like sheep again to get back on the boat. We did enjoy it but we don't like competing with the crowds. We love off the beaten track, probably out of selfishness.
    Our Similan and Siren islands visits were way more idyllic probably also because we were there when the crowds have departed.

    {Issy}
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  • Day22

    Ausflug Maya Beach Koh Phi Phi

    April 1, 2017 in Thailand

    Im Reisebüro vor Ort haben wir für den heutigen Tag einen Ausflug zur Maya Bucht gebucht. Wir haben uns für die „Early Morning“ Variante entschieden (06:30-11:00 Uhr), um den Menschenmassen zu entgehen.
    Nach einer halben Stunde Fahrt mit dem Speedboot erreichten wir endlich die Bucht, besser bekannt als „the Beach“, wo auch der gleichnamige Film mit Leonardo DiCaprio gedreht wurde. Ich kann wirklich sagen, dass sich das frühe Aufstehen gelohnt hat. Um 7:00 Uhr morgens sind wir nämlich fast alleine. Je später es wurde, desto mehr Boote haben die Bucht belagert.
    Es ist wahrhaftig wunderschön – für mich einer der schönsten Strände in Thailand. Türkisblaues Wasser, feinster Sandstrand, umgeben von einer spektakulären Kulisse.
    Wir hätten ca. 1,5 Stunden Aufenthalt.

    Danach ging es weiter zum Shark Point, um 30 Minuten zu schnorcheln.
    Wie der Name schon sagt, gibt es hier Haie – und zwar schwarzspitzen Riffhaie.
    Ich bin ganz nah an die Felsen geschwommen und tatsächlich… direkt vor mir tauchte ein Hai auf. Man muss sich relativ ruhig verhalten, da die Tiere sehr scheu sind.
    An diesem Punkt sind die Haie alle relativ klein (½ Meter ungefähr). Gegenüber im Meer ist ein großer Kalksteinfelsen, wo laut unserem Guide auch 3-4 Meter lange Tiere anzutreffen sind.

    Nächster Stopp: Monkey Beach – ein winzig kleiner Strand und überall sitzen Affen. Man kommt ganz nahe an sie heran, sollte sie aber nicht streicheln, da sie durchaus zubeißen können. Man merkt, dass sie an Touristen gewohnt sind, da sie den Leuten bei der kleinsten Unaufmerksamkeit Getränke oder Essen ohne scheu stibitzen.

    Auf dem Rückweg sind wir noch an der „Viking Cave“ genannten Höhle vorbei gefahren. Hier leben Menschen mitten im Meer in den Kalksteinfelsen. Seeschwalben nisten hier und die Nester werden von den Seenomaden teils unter halsbrecherischen Bedingungen für chinesische Kunden geerntet, da sie als Delikatesse gelten und die Händler für die Nester einen guten Preis erzielen.
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  • Day54

    paradise is a bitch

    December 4, 2016 in Thailand

    Heute haben wir einen Ausflug zur berühmten Maya Bay unternommen. (the Beach) Leider war der Wettergott auch heute wieder nicht gnädig und es regnete den ganzen Morgen. Aufgrund von Sturmflutwarnungen in Südthailand machen wir uns lieber auf nach Kambodscha.

    >>>Die Phi Phi Inseln an der Westküste Südthailands sind erst in den letzten Jahren zu einer Touristenattraktion geworden. Seit dem Kinofilm "The Beach" mit Leonardo Di Caprio, der dort gedreht wurde, pilgern in der Hauptsaison zwischen November und Februar täglich Tausende von Touristen nach Koh Phi Phi Don. Die grün überwucherten Berghänge und die weißen Strände sind Teil des Nationalparks Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi. Auf den Inseln gibt es keine Straßen oder Autos, alles wird zu Fuß oder mit dem landestypischen Longtail-Boot erledigt. <<<Read more

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Ao Lo Sa Ma, อ่าวโล๊ะสะมะ

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