This month I had my short get-away to Thailand to experience the celebration of Songkran Festival 2015. This year, the Songkran fell on April 13th-15th. There are a few hot spots for Songkran Festival and I picked Phuket.
We flew to Phuket on April 10th, 3 days before the festival started. As Songkran was still a few days away, we decided to do what is a must-do in Phuket : ISLAND HOPPING TOUR! I’m very excited about this activity, to explore the stunning rock formations, to jump into the turquoise waters and snorkel.
We had the tour booked through online. The tour fetched us at about 9AM at the hotel. Then we hopped onto the speedboat, together with the rest of the tour members. Our first stop was Mosquito Island. The journey to Mosquito Island was about 1 hour. It was not a smooth sail, so it’s good to prepare a motion-sickness medicines. At the Mosquito Island, we could snorkel over the view of the stunning rock formations. The water is tranquil turquoise, clear.. Perfect!
After our stop at Mosquito Island, we head to the Bamboo Island and one of the beach side restaurant to have our lunch. The beach at the Bamboo Island was similar with Boracay beach, soft white sands with clear water. There were not many tourists there yet too, a good place for relaxing.
It was a quick lunch (Lunch was provided) and we did not have time to explore much of the island as we had a few more islands to explore. Monkey Beach and Viking Cave were next. But we did not stop to snorkel at those 2 islands. Our guide explained that the monkey at the Monkey Beach are long-tailed species, crab-eating monkeys. So they can swim and survive in the water.
The highlight of the tour was the famous Maya Bay and the Pileh Lagoon. I love Pileh Lagoon the most. The entire scenery took my breaths away. It was probably one the most fascinating places on the Earth. We can swim in its warm, turquoise calm water. The water is 20-metre depth. To take a jump from the boat into the emerald green waters was definitely one of my best moments during this trip.
Maya Bay, the main tourist attraction of Phi Phi since The Beach was filmed here in 1999. It has been always very popular even before the film but now people around the world who haven’t even heard of Phi Phi have certainly heard of Maya Bay. The view was expectedly stunning, but the beach get overcrowded especially during holiday season.
Writing this blog post remind me of the whole island hopping trip. How warm the water was, how soft the sands was, the ocean breeze, emerald turquoise water, the magnificent rock formations, everything about the place… Oh, Phi Phi you had me now!
Phi Phi Island Tour: http://www.phukettoursdirect.com
1. Prepare the sea-sickness pills before hopping onto the boat.
2. Things to bring: sunscreen, swimming suit, dry towel, dry clothes for changing, waterproof bag/pouch, slippers, sunglasses