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 96: Thailand
Today is my last day on Koh Phi Phi. I leave this afternoon. I’m sad to go, but I am excited for the next part of my journey. Tomorrow is my birthday and I leave early to head to my next stop.
We started our day by grabbing breakfast at The Mango Garden. I had a yummy coconut smoothie. We weren't super hungry so we decided on just the light and refreshing smoothies. Plus, it gave us some respite from the rain.
Afterwards, the rain subsided a bit and we went in search of the water. We found it. The water had come back to the shore and the boats were now floating in the water as they should be. We didn't have a ton of time, and it was still drizzling, so we opted not to hang out on the beach. We took a few pictures for comparison and then decided to wander around the island.
Yesterday, I had found these super cute elephant pants that reminded me of Mickie Love, but I didn't have cash or my wallet with me. So, I was determined to find them again today and buy them for her. Unfortunately, in the maze of streets and hundreds of similar street vendors I was unable to find them again. I guess it wasn't meant to be.
It was getting closer to my ferry time, so we decided to go back to The Pirate’s House for lunch since it was so close to the pier. Today, we decided on Indian and I ordered the the chicken tikka masala and naan bread. It was really good. I love Indian food. I cannot wait until the day that I get to go to India.
It was time to say goodbye after lunch. This goodbye was a little different than the last. Last time we knew we would see each other in a few days. This time it will be several weeks before we are reunited in Amsterdam. Sad to say goodbye, but excited to see what's next, I boarded my ferry.
The ferry ride itself was pretty uneventful. The excitement came when I went to find a taxi back to my apartment. If I wanted to take a taxi it would cost me 600 baht or $20 to go 3km. I settled for a mini bus which cost me 100 baht ($3) instead. While that seems cheap, it was a complete rip off. Why is it 5x as much money to leave the pier as it is going to the pier? The answer is simple, there are so many people leaving the pier that need a ride to their hotel or the airport and are willing to pay anything. All they hear is $3 US and they're fine with that. Mainly, they don't know better.
It’s true, I’m not worried about $3 US and if they can overcharge and get away with it, more power to them. At least it wasn't $100 US for 3 miles like in Osaka.
I finally made it back to my apartment. I didn't want to pack right away so I went in search of dinner. I found a restaurant that makes their pad thai in an shell made of egg. It was good, but definitely not in my top 5 since coming to Thailand.
I came back and packed, I leave at 4am tomorrow for the airport. I couldn't sleep. I was up all night. Tomorrow is going to be a long day. But, its my birthday and it will be amazing.