Better late than never right?
The next day of our trip was probably my most favorite. We chartered a boat through our resort to take us to three different outlying islands around Phuket. We took a bus about 30 minutes away, then hopped on a boat that took us about another 45 minutes out into the ocean, to our first destination, Ko Phi Phi Leh. This particular island is the one you are most likely to see depicted in travel photos of southern Thailand. It’s where ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo Dicaprio was filmed (which I’ve still yet to see…), but it was really beautiful and BUSY. We arrived at the island around 9:30 AM. Our guide directed us on how to get to the opposite side of the island for a different viewpoint, and pointed out the different areas that we could swim and take pictures, on the side of the island, which we departed the boat from. Brooklynn was hangry…as you can see below. She had a snack and a drink once we got back on the boat though, and was much better. Oh the joys of traveling with kids ;).
After we took a few photos and swam for a bit we headed over to the opposite side of the island where the last two photos above were taken. By the time we got back to where we started the island was SUPER busy! I was so thankful that we arrived when we did so that we could enjoy the scenery while it was a little less crowded.
The boat came back to pick us up and we traveled by boat to another, completely different area of the island where we got to snorkel for a bit. Originally, at the resort, we were told that kids under the age of 11 weren’t going to be allowed to get off the boat and snorkel, however our guide allowed them to get off and snorkel with us, as long as they kept their life vests on.
The cave depicted above was SUPER neat; they named it Viking cave because there is a Nordic painting deep inside the cave. I also learned something I had NEVER heard of before. A lot of the other tourists are Chinese, and our guide said that the nests used to make ‘Birds’ Nest Soup’ could be found inside the cave. Everyone else was nodding a long in agreement and I had NO idea what they were talking about so of course I had to know…apparently there is a type of bird which makes its nest with its own saliva. The saliva hardens, and the nest is made. Many Asian cultures then purchase the nests as they believe they have many medicinal and anti-aging properties. A bowl of birds nest soup is upwards of $2,000 for ONE bowl!! Who knew bird spit was so coveted?!
I don’t think you can see them hardly at all…but the picture above where Brooklynn is throwing the peace sign, there are a ton of tiny monkeys on the rocks. There is a better picture of the monkeys somewhere that I can’t seem to locate right now.
After Ko Phi Phi Leh, we traveled to a different island called Ko Phi Phi Don where we ate a traditional family style Thai lunch. Everything was super delicious…I think all of those photos are on Garrett’s phone though and he’s not around right now. After we ate we got to look around the island a while. There were a ton of restaurants and shops unlike Ko Phi Phi Leh, Don is populated. We bought a beautiful painting that we brought back and had framed here.
Our last stop was Bamboo island, it was a pretty ‘normal’ beach as far as beaches go. We just got to hang out on the sand and swim for about an hour and a half before we hopped back on the boat to head back to our resort.
The next day we headed to Tiger Kingdom where we got to get up close and personal with tigers. Oh-My-Goodness….best thing EVER! They really are just like big house cats. They lay around for a bit, get up and move around and then plop right back down. The workers were really great about just letting the tigers do whatever they wanted or needed to do, and just getting us out of the way when necessary. The kids of course only got to pet and be with the baby tigers, but Garrett and I got to spend some time with the larger tigers. DREAM.COME.TRUE! I was in heaven!
Our last few days in Phuket we really just spent relaxing and taking advantage of the amenities at our resort. I made good use of the massage place across the street. 2 hour massages for $25-30?!…SOLD! Not quite Bali cheap…but cheap. We swam in the pool and at the ocean, played golf, tennis, racquet ball and did archery.
Eventually we had to leave and head back to Bangkok. I did book a different hotel room that were much more pleased with. The kids were excited to ride in a Tuk Tuk and we had a DELICIOUS Thai meal with TONS of food for what came out to be about $12 total!
Our flight home from Bangkok kept me on my toes before. We were upstairs going through security when I heard this ENORMOUS uproar on the lower level. My heart honestly dropped for a second, thinking something horrible had happened. Apparently it was just a famous K-Pop group making their way through the airport, that everyone was just excited to see, haha!
Overall our trip was nothing less than amazing, and of course just makes me hungry for more traveling!
We love and miss you all,
❤ The Butlers