Phuket Free N Easy @ 5D4N (Day 3)
Day 3 begins with another island tour trip. A much anticipated tour of Phi Phi + Bamboo Island via cruise. The itinerary was a bit different from my first visit to Phi-Phi Island. Bamboo Island without bamboo is a wonderful island with white sand and surprisingly there’s no resort here.
Phi-Phi & Bamboo Island Tour | Island Escape @ Phuket
This tour is via cruise and cost for 1300 baht per person. The price can be lower if you know where to bargain. Phi-Phi Island is going to be my third attempt to visit as my first time ruined due to bad weather. My second time was success but this time going to be little bit different.
Bamboo Island is on the list this round. It was another beautiful island surrounding Phi-Phi National Park.
The van picked us up from hotel around 7.15am and transfer to the jetty. We experienced issue with other hotel guest being late for half an hour. Van driver was mad at them by showing displeasure face. Punctuality is important as it will affect the rest of people and ruined the trip timing.
Waiting to be pick-up … hotel lobby
We ended up late to the jetty to board the cruise ship. Everyone was waiting us and we feel guilty as the trip would cut short and we’re the loser, not the operator.
Our last arrival … the operator is waiting us to board the cruise
Moving quickly … waiting us unanimously
From ground level to middle level … via stair case
There are few levels in this ship. We sat in the air-con room which suitable for short nap and sleep. But we found out outer area are more enjoyable with strong wind blowing up your face under hot sun.
Air-con seating … first come first serve
Open area at the back on middle level … enjoy the open air
Side of the ship … no one want to stand as it was water splashing area
Out of curiosity, we went up the upper deck for a view. Absolutely wonderful with super strong wind blow. For an hour plus, we did a short tour around the ship like a kids. Our first time taking cruise ship mah.
Toilet facility … for urgent release
Dining area … also served as waiting area for those sea sick symptoms
Locker facility … keeps your valuable safe and worry free
A dining deck … seating area during lunch or meal time
My lunch coffee … with sweet biscuits
Spotted a sign remind us to prepare 20 baht … as conservation fees for Phi-Phi Island
As boat unable to park at the beach, a small speedboat fetches us to the island. A little time spent on this arrangement, further cut short our enjoyment time … sigh.
We arrived at Bamboo Island, a place without resort or any accommodation. We had an hour lurking and checking out this island which is not enough. We sorted out our time wisely.
Arrival … sighted from far
Long tail boat arrive to fetch us to beach … our ship unable to sail on the beach
Split into 2 batches … additional time taken used taking cruise ship
Upon unloaded us … the long tail boat return to the ship
Beach of Bamboo Island … inhabitant island
Super wide sandy beach … walk from one distance to another required time
Official sign of the island … part of Phi-Phi National Park
Bamboo Bar … selling light snacks and drinks
After an hour, we were fetching back to the ship for lunch, a buffet style. I’m excited to have meal while cruising on the sea. Some people get sea sickness when having lunch meal.
Buffet lunch experience … on the cruise
Stop from far … Viking Cave short visit
Maya Bay vicinity … snorkelling here
Arrived at Jetty of Phi-Phi Island … view from cruise drop off point
Entry point of Phi-Phi Island … tourist entry which we pay 20 baht conservation fee
Busy street where all resort, facilities & eatery located … resembles a small town
Follow the sign and keep walking at random places … just to spent time
Found a viewpoint entry … never a target but it’s open for us to explore
Route started with stair case … a kind of warm up as beginning
Motivation to go up … upon seeing the arrow sign
Entry point … private land by the owner
Small fee of 30 baht … charge by private land owner
Long winding trek … my worry not the distance but timing to reach there
Am I near? … effort can’t go waste at this point
Can’t return even time is very rushed … must go further at soon as possible
I see the light … I have reached the view point
A decent accommodation at strategic point … can imagine how wonderful during night time
Viewpoint garden … beautifully decorated
Viewpoint brand … I love it
Sit & enjoy … fantastic view
Getting down from viewpoint to jetty was a truly challenging. I was given myself max 15 mins to get back to the jetty as soon as possible. The boat is waiting no one. They’ve the right to dump you right there and move according to schedule.
Lucky on our side, the boat manager waited us and rushes us quickly. I noticed got people in front of me, assume I wasn’t the reason he waited there. Immediately the boat moves and being told that I was late for 10 mins. Sigh. I was in heavy sweating.
Trip was ended around 4.30pm.
Dinner simplified … just from the night market near hotel
Fried noodle with seafood … cost 100 baht
Fried rice with chicken … cost 100 baht also
Crunchy fried chicken … 50 baht only
Continuous island hopping day trip has finally comes to end.
I found myself sunburn but luckily Day 3 trip was in good weather.
Anticipating next free and easy day tomorrow with shopping spree.
Continue to Day 4 & 5 … Phuket Free N Easy @ 5D4N (Day 4 & 5)