The bus ride took about 45 min and I loved every second of it. The views, the fan in the ceiling cooling us down, the authentic experience of using the same transport as the locals. It is quite nice to not always go with the most comfortable way of travelling, this sort of adds more to the story.
My little bubble of happiness burst as we rolled in to what apparently was Phuket Town and some little thai lad hijacked our bus. He jumped on to our truck way before we were supposed to stop and called for our driver to do a full hault! He then told us all that this was the final stop - in the middle of a roundabout, in the middle of the town, several kilometers to where everybody needed to go. You can probably imagine what he and all his friends did after that. Yes, they started harrassing us with their taxi offers. The whole thing pissed me off, I was convinced this was some sort of taxi maffia and there was no way I was gonna get in to one of their taxis! We refused their offers (ranging between 20-200 baht) for the 5 km ride to the pier, and stubbornly started walking down the street in the suffocating heat.
A few minutes down the road we realised we were walking to wrong direction. We tried our best to avoid the roundabout with the taxi maffia men, but had to push through there not once, not twice, but three times until we finally got our asses on the right way! Our plan was simple; just keep walking until they stop following us and ask another taxi driver for a ride to the boat. And so, just 200 meters away we found our saviour that took is there for 40 baht.
The boat tour was smooth, we made the last departure for the day. A ticket from Phuket - Phi Phi - Krabi cost 1000 baht each. The boat was two storeys high and had a movie playing the whole trip to keep us all entertained, if we weren't out on the back enjoying the views, the fresh air and the sun.
The journey took two hours. As we swayed in to shore, we were in awe. Phi Phi island is so much more beautiful than the pictures you see, they can simply not make it justice. The mountains, the little houses, the streets, the beaches and the water. Oh yes, that water.. so clear, so crisp! All you want to do is to just throw yourself into those gentle swells and enjoy!
For anyone tempted to do what we did, I can recommend not making our mistake and book a hotel once on the island - have it booked before! All hotels that are not walking distance from the pier has staff placed there as you get off the ferry to take you to your hostel in their long boats.
What we did was to sit down at a restaurant and ise their WiFi during our dinner, and booked a hotel on the other side of the island. That is far up north east from where we were. We thought we could walk there, but guess what.. there are no roads on the island. The taxis are taxi boats. Taking you around the island. To our pleasant surprise, our hotel didnt have any shuttle boats after 3:30pm,meaning we had the choice of walking up a mountain and down the other side in the pitch black night, thunder and rain,accompanied by poisonous snakes and nasty creepy crawlies hiding in the bushes, or to pay 1200 baht for a taxi boat. We chose the latter, as every person we talked to scared us with their stories about the numerous dangers the hike meant. Everyone said to take the boat, as there is no way of getting help is youd get bit, fall or get lost until the morning. James did his best asking around, trying finding someone who would encourage the walk. He was, to his great disappointment, unsuccessful. So, due to the time of the night, we had to pay more for the transport to the hotel than we did for two nights AT the stupid hotel! And this was a pretty nice one. But what do you do, this is what happens when you wing your travels all the time. Sometimes you just have to pay the money!
Once one the boat we were pretty satisfied. The sun was just setting and the thunder was roaring over the mountains, putting up a spectacular ligtning show. And we got to our hotel in one, dry piece ✌