Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 95: Thailand
I got up early this morning and as per usual I am running late. It is kind of hysterical how often I’ve been running late on this journey. Being late is a huge pet peeve of mine. In my life I’ve always been surrounded by people who are chronically late, my mom, my aunt Dale, Gabe and Kristie. It used to drive me bonkers (yes, I just said bonkers). Now here I am, late for everything. The good news is that I gave myself extra time and knew that I would still make my ferry.
I decided that I was going to walk the 3km (almost 2 miles) to the dock. I could use the exercise and knew it would take me about 40 minutes. The one thing I did not account for was the rain. It started drizzling almost immediately after I left. The drizzle didn't bother me. What bothered me was the down pour that started when I was about 1km from the dock. Luckily, a very nice Tuk Tuk driver stopped and offered me a ride to the dock for 20 Baht, which is equivalent to 60 cents. It was a no brainer. Of course I accepted.
When arriving at the dock, I was completely overwhelmed. There were so many ferry vendors and they all wanted my business. After choosing a vendor who had space and left at 9am (Phi Phi Island ferry), I boarded the boat, ready for my 2 and a half hour adventure to the island. I watched a movie during my trip, but my attention was taken away by the beauty that surrounded me. Turquoise blue waters and tall mountainous islands jutting from the water lay before me. I was truly amazed and grateful for mother nature and all that she has created. How often do you take time to appreciate the beauty around you?
The ride seemed much shorter than 2 and a half hours, which was great because I was excited to see Brian, get settled into our hotel and explore the island. I found Brian pretty quickly. Our hotel was only a few steps from the pier. Our room wasn't quite ready so we dropped off our bags and went in search of food and exploration. We found a cute little restaurant near the water called The Pirate’s House. I had the green curry which was pretty good, but not the best I've had since coming to Thailand.
After our lunch, we headed out to explore the Island. It was absolutely beautiful. I loved the old wooden row boats on the water. You could tell from their wear that they were used regularly, transporting goods and people around the islands. The stories they could tell. I loved all of the tropical flowers around the island and the weather was finally sunny and beautiful. We decided to go back to the hotel and see if our room was ready so we could change and go to the beach.
When we arrived at the hotel we were told our room was ready, to our surprise there was only one bed. That does not work. We will add this to the funny experiences on this journey. We waited a few minutes while they remedied the situation. We quickly changed and headed to the beach. To our dismay, it started raining on our way to the beach. It was just a drizzle so we decided to tough it out and continue with our beach plan.
Unfortunately when we got there, there was no beach. The water had receded so much that the boats were resting on the sand. It was such a strange sight. I’ve never been to a beach with no water before. After admiring the oddity of a beach with no water we headed back to the hotel to change out of our swimsuits.
On the way back to the hotel, I heard a honking noise, which was odd because there are no cars on the island. Also, this honking was much more natural sounding than a car horn. So given my fear of birds and ducks, I turned around, only to find an even stranger sight than a waterless beach. Behind me there was a man pushing a hand cart. Inside the hand cart was a bucket and inside the bucket were ducks. It was literally a bucket of ducks. Definitely not something one sees everyday. I would be willing to bet that most people go their entire lifetime without seeing a bucket of ducks.
At this point, the rain started to come down harder. So, we decided to change and find a bar to hang out at for a little while. We had trouble finding a bar that was opened, so we settled for a restaurant that was serving alcohol. We ended up sharing some pad thai with our drinks. The rain was coming down really hard by this time, so we decided to go back to the hotel and wait it out. We had both started our day pretty early so we could use the rest.
As it got later and the rain was stopping we became determined to find a bar. It seemed almost impossible when we learned that it was Buddha day and the entire island wasn’t supposed to serve alcohol. However, our dreams of finding a bar were answered when we ran into some American girls living on the island. They worked for a rooftop bar called Banana Bar that happened to be open and serving alcohol. It may have been illegal, but it was totally worth it. It also happened to be movie night which was fun. We ordered some nachos because again, why not? They were good, but not Sports Bar good. I would definitely recommend that if you find yourself on Koh Phi Phi on Buddha day (or not) go to Banana Bar. You won't regret it!