Saturday, February 13, 2010

Phuket Day 1: Off to Phi Phi Island


It was in mid afternoon that the rest of the gang arrived in a flight together. There were 8 of us altogether, 5 crazy guys and 3 equally wacky girls. Once everyone gathered together, we stormed out of the airport and grabbed ourselves two taxis to drive us to the Pier. It was quite a long journey, possibly more than an hour drive there.

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Note to those who need information on Phuket travels, all prices offered can be heavily bargained. If one agency refused to give a price you would think is reasonable, there are always other options, and the further you walked, and the more you explored, the cheaper the options would be. Do not immediately accept whatever price being thrown to you. Phuket locals are even more “trourist-minded” than Malaysia, and the they would not hesitate to rip you off at every single opportunity they could get from you.

A little effort in bargaining can save you heaps in your entire stay there.

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Warning: Major Camwhoring alert !!

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Cindy, Christine, Robin, Chi Kia, Chun Chow and Freddy

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Cindy and Chun Chow


Our first stop was Phi Phi Island, hence we needed to take a speedboat or a ferry from the Pier to the Island, away from the main Phuket. We managed to get a speedboat which left the Pier at 4.30pm.

Earlier from the airport, the cheapest price we could get, after much trouble haggling with the agents there were 1500 Baht per person, one way trip. We did not accept the offer. However., later on the pier, we managed to get a price of 1000 Baht per person, for a return ticket. This strongly illustrated my point earlier. We did not fall into the trap in the first place at the aiport, and managed to save ourselves 2000 Baht, which is equivalent to 200 Ringgit !!! That is a lot of money to me. Good thing we did not get ripped off upon arrival that would have been a shame.

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Zhi Li, the Titanic pose?

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Jack and Rose...

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The POWER !!!


So we hopped onto the speedboat. On an ordinary ferry it would have taken at least one and a half hour, but on a speedboat it took us less than an hour to reach our destination. We all have just arrived on Phuket, hence the energy and excitement level were sky high. How can you expect us to just sit still on the boat and do nothing for the next hour? Therefore, we walked out to the front of the boat, and all we did with the long stretch of time on the boat was… CAMWHORING. Gosh, it has been quite a while since I did such major camwhoring. Of course, the more explicit camwhoring photos are reserved for private viewing only.

Heh !!

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The clear sky and deep blue sea... nothing can get more tranquil than this !!

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And the Islands appear out of nowhere... hence, camwhoring resumes.

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The journey itself was quite smooth, and the water was calm and not choppy. It was very nice to get off the dry land, and speed on the water. As we got off the main Phuket Island, on the way to the Phi Phi Island, it was as if we were riding a boat in the middle of nowhere. You can stretch your eyes, and try to scope as far as you can on the horizon and all you can see would be water and sky. Oh and the sky was so clear, and water deep blue. It was very surreal and refreshing to experience this, away from the common hectic city lifestyle. The nothingness in the open wide, deep water somehow created quite a dreamlike feeling throughout the whole boat ride.

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The soft clouds on the deep blue skies complemented the scenic view tremendously.

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While having our skin toasted on the harsh afternoon sun, and our hair and faces blown away by the erratic ocean wind, the sight of seeing the Phi Phi Island appearing in the far view was quite a thrill. As we got closer and closer to the island, the sun was also dropping lower and lower, approaching sunset. It was already near 6pm, and the intense yellow/orange sun ray was producing very high contrast colours on the structures of the rock-like island.

We drew nearer and nearer, and gosh, all I can tell you was.. BEAUTIFUL.

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The Pier on Phi Phi Island, where our speedboat docked, and we got off here.

The photos do not do justice in presenting the beauty, seriously. To truly appreciate it you have got to see it with your own eyes. It was as if in the middle of nothingness, suddenly there were land, and the land seems like it exists in another world, much more breathtaking than ours.

Much to our delight the hotel we stayed in was situated very close to the jetty. We did a quick check in, and the adventure continues.

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I still can’t believe I was in Phuket !!

OMGGG !!!!

8 comments:

  1. omg robin u killed the cat!

    -Marcus

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  2. hey marcus,
    OMG you arent supposed to say that out loud !!!

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  3. Gosh, the more I view your photos, the more I wanna go! >.<

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  4. hey chong,
    the best is yet to come !!!

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  5. owh and chong, its PAYBACK for all your tempting sabah pictures !!! Muahahahhahahaha

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  7. Hi,
    Thanks for viewing my blog.Well,most of my photos is P&S or most of the time just set to art filter.I have been following yr blog for sometime & your shot is so perfect & beautifully captured, i love that.
    Thanks again & a very happy Chinese New Year.

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  8. Hi Awang,
    Thanks so much dude for the kind words !! I really appreciate them.
    You have some really cool pictures yourself too. And I do not even have art filters on my E-520.
    Cheers, and keep shooting !!

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