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Koh Phi Phi is metamorphosed since my last visit in July 2005 (almost six months after the tsunami). The transformation is incredible.
Two years after the tsunami
After a first night Bangkok, a plane shot with Air Asia to join Ao Nang (Krabi) in the South, then a one-and-a-half hour boat trip: here I am at Koh Phi Phi.
The island has changed, since my last visit, a year and a half ago, in July 2005, about six months after the tsunami of December 26, 2004. I suspected it a bit, but the transformation is really incredible. .
The reconstruction continued at full speed, a little anarchic and it still tinkers in every corner. Heaps of hotels and businesses are coming out of the ground, there is work everywhere.
I have a hard time finding the lonely big banyan on the back beach, the only one left standing after the wave. Today, it overshadows the chairs and tables of a restaurant, set in front of rows of umbrellas and skewers of tourists who cook in the sun, next to a large resort with infinity pool ...
Return of tourists
The tourists are back, in very large numbers. First difficulty, and not least, when we arrive and we have not booked anything in advance: find housing. Prices have skyrocketed and the simplest of the rooms will already look in the 1000 baths is about twenty euros, which is huge for Thailand ... But hey, Koh Phi Phi is an ultra-tourist enclave that is different from rest of the country.
After the arrival of the boat, I hurry to leave my bulky bags at the dive-shop with which I will dive the next day, to go around the guesthouses, running almost on the way, behind other travelers weighted bags back to overtake them, just to get there first! ! ! Everywhere signs "Full", but I end up finding a roof anyway.
The island remains beautiful despite everything
For this first day, lazing on the beach amid the spectacular scenery of Phi Phi, with its large cliffs in the sea, and registration at the diving center ... I will be able to release my new equipment tomorrow, finally!
You can find other photos of Koh Phi Phi, which I posted on my very first site Carnets d'Asie du Sud-Est (South-East Asian Diaries) : in July 2005 and January 2007.