Farewell to the western world's Thai outpost!
We are out of Ko Phi Phi! I repeat: we are out of Ko Phi Phi!
Oooooh, the relief.
Seriously, this is wonderful. We are spending a night in Ranong today because we missed the ferry to Ko Phayam, but that is just fine. Finally we are a minority again... I was beginning to feel strange about that. A 5 hour bus ride from Phuket brought us to this lovely little coastal town, and it is incredible. It is very near the boarder (perhaps even on it) of Burma, and the tourist population is thankfully minimal. Prices of food and board are once again reasonable, and there's something satisfying about sticking out like a sore thumb once again.
The hostel we're at seems really great, and we can book things for Ko Phayam right here. We hope to stay at Bamboo Bungalows on the west coast of Ko Phayam. It's cheap, there are motorcycle rentals, kayaking, snorkeling (or sanorkaling or snokeling or snorkelig as they often spell it) and all other manners of activities. We haven't gotten there yet, but we're already giddy with anticipation. So excited even, that we're most likely abandoning our plan to make it for the January 28th full moon party and catch a later one. We leave at 9:00 tomorrow... and not a moment too soon, although Ranong seems like a pretty cool place too.
I am in such delight right now, fortuna has truly cast us on an upward cycle, and my gastric valve is fully opened (yes I started reading A Confederacy of Dunces again).
I hope that Ko Phayam is everything it seems to be... but as Tamir has stated, even if it's half as good as it looks, it will still be twice as good as Ko Phi Phi.
Oh yeah, to add to the negativity of the Ko Phi Phi experience, we got robbed as we were skinny dipping in the ocean late last night... silly silly tourists are we.