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Bangkok, Phi Phi, Bangkok......home

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Turned out the last leg of travel from Chiang Mai to Phi Phi was probably one of the worst yet, taking 22 hours all in all. We took an overnight bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, which neither of us slept on. We then took an airport bus to the airport to catch a flight to Krabi, where we took a fancy minivan which was supposed to take us to the pier to catch a ferry to the island. However we were instead taken to a travel agent 5 km short of the pier, where we were told we had to buy a ticket for the boat at a seemingly overinflated price. I cracked at that point, and there was a bit of shouting and f'ing and blinding between me and the scary lady at the travel agency, who knew an impressive number of swear words in English. To cut a long story short we managed to get the taxi guy to take us all the way to the pier, where it turned out the price for the ferry was exactly the same, however, I was glad we weren't giving it to the woman. Turns out there are different prices for locals and tourists on the ferries, the locals paying only a third of the price for the same trip, which is a bit of a joke. Anyway, we eventually made it to the island, and spent 6 days on the beach, which was magic. Got great weather the whole time, got a bit burnt, but have ended up sufficiently tanned. We did loads of snorkelling. Saw some really big black tip sharks, which Jenny didn't enjoy too much. We returned to Bangkok a couple of days ago, and have spent our time shopping and lounging by the pool. Other than that, not been up to anything too exciting. Going to the massive weekend market today to buy more stuff before flying back home very early tomorrow morning. Can't believe it's been a year. Not looking forward to the cold back home, stripping the tan off us within seconds no doubt. Jenny's champing at the bit to return home. As for me, I think I'm done with all the long distance buses, and ready to get back to reality, although would find it difficult to turn down a chance to go round again if it presented itself. Been such an amazing trip. Anyway, this'll be the last entry.....until the next trip.

Posted by calumfife 09:28 Archived in Thailand

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