3 May – 11 May: Koh Lipe.
The beauty of the island Koh Lipe is something you can’t picture or discribe. The first 6 nights we slept in a beautiful bamboo hut on the beach. The first thing you see when you wake up is the beach and the sea.
We spent a whole day snorkling with Madelon & Shirley – we’ve met those Dutch girls in the bus to Cameron Highlands and they were our neighbours on the beach;). It was beautifull. So much coral and so many fishes. Something we didn’t expect was the presence of só many Asian people at the same snorkling place. The only problem was the swimming part: they couldn’t. You saw dozens of Asian people with lifejackets holding their guide. It was hilarious.
Kas and I were happy that we took our surfshirts. The sun is so dangerous. After snorkling for not even an hour (and we did use suncream 50+) our back was totally burned.
Friday was an exciting day. Kas wanted to do the Padi course and he was prepared to do this alone. I tried diving many times, but I always had equalize problems. I gave it a last shot. Frans – our Dutch instructor – gave me tips and tricks and before I knew.. I was 5 meters underwater without a problem. So we decided to do the Padi course together. We did 2 open water dives four days in a row and everyday some theory. Sunday we had the exam of all the theory – of course we passed;-) – and Monday it was time for the real exam: 2 openwater dives. It went smooth and at the end of the day we were the happy owners of our Padi!
It were 4 full days of diving, but in the evening we had dinner at the beach, drank cocktails and met a girl who stole my heart. We were drinking beers at the Sawasdee Bar in Walking street. We were talking with the owner when a small, pretty blond haired girl with brown eyes walked in. The 7-year old daughter of the owner. Her name is Noy, born in Canada but moved to Koh Lipe with her mom when she was a baby. She plays violin, guitar and drums. She speaks fluently Thai, English and French. She speaks a bit Dutch, Spanish and Denish but she’s now learning herself Chinese. Just because it’s fun and she loves to talk with everybody. She’s not scared of anything – ‘if I’m afraid of spiders and cockroaches there’s no way I can even take a shower. No, I really love all the animals.’ – and of all the animals she loves horses the most. She has never seen a horse but when she’s older she will move to a farm with hundreds of horses. We came back to this bar many times, just to see Noy. This kid is amazingly sweet, listens very well and she’s super wise. She reminded me of Mowgli (Junglebook).
11 May – 12 May: Krabi
It was time to say goodbye to Koh Lipe, the most beautiful island we’ve ever seen. We took the speedboat to Pakbara and the minivan to Krabi. Due to the lowseason there are no boats from Lipe to another island, so the traveltime is a bit longer than usual. In Krabi we slept in Pak-Up Hostel in a dorm with 4 other Dutchies – men, Dutch people are real travellers ;-). We had dinner at a nightmarket and had fresh fish from the barbecue – we had a whole (!) tuna for 7 euro’s.
12 May -16 May: Koh Phi Phi.
Other travellers and websites warned us for the party vibe on this island. For this reason we decided to book a room uphill and not on the beach. The room was 10 minutes from the beach and had a good price of 5 euros per night. A good deal, despite the constant drunk owner.
The first night we realized how crazy loud the music was. We heard everything in our room: goodbye sleep. They warned us for a party island, but it’s even worse. This is Chersonissos 2.0. There are só many tourists and half of them is drunk 24/7. People ordering Mojito’s and buckets at 11 in the morning is quite normal. For woman the dresscode was clearly ‘less is more’ – girls were partying in something that was even léss then a bikini. Kas was totally fine with this dresscode though;).
Besides this, Koh Phi Phi is a beautiful Island. The beaches are white, the sea is light blue and the local people are super friendly. On the Island you’ve many restaurants on the beach and every night Koh Phi Phi gave us magical sunsets. The sunset amazed us everytime again and we enjoyed it many times with some drinks in the sand. Unfortunately we could’t do the dive on Phi Phi that we hoped for due to an infection on Kas his knee.
16th of May: Phuket.
We arrived in Phuket and took a minivan straight to the Bangkok Hospital because Kasper still had the infection after the treatments on Phi Phi. Before we knew the doctor brought Kas to the OR and cutted the wounds open. “Come here, take a look” the doctor said to me. I didn’t know if this was a good plan but I was too curious. Ugh, I won’t describe it and will spare you the details, but it was the most nasty thing I’ve ever (if you are curious you can look at the picture above, but I warned you;)). The doctor smiled and laughed about my face. I think I was a bit pale.. The doctor told Kas to take some rest and come back every day to clean the wounds.
Luckily we stay in a beautiful room in a great resort. We booked a normal room but because of the lowseason – and also because they feel sorry for Kas – they upgraded us to the most beautiful room. We are sleeping like a prins and princess and it’s a good place for Kas to get better. We will stay here for at least a week, we will not leave untill Kas is recovered.
For now we make the best of it. We spent some time at the pool, watch Netflix and I buy as much icecreams as he wants. Hopefully it helps so we can continue our trip soon.