Ko Phi Phi - Phuket - Kuala Lumpur
i have safely arrived in malaysia after a few bad journeys the flight was nicely smooth and comfortable and with only a short delay. since i last wrote i spent a week on Ko Phi Phi relaxing and starting to really chill out on a couple of beaches. after the tsunami warning on my first night the rest of the stay went smoothly enough. had a couple of days on various beaches, the best one is def called long beach and as its a bit of a mission to get there - think rock climbing and a walk through the jungle - is hardly anyone on it. is also the best swimming from the main land part of the island. the beach and colour of the sea really were picture postcard stuff.
also i had a day diving, with a dive team from the island, my 5th and 6th dives on the trip. it was similar to the dives in vietnam but with a little more wildlife and a numerous leopard sharks, which were quality to swim with and around.
another highlight was the trip i did around the islands to the surrounding bays and coves. this included a trip to Maya Bay (the bay from the beach movie), monkey cove and various reefs in which to snorkel. i would reckon doing it in a longtail boat, instead of a massive motor boat with 50-60 people on it - as it was there was only 2 of us. the fish in the coves were actually better than what i saw on the dives and the volume was huge. they werent shy in coming close and i got a nip off one of them.
also on the island i saw a couple of thai boxing fight nights, which is something i wanted to see. it makes boxing look like childs play and is alot more physical. everytime the boxers came out to fight the guy in the bar put on 'eye of the tiger' i couldnt help but smile.
the boat across to Phuket was rough and i duely return my breakfast to the world, twice. stayed in a hostel suggested in the LP, god knows why though it was a dump. jumped on a local bus down to Patong beach to see what it was like - stayed for about 2 hours before i had to leave. think costa del sol, with a rubbish beach. not my sought of thing. the other reason for going was to have a look at the hostel where a british guy murdered 2 tourists 10 years ago. acually made it inside by staying i wanted a room and asked for the floor were he killed them. so i had a one in three chance of being in the room were he killed and then cut up there bodies. nice.
so caguht the plane yesterday and got down here, checked into a suitably shocking hostel and went and had a shopping spree. well just one stall but it took me ages. i have acquired 35 of the latest movies on dvd - everything is a lot cheaper here than in bangkok, apart from beer and a room, so i am going to do my shopping here and travel with it back up north.
worked out that i have now done over 7500 km since i first arrived in bangkok and think that is quite enough travelling, so this is as far south as i go. i think i will return to the uk in september, i dont really want to see anything else in Asia so there is no real point staying.