The boat journey was a steady hour and a half with the weather being slightly overcast but the breeze was very welcoming and I enjoyed a Fisherman’s Friend with the guy next to me. I’ve never had one before but they definitely rock and I think I’m now addicted! We missed our breakfast because the boat journey began at 8am so by the time we landed in Phi Phi we just ignored the masses of people trying to flog us overpriced accommodation and winded up in some back alley curry kitchen. We had no idea what was in any of the curries so we took on the ‘point and hope’ approach and made sure we got a coffee into us too. The food was beautiful and extremely cheap and we have actually eaten there four times since.
We then walked a bit up the rabbit warren of a street which is crawling with more Ray Ban stalls and 7/11s and ended up talking to a Dutch girl who works in the ‘Visa Dive’ shop. She asked us what we were up to and proceeded to draw on a map everything which was happening on the island (Bars, restaurants, hostels). She was extremely pleasant and very helpful and even took our main back packs and stored them away for us so we could explore the island and get ourselves adjusted. We walked down the beach after having checked out two hostels, one at 1300 Baht and the other at 400 Baht for a twin room so it was a no brainer for us which one we would choose ;). We had been told about a few bars up on the beach (Slinkys, Rolling Stoned) which were supposed to be pretty chilled out, so as we walked up the beach we found them and got a really good vibe from them! There is comfy seating everywhere, as well as hammocks and custom made slumping dens for the relaxed or disgustingly hung over party people. It wasn’t long before a massive storm came in through the mountainous borders surrounding our beach so there was nothing to do other than enjoy a bottle of Chang and watch nature at her best. It was quite incredible. The bamboo shutters came down and the various slumpy beach chairs were brought in by the bar keep to avoid a torrential soaking from the uber storm which had greeted us to Phi Phi.