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y M y a d i l o a H f o e m i t e f i L I left my footprints in the sand after finally growing tired of grey skies and the nine to five. February 2011 / 18



s I stepped off the

eyelids just wouldn’t agree with

Now you can’t visit Thailand

plane, the warm

me and it was time to head back

without a trip to the islands such

air washed over

to the hotel and slip into my

as Phuket in the Andaman Sea

squishy double bed.

just off the coast of Phang-nga

me and the sun beat down on my face. All the planning and months

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Province. Again it is known for

of saving were worth it, I was

After two days in Bangkok I

being the host to some of the

actually in Thailand. I couldn’t

travelled to Laos where I was

best beaches in the world, it’s like

help but feel overwhelmed as the

stunned by the endless beaches,

you can’t escape them.. as if you

rush of Bangkok surrounded me

a crystal blue ocean, friendly

would want to. Also it was the set

and a smile crept across my face

locals and foods that I didn’t know

for the Leonardo Dicaprio film

as my eyes constantly darted

existed let alone tasted before!

‘The Beach’, such a shame he

around, attempting to soak in the

My senses were alive and the

didn’t hang around...

beautiful views.

warm sand engulfed my body

Phuket’s neighbouring island Phi

as I laid back and didn’t think of

Phi was badly hit by the Tsunami

I wasn’t staying in a 5 star hotel

England. Now Laos is notorious

but very little evidence remains as

but even so I was welcomed by

for it’s night life and it certainly

they made a swift recovery, once

a folded towel swan on my bed,

didn’t dissappoint... there was

again is the beautiful island that it

a flat screen television and a

no end to the bars that I could

was known as.

gorgeous deep bath to relax in

quench my thirst in for a pitence

before I took on this new

and dance the night away with my

Now staying in Phi Phi was

country, hardly the premier inn

better half.

slightly different to what I was

experience that I was used to.

If the day time seemed

I was welcomed by endless beaches, a crystal blue ocean and friendly locals

overwhelming then I had

used to, where was my folded swan towel for one? I quickly found out that the island does not contain a single hotel, but instead beach huts are

a big shock in store when the sun

Fruity cocktails slipped past my

available at an alarming small

had set because the night life is

lips while the ever graceful man in

price, which i definitely wasn’t

far from quaint dinner parties.

my life opted for a ‘bucket’, half a

complaining about. It’s an

Think more hussle, bussle and

bottle of whiskey is emptied with

incredible feeling being able to roll

extremely friendly locals trying to

a mixer and served... hardly a

out of bed straight onto a beach

tempt you to for a drink with them.

cosmo but when in Rome!

or to relax in a hammock under a

I must have been dreaming. Less

palm tree.

than 20 hours ago I was standing

Now let me tell you... I don’t think

in a grey airport in a grey country

there is a better cure for a sore

As I soaked up the rays on the

looking at grey suits... now I

head than a laying on a beach

last remaining days of my holiday

couldn’t turn my head without

with the freshest fruit that money

I had time to reflect on my travels.

seeing a bright light, hearing

can buy for breakfast, although

From the floating markets, the

the ring of a bicycle bell and the

there simply isn’t time to feel sorry

wildlife, nightlife, stunning views

laughter of fellow tourists.

for yourself with all the sights

and white sandy beaches, there

that need to be seen, such as

isn’t a way to not enjoy a visit to

Although I wanted to stay in the

the historic temples and floating

Thailand. Just don’t forget to take

heart of Thailand forever, my


the sunscreen!

February 2011 / 19

Travel Feature  

A travel feature about the Koh Phi Phi Islands in Thailand