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  We hung out on Phra Nang for about two weeks and it was great fun, but I wanted to show Barb a little bit more of Southern Thailand. So, we got up one morning and hopped on a boat and headed for Ko Phi Phi.

PP has always been a magnet for travelers. It's out in the middle of the Andaman Sea so it's far enough away from the growing cities of coastal Thailand for the absolutely clear water to not be affected by the growing water pollution problem that plagues that part of the world. The beaches are just gorgeous.

The problem with PP is that it is an extremely popular place and was over-run by tourists years ago. It's very crowded during the high season, and accommodations can be expensive and hard to find. It's a supply and demand thing.

My first experience with PP was 14 years ago and huts were so hard to find that I had to spend the first two nights I was there sleeping on the beach!

Finding the cheapies is still a headache, so me and Barb just booked a nice bungalow online. We paid a lot more for it, but we didn't have any problems at all finding a room.

Here are the pictures from our 6 days on PP.
 
 

 
           

 

 

    It takes about two hours to get from Phra Nang to Ko Phi Phi and the ferry boats passes these beautiful islands olong the way.    

 

 

      I swear...I meet pretty girls all the time when I am out traveling around. I met these two young ladies on the Ao Nang Princess, which is the ferryboat from Phra Nang to Phi Phi. Just lucky, I guess. :)    

 

 

    Beautiful Ko Phi Phi. This picture, scanned from a postcard, is taken from the viewpoint at the highest point on the island.      

 

 

         

 

 

           

 

 

      This is the first hut we stayed in on PP. It was right on the beach.    

 

 

    Around the backside of PP there is this beautiful beach called Loh Moo Dee. It's always held a special place in my heart, as over the years I have camped out on this beach more than a few times. It's quiet and almost deserted because it has no formal accommodations    

 

         

 

         

 

         

 

           

 

   

  On Loh Moo Dee beach, there is a species of Bubbler Crab that burrows into the beach for protection, then proceeds to feed itself by rolling the sand on the surface thru a little strainer thingy it has on its mouth and sucking the algae out of the sand. In the process it rolls the sand into little balls, which it discards after a few seconds, then moves slightly forward and starts over again. The result is these really cool patterns of sand balls.    

 

    At the spot on the beach where we were sunbathing there were these dilapidated huts that the local fishermen use from time to time.    

 

 

      Here's the second place we stayed. Much nicer hut.    

 

 
   

Our new Canadian friend, Fred

   

 

 
   

This is the view of the bay at PP, taken from a defunct bungalow operation's restaurant on a point along the walk back from Loh Moo Dee.

This is now PP Hill Resort.

   

 

         
 

 

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