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Phi Phi Island

May 26, 2013

We caught a large tourist boat from Ao Nang to Phi Phi Island – about a 2 hour trip by boat off shore.  It is a very small and picturesque island that was hit very hard by the Tsunami in 2004….and it felt a little bit surreal being there in person after watching some of the videos on Youtube.

We ended up picking a “wilderness” hotel fairly far away from the main tourist town on the island – so it was a quiet, peaceful, and relatively short stay on the island for us.  Our hotel was right on the ocean and had a small, essentially private beach right out front.  The place was beautiful – http://www.vikingnatureresort.com with both large and small houses/huts carved into the jungle cliffs along the beachfront.  Much to Kat’s delight, ours was unexpectably huge and beautiful!

Although we loved the place and the location – the rooms didn’t have air conditioning (we feel a little wimpy writing that) and the entire family just cooked in the room the first night.  It was a hot, sweaty and sleepless night for the entire family (we are here in the hot season – so it is 30 to 35 every day with 70% humidity and only cools off a bit at night.  We decided to cut our stay short….and start making our way back over to our planned longer stay in Koh Samui on the east coast of Thailand.

Highlights

*  The resort itself was beautiful and had an almost Gilligan’s Island feel to it – with the restaurant, tables, huts, and houses all incorporating larges amounts of natural building materials,

and “blended” in with the natural setting.  The setting and the private beach combined to create a very beautiful environment.  The children were able to spend a lot of time jumping in the waves and looking for fish and seashells.

* The invasion of the Mang Mows bugs.  Unfortunately we were “trying” to sleep through it – so we remained blissfully unaware of the flurry of activity happening outside our door.  We had a very large balcony attached to our house – and when we awoke to head for breakfast we opened the door and found the floor of our balcony literally carpetted with hundreds and hundreds of large bug wings.  Each wing was probably two cms in length and we had to use a broom to sweep them all up.  Apparently after a rainstorm they will often be drawn into shelter (lights help), drop their wings, crawl off and mate, then die.  We talked to a Thai lady about it – it is fairly common and eating the bugs is apparently a bit of a delicacy in northern Thailand.  We spoke to one of the resaurant managers and he said they litterally swarmed into the open air restaurant and kitchen last night – they were everywhere.  He actually had to run into the restaurant office and close the door there were so many of them.  He had at least one male guest come to him in the night saying that his wife was scared and crying her eyes out.  The guest had been sent down to reception to ask if the staff could do anything about all of the bugs – manager had stuck his head out the door and said “No sorry “

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