The last leg of our adventures started off with a night in Phuket, before taking the ferry Koh Phi Phi and catching a 20min long tail boat ride to our hotel. I kid you not, it took up the ENTIRE beach! It was at least a 7min walk from the pool to the restaurants. Granted, based on the amount of fried rice I was eating for breakfast, and the lack of exercise, the walk was probably a good thing. :) The ocean water was surprisingly warm, one could even call it hot, which for me, is not usually a bad thing. Except that it was already close to 40 celsius and very humid. Cool ocean water would've been nicer. It was also very shallow. You could walk out about the length of a football field and still only be up to mid-chest in water (waist high for the average person). The tide change was crazy though! At low tide, several long tail boats got marooned, and it kinda smelled of rotting seaweed. That wasn't so awesome. So we ended up spending most of our days by the pool, under the shade of an umbrella or the pool bar.
We went on a snorkelling tour around the island where we saw amazing fish, a sea snake and monkeys! We went to a beach, aptly named Monkey beach, and got up close and personal with monkeys in the wild. We stayed primarily in ankle deep water, because, not going to lie, those cute furry little guys turn kinda scary when they run at you, baring their teeth and hissing. But thankfully they don't get in the water so they will only chase you so far.
The next day we hung out with my nephew David and I went diving for the first time. I LOVED it!! I never thought I would, but it was amazing!!! Granted, the breathing took a bit to get used to and I bobbed up and down quite a bit more than David and Dennis, but I still loved every minute of it! We saw clown fish, scorpion fish, puffer fish, and another turtle!! Can't get enough of that, for reals. Best part of the whole experience - did not see a single eel! Despite David's attempts to find one and show it to me.
As luck would have it, David, Dennis and I were all flying back to Bangkok on the same day so we got to spend another day together, exploring the streets of Bangkok. We hit up the Grand Palace, the Giant Swing (that no longer has a swing so it was just really really tall poles), Khaosan Road (aka Backpackers paradise) and ended our day at the night markets. Sadly, by the time we made it to Patpong, I was so exhausted and completely flummoxed by the number of times I was singled out and asked if I wanted to go see the "P@#^% ping pong" show, that I didn't take a single photo of it. So upset!! But trust me, if you ever happen to be in Bangkok, Patpong is a must see. Even for just a few minutes.