A Travellerspoint blog

Phi Phi

then and now........

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We stayed on Phi Phi 13 years ago on honeymoon and were told then (and repeatedly since) - largely by people who had fallen in love with it and had gone home and told all their friends about it - that tourism and rampant development has ruined the place.

Well, it is still beautiful. The quirky, laidback nightlife has gone - it's all a bit too Ibiza for our taste now, and the longtails provide a raucous ongoing accompaniment to your idylls, and prices are high, but it's still beautiful.

The 2004 Tsunami devastated Phi Phi. The island is shaped like a capital 'H', the central bar being a low lying, densely populated sand spit about 400 metres wide. The wave split when it reached the side of the island and swept into the village from the north and the south simultaneously. 2000 people were killed outright and 104 local children were orphaned.

It is impossible to imagine the horror that was suffered on that day - the resiliance of those who survived the catastrophe, lived through the heartbreak and then stayed to clean up and rebuild is truly remarkable.

Our week here was lovely. We watched the kids chasing blacktip sharks over two metres long in crystal clear water less than 50 metres from shore (at the far end of Long Beach), saw Lion Fish, Stone Fish, Sea Snakes, Leopard Fish, Squid and various schools of reef fish. We ate well and enjoyed Thai massages on the beach (Rhiannon had 4 - paid for herself at 3 pounds per half hour!).

Phi Phi still holds a place in our hearts.

Now onto Phuket Town and Chinese New Year............

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Posted by chaddo 02:04 Archived in Thailand Comments (3)

Goodbye to Cape Town

We had a lot of fun!

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Time to pack our bags for Asia - or unpack actually - although we've only brought a rucksack each, we're dumping or forwarding at least half of it and keeping little more than a change of clothes for the next leg of the trip.

Our stay here has been fantastic and has passed all too quickly.

Highlights:

Graham: eating out - wonderful food, service and value, nights soaking in Montagu's hot mineral pools under bright desert stars, Hermanus Backpackers hostel, stunning scenery, the hospitality of Frith's family, living in shorts!

Frith: spending time with family, warm weather, beauty of the Cape, South African accents, hospitality, food, wine, memories of childhood.

Heather: stroking adult cheetah, hot pools and slide at Montagu, warm weather (reached 42 degrees in the Klein Karoo (little desert)).

Rhiannon: cheetahs, Montagu hot pools, biltong, everyone has a swimming pool or jacuzzi.

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Posted by chaddo 00:01 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Instant Summer

(life by the pool)

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View Around the World in 90 days on chaddo's travel map.

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Got off the plane in Cape Town to 33 degrees and SUN!

First day highlights:

Watching Rhiannon hold hundreds of bees in her bare hands, under the capable guidance of Nigel the beekeeper.

Going to Blouberg Beach to watch the McNaught Comet over Table Bay, and seeing Venus emerge from behind the crescent Moon, looking like a giant diamond ring in the sky.

The rest of the time has been spent in and out of the pool, with regular trips to the fridge and shade - just getting acclimatised.

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Posted by chaddo 06:57 Archived in South Africa Comments (2)

The story so far

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With ageing parents in South Africa and Australia and a daughter starting High School later this year, this is the only realistic chance we will get to do the big trip.

We've added stopovers in some of our favourite places, a month in Thailand / Malaysia and a couple of weeks in California, to give the kids a taste of life in very different countries.

We'll update the Blog from each country we visit, with our experiences from four different points of view.

The things that we are most looking forward to:

Graham: Thailand - snorkelling, food, people. Yosemite, a week of total R & R in Rarotonga, seeing family and old friends in Aus & S.A.

Frith: family, food, warm seas.

Heather: Ratonga Junction, Scratch Patch, Table Mountain, elephant riding, California

Rhiannon: Snorkelling, Jungle walks, elephant riding.

Posted by chaddo 10:14 Archived in England Comments (1)

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