I am on the boat leaving a tiny island in the south of Thailand where I spent the best time of my travels so far. Six days to remember.
From Chian Mai -in the north of the country- I took a plane to Phuket, the infamous island in the south. I hadn´t good reviews of this place -old people looking for cheap sex- so my plan was to inmediatly take the ferry to the next island: Koh Phi Phi.
As soon as we land I take the bus to the pier in the center. Right there I meet Rodolfo -a cool Brazilian- Tomas and Cristina -from Barcelona- and we are all in the same: we want to leave Phuket. The issue: the last ferry was already departed. Tomas and Cristina decided to spend the night and take the ferry the next day. A woman approaches to Rodolfo and me offering a private motorboat that can take us in 45 minutes, but much much more expensive. We looked each other with Rodolfo and say "what the hell, we are already in the pier and Phuket is a dead town" so we took our backpacks and crossed Andaman sea to our so expected paradise.
We took the right decision. The boat made a scenic surrounding of the island just for sunset and minutes later we arrived to the pier. Very good vibes for a place plenty of good vibes.
The island itself is one of the most interesting places I´ve been visiting. Stunning landscapes, nice beaches, friendly people (both locals and tourists) and many cools activities to do. There are no cars nor motorbikes, so everybody just walk or navigate. Believe me, being in Asia with no noise of motors is like being in Heaven.
After 5 minutes we arrived we had a cool lodge so we head to the beach to have a taste of nightlife. We met Kat -a very nice German girl-. The three of us did as much activities as possible: jungle trekking, beaching , saw monkeys, snorkel with sharks, plankton swimming, cliff jumping and partied every night. Last night we camped on Maya Bay, this is the place where "The Beach" movie was shot. Beautiful.
*Tsunami: this island was hit harder by the big wave in 2004. It was completely devastated. Now it has been rebuilt most of it but one still can see that a lot has to be done. On the outskirts of the town you can see wooden chairs, tables and pieces of huts that locals use for firewood now. Today there is an evacuation plan with sign all around the island.
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