Post-tsunami, Thailand's beaches still enchant
Alison Cooper spent a few days on the beach visiting an exotic island in Thailand.
Where did you go?
I went to Phi Phi Don, Thailand.
Where did you stay?
I stayed a few nights at the Twin Palms Bungalows on Loh Dalum Bay. They are unadvertised and quite possibly squatting on the beach where the tsunami hit, but the bungalows are cute and clean, chill music from the bar adds a bohemian flair, and you use a hammock to admire the sea while taking note of the ominous decapitated palm trees along the shore.
What did you do?
I ended up taking the day trip to Phi Phi Leh that included snorkeling, lunch, snacks, and a day exploring the area's National Marine Park by boat. The highlight of this popular tour is the famous Maya Bay, the site where the film "The Beach" was filmed. Construction on Phi Phi Don is a constant reminder of the tsunami, but the main tourist strip on the Ton Sai Bay side is in full force, even during low season. Taking the short but steep hike up to the lookout is well worth it – the view is epic. There also is a very nice memorial garden near the beach.
Where did you eat?
Traveling in the Land of Smiles can feel like a nonstop food fest. My favorite pick from the wide variety of seafront dining options was Carpe Diem, an adorable low-lit treehouse that overlooked the ocean and had a great view of the nightly fire dance show.
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