This day will always be memorable for me. Something happened to me and it was amazing. I’ll get back to it. The morning started like the earlier one and our ride reached exactly before the scheduled time.
First stop was to a temple filled with monkeys who thankfully were, not mischievous. Here are the pics from that place.
When we were close to Phi Phi island, the tour coordinator told us the tourists on the boat will be given 45 minutes for either scuba diving or snorkeling. Scuba diving was costly and I am poor, so I went for snorkeling.
I have an acute phobia of my legs leaving contact of solid ground. We were dropped off at a depth of more than 10 feet. I was terrified and I held on to the ropes. I realized in a while that hanging on to ropes won’t defuse my fear. So, I let them go and started swimming by myself. It felt liberating.
Later we were taken to the beach. An organization was collecting 20 baht for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in and around the island. I felt glad to see the awareness about environment among the local people. I wish the average Indian was so concerned about our country. We were led to an open space for having lunch. There were some local cuisines and the experimenter in me called to check them out. The food was lovely. Here are few pics from Phi Phi. FYI the 7 Eleven outlet on Phi Phi has terribly incapable and unfriendly staff. I strongly suggest the readers not to visit the store.
We started at around 8:30 in the morning after an awesome breakfast. I love this thing about resorts: complimentary breakfast, all you can eat. I was pleased with the work culture there. The staff was at everybody’s beck and call with no complaints.
We were supposed to visit Phi Phi island that day. Initially we were driven to a pier from which a fairly large boat took us to the island. The trip was long and beautiful. I must appreciate the effort Thai government puts in maintaining public places and I hated most of the Indian tourists who deliberately littered everywhere even though there were dustbins everywhere. I never really understood how difficult is it to keep a place clean or just pull the flush in public toilets. Whatever, I didn’t let the primitives spoil my mood. The sea and certain other people were too beautiful to ignore. Here are a few pics:
We were dropped at our resort after the city tour was over. Our stay had been reserved at Banthai Resort and in my experience, this was the best place I had stayed at till date. The whole place was well maintained and the staff was courteous. After waiting for sometime at the lounge we were escorted to our suite. I changed into something more suited to the heat and left for the beach. The sun had just started to set.
The beach was not very crowded. People could be seen parasailing or taking rides on jet skis. What amazed me is the professional attitude of phuket’s administration. The road and the beach were very clean even though there were so many tourists. Out of so many vehicles, the tuktuks were something to look at. Each driver had modified his tuktuk according to his whim or sense of fashion. The whole place gave out a soothing sense of liberation. Nobody cares how you dress or how you walk or what you look like. Phuket was undoubtedly one of the best places I had been to in my whole life.
The day started with lot of hurrying about. First we hurried to get the visa and then we hurried to go to the toilet. Obviously, it was early morning. The Suvarnabhumi airport in bangkok is sure beautiful and clean but the interns working were ridiculously dumb. If someone is working in an international airport and his job is to talk to the passengers, the least he can do is learn English. Whatever, we had a lot of time in our hands before catching the flight to Phuket. But, we could not roam around and admire the beauty of the airport because the intern had guided us to go to the boarding lounge which had nothing other than the basic amenities.
To kill time I first did some shadow boxing in one of the huge toilets and then went to the lounge to take a nap. I love huge washrooms btw.
Later, we boarded the flight and reached Phuket in the afternoon. The flight was good and the attendants were professional. We were driven from the airport to the mainland. The driver unfortunately didn’t understand English and we couldn’t convey to him that we needed a local sim card. Thankfully, our guide joined us after a while and procured a sim card for us. She was very courteous and that was the beginning of our experience with Thai professionalism.
First we had lunch at an Indian restaurant run by a Sikh fellow. The food was pretty good even if not decorated. Next we moved to see some local tourist spots starting with a large Buddhist temple. The most amazing part we encountered was the liberal attitude of the people. There were transgender working in a lot of stores and there was no gender bias against them. It was pretty inspiring. It is still unthinkable in most places in India.
To be continued…