KOH PHI PHI
The bottom line on Kho Phi Phi is…
1. Almost no damage was done to the natural beauty as all of the coconut trees are do not appear damaged and the diving is almost the same I was told.
2. The concrete structure are ok and can be running very quickly, so most of the High End tourist accommodation has not been hurt.
3. All of the shantytown type structures have been destroyed. I think it is possible the government took this opportunity to destroy any structure that was not concrete. I did not see any structure left that had a wood construction unless the wood construction was of extremely high beauty or very significant. Any cheap type wood construction was destroyed and in piles of debris.
4. The bamboo type bungalows on the beach are gone and I believe that the Thai government will now sell all the land to only large hotels and there will not be any small type mom and pop hotels on Koh Phi Phi.
5. This type of development process was already in process in Koh Phi Phi where larger developers were purchasing small homes and hotels and converting them to higher end hotels. Therefore, this redevelopment project will not be accomplished in two years and not 20 years.
For me, there is no reason to visit Koh Phi Phi as I love the bungalow life of the Islands of Thailand, this I feel will be sold to the Five Star Hotels and Koh Phi Phi will forever lose the small Mom and Pop Huts that makes beach life in Thailand wonderful, It will be just another island made for the two week tourist resort people.
I visit Thailand to live in cheap bungalows on the beach. They are all gone on Koh Phi Phi. So destroy paradise and put up a Five Star Hotel, thanks to the Tsunami. Now they will have Five Star Hell.
KOH PHI PHI
Saturday January 22, 2005
It is 27 days after the hit of the Tsunami wave on Koh Phi Phi, the bodies have all been removed, the places has adequate generators, drinking water for workers, and ships coming and going for the workers. To me although I do not know the plan, there seems to be almost nobody working to clean up the debris that needs to be removed by hand. There are many building that are intact on Koh Phi Phi, however they all have large piles of rubbish surrounding them. There are maybe 50 workers that went to the island yesterday leaving the dock at 9:00 AM arriving around 10:00 AM working until 1:00 PM taking a long lunch, then working from 2:00 PM until around 3:00 PM. If you calculate this is only about 5 hours of work, plus only about 20 were working so the movement is extremely slow. This country could mobilize hundreds of workers I believe with a wage of 600 Baht per day or 15 dollars. If they do not get this hand cleaning done in the next 30 days they will effective destroy the whole year because no travel agents will send anyone for one to two years to this island?
The Royal Thai Navy showed up and worked an hour, but that was a joke and maybe arrived in time for the photographers.
The have adequate large equipment, but they do not seem to have a trash barge, or I am not sure where they will depose of all the debris. I suppose they could dig a very deep hole and bury this, but I am not sure. The island is very capable of being cleaned and ready for tourist in one month, but with the present work being performed and the organization it appears it will take at least another three months or more.
I could not recommend anyone go to Koh Phi Phi for at least one year if they are in any hurry to have a vacation. Much better to go to Ao Nang or Railey beach. Andrew thinks Railey beach is more beautiful and I agree. I have seen Krabi before the Tsunami and I have always considered Railey a more beautiful place. So maybe just change to Railey and get the same possibilities. Many people go to Koh Phi Phi for scuba and the same trip can be arrange I believe from Railey, same reefs, same coral, just a longer boat ride.
Saturday 5:27 AM January 22, 2005
I am in what they call “Krabi Town.” It is the staging or starting point of people that want to go to Railey Beach, Koh Phi Phi, and in some ways Ao Nang. It is the place where things are cheaper and more of a normal city and not the total tourist traps. The room is 120 Baht per night in this Gooddream Tours and Guesthouse that is maybe 3 dollars in U.S. money. Andrew has decided that he wants to stay a couple of days here, and I have agreed easily because this is his vacation and I have told him repeatedly that I he could do anything he wished.
I suspect the reason he wishes to stay is that the hotel is very clean, bright and has exceptionally clean looking sheets for Thailand. The price is extraordinarily cheap for the quality, so we are in a great guesthouse. It has a bolt-action lock on the door and he feels they are not able to steal his camera because he can place a lock on the door.
It has been a great experience for me to observe Andrew a person that is probably not comfortable in a beach country, has not traveled, does not have a backpack, and does not know much about this type of lifestyle. Most travelers I have meet dream of living this way, accept this as normal, and mostly consider themselves some type of experts on backpacking. Andrew is completely new to the scene and contrary to his personality. He does not seem to drink, smoke, drug, or have any bad habits, I could mention a couple of annoyances, but will not pull his chain.
Andrew has a Canon camera that makes AVI or MPG movies, we made I think four different movies and he is working to convert them from AVI to an animated gif. This type of movie is very easy to see and does not require a download. The quality though I will is anxious to check. I hope today we post them on the internet.
Just about to head there myself. I look forward to reading about your travels. See you soon.