Having grown up in relatively wide open spaces I often find cities, particularly mega-cities, to become claustrophobic after a while. Such was the case with Bangkok. The hectic 24/7 life was starting to get to me so I hopped a plane down to Phuket. In the late 80′s there was still plenty of beach accommodation for back-packers. Over the next few years the back-packers would get squeezed out by resorts and fancy hotels. I’d get a taxi from the airport to Patong and then rent a motor-cycle to get around.
On this first trip to the island I took a few days and went over to Koh Phi Phi – the Phi Phi islands – about 25 miles east-south-east of the town of Phuket. The photo below is one of the limestone outcrops that jut out of the Andaman Sea in this area.