Ko Phi-Phi Leh
July 1, 2001 (30-days)
I spent lazy peaceful days in the islands of Southern
followed by a bit of culture in Bangkok.
When I left Malaysia
I headed straight to the
I wanted to see
from the movie, "The Beach." Unfortunately
the surf was too big for the long tail boat to take us to the magic spot.
Regardless, the island has beautiful cliffs, nice beaches and
snorkeling. Under the moon, I
saw plankton in the water for the first time.
Its blue color glowed in the water and dotted the beach.
The ride from Ko Phi-Phi back to the mainland was rough with a storm
brewing. The waves were
crashing above the windows of our small ferry and they stopped the boat
every time a big wave rocked us. Most
everyone had life jackets on and a few were looking ill with worry.
The man in charge remained calm, so I decided not to panic until he
did. We arrived safely in East
Hat Rai Leh, in the Krabi
My next home, in Krabi, was a rock climbing haven.
The limestone cliffs were a good distraction from the storm.
With rumor of over 460 bolted routes, I looked forward to the
climbing. It didn't take long
to make friends and find a climbing partner.
I did my first lead climbing and was psyched.
After climbing, we would go to sunset beach where most of the climbers
gathered. At the beach I
learned to spin poi (i.e., a chain with a heavy pad or tennis ball stuck
to the end). It is almost a
form of martial arts. You take
one poi in each hand and swing them in all directions around your body.
It looks easy, but it's a good way to make yourself look really
silly as you beat yourself senseless and get a chain wrapped around your
head. The crazy thing is it's
really addictive. Once you
master one trick you are eager to learn the next and they are never
ending. By the time I come
back to the
I should be ready to spin fire, which would make for a cool outdoor party
trick. Especially if my hair
catches on fire :~)
Robbery number two... once again, I had a break-in.
They took my Oakley sunglasses, rented climbing gear, and stashed
emergency credit card. They
were kind enough to leave my camera and swiss army knife.
Surprisingly they didn't want my cold weather gear... think