Phi Phi Viewpoint – if only I had a flashlight
I have written about Northern or Northeastern Thailand a lot here. But the region which I like the most is Southern Thailand. I think typically if someone say that they like Southern Thailand, they can be considered as a person who likes beaches. But I’m not. Of course, I want to see some beautiful beaches too. But even if I stay on beautiful beaches, it’s boring to stay there for two or three days no matter how hard I try. this is because I prefer Thai culture to western culture. Many of the beaches in Thailand are developed for foreigners,,, well actually, it is probably the opposite. I think it is more correct to say that many of the beaches in Thailand had been developed by foreigners. They had been discovering beautiful beaches in the past, so those beaches have become well-known to us now. So it can’t be helped that many of them have a western influence more than their own. But I like Thai culture more. That’s why I like towns more than beaches.
But it doesn’t mean that I don’t like beaches. I like them very much! I just get bored there easily. So when I travelled to Southern Thailand, I would often stop by different beaches for two or three days. Ko Phi Phi is the beach which I first visited in Southern Thailand. That was really impressive for me because I hadn’t seen such a beautiful beache before that time. Maybe due to my wonderful memories, I used to want to go there when I was in Southern Thailand. But at that time, I preferred to stay at the Long beach, so I’ve only been to the viewpoint of Ko Phi Phi two times. On my first visit however I didn’t bring my camera, because I didn’t know how beautiful it would be. Even though it was my first visit, the scenery from this viewpoint was a familiar sight for me. Because I had seen the picture of that scenery many times. It was such famous and beautiful scenery. I really regretted not bringing a camera.
Those are pictures that I took during my second visit in 2009. At that time, I got lost on my way there in the mountains. Actually, I have no sense of direction at all, so I often got lost. I’ve gotten used to that already, though. That’s why usually it is fun for me rather than troubling. But I got into a bad situation that time. When it got dark an hour or so earlier. On top of that, I didn’t have flashlight. If it had gotten dark in the mountain, I wouldn’t have been able to move. So I was in a hurry, but no matter how much I hurried, I couldn’t return to the main route. I was walking on a mountain pass and was almost about to cry (just kidding!). But after a while, I heard the sound of an engine starting. Then I saw a small truck was getting closer. At first I couldn’t believe what I saw, because there was a rocky, winding, steep slope and a narrow mountain road. I didn’t know how this small and old truck came to be here. But it was Thailand, so it was not impossible. And the truck driver asked me “what are you doing here?”. I asked him back same question!
In conclusion, he picked me up, and took me to the viewpoint. It took about 20 minutes. If I hadn’t met him, I would have been stuck in the dark mountains. I really appreciate what he did. Well, I haven’t written about the viewpoint this time. But I have to stop now. Just one more thing. If you go to Ko Phi Phi, you might want to bring a flashlight. Even if you don’t lose your way, it definitely will be a very useful item in Ko Phi Phi.