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After the film’s release in 2000, tourism and subsequentially construction boomed. In 2004 the tsunami wiped out everything sadly killing 2,000 people in the process. The tsunami gave them the chance to start anew and create a true island paradise. But as usual money won out and from what people say Phi Phi Don is built up even much more than before the tsunami. I am waffling about whether we should sleep on the island or just do a tour from Krabi. From talking to travelers and doing internet research the over-built, over-priced Phi Phi party scene really does not sound like somewhere I want to stay at the moment. Regardless, I am curious and do want to see it (kind of like watching a Formula One crash or seeing a two-headed snake). So we decide to just do a one day tour to Phi Phi Islands.
|Mika's underwater photography is improving. A Moorish Idol.|
|Longtail boats like these come from Phi Phi Don while larger speedboats arrive from Krabi and Phuket|
|Viking Cave as seen from the boat.|
|A Blue Lagoon|
After one final snorkel point we race back at warp speed. We are flying over waves sometimes smacking down loudly and painfully at impact. Everyone looks at each other questioningly as to why the driver needs to torture us. A third of the passengers appear seasick. A big Australian guy at the front of the boat is yelling for him to slow down. A 3-year old Thai boy starts to cry.
We finally and happily come to a stop. Once safely on land I can process all that I have just seen. The tour and the islands obviously has their flaws, but we had plenty of time on the sand, in the water and we did see “The Beach”.
To read about my previous encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio in Japan click here.