The ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi goes past where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. My ferry stopped in Koh Phi Phi but I did not stay there. I could tell by the number of people I saw arriving it would be far too crowded for me. I changed ferries and went on to Koh Lanta. I had heard the beach was nice, and not so crowded. As usual the arrival of the ferry caused mayhem and tuk-tuk drivers increased their rates to meet the demand. I went for lunch and by the time I had finished things were much quieter – and the tuk-tuk rate to my resort was less than half what it had been an hour ago. Tuk-tuks here were a motorcycle with a box side car with two benches. My little Moslem gal driver drove like a bat our of hell, not bothering to slow down for the many potholes. My head hit the roof many times.
I had always wanted to stay in a little bamboo hut on the beach and I could do that here. Huts were as cute as could be. The beach was fine, but once again, I could only swim at high tide. It was a very social place. As everyone met in the little cafe for the complimentary breakfast names and plans were exchanged. I met a great gal from Germany who was Turkish and great fun to spend a couple of days with. It was a lazy location. I enjoyed reading on my deck and walking on the beach. On the way into “town” there was the funkiest cafe I have ever seen. The walls and roof were made of plants. Each table was at a different level, and each table was completely private as walls of plants separted each one. I had dinner there one night and it was one of the best meals of my trip – coconut curry shrimp.